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

Similar: Midwives (Chris Bohjalian)


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

Similar: Graceling (Kristin Cashore)

 

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

Similar: S is for Silence (Sue Grafton)


 

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

Similar: The Fall of Lisa Bellow (Susan Perabo)


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

Similar: The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)



 

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

Similar: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (Jennifer Smith)


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

Similar: The Century Trilogy: Fall of Giants, Winter of the World, Edge of Eternity (Ken Follett)


 

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

Similar: Uprooted (Naomi Novik); The Girl With Ghost Eyes (M.H. Boroson)

 

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

Similar: Micro (Michael Crichton); The River at Night (Erica Ferencik)


 

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

Similar: Everyone Brave is Forgiven (Chris Cleave)


Grief Cottage by Gail GodwinGrief Cottage
by Gail Godwin


Moving in with his reclusive artist aunt after his mother's death, 11-year-old Marcus learns the story of a local cottage from which a family disappeared during a hurricane half a century earlier, a tragedy that compels him to explore the cottage, where he meets a ghost with a mysterious agenda. -NoveList Review

Genre: Southern Gothic; Literary Fiction

Similar: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Susanna Clarke); Great House (Nicole Krauss)




 

The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love
by Kristin Kimball


After interviewing Mark, a dynamic young farmer, 30-something Harvard-graduate, Kristin Kimball goes from being an unmarried journalist in Manhattan to a farming partner in the Adirondacks. The two fall in love and embark on a huge adventure: creating a sustainable farm on a co-op model using draft horses instead of tractors. - Dawn Towery for NoveList

Genre: Memoir; Nature Writing; Food Writing; Life Stories

Similar: The Quarter-Acre Farm (Spring Warren); The Big Tiny (Dee Williams)


 

You Don't Look Your Age.. and Other Fairy Tales
by Sheila Nevins


A famed television producer and president of HBO Documentary Films shares frank but lighthearted advice for today's women on how to navigate the challenges of pursuing a career in a man's world, balancing the responsibilities of a working parent, aging in a youth-obsessed culture and thriving as a feminist in a dynamic marriage. -NoveList Review

Genre: Memoir; Essays; Life Stories

Similar: I Feel Bad About My Neck (Nora Ephron)


Behold 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)


The Book of Jonas
by Stephen Dau


When his family is killed during an errant U.S. military operation in the Middle East, 15-year-old Jonas is sent to live with a foster family in America and struggles to adapt before revealing the heroics of a missing soldier who saved his life, a story that reveals a shocking secret to the soldier's grieving mother -NoveList Review

Genre: Psychological Fiction

Similar: The Yellow Birds (Kevin Powers)


The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonders of Consciousness
by Sy Montgomery


Octopuses have varied personalities and intelligence they show in myriad ways: endless trickery to escape enclosures and get food; jetting water playfully to bounce objects like balls; and evading caretakers by using a scoop net as a trampoline and running around the floor on eight arms. But with a beak like a parrot, venom like a snake, and a tongue covered with teeth, how can such a being know anything? And what sort of thoughts could it think? -NoveList Review

Genre: Nature Writing

Similar: All Things Bright and Beautiful (James Herriot)




The Barrowfields
by
Phillip Lewis


Growing up in an immense house of iron and glass on a North Carolina mountainside under the shadow of his brilliant, ambitious father, Henry flees his home when a tragedy triggers his father's fearsome breakdown. A first novel. - NoveList Review

Genre: Literary Fiction; Psychological Fiction; Southern Fiction

Similar: Go Set a Watchman (Harper Lee)