Golden Hill by Francis SpuffordGolden Hill
by Francis Spufford

In 1746, a man named Smith arrives in New York City, population 7,000, in his hand, a bill for 1,000 pounds payable in New York. No one can vouch for him, and he won't explain why he needs so much money. Why should New Yorkers trust him? Smith is forced to wait 60 days for the arrival of a ship from London to verify the transfer. Thus starts this wild adventure, in the rarest of commodities, the modern-day picaresque novel: the trickster or innocent wandering through the world, digging beneath convention to unearth hidden truths about how we behave toward one another. - David Keymer for Library Journal

Genre: Historical Fiction

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The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasThe Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two very different worlds: one is her home in a poor black urban neighborhood; the other is the tony suburban prep school she attends and the white boy she dates there. Her bifurcated life changes dramatically when she is the only witness to the unprovoked police shooting of her unarmed friend Khalil. As the case becomes national news, violence erupts in her neighborhood, and Starr finds herself and her family caught in the middle. Beautifully written in Starr’s authentic first-person voice, this is an important book that demands the widest possible readership. - Michael Cart for Booklist

Genre: Young Adult; Contemporary Fiction; Realistic Fiction

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The Diviners by Libba BrayThe Diviners
by Libba Bray

After humiliating her parents with her unrestrained behavior at a party, privileged young Evie O'Neill is sent to live with her eccentric uncle in New York City - a "punishment" that utterly delights Evie, who can't wait to mix with Ziegfield girls and sneak into some big-city speakeasies (it's the Roaring Twenties). But when her Uncle Will, curator of the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, is called on to help solve a rash of bizarre, other-worldly murders, Evie is drawn in to the investigations because of a special ability she's tried to keep secret. Check out the audiobooks narrated by January LaVoy, including number two in the series, Lair of Dreams. The third book in the series, Before the Devil Breaks You, is due out on October 3, 2017.

Genre: Young Adult; Historical Fiction; Fantasy/Paranormal

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Infant Massage by Vimala McClureInfant Massage
by Vimala McClure

In this completely updated version of her renowned classic, Vimala McClure, founder of the International Association of Infant Massage, and its premier proponent in the United States, helps you master the techniques of infant massage so you can incorporate this joyful and wonderful healing art into your baby's life. She shows you why a daily massage can be one of the greatest gifts you give your child... and yourself.

Genre: Family; Parenting; Nonfiction


Llama Llama Gives Thanks by Anna Dewdney (Board Book)Llama Llama Gives Thanks (Board Book)
by Anna Dewdney

It's Thanksgiving time for Llama Llama and his family! That means yummy foods and autumn leaves and being thankful for everything from pumpkin pies to blue skies. Thanksgiving may only come once year, but in Llama's family, giving thanks is always here!

Genre: Children's

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Secrets in Summer by Nancy ThayerSecrets in Summer
by Nancy Thayer

After her marriage ends in an ugly divorce, librarian Darcy Cotterill retreats to her late grandmother’s home on Nantucket, settling into a routine as a year-round resident. She rebuilds her life with new friends, a great job, and a boyfriend, but her past comes back to haunt her when her ex-husband rents a nearby house for the summer. Their homes are separated by a hedge, allowing Darcy to hear the goings-on in her ex’s yard—including an encounter between his stepdaughter Willow and a local bad boy. Darcy steps in, and she soon finds that she and Willow are kindred spirits. Together with Mimi, an elderly neighbor with a wicked sense of humor, and Susan, the woman next door whose marriage seems to be falling apart, the women spend a memorable summer forgiving the people who have wronged them and celebrating the power of friendship. - Nanette Donahue for Booklist

Genre: Contemporary Fiction; Romance; Women's Live and Relationships

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Say Zoop! by Hervé TulletSay Zoop!
by Hervé Tullet

Make some noise! Shout "OH!" Whisper "oh!" Say "Zoop"? Yes! "Zoop!" "Zoop!" "Zoop!" The newest book from Hervé Tullet magically responds with bursts of color and moving shapes, empowering children by letting their imaginations liberate and direct each page's reaction. Tullet's books define the genre of participatory bookmaking, encouraging readers to explore and interact with the physical book in all its dimensions.

Genre: Children's

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Put 'em Up! By Sherri Brooks VintonPut 'em Up!
by Sherri Brooks Vinton

With simple step-by-step instructions and 175 delicious recipes, this book will have even the timidest beginners filling pantries and freezers in no time! Put ’em Up! includes complete how-to information for every kind of preserving: refrigerating, freezing, air- and oven-drying, cold- and hot-pack canning, and pickling. Sherri Brooks Vinton includes recipes that range from the contemporary and daring — Wasabi Beans and Salsa Verde — to the very best versions of tried-and-true favorites, including Classic Crock Pickles and Orange Marmalade. - Goodreads review

Genre: Nonfiction;
Cookbooks; Reference

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The Wendy Project by Melissa Jane Osborne and Veronic FlushThe Wendy Project
by Melissa Jane Osborne and Veronic Flush

16-year-old Wendy Davies crashes her car into a lake on a late summer night in New England with her two younger brothers in the backseat. When she wakes in the hospital, she is told that her youngest brother, Michael, is dead. Wendy — a once rational teenager – shocks her family by insisting that Michael is alive and in the custody of a mysterious flying boy. Placed in a new school, Wendy negotiates fantasy and reality as students and adults around her resemble characters from Neverland. Given a sketchbook by her therapist, Wendy starts to draw. But is The Wendy Project merely her safe space, or a portal between worlds? - Goodreads

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy; Graphic Novel

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Evicted by Matthew DesmondEvicted
by Matthew Desmond

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Harvard sociologist examines the under-represented challenge of eviction as a formidable cause of poverty in America, revealing how millions of people are wrongly forced from their homes and reduced to cycles of extreme disadvantage that are reinforced by dysfunctional legal systems. Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

Genre: Nonfiction; Sociology and Culture

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The Essex Serpent by Sarah PerryThe Essex Serpent
by Sarah Perry

Secret love and the suggestion of something unearthly moving in the Essex Blackwater drive the intricate plot of this atmospheric historical novel about Cora Seaborne, a widow visiting Colchester with her companion, ostensibly to explore the estuary for fossils. A medieval “winged serpent” myth still holds the inhabitants of Aldwinter in thrall, despite the best efforts of the local rector, Will Ransome. As the tale wends its way through mysterious disappearances, fog-laden visions, suspicion, and tragedy, it seems as if the monster is real. The vivid, often frightening imagery and the lush descriptions create a magical background for the sensual love story between Cora and Will. -Jen Baker for Booklist

Genre: Historical Fiction; Literary Fiction

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Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile MeloyDo Not Become Alarmed
by Maile Meloy

Liv and Nora, who are cousins, decide to take their families on a cruise. Both have an eleven-year-old and a younger child as well. At one of the ports, the moms take the children out with another family they met on the ship. All goes well until the children, in a brief moment, aren’t observed and disappear. From here the nightmare begins, and the story alternates between what is happening to the children and the adults. The story is gripping and the characters are well-developed. The book explores family and marital dynamics, race, privilege, guilt, and responsibility. -Mary Bennett for LibraryReads.

Genre: Thriller; Mystery; Domestic Fiction

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You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine LeirisYou Will Not Have My Hate
by Antoine Leiris

A book that no one would ever want to write proves powerfully, painfully difficult to read. One of the many casualties of the November 2015 terrorist attack on concertgoers at the Bataclan Theater in Paris was Leiris’ young wife, the mother of their 17-month-old son. His grief transcends any attempt at literary criticism, but his craft as a journalist allows him to focus on detail and avoid the bathos of sentimentality, thus allowing his shellshocked horror to stand on its own. - Kirkus Reviews

Genre: Memoir

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Whereas by Layli Long SoldierWhereas
by Layli Long Soldier

WHEREAS confronts the coercive language of the United States government in its responses, treaties, and apologies to Native American peoples and tribes, and reflects that language in its officiousness and duplicity back on its perpetrators. Through a virtuosic array of short lyrics, prose poems, longer narrative sequences, resolutions, and disclaimers, Layli Long Soldier has created a brilliantly innovative text to examine histories, landscapes, her own writing, and her predicament inside national affiliations.

Genre: Poetry

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The Novel of the Century by David BellosThe Novel of the Century
by David Bellos

A narrative account of the story behind Victor Hugo's literary masterpiece describes how he wrote the book under violent conditions and during exile, the considerable measures that were required for its publication and its various stage and screen interpretations. -NoveList

Genre: History; Books About Books

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Words are My Matter by Ursula K. Le GuinWords are My Matter
by Ursula K. Le Guin

This collection of writing about writing by multi-award-winning author Le Guin includes talks, essays, introductions, and book  reviews. The reviews alone make this a volume worth savoring, but the novelist's essays concerning the future of literature are of special note.

Genre: Literary Criticism; Essays; Books About Books

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Nabokov's Favorite Word is Mauve by Ben BlattNaboko'vs Favorite Word is Mauve
by Ben Blatt

Statistician Ben Blatt applies data analysis techniques to the work of hundreds of authors to extract insights into literary art and human psychology. Blatt applies his techniques to look at topics such as adverb usage, the relationship between word choice and gender, and trends in writing complexity. Blatt provides amiable and intelligent narration, and literature enthusiasts will enjoy the hypotheses he poses and his imaginative methods. 

Genre: Writing; Language; Books About Books

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Small Great Things by Jodi PicoultSmall Great Things
by Jodi Picoult

A black neonatal nurse is charged with causing the death of a white supremacist’s newborn baby. The story is told from the points of view of the nurse, her attorney, and the baby’s heartbroken father. As always, Picoult’s attention to legal, organizational, and medical details help the tale ring true. What sets this book apart, though, are the uncomfortable points it makes about racism. The novel is both absorbing and thought-provoking, and will surely spark conversations among friends, families and book clubs. - Laurie Van Court for LibraryReads

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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Carve the Mark by Veronica RothCarve the Mark
by Veronica Roth

Roth (the Divergent series) returns with a gripping space opera about two individuals who share a planet but come from very different worlds. Cyra belongs to the ruling family of the Shotet, a people wrestling for planetary power against the gentle, prophetic Thuvhesit. Like all people, Cyra has a “currentgift” bestowed by the galactic current that connects all living things, but hers is darker than most: she lives in debilitating pain, eased only when she unleashes it on another—a fearsome spectacle that her cruel, power-hungry brother often forces her to employ. Akos, raised among the Thuvhesit and kidnapped by the Shotet, has a similarly singular currentgift: his touch relieves Cyra of her pain. Forced together, the two become hesitant friends and unlikely allies as the simmering tension between their two nations reaches new heights. - Publisher's Weekly Staff Review

Also available as a CD Audiobook!

Genre: Young Adult Fiction; Science Fiction; Fantasy

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The Sleepwalker by Chris BohjalianThe Sleepwalker
by Chris Bohjalian

When Annalee Ahlberg, an extreme sleepwalker, goes missing, her children fear the worst. Her older daughter, Lianna, once pulled her back from the ledge of the Gale River bridge. So when police discover a small swatch of fabric ripped and hanging from a tree branch, it seems almost certain that Annalee is dead. But as Detective Rikert continues to stop by the Ahlbergs' Victorian home, Lianna begins to question why he knows so much about her mother. - NoveList Review

Also available as a CD Audiobook!

Genre: Thriller: Mystery; Suspense; Fiction

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Faithful by Alice HoffmanFaithful
by Alice Hoffman

With only a touch of her usual magical realism, Hoffman crafts a tale that still manages to enchant. In Faithful, a young girl who survives a car accident that almost kills her best friend spends the next decade doing penance to try and alleviate her guilt. Despite her best efforts to avoid it, love, hope, and forgiveness patiently shadow her as she slowly heals. Shelby is a complex character and through her internal growth Hoffman reveals that she is a person worthy of love, a bit of sorcery that readers will hold dear. Simply irresistible. - Sharon Layburn for LibraryReads

Genre: Contemporary Fiction; Coming-of-Age Stories

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Everything, Everything by Nicola YoonEverything, Everything
by Nicola Yoon

The story of a teenage girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more. -NoveList Review

Genre: Young Adult Fiction; Romance

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Once and For All by Sarah DessenOnce and For All
by Sarah Dessen

Cynical about happy endings, Louna, the daughter of a wedding planner, initally holds Ambrose at arm's length, but Ambrose has finally found someone to save him from his serial dating ways, and he's not about to be discouraged. - NoveList Review

Also available on CD audiobook!

Genre: Young Adult Fiction; Romance

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Pachinko by Min Jin LeePachinko
by Min Jin Lee

A sprawling and immersive historical work that tells the tale of one Korean family’s search for belonging, exploring questions of history, legacy, and identity across four generations. In the Japanese-occupied Korea of the 1910s, young Sunja accidentally becomes pregnant, and a kind, tubercular pastor offers to marry her and act as the child’s father. Together, they move away from Busan and begin a new life in Japan. In Japan, Sunja and her Korean family suffer from seemingly endless discrimination, and yet they are also met with moments of great love and renewal. As Sunja’s children come of age, the novel reveals the complexities of family national history. - Publisher's Weekly Review

Genre: Historical Fiction; Family Sagas

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine ArdenThe Bear and the Nightingale
by Katherine Arden

We journey to 14th century Russia where the old ways still hold sway in the outlying villages and spirits and magical creatures are real. When Vasya’s stepmother and the new village priest try to end the pagan offerings, it us up to Vasya to stop the Bear from awakening. Can she find the strength to accept who she really is and protect her family and village? -Joseph Jones for NoveList

Genre: Historical Fantasy; Mythological Fiction

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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen KingThe Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
by Stephen King

When a 9-year-old girl becomes lost on a hike on the Appalachian Trail, she relies on her courage and faith, as she imagines her hero, legendary Red Sox closer Tom Gordon, is with her. -NoveList Review

Genre: Thriller

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrAll the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

Set during World War II Europe, this novel is sobering without being sentimental. The tension builds as the alternating, parallel stories of Werner and Marie-Laure unfold, and their paths cross. -Kelly Currie for NoveList

Our director, Diane Lynch, recommends the audiobook narrated by Zach Appelman

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo MbueBehold the Dreamers
by Imbolo Mbue

Now an Oprah's Book Club pick!

Call it a recession novel, or an immigrant tale -- both are true. In 2007, Manhattan-based Cameroonian immigrant Jende Jonga gets a job chauffeuring for Lehman Brothers executive Clark Edwards, easing the financial strain on his family. At first, all goes well, but problems in the Edwards' marriage lead to problems for the Jongas, and when Lehman falls, both families are caught up in the terrible aftermath. The Jongas -- at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder, fearing deportation -- have much more to lose than the wealthy Edwards family, but together provide a perspective on the accessibility (or lack thereof) of the American Dream, as well as a poignant look at globalization and immigrant life. -Shauna Griffin

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary; Literary Fiction

Similar: Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)