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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Book ImageMermaid

    Eileen Cronin

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

  6. Book ImageSaint Monkey

    Jacinda Townsend

    "[A] compelling debut…Townsend's writing [is] full of fresh turns of phrase and keen insights." —Anaya Mathis, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  7. Book ImageFamily Life

    Akhil Sharma

    Winner of the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award

    "Gorgeously tender at its core…beautiful, heartstopping…Family Life really blazes." —Sonali Deraniyagala, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  8. Book ImageThe Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons

    Goli Taraghi

    “Carries the flavor of the old world, its underlying ferocity leavened by a lyrical mysticism. . . . Her prose is transcendent.”—Washington PostMore

  9. 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

  10. Book ImageOrfeo

    Richard Powers

    A Chicago Tribune 'Best Books of 2014'
    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 his most emotionally charged novel to date, inspired by the myth of Orpheus.More

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Book ImageThe Wolf and the Watchman

    Scott C. Johnson

    Longlisted for the National Book Award and named a Washington Post Notable Book of the Year.More

  14. Book ImageBrewster

    Mark Slouka

    "Intense and elegiac…devastatingly agile." —New York Times Book ReviewMore

  15. 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

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