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THAT BBC List: The 100 Books Challenge  ›

The BBC estimates that most people will only read 6 of the following 100 books in their lifetime - so have YOU proved them wrong yet?!
by Christa Guild
100 books

Books Read in 2017  ›

Books, books, everywhere books! Still trying to #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks, but also knowing I'm a slave to the library stacks....
by Elizabeth Schulenburg
23 books

May 2017 Indie Next List  ›

20 "Inspired Recommendations from Indie Booksellers"
by Jennifer D.
20 books

New York Public Library Staff Picks for Spring  ›

The New York Public Library Staff Members pick their favorites with the advent of spring, so that you might find your next one.
by Riffler
56 books
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  • We all know the story of Shakespeare's The Tempest, but have you ever wondered about the early days of Prospero, Miranda, and Caliban? It's a well weaved tale calling to focus feminism, colonialism, and the fallout. Told in the point of view of naive Miranda and interwoven with Caliban's innocence, and later his self realizations.

  • Keaton is a globe-trotting insurance investigator and general renaissance man. You wouldn't think insurance fraud would make for an exciting manga series, but Keaton ends up weaving his way through a murder mystery, a castaway situation, an art heist, and his own family drama.

  • This is a well-researched and hilarious take on modern romance.

  • Sam Lattimore meets Elizabeth Church in 1970s Halifax, Nova Scotia in an art gallery. The sparks are immediate, leading quickly to a marriage that is dear, brief, and full of swing dancing. In this spellbinding and moving novel, the gleam of the marriage and the circumstances of Elizabeth’s murder are revealed in heart-stopping increments.

  • Lisa is a Paris-lover from way back, taking trips there whenever work allowed. Now, after dealing with her mother's death from cancer and being restructured out of a magazine job, Lisa decides to go from visitor to resident and take the plunge into the scary world of Paris home ownership.

Simon & Schuster's Pulitzer Prize-Winners  ›

A list of Pulitzer Prize-winners, containing some of the publisher's most notable and acclaimed offerings.
by Riffler
23 books
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  • "The Year of Birmingham," 1963, was a cataclysmic turning point in America’s long civil rights struggle. Child demonstrators faced down police dogs and fire hoses in huge nonviolent marches against segregation. Ku Klux Klansmen retaliated by bombing the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, killing four young black girls. Diane McWhorter weaves together an extraordinary narrative.

  • Twenty-five years after its initial publication, The Making of the Atomic Bomb remains the definitive history of nuclear weapons and the Manhattan Project. From the turn-of-the-century discovery of nuclear energy to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan, Richard Rhodes’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book details the science, the people, and the socio-political realities that led to the development of the atomic bomb.

  • Deemed "the best history of oil ever written" by Business Week and with more than 300,000 copies in print, Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize–winning account of the global pursuit of oil, money, and power has been extensively updated to address the current energy crisis.

  • Winner of the Pulitzer prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant Freudian school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the vital lie -- man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality. In doing so, he sheds new light on the nature of humanity.

  • This is a brilliantly conceived chronicle of one of the most vibrant and revolutionary periods in the history of the United States. With an extraordinary collection of details, Goodwin masterfully weaves together a striking number of story lines—Eleanor and Franklin's marriage and remarkable partnership, Eleanor's life as First Lady, and FDR's White House and its impact on America as well as on a world at war.

Finished Reading Harry Potter Together? Try These  ›

Finished Reading Harry Potter Together? Try these books next.
by Meghan Cirrito
32 books

What to read next for fans of Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad  ›

Congratulations on your Pulitzer, Colson Whitehead!
by karenbrissette
10 books
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  • A present-day version of America in which the Civil War never happened and slavery is still practiced in four states.Victor, a freed slave, has become a bounty hunter for the U.S. Marshals, infiltrating abolitionist groups and returning escaped slaves to their masters.His most recent assignment forces him to question the system he’s been enabling, to examine his forgotten past and expose the dirty secrets of America.

  • A tragicomic story of modern-day slavery in which desperate and poor drug addicts are lured off the streets into a van with promises of honest, well-paid employment on a farm, where housing and crack will be provided, only to find themselves virtual prisoners held in squalor, kept docile with a constant supply of drugs, and accruing debts far outstripping what they earn for their backbreaking labor.

  • For those who want more alt-U.S. history, try this thought-provoking and surreal trip through a changed America; one in which Elvis Presley died at birth while his twin Jesse survived, where the Twin Towers reappear in the Midwest 20 years after their fall, where a mysterious secret highway connects the coasts, where states secede, and race, music, art, and history are scrambled in a new vision of American identity.

  • Like Underground Railroad, this is a piece of historical speculative fiction with a focus on slavery, as a black woman repeatedly travels back in time from 1976 California to a plantation in antebellum Maryland, where she must keep saving the life of her white slaveholding great-great-grandfather in order to eventually exist, while enduring all of the horrors that black women in particular suffered during slavery.

  • This sprawling novel opens with the inverted fates of two sisters born in different Ghanian villages: one is sold into slavery, the other marries a white slaver. From there, the narrative surges forward across generations, tracing the sisters’ diverging bloodlines through the experience of slavery on both sides, its impact on race relations in the US, and the way cultural history lingers, affecting contemporary life.

The 25 Most Anticipated Books by Women for 2017  ›

Check out the most anticipated 2017 books written by women.
by Riffler
24 books
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  • Beneba Clarke, an Australian writer with Afro-Caribbean roots, offers readers a trip around the globe—featuring stories of Sydney, Mississippi, the Sudan, Jamaica, and more—and the chance to meet complex characters fighting for their voices. The book won the Debut Fiction Indie Award and the Literary Fiction Book of the Year when it was released in Australia.

  • Gay, who's earned all manner of critical, New York Times bestseller-list, and Twitter acclaim following her novel An Untamed State and essay collection Bad Feminist, is starting 2017 off with a bang via a new short story collection.

  • Already a powerhouse in her native Argentina, Schwelbin was named one of the best Spanish writers under 35 by Granta, and called "one of the most promising voices in modern Spanish" by the famed Mario Vargas Llosa.

  • Following a federal agent's return to his hometown after the death of his best friend, he becomes not only an investigator but also a suspect in a decades-old murder. Harper, a UK-born journalist, uses her investigative skill to shape this page-turner, which from early reviews is poised to be one of the season's biggest hits.

  • The follow-up to her bestselling debut Free Food for Millionaires, Lee's new novel is a saga set in 1930s Korea and then Japan, detailing the struggles of one family's poverty, discrimination, and shame in the wake of a daughter's pregnancy and subsequent abandonment by her lover.

Audio Books - 2017  ›

A list of audio books I've listened to during 2017
by Cheri
23 books

World War I Centennial Reading List  ›

1917 marks the 100-year anniversary of the United States joining World War I. Looking to learn more about the Great War? Check out these books!
by Oxford Academic
23 books
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