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Staff Favorites 2017

  • Cover image for Before We Were Yours

    Before We Were Yours

    Lisa Wingate

    Before We Were Yours

    Lisa Wingate

    "Memphis, Tennessee, 1936. The five Foss children find their lives changed forever when their parents leave them alone ... one stormy night. Rill Foss ...

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    Glass Houses

    Louise Penny

    Glass Houses

    Louise Penny

    An August 2017 LibraryReads pick! When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary.

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    Grant

    Ron Chernow

    Grant

    Ron Chernow

    "Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War.

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  • Cover image for Homo Deus

    Homo Deus

    Yuval Noah Harari

    Homo Deus

    Yuval Noah Harari

    Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his

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  • Midnight at the Bright Ideas bookstore

    Midnight at the Bright Ideas bookstore

    Matthew Sullivan

    Midnight at the Bright Ideas bookstore

    Matthew Sullivan
    "When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer.
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  • Cover image for The Light We Lost

    The Light We Lost

    Jill Santopolo

    The Light We Lost

    Jill Santopolo

    "Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter.

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  • Cover image for Homo Deus

    Homo Deus

    Yuval Noah Harari

    Homo Deus

    Yuval Noah Harari

    Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his

    Read more about Homo Deus.
  • Cover image for Lincoln in the Bardo

    Lincoln in the Bardo

    George Saunders

    Lincoln in the Bardo

    George Saunders

    Traces a night of solitary mourning and reflection as experienced by the sixteenth president after the death of his eleven-year-old son at the dawn of the Civil War.

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Best Fiction 2017

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    Lincoln in the Bardo

    George Saunders

    Lincoln in the Bardo

    George Saunders

    Traces a night of solitary mourning and reflection as experienced by the sixteenth president after the death of his eleven-year-old son at the dawn of the Civil War.

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    The Power

    Naomi Alderman

    The Power

    Naomi Alderman

    One of the New York Times's Ten Best Books of 2017A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2017One of the Washington Post's Ten Best Books of 2017An NPR Best Book of 2017One of Entertainment Weekly's Ten B

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  • Cover image for Her Body and Other Parties

    Her Body and Other Parties

    Carmen Maria Machado

    Her Body and Other Parties

    Carmen Maria Machado

    Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction “[These stories] vibrate with originality, queerness, sensuality and the strange.”—Roxane Gay “In these formally brilliant and emotionally charged t

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  • Cover image for Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist)

    Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist)

    Min Jin Lee

    Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist)

    Min Jin Lee

    NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST * A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW TOP TEN OF THE YEAR * NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017 *A USA TODAY TOP TEN OF 2017 Roxane Gay's Favorite Book of 2017, Washington Pos

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  • Cover image for Exit West

    Exit West

    Mohsin Hamid

    Exit West

    Mohsin Hamid

    The internationally best-selling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist presents the story of two young lovers whose furtive affair is shaped by local unrest on the eve of a civil war that erupts i

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Suspenseful Thrillers

  • Cover image for The Kind Worth Killing

    The Kind Worth Killing

    Peter Swanson

    The Kind Worth Killing

    Peter Swanson

    A dark and devious literary suspense novel about a random encounter, sex, and a conversation that quickly turns to murder—a modern reimagining of Patricia Highsmith's classic Strangers on a Train—f

    Read more about The Kind Worth Killing.
  • Cover image for Just What Kind of Mother Are You?

    Just What Kind of Mother Are You?

    Paula Daly

    Just What Kind of Mother Are You?

    Paula Daly

    When her best friend's thirteen-year-old daughter goes missing under her watch, Lisa Kallisto, an overwhelmed working mother, is wracked with guilt over her mistake, and, after being publicly blame

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  • Cover image for Elizabeth Is Missing

    Elizabeth Is Missing

    Emma Healey

    Elizabeth Is Missing

    Emma Healey

    In this darkly riveting debut novel, a sophisticated psychological mystery, one woman will stop at nothing to fiFInd her best friend, who seems to have gone missing. . . .

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    Dear Daughter

    Elizabeth Little

    Dear Daughter

    Elizabeth Little

    After being released from prison on a technicality, Janie Jenkins tracks down the one lead she has on her mother's real killer and is startled by what she uncovers about her mother's past in a smal

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  • Cover image for Before We Met

    Before We Met

    Lucie Whitehouse

    Before We Met

    Lucie Whitehouse

    When her husband disappears during a business trip to the U.S., Hannah, who believes she has married the perfect man, begins to have doubts when his co-workers tell a different story, prompting her

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