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Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman
The story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. It is an instant classic and one of the great love stories of our time.
America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo
An increasingly relevant story told with startling lucidity, humor, and an uncanny ear for the intimacies of family ritual, America Is Not the Heart is about three generations of women in one family struggling to balance the promise of the American dream and the unshakeable grip of history.
My Own Devices by Dessa
In her literary debut memoir, rapper and singer Dessa gives a candid account of her life in the van as a hard-touring musician, her determination to beat long odds to make a name for herself, and her struggle to fall out of love with someone in her band.
The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner
The astounding yet true rags-to-riches saga of a homeless father who raised and cared for his son on the mean streets of San Francisco and went on to become a crown prince of Wall Street.
Count Zero by William Gibson
A corporate mercenary wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him, for a mission more dangerous than the one he’s recovering from.
Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan
Set in an imagined town outside Tokyo, Clarissa Goenawan’s dark, spellbinding literary debut follows a young man’s path to self-discovery in the wake of his sister’s murder.
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique.
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
Inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive—and to reunite—We Were the Lucky Ones is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston.
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
A season of endings has begun. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control.
Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee
At its heart, an immigrant story, and a young woman’s quest to find fulfillment and a life unconstrained by her illness. But it’s also an unforgettable, gut-wrenching story of the sacrifices we make to truly love someone—and when loyalty to one’s self must prevail over all.
Conversations on Writing by Ursula K. Le Guin with David Naimon
In a series of interviews with David Naimon, Le Guin discusses craft, aesthetics, and philosophy in her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction respectively. The discussions provide ample advice, but also give Le Guin a chance to to sound off on some of her favorite subjects.
A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle
The second book in Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet. When Charles Wallace falls ill, Meg, Calvin, and their teacher, Mr. Jenkins, must travel inside C.W. to make him well, and save the universe from the evil Echthros.
Of a Fire on the Moon by Norman Mailer
A classic chronicle of America’s reach for greatness in the midst of the Cold War, Of a Fire on the Moon compiles the reportage Mailer published between 1969 and 1970 in Life magazine.
Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
It was towards the end of the Pass of the Red Star, when the courage and daring of dragons and their riders was all that kept the planet from extinction. And then, at the height of the battle against Thread, came a new and terrible evil.
A Long, Long Time Ago & Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka
On the eve of World War II, in a place called Half-Village, a young man nicknamed the Pigeon falls in love with a girl fabled for her angelic looks.
Vardaan by Munshi Premchand
Premchand’s early novel, ‘Varadaan’, written during the World Economic Crisis, is a saga of love, sanctity, restraint, country service and sacrifice.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
In this entrancing novel a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.
The Female American by Unca Eliza Winkfield
Winkfield’s novel portrays an autonomous and mobile heroine living alone in the wilds of the New World, independently interacting with both Native Americans and visiting Europeans.
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