Reading Guides

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Book ImageThe Wolf and the Watchman

    Scott C. Johnson

    Longlisted for the National Book AwardMore

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Book ImageFamily Life

    Akhil Sharma

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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Book ImageSaint Monkey

    Jacinda Townsend

    A stunning debut novel of two girls raised in hardship, separated by fortune, and reunited through tragedy.More

  14. Book ImageThe UnAmericans

    Molly Antopol

    The UnAmericans, a stunning exploration of characters shaped by the forces of history, is the debut work of fiction by Molly Antopol, a 2013 National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree.More

  15. Book ImageMermaid

    Eileen Cronin

    A gorgeously crafted memoir about resilience, family, and forging your own way, by a woman born without legs.More

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