Reading Guides

Reading Guides

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  1. Book ImageQuartet for the End of Time

    Johanna Skibsrud

    A “cinematic . . . page-turner and a compassionate analysis of faith, memory, responsibility, and consequence.”—Molly Antopol, Fiction Writers ReviewMore

  2. Book ImageThe Lives of Others

    Neel Mukherjee

    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this “dazzling” (Entertainment Weekly) saga of epic scope is both a family and a political drama.More

  3. Book ImageThe Human Age

    Diane Ackerman

    Winner of the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature and the 2015 PEN New England Henry David Thoreau Prize.

    A dazzling, inspiring tour through the ways that humans are working with nature to try to save the planet.More

  4. Book ImageAn Italian Wife

    Ann Hood

    From the best-selling author of The Obituary Writer, the stirring multigenerational story of an Italian-American family.More

  5. Book ImageDragonfish

    Vu Tran

    "Vu Tran's Dragonfish is that rare hybrid marvel—a literary thriller, a narrative of migration and loss that upends the conventions of any form." —Dinaw Mengestu, author of All Our NamesMore

  6. Book ImageThe Love She Left Behind

    Amanda Coe

    A bitingly comic exploration of an unforgettably dysfunctional family, from a writer who wields great "comic rhythm" (The New Yorker). This ferociously funny family saga journeys into the mysteries of many kinds of love.More

  7. Book ImageThe Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl

    Arthur Allen

    “Thought-provoking. . . . [Allen] writes without sanctimony and never simplifies the people in his book or the moral issues his story inevitably raises.”—Wall Street JournalMore

  8. Book ImageThe Lobster Kings

    Alexi Zentner

    A mythical family saga steeped in the legends of the sea, The Lobster Kings is a "powerhouse of a novel" (Ben Fountain).More

  9. Book ImageThe Green Road

    Anne Enright

    Longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.More

  10. Book ImageParis Red

    Maureen Gibbon

    For readers of Girl with a Pearl Earring, a luminous and evocative novel of Édouard Manet’s muse.More

  11. Book ImageNight at the Fiestas

    Kirstin Valdez Quade

    Set in northern New Mexico, an astonishing, beautifully rendered debut about growing up in a land shaped by love, loss and violence.More

  12. Book ImageThe American Lover

    Rose Tremain

    A seductive new collection from the author of “varied, engrossing, and . . . astonishing” fiction (Richard Eder, Boston Globe).More

  13. Book ImageThe Unfortunate Importance of Beauty

    Amanda Filipacchi

    "A sure comic touch…smart and sweet…a tribute to the pleasures of friendship." —The New Yorker

    "Readers who'd like to spend a little time at the corner where a brisker Haruki Murakami meets a drier '30 Rock' would do well to seek out Filipacchi's radiantly intelligent and very funny novel." —San Francisco ChronicleMore

  14. Book ImageMermaid

    Eileen Cronin

    “Extraordinarily courageous; [Cronin] chronicles her journey to fit in and thrive with bravery and wit.”—O, The Oprah MagazineMore

  15. Book ImageFamily Life

    Akhil Sharma

    “Gorgeously tender at its core . . . beautiful, heartstopping. . . . Family Life really blazes.”—Sonali Deraniyagala, New York Times Book Review, front-page reviewMore

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