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  1. 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

  2. Book ImageSmoke Gets in Your Eyes

    Caitlin Doughty

    "Morbid and illuminating" (Entertainment Weekly)—a young mortician goes behind the scenes of her curious profession.More

  3. Book ImageThe Human Age

    Diane Ackerman

    Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award and the 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 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

  6. 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

  7. Book ImageMermaid

    Eileen Cronin

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

  8. Book ImageSaint Monkey

    Jacinda Townsend

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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Book ImageThe UnAmericans

    Molly Antopol

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

  12. Book ImageOrfeo

    Richard Powers

    New York Times Bestseller

    "Bravo, Richard Powers, for hitting so many high notes with Orfeo and contributing to the fraction of books that really matter." —Heller McAlpin, NPRMore

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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