Reading Guides

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  1. Book ImageThe UnAmericans

    Molly Antopol

    * Longlisted for the National Book Award * A stunning exploration of characters shaped by the forces of history, the debut work of fiction by a 2013 National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree.More

  2. Book ImageThe Lives of Others

    Neel Mukherjee

    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Neel Mukherjee delivers a powerful, epic story of a family and a nation.More

  3. 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

  4. Book ImageOrfeo

    Richard Powers

    * New York Times Bestseller * Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize * Longlisted for the National Book Award * The National Book Award–winning author of The Echo Maker delivers a novel at once “magnificent and moving” (David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times).More

  5. Book ImageThree Bargains

    Tania Malik

    A tale of fathers and sons, the ties that bind, and the barriers of class that even love cannot break, Three Bargains is a stunning first novel, as potent, heart-stopping, and epic as Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner.More

  6. Book ImageThe Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl

    Arthur Allen

    From a laboratory in wartime Poland comes a fascinating story of anti-Nazi resistance and scientific ingenuity.More

  7. Book ImageArchangel

    Andrea Barrett

    "[Andrea Barrett's] work stands out for its sheer intelligence…The overall effect is quietly dazzling."—New York Times Book ReviewMore

  8. Book ImageThe Lobster Kings

    Alexi Zentner

    "Confirms what Touch already prophesied: Alexi Zentner is one of the greatest literary architects and mythmakers working today."—Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger's WifeMore

  9. Book ImageThe Wolf and the Watchman

    Scott C. Johnson

    Longlisted for the National Book AwardMore

  10. Book ImageBrewster

    Mark Slouka

    A 2013 Booklist Editors’ Choice: Best Adult Books for Young Adults

    A powerful story about an unforgettable friendship between two teenage boys and their hopes for escape from a dead-end town.More

  11. Book ImageFools

    Joan Silber

    LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD. “Emotionally, it’s astounding. ‘Linked’ doesn’t begin to describe the complex web Silber has woven. . . . Beautiful, intricate and wise.”—New York Times Book ReviewMore

  12. Book ImageFamily Life

    Akhil Sharma

    "Outstanding…Every page is alive and surprising, proof of [Sharma’s] huge, unique talent."—David SedarisMore

  13. Book ImageThe Last Summer of the Camperdowns

    Elizabeth Kelly

    “A witty, suspenseful tale of murder, marital conflict and agonizing secrets. . . . The exuberant story is transporting and delicious, a worthy summer read.”—PeopleMore

  14. Book ImageMannequin Girl

    Ellen Litman

    A heartfelt and deftly told coming-of-age story, Mannequin Girl captures the bleakness of Soviet Russia and the hopeful turmoil of adolescence.More

  15. Book ImageEvery Contact Leaves A Trace

    Elanor Dymott

    “Gorgeous . . . a murder mystery that’s also a brilliant meditation on love and memory and loss.”—Maile MeloyMore

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