Reading Guides





Reading Guides

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  1. 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
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  2. Book ImageWide Sargasso Sea

    Jean Rhys, Edwidge Danticat

    This “tour de force” (New York Times Book Review) celebrates its 50th anniversary.More

  3. Book ImageThe American Lover

    Rose Tremain

    “A collection of stylish daring, tonal mastery and smart, tough love.”—New York Times Book ReviewMore

  4. 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

  5. Book ImageMothers, Tell Your Daughters

    Bonnie Jo Campbell

    From the author of National Book Award finalist American Salvage comes a dazzling and suspenseful new story collection.More

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Book ImageDragonfish

    Vu Tran

    A New York Times Notable Book of 2015

    "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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Book ImageThe Green Road

    Anne Enright

    Longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.More

  14. Book ImageParis Red

    Maureen Gibbon

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

  15. Book ImageNight at the Fiestas

    Kirstin Valdez Quade

    A New York Times Notable Book of 2015

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

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