The Accidental Book Club

The Accidental Book Club

Writing a new future takes a little time—and a lot of love. Jean Vison never expected to run a book club, until her life took an unexpected turn. Now, with Jean’s husband gone, what began as an off-the-cuff idea has grown into a group of six women who meet the second Tuesday of every month for a potluck supper, for wine and laughter—and for books.

The Alchemist

The Alchemist

An Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasures found within.

The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope--a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

At the height of Mao’s infamous Cultural Revolution in China, two boys are exiled to the countryside for “re-education.” The boys find their salvation in two discoveries: a hidden cache of Chinese translations of Western classics and the beautiful daughter of the local tailor.

Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins

A dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of unforgettable characters.

Bel Canto

Bel Canto

New York Times bestselling Bel Canto balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language. A captivating story of strength and frailty, love and imprisonment, and an inspiring tale of transcendent romance.

Caleb's Crossing

Caleb's Crossing

In 1665, a young man from Martha’s Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, she has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure.

City of Thieves

City of Thieves

A gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.

Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

This extraordinary tale of a soldier’s perilous journey back to his beloved at the end of the Civil War is at once an enthralling adventure, a stirring love story, and a luminous evocation of a vanished land.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic, fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor’s dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone

An unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles--and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.

Doc

Doc

Born to the life of an educated Southern gentleman, Dr. John Henry Holliday is given a choice at the age of twenty-two: die within months in Atlanta or leave everyone he loves in hopes of finding health in the West.

The Dog Stars

The Dog Stars

Hig somehow survived the flu pandemic that killed everyone he knows. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return and follows its static-broken trail, only to find something that is both better and worse than anything he could ever hope for.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The lives of fifty-four-year-old concierge Rene Michel and extremely bright, suicidal twelveyear- old Paloma Josse are transformed by the arrival of a new tenant, Kakuro Ozu.

Eventide

Eventide

A novel of small-town life in the high plains region around Holt, Colorado, follows the challenges, emotional upheaval, tragedies, and intertwined destinies of the local inhabitants as they cope with the changes they encounter.

Faith

Faith

Sheila McGann is estranged from her complicated family. But when her older brother, Art, pastor of a large suburban parish, finds himself at the center of a scandal, Sheila returns to Boston, ready to fight for him.

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

A short novel set in the future when “firemen” burn books forbidden by the totalitarian “brave new world” regime. The hero is a book burner who suddenly discovers that books are flesh and blood ideas and cry out silently when put to the torch.

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Girl with a Pearl Earring

The story of 16-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius, even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil.

The Grapes of Warth

The Grapes of Warth

A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

The mysterious Jay Gatsby embodies the American notion that it is possible to redefine oneself and persuade the world to accept that definition. Gatsby’s youthful neighbor, Nick Carraway, fascinated with the display of enormous wealth in which Gatsby revels, finds himself swept up in the lavish lifestyle of Long Island society during the Jazz Age.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

As London is emerging from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey--a club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi after its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island.

The Help

The Help

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.

Her Fearful Symmetry

Her Fearful Symmetry

A spectacularly compelling novel—set in and near Highgate Cemetery in London, about the love between twins, men and women, ghosts and the living.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, this debut novel tells the heartwarming story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe.

The Hours

The Hours

The life and work of Virginia Woolf tells the story of a group of contemporary characters struggling with the conflicting claims of love and inheritance, hope and despair.

The House Girl

The House Girl

Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre–Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, Lina Sparrow looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves.

The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street

The story of Esperanza Cordero, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty.

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone fighting against you? Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.

The Illuminator

The Illuminator

It is England, in the fourteenth century -- a time of plague, political unrest and the earliest stirrings of the Reformation. Finn is a master illuminator who works not only for the Church but also, in secret, for John Wycliffe of Oxford, who professes the radical idea that the Bible should be translated into English for everyone to read.

Impatient with Desire

Impatient with Desire

the spring of 1846, Tamsen Donner, her husband, George, their five daughters, and eighty other pioneers head to California on the California-Oregon Trail in eager anticipation of new lives out West.

In the Company of the Courtesan

In the Company of the Courtesan

In 1527, when the city of Rome is sacked and burned by an invading army, the famed courtesan Fiammetta Bianchini and her dwarf companion, Bucino Teodoldi, escape to the wealthy and powerful city of Venice in order to rebuild their business.

Intuition

Intuition

Sandy Glass, a charismatic publicity-seeking oncologist, and Marion Mendelssohn, a pure, exacting scientist, are codirectors of a lab at the Philpott Institute dedicated to cancer research and desperately in need of a grant. An intricate mixture of workplace intrigue, scientific ardor, and the moral consequences of a rush to judgment.

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history.

Little Bee

Little Bee

A haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers--one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London.

Loving Frank

Loving Frank

Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.

A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove

This novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.

The Martian

The Martian

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

Moloka'i

Moloka'i

This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai’i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place---and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl.

Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge

The world of Olive Kitteridge, a retired school teacher in a small coastal town in Maine, is revealed in stories that explore her diverse roles in many lives, including a lounge singer haunted by a past love, her stoic husband, and her own resentful son.

One Thousand White Women

One Thousand White Women

An Indian request in 1854 for 1,000 white brides to ensure peace is secretly approved by the U.S. government in this alternate-history novel.

Out Stealing Horses

Out Stealing Horses

An early morning adventure out stealing horses leads to the tragic death of one boy and a resulting lifetime of guilt and isolation for his friend, in this moving tale about the painful loss of innocence and of traditional ways of life that are gone forever.

Plainsong

Plainsong

A heartstrong story of family and romance, tribulation and tenacity, set on the High Plains east of Denver.

The Poisonwood Bible

The Poisonwood Bible

The drama of a U.S. missionary family in Africa during a war of decolonization. At its center is Nathan Price, a self-righteous Baptist minister who establishes a mission in a village in 1959 Belgian Congo.

The Reader

The Reader

Michael Berg, 15, meets an older woman and they have an affair, which she breaks off and disappears. Seven years later Berg, now a law student attending a trial, sees her in the dock, accused in a crime dating back to World War II and the death camp at Auschwitz.

A Reliable Wife

A Reliable Wife

Ralph Truitt, a wealthy businessman with a troubled past who lives in a remote nineteenth-century Wisconsin town, has advertised for a reliable wife; and his ad is answered by Catherine Land, a woman who makes every effort to hide her own dark secrets.

The Road

The Road

A profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, each the other’s world entire, are sustained by love.

Sarah's Key

Sarah's Key

A brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.

Say You're One of Them

Say You're One of Them

This collection of five stories set in various African countries reveals the harsh consequences for children of life in Africa.

The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees

During the summer of 1964 in rural South Carolina, a young girl is given a home by three black, beekeeping sisters. As she enters their mesmerizing secret world of bees and honey, she discovers a place where she can find the single thing her heart longs for most.

The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending

This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present.

A Separate Peace

A Separate Peace

An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to World War II.

The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind

A boy named Daniel selects a novel from a library of rare books, enjoying it so much that he searches for the rest of the author’s works, only to discover that someone is destroying every book the author has ever written.

Snow Falling on Cedars

Snow Falling on Cedars

San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder.

Stones from the River

Stones from the River

A daring, dramatic and complex novel of life in Burgdorf, a small fictional German town, between 1915 and 1951.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

A tale reminiscent of “Hamlet” that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs follows speech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father’s death.

Suite Francaise

Suite Francaise

Beginning in Paris on the eve of the Nazi occupation in 1940. This story tells the remarkable story of men and women thrown together in circumstances beyond their control.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet

The year is 1799, the place Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor, the Japanese Empire’s single port and sole window onto the world, designed to keep the West at bay. To this place of devious merchants, deceitful interpreters, and costly courtesans comes Jacob de Zoet, a devout young clerk who has five years in the East to earn a fortune of sufficient size to win the hand of his wealthy fiancée back in Holland.

A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of their home and family in wartorn Kabul, and the losses incurred over the course of thirty years test the limits of their strength and courage.

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s.

Water For Elephants

Water For Elephants

Jacob Janowski’s luck had run out orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.