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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The earth’s rotation has inexplicably slowed, and life on earth — human, animal, and plant — has changed dramatically. For the 11-year old narrator, coming of age during this unstable era has its challenges — some unique, and some timeless. The Cleveland Plain Dealer called it “stunning.”

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
When their nephew is accused of a hate crime, two brothers, both lawyers, return to their rural hometown in Maine to take on his case and help their sister. Secrets and long-simmering tensions come to the surface as the three siblings face crisis and revisit the past. "Strout excels in constructing an intricate but believable web of family drama…a deeply powerful story." (BookPage)

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
Author Wiley Cash wrote, "If Calling Me Home were a young woman, her grandmother would be To Kill a Mockingbird, her sister would be The Help, and her cousin would be The Notebook." A heartfelt exploration of love and prejudice, this novel uses a road trip from Texas to Ohio to reveal a 60-year-old secret, held close to the heart of a woman nearing the end of her life.

Defending Jacob by William Landay
A District Attorney’s comfortable suburban life is shattered when his 14-year old son is accused of murder. This is an emotional page-turner fraught with perilous moral ambiguity. Author Phillip Margolin wrote, “What makes Defending Jacob special is the way Landay gives the reader the twists, turns and surprises found in the best legal thrillers while making its centerpiece the tragedy faced by a normal family who are thrust into a nightmare.”

The Dinner by Herman Koch
Two couples-brothers and their wives-sit down to dinner at a posh Amsterdam restaurant, discussing the wine and ambience. Soon, however, conversation turns to the horrific act of violence perpetrated by their sons, and the risks each family faces if the boys are identified. Publisher's Weekly called it "a cunningly crafted thriller."

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Associated Press called it “Magical. Enchanting. Spellbinding. Mesmerizing.” In the quiet of night, a circus appears, which is the stunning background for a duel between two magicians who have been trained their whole lives to win. But when the rivals fall in love, unintended consequences threaten the entire circus.

The Returned by Jason Mott
All over the world, deceased loved ones are returning to their families. Some are welcomed home, while others are feared, hunted, or exiled. Harold and Lucille Hargrave, along with the other citizens of Arcadia, must learn to live with unanswered questions and hard realities during a mystifying phenomenon. "Mott has written a breathtaking novel that navigates emotional minefields with realism and grace." (Kirkus Reviews)

Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Appropriate for readers ages 9 to 109. August Pullman, born with a severe facial deformity, has never attended school before. Now that his surgeries are behind him, he's entering fifth grade at Beecher Prep. Auggie is used to people treating him differently because of how he looks, but he, his family, and his fellow students are not prepared for the experiences-both good and bad-that school will bring. "Few first novels pack more of a punch: it's a rare story with the power to open eyes-and hearts-to what it's like to be singled out for a difference you can't control, when all you want is to be just another face in the crowd." (Publisher's Weekly)

Nonfiction Titles

The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age by Catherine Steiner-Adair
The author, a practicing psychologist and parent, explores the negative impact of technology on family relationships, in particular, the effect on children who must compete with mobile devices for their parents' attention. "A riveting, hugely important book that every parent will want to read. Filled with gripping anecdotes taken from true life, this book sounds an alarm we all must hearken to if we care about our children--and ourselves." Edward M. Hallowell, MD

Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
A gripping account of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln written in the style of a historical thriller. Vince Flynn said, “you will feel like you are walking the streets of Washington, DC, on the night that John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln. This is a hugely entertaining, heart-stopping read.”

Quiet: The Power of Introverts In a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Cain asserts that introverts are underestimated and undervalued in our self-promoting society. Educational and business preferences for group work and collaboration have stymied innovation and creativity. “Quiet explores introversion through psychological research old and new, personal experiences, and even brain chemistry, in an engaging and highly-readable fashion.” (

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed
After her mother’s death and the demise of her marriage, Strayed made the rash decision to hike the Pacific Coast Trail alone. Along the way she encountered the ferocity of nature and crippling loneliness, but ultimately regained her inner strength and renewed her spirit. Random House calls it a “powerful, blazingly honest memoir.”