Reading Guides





Reading Guides

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  1. Book ImageCrescent

    Diana Abu-Jaber

    "Abu-Jaber's voluptuous prose features insights into the Arab American community that are wisely, warmly depicted."—San Francisco ChronicleMore

  2. Book ImageThe Cruelest Miles

    Gay Salisbury, Laney Salisbury

    "A stirring tale of survival, thanks to man's best friend." —Seattle TimesMore

  3. Book ImageThe Custodian of Paradise

    Wayne Johnston

    A Book-of-the-Month Club "Best Novel of 2007."More

  4. Book ImageDaughter of the Saints

    Dorothy Allred Solomon

    "Probably the best book ever written about polygamy. Neither an apologia nor an exposé."—Salt Lake City Tribune
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  5. Book ImageDaughters of the Samurai

    Janice P. Nimura

    "Nimura paints history in cinematic strokes and brings a forgotten story to vivid, unforgettable life." —Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a GeishaMore

  6. Book ImageDear Mrs. Lindbergh

    Kathleen Hughes

    "A compassionate exploration of a woman's life—between motherhood and dreaming, living the everyday and taking flight."—Jane Mendelsohn, author of I Was Amelia EarhartMore

  7. Book ImageDeep in the Shade of Paradise

    John Dufresne

    A favorite novel by “a generous and lyric storyteller” (San Francisco Chronicle) known for his tragicomic voice and unforgettable characters.More

  8. Book ImageThe Devoted

    Blair Hurley

    A spellbinding confession of what it means to abandon one life for another, The Devoted asks what it takes, and what you’ll sacrifice, to find enlightenment.More

  9. Book ImageDo Not Say We Have Nothing

    Madeleine Thien

    Winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award // Finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

    "A powerfully expansive novel…Thien writes with the mastery of a conductor." —New York Times Book ReviewMore

  10. Book ImageDogs at the Perimeter

    Madeleine Thien

    The second novel by the Man Booker Prize shortlisted author Madeleine Thien is "beautiful, deeply moving, [and] addresses universal questions" (Independent).More

  11. Book ImageDragonfish

    Vu Tran

    A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year

    "Note-perfect. Heartbreaking. Profound…[A] polished dagger of a novel that will cut out your heart." —Charles Bock, New York Times best-selling author of Beautiful ChildrenMore

  12. Book ImageDrawn to the Rhythm

    Sara Hall

    The inspiring story of one woman's journey of healing and transformation.More

  13. Book ImageDue Preparations for the Plague

    Janette Turner Hospital

    "In this bracing, visceral thriller...Hospital continually locates, in human events, the unyieldingly human experience."—San Francisco ChronicleMore

  14. Book ImageEmily's Ghost

    Denise Giardina

    "Denise Giardina’s extraordinary gift for conjuring voices of the past has never been more bewitchingly deployed than here in Emily’s Ghost—a romance so tormentedly devoted to its struggle toward truth that Brontë herself would be proud of it." —Madison Smartt BellMore

  15. Book ImageThe End of Karma

    Somini Sengupta

    A penetrating, personal look at contemporary India—the world’s largest democracy at a moment of transition.More

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