The Talented Miss Farwell by Emily Gray Tedrowe

Unfortunately for high school graduate Becky Farwell, her family circumstances prevent her from leaving her small central Illinois farm town to attend college.

While working in the business offices of the local government she discovers a seemingly harmless accounting error. …


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The Emissary by Yoko Tawada

This short, 138 page, dystopia novel won the 2018 National Book Award for translated literature.

Set in Japan at a time following an undisclosed disaster, the country has isolated itself from the rest of the world. Reminiscent of Orwell’s 1984, …


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The Bell in the Lake by Lars Mytting

Set in Norway in the 1880s, this novel is part history lesson, part romance, part haunting.

When the local pastor decides to sell the seven hundred year old village stave church to the German government to be reconstructed in Dresden, …


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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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