Mother Land by Leah Franqui

When New York native and newlywed Rachel moves to Mumbai with her Indian-born husband Dhruv, the last thing she expects is the arrival of her mother-in-law, Swati, suitcases in hand.

Rachel’s big adventure is turned on its head when the …

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The Silence by Susan Allott

It’s 1990 London and Isla Green is being called home to Australia. Her father is under suspicion in the disappearance thirty years earlier of their next door neighbor.

It’s 1960s and police officer Joe Mallory has a job he truly …

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The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, who is said to be living without food. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale’s Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl. As Anna’s life ebbs away, Lib …

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We Fed an Island by José Andrés

Spanish-American Chef José Andrés arrived in Puerto Rico four days after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island in 2017.

This memoir, We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time recounts the chef’s …

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Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

In 1946, Laura McAllan struggles to raise children without electricity or running water on her husband’s failing Mississippi Delta farm. As the war comes to an end, two young men return to work the land.

Jamie McAllan, Laura’s brother-in-law, is …

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The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

In a novel that moves back and forth between the Soviet Union during World War II and modern-day America, Marina, an elderly Russian woman with Alzheimers, recalls vivid images of her youth during the height of the siege of Leningrad. …

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Four Unmissable Food Memoirs

We all love cookbooks. Even if you’re not a cook, so many of the best cookbook writers offer recipes with great stories behind them. Maybe that’s why food memoirs have been on the rise the past few years. These memoirs …

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Turbulence by David Szalay

This story is told in twelve plane flights. Each of the short chapters has as its title an airport departure and destination code (Chapter One, LGW-MAD, Chapter 12, BUD – LGW), beginning and ending in London.

The story moves through …

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Separation Anxiety by Laura Zigman

Fifty-year-old formerly famous childrens’ book author Judy Vogel is anxious. Separated from her anxious, failed musician husband, they still live in the same house in order to support their anxious thirteen-year-old Montessori school attending son.

One day, Judy dons a …

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Bowie’s Bookshelf by John O’Connell

In 2013, three years before David Bowie died, London’s Victoria & Albert Museum hosted an exhibition called “David Bowie Is.” As a part of the exhibition, Bowie supplied the museum with a list of 100 books that had influenced him. …

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