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This novel is simply exquisite. I loved every quiet, joyous, heart-bursting, heart-breaking, contemplative moment of it. Deeply immersed in turn of the 20th century Catholic Brooklyn, McDermott unspools and weaves together the lives affected by one man’s life-ending decision, as his widowed wife, their infant daughter, and the Little Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor come to understand the power of friendship and loyalty, and the nuances of faith and forgiveness. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9780374280147
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Published: Farrar Straus and Giroux - September 19th, 2017

It is hard to imagine Ng outdoing herself after the success of her first novel, Everything I Never Told You, but she’s up to the task with the exquisite Little Fires Everywhere. Each member of the Richardson family, living in the rigidly structured suburban Shakers Heights community, is inexplicitly drawn two new freewheeling residents, the artist Mia and her teenage daughter Pearl. Ng’s mastery is in her ability to develop characters in many layers and then, with perfect pace and nuance, remove each layer to reveal an emotionally resonant understanding around themes of family, identity, and community. This book is on the top of my best-of-the-year list. - Casey, Bookshop Santa Cruz Owner

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ISBN: 9780735224292
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Published: Penguin Press - September 12th, 2017

Tobias Wolff calls this the best thing ever written about the Vietnam War. An amalgam of autobiography, war reportage, and fiction, it tells the story of O’Brien himself and the other soldiers in his platoon in such a powerful way you can’t imagine anything else needing to be said on the subject. The perfect companion to the new Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary. - RIco

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ISBN: 9780618706419
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Published: Mariner Books - October 13th, 2009

My favorite novel by Faulkner, and the most accessible of his major works, Light in August is a flat-out masterpiece of style, structure and storytelling. Following the fates of many characters at once, all of them swirling around and toward each other, the sense of tragic menace is palpable. For my money, this is the quintessential Southern Gothic novel. - Rico

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ISBN: 9780679732266
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Published: Vintage - January 30th, 1991

This book broke my heart, put it back together, then repeated the process, in the best way possible. Homegoing follows two sisters and their descendants for 200 years, from Ghana to the United States, with some of the most powerful writing in the last few years. - Karena

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ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

Captivating historical fiction about a priceless painting, the painter who created it, the man who inherited it, and the celebrated art historian who created a forgery of it.  Smith skillfully weaves a multi-layered story narrated by the painter Sara de Vos in 17th century Amsterdam, the owner Marty de Groot in 1957 New York, and the forger Ellie Shipley in 2000 Sydney Australia. - Trey

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ISBN: 9781250118325
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Published: Picador USA - April 4th, 2017

Based on a historical scandal, this book is about coming of age in the 1940's and includes a modern day mystery. Georgia Tann, director of the Tennessee Children's Home Society, is kidnapping and selling children to wealthy families all over the county. Riveting and at times wrenching, it's ultimately uplifting and reminds us that the heart doesn't forget. - Clytia

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ISBN: 9780425284681
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 6th, 2017

This is a beautiful story about love, friendship, elephants, the circus, and a mystery concerning a family history of abuse. The story is told by two women, with equally compelling voices, decades apart. It's heartbreaking, with moments of joy. I like having my heart tugged by what I’m reading, but if you’ve enjoyed my other recommendations, you'll love this one. - Clytia

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ISBN: 9781617734496
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - July 25th, 2017

Enter a world with two moons, then a town of cats. Meet a relentless fee collector, a hitwoman and a cram school teacher. Explore a shady religious sect and ponder the meaning of the mysterious Little People. 1Q84 is a strange, patient, lonely, and ultimately satisfying pursuit of true love and delicious revenge. - Natalie

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ISBN: 9780307476463
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Published: Vintage - January 22nd, 2013

Saunders tries something utterly new and succeeds masterfully. Who knew the story of the death of Abraham Lincoln's son could be so entertaining, and poignant, when told through historical footnotes and a cast of irreverent dead people? Bonus: Listen to the stellar audiobook version, which features a 166-person cast with Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and many others. - Natalie

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ISBN: 9780812995343
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Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

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