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January 15:

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel

Amor Towles · Viking
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover

"The book is like a salve. I think the world feels disordered right now. The count's refinement and genteel nature are exactly what we're longing for." - Ann Patchett

"How delightful that in an era as crude as ours this finely composed novel stretches out with...
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February 19:

A Spark of Light: A Novel

JODI PICOULT · Ballantine Books
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis.

The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center - a women's reproductive health...
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March 19:

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Marjane Satrapi · Pantheon Books
Pages: 160
Format: Hardcover

Originally published to wide critical acclaim in France, where it elicited comparisons to Art Spiegelman's Maus, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images,...
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April 16:

The Outsiders

S. E. Hinton · S. E. Hinton
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback

50 years of an iconic classic! This international bestseller and inspiration for a beloved movie is a heroic story of friendship and belonging.

No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers,...
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May 21:

The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead · Doubleday
Pages: 306
Format: Hardcover

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South

Cora is a slave on a cotton...
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June 18:

The muralist : a novel

Barbara A Shapiro · HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books, 2015.
Format: eAudiobook

Alize'e Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) , vanishes in New York City in 1940 amid personal and political turmoil. No one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political...
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July 16:

Howards End : E.M. Forster's House of Fiction (Twayne's Masterwork Studies, No. 93)

Alistair Duckworth · Twayne Publishers; 1st ed edition
Pages: 164
Format: Hardcover

In Howards End, E. M. Forster describes Edwardian England not as a golden afternoon of Empire, but as a time of conflict between nations, parties, classes, and the sexes. Forster's England is one in which a peaceful rural past encounters a frenzied urban present, the countryside is threatened...
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August 20:

Manhattan Beach: A Novel

Jennifer Egan · Scribner
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover


Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

The daring and magnificent novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by NPR,...
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September 17:

Bread and Roses, Too

Katherine Paterson · Clarion Books
Pages: 275
Format: Hardcover

2013 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

Rosa's mother is singing again, for the first time since Papa died in an accident in the mills. But instead of filling their cramped tenement apartment with Italian lullabies, Mamma is out on the streets singing union songs, and Rosa is terrified that...
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October 15:

The Temporary Gentleman

Sebastian Barry · Viking Adult
Format: Book

A stunning new novel from the two-time Man Booker shortlisted author of The Secret Scripture In this highly anticipated new novel, Irishman Jack McNulty is a temporary gentleman—an Irishman whose commission in the British army in World War II was never permanent. Sitting in his lodgings...
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November 19:

Educated: A Memoir

Tara Westover · Random House
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

Book Club Pick for Now Read This, from PBS NewsHour and The New York Times

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December 19:

Indian Summer by William Dean Howells