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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)

Be Safe I Love You by Cara Hoffman
Lauren Clay enlisted in the military to help her family escape poverty, but when she returns from Iraq, PTSD has transformed her into someone else. Still trying to care for her teenage brother, Lauren takes Danny to visit their mother, but the trip turns sinister when Lauren decides Danny needs survival training in the frozen Canadian wilderness. “Literary with a thriller edge.” (Library Journal)

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.

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 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)

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 Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kid
On her 11th birthday, Sarah Grimke is given another young woman, Handful, who is to be her handmaid. This novel traces the next 35 years in the lives of two women linked by slavery. “Kidd is a master storyteller, and, with smooth and graceful prose, she immerses the reader in the lives of these fascinating women as they navigate religion, family drama, slave revolts, and the abolitionist movement. “ (Booklist)

The Martian by Andy Weir
Part sci-fi adventure, part survival thriller, The Martian is a wild ride over the barren landscape of Mars, where American astronaut Mark Watley is stranded—alone—after his crew mistakes him for dead and departs the Red Planet without him. “The novel is a tightly constructed and completely believable story of a man's ingenuity and strength in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.” (Booklist)

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.

Redeployment by Phil Klay
Winner of the National Book Award, this collection of short stories brilliantly captures the experiences of American soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and back home in the U.S. “Redeployment is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing.” (Penguin Publishing)

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)

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)

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

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.”