New York Times Bestseller | Oprah Book Club Pick PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction | Book Club Favorite Frequent Community & Campus Reads Selection Published April 2016 | 400 pp
A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy.
#1 New York Times Bestseller | Book Club Favorite Frequent Community Reads Selection Published April 2018 | 400 pp
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world.
Before We Were Yours
New York Times Bestseller | Southern Book Prize Winner Book Club Favorite | Frequent Community Reads Selection Published June 2017 | 352 pp
Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.
New York Times Bestseller | National Book Award Finalist Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalist | Book Club Favorite Frequent Community & Campus Reads Selection Published February 2017 | 496 pp
In this gorgeous, page-turning saga, four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from a home they never knew.
Make Your Home Among Strangers
New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice Winner of the International Latino Book Sward Frequent Campus Reads Selection Published August 2015 | 400 pp
Pulled between life at college and the needs of those she loves, Lizet, the daughter of Cuban immigrants, is faced with difficult decisions that will change her life forever. Urgent and mordantly funny, Make Your Home Among Strangers tells the moving story of a young woman torn between generational, cultural, and political forces; it's the new story of what it means to be American today.
National Book Award Finalist for Young Adult Literature Frequent Community, School & Campus Read Selection Published October 2018 | 320 pp
Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive.
Walking to Listen
Featured on NPR’s This American Life | Featured on The Moth Frequent Community & Campus Reads Selection Published March 2017 | 400 pp
At 23, Andrew Forsthoefel headed out the back door of his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, with a backpack, an audio recorder, his copies of Whitman and Rilke, and a sign that read "Walking to Listen." He had just graduated from Middlebury College and was ready to begin his adult life, but he didn’t know how. So he decided to take a cross-country quest for guidance, one where everyone he met would be his guide.
A Piece of the World
New York Times Bestseller | Maine Literary Award Nautilus Award | New England Society Book Award Book Club Favorite | Frequent Community Reads Selection Published January 2018 | 320 pp
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the smash bestseller Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting Christina’s World. Told in evocative and lucid prose, A Piece of the World is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.
The Last Ballad
Southern Book Prize Winner | ALA Best Book of 2017 Frequent Community & Campus Reads Selection | Book Club Favorite Published October 2017 | 384 pp
The New York Times bestselling author of the celebrated A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy returns with this eagerly awaited new novel, set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events. Thechronicle of an ordinary woman’s struggle for dignity and her rights in a textile mill, The Last Ballad is a moving tale of courage in the face of oppression and injustice, with the emotional power of Ron Rash’s Serena, Dennis Lehane’s The Given Day, and the unforgettable films Norma Rae and Silkwood.
Love and Other Consolation Prizes
IndieNext List | Book Club Favorite Frequent Community Reads Selection Published September 2017 | 320 pp
From the bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet comes a powerful novel, inspired by a true story, about a boy whose life is transformed at Seattle’s epic 1909 World’s Fair.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
New York Times Bestseller | IndieNext List Asian-Pacific American Award for Literature Frequent Community, School & Campus Reads Selection Book Club Favorite | Published April 2011 | 400 pp
Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart.
A Well Behaved Woman
Book Club Favorite | Frequent Community Reads Selection Published October 2018 | 400 pp
The riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded-Age New York, from the New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.
New York Times Bestseller | IndieNext List Frequent Community Reads Selection | Book Club Favorite Published August 2016 | 710 pp
For readers of The Nightingale and Sarah's Key, inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades.
MIstress of the Ritz
Published May 2019 | 400 pp
A captivating novel based on the story of the extraordinary real-life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II—while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hôtel Ritz in Paris—from the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator's Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue.
The Orphan's Tale
Book Club Favorite | Frequent Community Reads Selection Published February 2017 | 352 pp
A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival
The Weight of Ink
National Jewish Book Award Winner | USA Today Bestseller Book Club Favorite | Frequent Community Reads Selection Published June 2017 | 576 pp
An intellectual and emotional jigsaw puzzle of a novel for readers of A. S. Byatt’s Possession and Geraldine Brooks’s People of the Book. Electrifying and ambitious, sweeping in scope and intimate in tone, The Weight of Ink is a sophisticated work of historical fiction about women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order to reconcile the life of the heart and mind.
Sold on a Monday
New York Times Bestseller | USA Today Bestseller Frequent Community Reads Selection | Book Club Favorite Published August 2018 | 352 pp
From bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes another unforgettable novel inspired by a stunning piece of history. Inspired by an actual newspaper photograph that stunned the nation, Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and the unexpected paths that bring us home.
NEA Big Read Library Selection | Book Club Favorite Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award Frequent Community & Campus Reads Selection Published February 2011 | 224 pp
In Burning Bright, Pen/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Serena, Ron Rash, captures the eerie beauty and stark violence of Appalachia through the lives of unforgettable characters. With this masterful collection of stories that span the Civil War to the present day, Rash, a supremely talented writer who “recalls both John Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy” (The New Yorker), solidifies his reputation as a major contemporary American literary artist.
Girl Waits With Gun
New York Times Bestseller | IndieNext Pick Frequent Community Reads Selection | Book Club Favorite Published September 2015 | 448 pp
Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.
The Secret of Clouds
Published February 2019 | 368 pp
From the #1 international bestselling author of The Lost Wife and The Velvet Hours comes an emotionally charged story about a mother's love, a teacher's promise, and a child's heart.....
The Women in the Castle
New York Times Bestseller | IndieNext List Frequent Community Reads Selection | Book Club Favorite Published March 2017 | 368 pp
Three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they hold. Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined—an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good Breeding.
Published January 2019 | 320 pp
An ordinary town is transformed by a mysterious illness that triggers perpetual sleep in this mesmerizing novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Age of Miracles.
No One Is Coming to Save Us
Inaugural Sarah Jessica Parker Book Club Central Pick NCAA Image Award Winner | Book Club Favorite Frequent Community Reads Selection Published April 2017 | 384 pp
No One Is Coming to Save Us is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice: with echoes of The Great Gatsby it is an arresting and powerful novel about an extended African American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream. In evocative prose, Stephanie Powell Watts has crafted a full and stunning portrait that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate glimpse into the hearts of one family.
The Secrets Between Us
IndieNext List | Book Club Favorite Frequent Community Reads Selection Published June 2018 | 368 pp
Bhima, the unforgettable main character of Thrity Umrigar’s beloved national bestseller The Space Between Us, returns in this triumphant sequel—a poignant and compelling novel in which the former servant struggles against the circumstances of class and misfortune to forge a new path for herself and her granddaughter in modern India.
#1 New York Times Bestseller | Book Club Favorite Adopted by more than 100 Community & Campus Reads Programs Published April 2013 | 320 pp
Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train is an unforgettable story of friendship and second chances that highlights a little-known but historically significant movement in America’s past. Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.
Orphan Train Girl
Young Readers Edition of #1 New York Times Bestseller ORPHAN TRAIN Frequent School-Wide Read Selection Published May 2018 | 240 pp
This young readers’ edition of Christina Baker Kline’s #1 New York Times bestselling novel Orphan Train follows a twelve-year-old foster girl who forms an unlikely bond with a ninety-one-year old woman.
The Only Woman in the Room
Published January 2019 | 272 pp
A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication, The Only Woman in the Room is a masterpiece.
The Other Einstein
IndieNext List | Book Club Favorite Frequent Community Reads Selection Published October 2016 | 304 pp
In the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe, The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein's enormous shadow. It is the story of Einstein's wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.
The Aviator's Wife
New York Times Bestseller | IndieNext List Book Club Favorite | Frequent Community Reads Selection Published January 2013 | 416 pp
Drawing on the rich history of the twentieth century—from the late twenties to the mid-sixties—and featuring cameos from such notable characters as Joseph Kennedy and Amelia Earhart, The Aviator’s Wife is a vividly imagined novel of a complicated marriage—revealing both its dizzying highs and its devastating lows. With stunning power and grace, Melanie Benjamin provides new insight into what made this remarkable relationship endure.
Becoming Mrs. Lewis
USA Today Bestseller | Publishers Weekly Bestseller Book Club Favorite | Frequent Community Reads Selection Published October 2018 | 416 pp
From New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan comes an exquisite novel of Joy Davidman, the woman C. S. Lewis called "my whole world." When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis--known as Jack--she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Love, after all, wasn't holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding a love that even the threat of death couldn't destroy.
Monthly Muse for February 2019: “Love, whether newly born or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create a sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance that it overflows upon the outward world.” - Nathanial Hawthorne