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  • The Shining Girls

    The Shining Girls is what you get when you combine a time-traveling serial killer with one of his potential victims hell-bent on outwitting him. Creepy, mesmerizing and well written. Perfect for: • Lovers of sci-fi / serial killer novels. • Those looking for a clever take on a seasoned formula....


  • Salt: A World History

    I know. You’re wondering who on earth would read a book about SALT!!?? But bare with me: it’s fascinating. Not only does Kurlansky deliver an incredible narrative on the social, anthropological and historical emergence of civilization through the only rock we consume – he does so using wonderful characters and...


  • Alif the Unseen

    Meet Alif: as a brilliant internet hacker in an unnamed Middle Eastern country, he works to protect the government from censoring others unjustly on the web. When an unexpected twist, wrought by a love affair, forces him underground, he encounters the mystical realms of jinnis and the dark side of...


  • The Septembers of Shiraz

    In post-revolution Iran, Isaac Amin is arrested for being a spy. A former rare-gem dealer, Amin must face the consequences of false accusations and betrayal, while his wife and family negotiate being torn apart. Great for: • A fast-paced, well-written book. • Lovers of Middle Eastern fiction. • Those interested...


  • The Yacoubian Building

    Set in a former prestigious building in downtown Cairo, the novel uses a colorful cast of characters to explore the repercussions of the Gulf War and the slow erosion of modern Egyptian life. Great for: • Lovers of Middle Easter fiction. • Those interested in learning about the impact of...


  • Once We Were Brothers

    Elliott Rosenzweig is a Chicago philanthropist. Ben Solomon is a golf starter. Both are Holocaust survivors – or so it seems. When Elliott is accused of working as a former Nazi – the narrative delves into the story of a Christian boy taken in by a Jewish family who may...


  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    This was the LAST book that I thought I would love: it’s about endurance running. But that’s not really all it’s about. McDougall researches the Tarahumara Indian tribe in Mexico to understand how they’re able to run so far – and for so long. Through his research we meet wonderful...


  • The Language of Flowers

    Victoria Jones has a gift with flowers: through her arrangements she is able to fix other people’s troubles. Despite a challenging childhood – replete with a painful secret – Victoria must now learn to navigate a way towards healing herself and open up to a world of beauty that she...


  • Beautiful Ruins

    Critics went nuts for this sun-soaked story following interweaving lives set against the backdrop of – among many things – the fictitious town of Porto Vorgogna, Italy; the filming of the now-legendary disaster that became Cleopatra, and modern-day Hollywood. Jumping between present-day America and 1960s coastal Italy, the novel explores...


  • Loving Frank

    A scandalous novel based on the real-life affair between Mamah Borthwick and famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. One of my all-time favourites. Great for: • Readers who enjoy historical fiction • Anyone interested in powerful female narratives • Those unfamiliar with Wright’s earlier works and inspiration


  • Fall on Your Knees

    A gorgeous story spanning four generations of a Canadian family, this page-turner begins in the early 20th century when James Piper marries Materia, a teenage, Lebanese girl from a wealthy family. When the couple give birth to Kathleen, a dangerous obsession develops for which many family members will pay the...


  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Chabon’s brilliant read follows two cousins - Josef "Joe" Kavalier and Sammy Klayman – as they enter the comic-book business. A phenomenal exploration of the effects of WWII on Jewish refugees and the role of creativity in releasing responses to injustice, this novel...


  • A People’s History of the United States

    A modern-day classic, Zinn explores American history from the perspective of the oppressed. Chronicling the earliest decades of Native Americans to the final moments of the 20th century, this book makes the perfect present for the history buff with a conscience. Great for: Readers interested in American history told from...


  • A Tale for the Time Being

    16-year-old Nao is bullied and ponders ending her life in a café in Tokyo while recording her deepest thoughts (and admiration of her 104-year-old Zen Buddhist great-grandmother) in her newly purchased diary; on an island in British Columbia, a writer named Ruth finds a diary washed up – perhaps debris...


  • Reconstructing Amelia

    Kate Baron is a high-powered attorney at one of Manhattan’s leading litigation firms. When her beautiful, smart and dutiful daughter, Amelia, commits suicide at her prestigious Brooklyn high school, Kate starts a harrowing journey into the hidden parts of her daughter’s life.  In this riveting book, chapters jump between Kate...


  • The Things They Carried

    Few writers can bring the devastation, existential pointlessness and horror of the Vietnam War into our psyche like Tim O’Brien: considered a modern classic, The Things they Carried, sifts through past and present to offer a compelling, honest look at characters experiencing the emotional trauma and ultimate salvation that penetrates...


  • Drown

    This spectacular collection of linked, short stories told from a Dominican immigrant’s perspective, gives new meaning to carsickness. Explore Diaz’s dazzling patois and his clever examinations of the role of poverty, hopelessness and familial and sexual love in a Latino community.Great for:An introduction to the short story formReaders looking to...


  • The Chocolate Money

    Norton writes an amusing (and disturbing) debut novel with some wicked sentences (and an even more wicked mother: Joan Collins ain’t got nuthin’ on this woman) in this story about Bettina Ballentyne, daughter of chocolate heiress (and certifiable nutjob) Babs Ballentyne; Babs routinely exposes her daughter to a sexually promiscuous,...


  • Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

    In her generous collection of advice, taken from her feverishly followed Dear Sugar column on rumpus.net, Cheryl Strayed (author of the popular memoir, Wild), offers her poetic bursts of inspiration and empathy pertaining to the pain, joy, suffering and redemption that accompany us along humankind's journey. Great for:  Anyone experiencing a difficult time...


  • Defending Jacob

    In this fast-paced novel, we meet Andy Barber, an assistant district attorney whose 14-year-old son gets put on trial for a shocking crime: a compulsive read.Great for:John Grisham (the early years) loversReaders of legal thrillersA solid courtroom drama


  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home

    In Tell the Wolves I’m Home, June Elbus, our fourteen-year-old narrator, loses her beloved uncle, Finn (a respected artist) to AIDS in the opening chapters. A lover of medieval paraphernalia and a loner, June feels more isolated than ever before meeting someone who takes her on a different journey. Set during...


  • Ready Player One

    The year is 2044: Wade Wyatt plugs himself into the virtual system OASIS to escape his grim reality; however, things get a little nutty as he collects an audience while trying to complete the game's complex puzzles.  Great for:  anyone who grew up in the eighties and nineties a fun...


  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

    What’s going on in Mr. Penumbra’s San Francisco bookshop? Customers come in and never seem to buy anything: when Clay Jannon is hired as the late-night clerk (after losing his software job), he discovers strange happenings in the data he builds to understand the peculiarity of the store. An eccentric,...


  • Homesick

    Noa and Amir, a young couple in love, move into a small apartment in a tiny village in Israel. Near them live a grieving family who has lost a son in the Lebanon war, and watching them is Sadiq, whose family was driven from that very apartment when the State...


  • Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

    When Conor Grennan decides to travel the world to impress girls, he can never imagine how much his life will change: while volunteering at an orphanage in Nepal, he comes to understand the human trafficking problem in the country and its horrific consequences. On a mission to reunite these orphans...


  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist

    In this compelling narrative, Changez talks to an unidentified American stranger about his life before he returned to his present state in his native Pakistan: he was on the high track after graduating from Princeton, after which he moved to New York City where he was hired up by a...


  • The Invisible Bridge

    A beautiful yet heartbreaking story that follows two brothers through prewar and Nazi-occupied Hungary and France.  Great for: Those interested in Hungarian history Holocaust literature readers A love story set against impossible odds If you liked the book, rent the movie(s): 


  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    Who can resist this wonderful story told from the perspective of Enzo, a race-car loving, History Channel-fanatic of a Golden Retriever?Great For: Dog LoversMost readers (male & female)Smile-while-reading-yet-not-cheesy types.


  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

    As a former writer for television’s delicious comedy, Arrested Development, we can trust that Maria Semple knows a thing or two about using family dysfunction as a backdrop for telling a really good, really funny story. She does just this in her wonderfully written novel, told from the perspective of Bee,...


  • The Book Thief

    Death narrates this astonishing story of Liesel and her experiences, as a young, German girl, during WWII. Together with the Jewish man hidden in her basement, Liesel adapts to living in a world of horror and loss, punctuated by brief moments of beauty (highlighted through her love of books). An...