Staff picks

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Commonwealth

4

An exquisite, generational portrait of a blended family and the lasting effects of the inadvertent decisions we make every day. Read more...

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The Sun Is Also a Star

5

For fans of science and love and everything in between. Read more...

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Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers

5

"Parks and Rec" fans, rejoice. Your favorite parks director has been churning out high-quality comedy that's worth a read or, better yet, a listen! Read more...

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The Gallery

4

A 12-year-old housemaid discovers a hidden message and plots to save an imprisoned heiress. Read more...

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The Sellout

5

A blistering satire of race relations in modern America. Read more...

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Wolf Hollow

5

A haunting, yet beautiful, story of injustice and compassion that will stick with you long after you've finished it. Read more...

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Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days

4

Winterson has created a gorgeous feast for our minds, hearts and bellies in this spectacular short story collection, complete with tasty recipes. Read more...

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Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives

4

Those familiar with my desk won't be at all surprised to see me singing the praises of Tim Harford's newest book. Read more...

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Animals

4

A book for lovers of animals, art and lettering-- each illustration is joyful and breathtaking. Read more...

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Scythe

4

"Never lose your humanity...or you'll be nothing more than a killing machine." Neal Shusterman does it again! Read more...