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Fiction Titles

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Set in France and Germany during World War II, this lyrical novel tells the story of two young people--one blind French girl lovingly protected by her father, and one German boy in the heart of Hitler's youth movement--whose lives intersect at a critical moment. "Easily one of the best books of the year and not to be missed." (BookPage)

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Based on true events, this novel tells the story of two Southern families--one in rural Tennessee in the 1930s, and one in current-day South Carolina--whose fates are intertwined because of the Tennessee Children's Home Society. "Riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting." (Library Journal)

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
The night of a school fundraiser, tensions over classroom bullying turn deadly as parents who have had one too many cocktails argue, and one falls over the balcony railing. Everyone seems to have their own secrets, so murder may or may not be clear-cut. “Funny and thrilling, page-turning but with emotional depth.” (Booklist)

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
An infant's disappearance causes her parents to be investigated, uncovering long-held secrets and questionable decisions. Author Lisa Gardner calls it "provocative and shocking."

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
A transformative character novel featuring 30 year-old Eleanor, socially awkward and misunderstood, whose courage to change and come to terms with her past will inspire us all. "Wacky, charming, hilarious, and moving." (People Magazine)

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
Young Londoners endure World War II with a mix of idealism, resilience, courage, and love as some are sent to the front, and others remain at home. "Cleave’s latest novel portrays the irrepressible hopefulness that can arise in the face of catastrophe." (Publisher's Weekly)

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
A troubled Vietnam veteran moves his family to the Alaskan wilderness, where the challenges of living off the grid compare only to the reality of a family falling apart. "An unforgettable portrait of a family's frailty and resilience." (St. Martin's Press)

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
The most recent woman to die in the river at a spot the locals call the Drowning Pool leaves behind a 15 year-old daughter and a sister who want to prove that none of the drownings were suicides. "Taps a rich vein of psychological menace and social unease." (Vogue)

Little Fires by Celeste Ng
Set in Shaker Heights Ohio, a riveting novel of a respected family thrown into chaos by a mother and daughter's arrival in their community and involvement in a custody battle. "A magnificent, multilayered epic." (Library Journal)

A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
A curmudgeonly older man and his new neighbors form an unlikely friendship in this debut novel, which may be "the most charming book of the year." (Booklist)

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Anna's dream to become the first female diver to work on Naval shipwrecks parallels her desire to learn the truth about her father's disappearance years ago, possibly at the hands of the gangster she's just met. "A big, twisty, traditional novel set during the Depression and World War II." (BookPage)

The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionn
A haunting suspense novel set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, narrated by a woman raised in captivity who now quests to bring her father to justice using the tracking skills he taught her. "Well-crafted, eerie, and unnerving." (Library Journal)

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. The suspenseful, romantic, heartbreaking story of two courageous, yet very different sisters who played a part in the French Resistance during World War II. “A moving, emotional tribute to the brave women who fought behind enemy lines during the war.” (Booklist)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The blockbuster movie of the year was first a wild ride of a novel, set in a near-future Columbus, Ohio. Society has collapsed and humans spend their days in the Oasis, a virtual reality gaming world where the prize--immeasurable wealth and complete control--is won at great real-life cost. "An unapologetic romp with brains and style." (Library Journal)

The Secret Place by Tana French. A gripping murder mystery set on the grounds of a Catholic girls’ school in Dublin, this novel is intricately structured and compellingly narrated. “French succeeds yet again in both wholly satisfying and deeply unsettling the reader.” (Library Journal)

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
A white supremacist couple demands that Ruth Jefferson, a black labor and delivery nurse, not touch their baby. When the baby dies suddenly, Ruth is put on trial for murder despite having followed her hospital's instructions. This novel "provides inspiration for a much-needed conversation about race and prejudice in America." (Publisher's Weekly)

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Set in the future, 20 years after a pandemic flu killed 99.9% of the world’s population, this inventive novel follows a band of Shakespearean performers as they travel in a world where electricity, phones, and transportation are all relics of a haunting past. “This is a brilliantly constructed, highly literary, postapocalyptic page-turner.” (Library Journal)

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
A barbeque between new friends becomes a life-altering event for both parents and children, told in Moriarty's inimitable style. "A provocative and gripping read." (Library Journal)

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
The National Book Award winning novel is "a daring modern masterpiece." (BookPage) Cora, a third-generation slave, flees her plantation and travels from Georgia north via a literal underground railroad. An important and highly imaginative work of fiction.

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown
A year after Billie Flanagan's disappearance, her teenage daughter refuses to believe she's dead. Her husband, deep in grief, retraces the path of their life together and concludes that Billie was not who they thought. "A gripping family drama that focuses on the choices we make and the ties that bind us to the ones we love." (Publisher's Weekly)

Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Appropriate for readers ages 9 to 109. August Pullman, born with a severe facial deformity, has never attended school before. Now that his surgeries are behind him, he's entering fifth grade at Beecher Prep. Auggie is used to people treating him differently because of how he looks, but he, his family, and his fellow students are not prepared for the experiences-both good and bad-that school will bring. "Few first novels pack more of a punch: it's a rare story with the power to open eyes-and hearts-to what it's like to be singled out for a difference you can't control, when all you want is to be just another face in the crowd." (Publisher's Weekly)

Nonfiction Titles

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly
The astronaut logging the most hours in space reveals the true adventures and harsh realities of life in space. "An inspirational story of true endurance under pressure." (Publisher's Weekly)

Tell Me More: And 11 Other Important Things I'm Learning To Say by Kelly Corrigan
With her trademark humor, wit, and empathy, Corrigan explores 12 phrases she has learned to use in order to build and cherish important relationships. "Moving and deeply personal, Corrigan's portraits of love and loss urge readers to speak more carefully and hold on tighter to the people they love." (Kirkus Reviews)

Also Available

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam

Unwind by Neal Shusterman