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  • The Humans

      Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of humorous science fiction Readers interested in an alien sent to inhabit the body of a professor to stop the world from learning about his mathematic discovery. Fans of stories that tackle the existential questions.


  • When Breath Becomes Air

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Fans of philosophic medical memoirs. Readers interested in the story of a young neurosurgeon and how he deals with his terminal cancer diagnosis. Fans of learning about what makes a life worth living. And who have a tissue close by.


  • The Children

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Fans of contemporary, often humerous, fiction that explores wealthy, dysfunctional families. Readers interested in a seemingly perfect fiancé entering one family's realm, and the problems that ensue. Anyone who loves a character who collects mass followers by engaging in a false persona online by way of...


  • Mudbound

    Lovers of historical family fiction Readers interested in the story of a young woman struggling to raise her children on her husband’s farm when two young war veterans come to work the land. Fans of multi-perspective literature.


  • Before the Fall

    Fans of page-turning thriller/mysteries. Readers interested in the story of ten wealthy characters who perish in a plane crash at the beginning, and the two survivors who cause a media sensation. Anyone looking for a great mystery that you shouldn’t start on a plane.


  • The Girls

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Readers looking for strong writing that delivers a poignant coming-of-age story set in 1969. Anyone interested in the horrific murders committed by Charles Manson's followers, and what could have led young, American teen girls to partake in them. Lovers of disturbing-yet-insightful intellectual fiction that examines the...


  • The Year of the Runaways

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of Indian immigrant fiction. Readers interested in the past lives of four major characters who then meet up in the present. Anyone wondering what it's like to come to England illegally.


  • The Nest

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of page-turning fiction set in upper-crust NYC society. Readers looking for a story of four siblings fighting over an inheritance. Fans of multi-perspective fiction.


  • The Girl from Everywhere

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of time travel. Readers looking for a mystery that revolves around Honolulu in 1868. Fans of high fantasy YA.


  • A Little Life

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Readers looking for a story of four college friends moving to New York City. Lovers of disturbing, intellectual fiction. Anyone interested in the life of an up-and-coming artist in the city.


  • The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #2)

    Queen Kelsea waits for the invasion of the Tearling now that she has gone against the Red Queen by stopping the shipments of slaves to Mortmesne. As we learn more about the pre-Crossing era (and meet an ambiguous woman named Lily), the series takes it up a notch in a...


  • Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam #1)

    Humanity has succumbed to a plague. Genetically engineered perfection surrounds Snowman (formerly Jimmy) in the form of Children of Crake. Through his recollections, we learn about the demise of humanity, the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the love they both shared for Oryx. We travel with him through...


  • Station Eleven

    On the night that actor Arthur Leander drops dead during a performance of King Lear, the Georgia Flu starts killing off 99% of the population. Jumping back and forth through time, the novel explores the impact of loss and the domino effect that others may have on our lives and...


  • My Brilliant Friend (L’amica geniale #1)

    In this first in this much-lauded trilogy, Elena, now an older woman, recounts her tormented-yet-essential friendship with the captivating Lila Cerullo. She takes us back (with raw, beautiful prose) to their tough neighbourhood in Naples and traces the beginning of their arduous attachment up until their late teens. Perfect for:...


  • All the Light We Cannot See

    All you need to know: Marie-Laure is blind: she lives with her beloved father in Paris until the Germans come and occupy the city after which they flee to Saint-Malo. Werner is an orphan in Germany living with his sister, Jutta. After his genius with radios is discovered by the...


  • The Martian

    Astronaut Mark Watney is on Mars. The problem? He’s been stranded there for six days and has no contact with earth. In this gripping, clever tour de force, Weir brings us into a lonely world in which Mark must use his ingenuity before giving up completely. Perfect for: Lovers of...


  • The Golem and the Jinni

    In this whirlwind, fantastical story, Chava (a Golem from Jewish mysticism) and Ahmad (a Jinni from Arab folklore) are stranded, separately, in turn-of-the-century New York City. The ensuing story is too delicious to put here. You know if you’re interested in this kind of book. And if you are, just...


  • A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1)

    Diana Bishop has been in denial about her magical abilities: she is the last in a long line of witches, but wants – no, needs –  to believe that she’s come as far as she has as a scholar because of her intellect, not because of her magical legacy. When...


  • A House in the Sky

    In this gripping memoir, globetrotting, adventurer, Amanda Lindhout, is kidnapped after entering Somalia. Held for over a year, she must find a way to survive torture and abuse. Honest and raw, this well-written tale will both shock and inspire you. Perfect for: Almost all types of memoir lovers. Older teens...


  • Americanah

    This is the type of book that will change your perspective, probably forever: We first meet Ifemelu as a Nigerian living in the States: she is a fellow at Princeton and her blog (which examines the hypocrisies and complexities that make up race in the U.S., specifically American Black and...


  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

    A.J. Fikry leads a solitary life as the owner of Island Books: his wife has died unexpectedly and he spends more time arguing with his neighbors than trying to find ways to move his life in a different direction. Enter the quirky, Amelia, a rep for a publishing house, and...


  • I Am Pilgrim

    The mysterious, Pilgrim, a US spy of all spies (complete with shady history), globe-trots (literally, the book jumps from Thailand to London to Afghanistan) to prevent bad things from happening. This book is so good and well written that to write more just wouldn’t do this riveting plot any justice....


  • This is Where I Leave You

    When Judd Foxman’s father dies, Judd returns home, along with his equally dysfunctional siblings, to sit shiva with their nutty mother. For the full seven days. Having just walked in on his wife with his boss, Judd needs some time to figure out what he’s going to do next. Old...


  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

      Henrietta Lacks, a poor African American woman from Virginia, died young from an aggressive form of cancer; however, her cells, known as HeLa, lived on. Taken without her knowledge, HeLa cells played a role in many medical breakthroughs, including the cure for polio. Here is the story of Henrietta’s...


  • The Light Between Oceans

    In post-World World I Australia, Tom and Isabel, a lighthouse keeper and his wife, struggle with infertility and loss on an isolated island. When a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and an infant girl, Tom – desperate to please his grieving wife – accepts to raise the baby...


  • Astonish Me

    Spanning thirty years, and jumping from the opera house in Paris to suburbia in Southern California to the dance scene of NYC in the ‘70s, the novel centers around Joan, a ballerina in the corps of an American company who helps a brilliant, Russian dancer defect to the States early...


  • #GIRLBOSS

    Sophia Amoruso’s career in the fashion industry began when she stole a watch from Nordstrom at 17. As she moved her way up, Amoruso learned the ins and outs of how to run an online business, nastygal.com. #GIRLBOSS is a quirky memoir that not only inspires girls to work hard...


  • Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

    Fans of Allie Brosh’s lauded blog – Hyperbole and a Half – will be familiar with her brutally honest, outrageously funny, often cringe-worthy, sometimes-tragic stories from her child / young adulthood in this fantastic graphic memoir. Bouts of depression, questions of self-identity, whether her dog may be of lower-than-normal intelligence...


  • The Sisters Brothers

    Eli and Charlie Sisters are hired assassins. During The Gold Rush Era. Their boss is The Commodore. That’s already too much info. Jump on in.Perfect for:Lovers of the Coen brothers’ movies.Anyone looking for a Western-style book with some added spunk.  Those who appreciate dark wit and humour. 


  • The Night Circus

    Welcome to the magical world of Le Cirque de Revês (The Circus of Dreams): open only at night, appearing and leaving without warning. It sets the stage for a rivalry between two young love-struck magicians, who will play their game until one wins. Perfect for: • Those looking for a...