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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.”

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Set in France and Germany during World War II, this lyrical novel tells the story of two young people--one blind French girl lovingly protected by her father, and one German boy in the heart of Hitler's youth movement--whose lives intersect at a critical moment. "Easily one of the best books of the year and not to be missed." (BookPage)

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
The night of a school fundraiser, tensions over classroom bullying turn deadly as parents who have had one too many cocktails argue, and one falls over the balcony railing. Everyone seems to have their own secrets, so murder may or may not be clear-cut. “Funny and thrilling, page-turning but with emotional depth.” (Booklist)

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.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
One of a half-dozen stepsiblings tells their family story to a renowned novelist, causing the others to reconcile their shared past and their loyalty to each other. "A funny, sad, and ultimately heart-wrenching family portrait." (Publisher's Weekly)

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
An infant's disappearance causes her parents to be investigated, uncovering long-held secrets and questionable decisions. Author Lisa Gardner calls it "provocative and shocking."

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.”

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
Young Londoners endure World War II with a mix of idealism, resilience, courage, and love as some are sent to the front, and others remain at home. "Cleave’s latest novel portrays the irrepressible hopefulness that can arise in the face of catastrophe." (Publisher's Weekly)

The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins
A psychological thriller set in London, where a commuter witnesses something that changes lives irrevocably. "Rear Window meets Gone Girl." (Booklist)

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. The controversial sequel to the beloved To Kill A Mockingbird, published shortly before Lee’s passing in 2016. “Disturbing, important, and not to be compared with Mockingbird; this book is its own signal work.” (Booklist)

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
After Theo Decker's mom is killed in a museum bombing, he becomes entangled with Hobie, Pippa, Boris, Andy and so many others also missing loved ones, places and things, all muddling through lives that have gotten away from them. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2014.

The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild. An enticingly unique story narrated by a painting that was created 300 years ago and has changed hands throughout history. An “irresistible blend of art, mystery, and intrigue.” (Booklist)

The Lake House by Kate Morton
When a beautiful midsummer party ends, the Edevane family discovers their youngest child, Theo, is missing. His disappearance haunts the family for an entire generation until a novice detective has a chance meeting with Theo's sister, now a famous novelist. “A moody, suspenseful page-turner." (People Weekly)

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. An orphaned teen enlists the help of a psychic and a detective to find the answer to the question that has haunted her entire life—why her mother, a scientist who studied elephants, disappeared. “ A truly engaging read that crosses through the genres of mystery and the supernatural.” (Library Journal)

A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
A curmudgeonly older man and his new neighbors form an unlikely friendship in this debut novel, which may be "the most charming book of the year." (Booklist)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. A powerful bond forms between two unlikely partners: a down-on-her-luck waitress and a former playboy, now paralyzed, who has given up on life. “A lovely novel, both nontraditional and enthralling.” (Publisher’s Weekly)

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. The suspenseful, romantic, heartbreaking story of two courageous, yet very different sisters who played a part in the French Resistance during World War II. “A moving, emotional tribute to the brave women who fought behind enemy lines during the war.” (Booklist)

The Secret Place by Tana French. A gripping murder mystery set on the grounds of a Catholic girls’ school in Dublin, this novel is intricately structured and compellingly narrated. “French succeeds yet again in both wholly satisfying and deeply unsettling the reader.” (Library Journal)

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton. A coming-of-age story set in rural Kentucky, where crime, environmental conflict, and wilderness survival haunt one young man’s summer. “The story is enriched by depictions of the earth's healing and redemptive power.” (Publisher’s Weekly)

Siracusa by Delia Ephron
A cinematic combination of marriage drama, murdery mystery, and travelogue. Two couples and a teenage daughter travel to Italy together, where tensions build slowly and steadily toward disaster. "Seductive and edgy." (Publisher's Weekly)

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
A white supremacist couple demands that Ruth Jefferson, a black labor and delivery nurse, not touch their baby. When the baby dies suddenly, Ruth is put on trial for murder despite having followed her hospital's instructions. This novel "provides inspiration for a much-needed conversation about race and prejudice in America." (Publisher's Weekly)

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Set in the future, 20 years after a pandemic flu killed 99.9% of the world’s population, this inventive novel follows a band of Shakespearean performers as they travel in a world where electricity, phones, and transportation are all relics of a haunting past. “This is a brilliantly constructed, highly literary, postapocalyptic page-turner.” (Library Journal)

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
A barbeque between new friends becomes a life-altering event for both parents and children, told in Moriarty's inimitable style. "A provocative and gripping read." (Library Journal)

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
The National Book Award winning novel is "a daring modern masterpiece." (BookPage) Cora, a third-generation slave, flees her plantation and travels from Georgia north via a literal underground railroad. An important and highly imaginative work of fiction.

The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
A romantic take on alternate history, this novel follows Jim and Eva from a chance meeting on the street to three distinctly different futures. "A masterly romantic study of love's choices and consequences."(Publisher's Weekly)

The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang
A Chinese-American cosmetics mogul loses his fortune and his way in the financial crisis of 2009, launching his family on a journey across America and all the way to China to take back what is rightfully theirs. "Chang's charming and quirky characters and comic observations make the novel a jaunty joy ride to remember." (Publisher's Weekly)

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

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
A powerful, spiritual memoir of hurt and healing after a marriage crisis forces the author to resolve her lingering doubts about self-worth. "A compelling story about self-discovery and the nature of mature love."(Kirkus)

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.”

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Unwind by Neal Shusterman