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Sisters, by Lily Tuck
Lily Tuck

Tuck's unnamed narrator lives with her new husband, his two teenagers, and the unbanishable presence of his first wife – known only as she. Obsessed with her, our narrator moves through her days presided over by the all-too-real ghost of the first marriage, fantasizing about how the first wife lives her life. Will the narrator ever equal she intellectually, or ever forget the betrayal that lies between them? And what of the secrets between her husband and she, from which the narrator is excluded? Tuck gives a very different portrait of marital life, exposing the intricacies and scandals of a new marriage sprung from betrayal. 

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, by Ann Patchett
Ann Patchett

Offering an invitation into her personal life, the noted author shares the stories of the people, places, ideals, and art to which she has remained indelibly committed. 

Shaun Tan

A wordless graphic novel that beautifully conveys the bewildering experience of arriving in a new country as an immigrant.

David Grann

Each of the stories in this collection reveals a hidden and often dangerous world, pivoting around the gravitational pull of obsession and the captivating personalities of those caught in its grip. There is the world's foremost expert on Sherlock Holmes, found dead in mysterious circumstances; an arson sleuth trying to prove that a man about to be executed is innocent; and sandhogs racing to complete the dangerous job of building New York City's water tunnels before the old system collapses. Throughout, Grann's accounts display the power--and often the willful perversity--of the human spirit, a mosaic of ambition, madness, passion, and folly.

There there, by Tommy Orange
Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange's first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen. This is a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about violence and recovery, hope and loss, identity and power, dislocation and communion, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. 

The Home Place, by J. Drew Lanham
J. Drew Lanham

A big-hearted, unforgettable memoir by ornithologist Drew Lanham who falls in love with the natural world around him. As his passion takes flight, however, he begins to ask what it means to be "the rare bird, the oddity" – to find joy and freedom in the same land his ancestors were tied to by forced labor, and then to be a black man in a profoundly white field. By turns angry, funny, elegiac, and heartbreaking, this is a remarkable meditation on nature and belonging.

 Fruit of the Drunken Tree, by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Ingrid Rojas Contreras

A mesmerizing debut set against the backdrop of the devastating violence of 1990's Colombia about a sheltered young girl and a teenage maid who strike an unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them both. Inspired by the author's own life, and told through the alternating perspectives of the willful Chula and the achingly hopeful Petrona, this book contrasts two very different, but inextricable coming-of-age stories.

The most perfect thing, by T.R. Birkenhead
T.R. Birkenhead

Renowned ornithologist Tim Birkhead uses birds' eggs as wondrous portals into natural history, enlivened by the stories of naturalists and scientists, including Birkhead and his students, whose discoveries have advanced current scientific knowledge of reproduction.

Second coming of the KKK, by Linda Gordon
Linda Gordon

An award-winning historian of social movements examines the unlikely rise of the Ku Klux Klan in the early 1920s as an organization of white, Protestant, native-born citizens who combined Christian values with racial bigotry to become a major political force.

Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty
Mur Lafferty

A space adventure set on a lone ship where the clones of a murdered crew must find their murderer – before they kill again. Maria Arena had no memory of how she died. Her vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn't the only one to die recently.

Sharon Bala

The Boat People takes us back to 2010 when a rusty boat with more than 500 Tamil refugees on board was intercepted off the coast of Vancouver Island. In this fictionalized but well-researched account, Bala allows us to follow Mahindan from his life in Sri Lanka before the war between rebels and the Sri Lankan government to the violent upheaval that uprooted and killed many Tamils and drove them to desperate measures. 

Jennifer McGaha

A charming memoir of one woman's unexpected journey from country chic to backwoods barnyard. After she and her husband discovered that they owed a lot of back taxes, they foreclosed on their suburban home and moved to a one-hundred-year-old cabin in a North Carolina holler. What started as a last-ditch effort to settle debts became a journey that revealed both the joys and challenges of living close to the land.

Theodora Goss

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby. But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation.

Rachel Zucker

Rachel Zucker returns to themes of motherhood, marriage, and the life of an artist in this double collection of poems. Fables, written in prose form, show the reader different settings (mountains, ocean, Paris) of Zucker's travels and meditations on place. The Pedestrians brings us back to her native New York and the daily frustrations of a woman torn by obligations.

Mira Grant

Seven years ago, the Atagaris set off on a voyage to the Marianas Trench to film a "mockumentary" bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy. Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they're not out to entertain. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost. Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves.

Anthony Bourdain

Appetites, Anthony Bourdain's first cookbook in more than ten years, boils down forty-plus years of professional cooking and globe-trotting to a tight repertoire of personal favorites—dishes that everyone should (at least in Mr. Bourdain’s opinion) know how to cook. This is a home-cooking, home-entertaining cookbook like no other, with personal favorites from his own kitchen and from his travels, translated into an effective battle plan that will help you terrify your guests with your breathtaking efficiency.

Raina Telgemeier

Eleven-year-old Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after a trip-and-fall mishap, she injures her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, corrective surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached.

Julia Kaye

Instead of a traditional written diary, Julia Kaye has always turned to art as a means of self-reflection. So when she began her gender transition in 2016, she decided to use her popular webcomic, Up and Out, to process her journey and help others with similar struggles realize they weren't alone.

A Study in Scarlet Women, by Sherry Thomas
Sherry Thomas

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She'll have help from friends, but in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society's expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.

Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann
David Grann

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals.

Dear Mrs. Bird: a novel, by A.J. Pearce

Miss Emmeline Lake, living in London during the Blitz, applies to a job advertisement at the London Evening Chronicle. She is disappointed to find that the job is for a typist to the intimidating Henrietta Bird, the paper's advice columnist. Mrs. Bird has firm rules about which letters are suitable for publication. Unable to resist, Emmy starts to secretly answer some of the letters herself. A hilarious and heartwarming look at wartime London through the eyes of a young woman.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, by Caitlin Doughty
Caitlin Doughty

The blogger behind the popular Web series Ask a Mortician describes her experiences working at a crematory. In spite of the morbid subject, there’s much to enjoy in this thoughtful, unflinching and highly entertaining memoir.

Jade City, by Fonda Lee
Fonda Lee

Stylish and action-packed, full of ambitious families and guilt-ridden loves, Jade City is an epic drama reminiscent of the best classic Hong Kong gangster films but set in a fantasy metropolis so gritty and well-imagined that you'll forget you're reading a book.

Rage becomes her: the power of women's anger, by Soraya Chemaly
Soraya Chemaly

This is a new, conversation-shifting book that encourages women to own their anger and use it as a tool for positive change, written by one of today's most influential feminist thinkers.

The Original Face, by Guillaume Morisette
Guillaume Morisette

A novel about the gig economy featuring an under-employed internet artist, modern love and a culture obsessed with the instantaneous satisfaction of selfies and self-identity.