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Jayber Crow

Jayber Crow

This is one of the books I read over and over again so it only makes sense I'd recommend it over and over. I first recommended it to Andrea Griffith in Episode 28, "Books that no one's writing about in Entertainment Weekly." I resisted reading this one for a long time because I thought the name "Jayber" was ugly. Please don't make that mistake. This gorgeous novel has an impressive sense of place. It's a book you can see and feel. It's contemplative, beautiful, and sad. It's a book that stays with you. More info →
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Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice

Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice

This is the fourth installment of the Jane Austen Project, which invites contemporary authors to rework Jane Austen's novels for modern times, and my hands-down favorite. Our modern tale is set in Cincinnati, where Lizzie is re-cast as an NYC-based magazine editor, Jane is a yoga instructor nearing 40, Darcy is a snooty brain surgeon, and Bingley is an ER doctor turned star of the reality show "Eligible." The purists will need their smelling salts, but Sittenfeld is no Jane Austen, and she's okay with that: her snappy writing and spirit of playfulness make this such good fun for Jane Austen fans, if you're willing to go with it. (Think what 10 Things I Hate About You did with The Taming of the Shrew.) More info →
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Native Son

Native Son

This gritty novel wrecked me when I first read it in high school: Wright's story is raw, violent, emotionally wrenching, and utterly unforgettable. Through the eyes of Bigger Thomas, a twenty-year-old black man living in Chicago in the 1930s, we see the extreme racial inequalities his family experiences— and how they first harden, and then desensitize Bigger. This was Wright's first novel, and on its publication in 1940, it became one of the fastest-selling novels in America's history, and remains incredibly timely today. More info →
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Shakespeare Saved My Life: An Uplifting Memoir for Anyone Who Has Been Changed by a Book

Shakespeare Saved My Life: An Uplifting Memoir for Anyone Who Has Been Changed by a Book

Kirkus calls this "An eye-opening study reiterating the perennial power of books, self-discipline, and the Bard of Avon." More info →
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An Untamed State

An Untamed State

From the publisher: "Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti’s richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father’s Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom. As it becomes clear her father intends to resist the kidnappers, Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents." More info →
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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

From the publisher: "A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard-won relationship that elevates them above the Midwestern meth lab backdrop of their lives." They are not kidding when they say "provocative": this book is NOT for everyone, will seriously mess with your mind, and is (therefore) the subject of an interesting discussion on an upcoming episode of What Should I Read Next. Publishers Weekly calls this "a memorable coming-of-age tale about loyalty, defiance, and the power of love under the most improbable circumstances." More info →
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The Library of Lost and Found

The Library of Lost and Found

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. They're my go-to for audiobooks these days; read more about Libro.fm here. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. The ebook is not on sale. From the author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, a new book about a librarian whose life is changed by a book of fairy tales that lands on her doorstep. Soon she's on the trail of buried family secrets, and the process of seeking them changes her life. Is it just me, or are books about bookstores and libraries everywhere these days? You know I'm not complaining. More info →
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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

An atmospheric Midwestern version of Hamlet. Edgar Sawtelle lives with his parents on a farm in northern Wisconsin. Born mute, he communicates via sign language and helps his family raise and train "Sawtelle dogs," a fictional breed. Edgar's peaceful world is disrupted when his uncle Claude returns to the farm. When his father dies unexpectedly, and Claude romances Edgar's mother, Edgar tries to prove his uncle played a role in his father's death, but flees to the wilderness when his plan fails. After coming of age in the north woods, Edgar turns toward home. More info →
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The Cactus

The Cactus

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. They're my go-to for audiobooks these days; read more about Libro.fm here. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. The ebook is not on sale. From the publisher: "Soon to be a Netflix feature film starring Reese Witherspoon. In this charming and poignant debut, one woman's unconventional journey to finding love means learning to embrace the unexpected. For Susan Green, messy emotions don't fit into the equation of her perfectly ordered life. She has a flat that is ideal for one, a job that suits her passion for logic, and an 'interpersonal arrangement' that provides cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. But suddenly confronted with the loss of her mother and the news that she is about to become a mother herself, Susan's greatest fear is realized. She is losing control. Enter Rob, the dubious but well-meaning friend of her indolent brother. As Susan's due date draws near and her dismantled world falls further into a tailspin, Susan finds an unlikely ally in Rob. She might have a chance at finding real love and learning to love herself, if only she can figure out how to let go." More info →
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Matched

Matched

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. The ebook is not on sale. For fans of the Hunger Games series, The Giver, and The Selection. From the publisher: "Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow." More info →
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Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

I recommended this one in WSIRN Episode 20: Southern classics, sweeping sagas, and spunky women with Sarah Russell Giglio. Abbott brings four little-known stories to life—four women who were spies in the Civil War. Confederate spy Belle Boyd used her southern charms to seduce men into telling their secrets. Emma Edmonds went undercover as a male enlisted soldier. Rose O’Neale Greenhow used her connections and status as a prominent widow to gather intelligence, and abolitionist Elizabeth Van Lew covered an entire espionage ring, tricking rebel soldiers with her proper manners. Well-known characters enter the narrative, like Walt Whitman, Pinkerton, and the Lincolns as Abbott takes you inside the war and undercover with these incredibly bold women. More info →
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Frontier Follies: Adventures in Marriage and Motherhood in the Middle of Nowhere

Frontier Follies: Adventures in Marriage and Motherhood in the Middle of Nowhere

From her beginnings as an early blogger, Ree Drummond has become a household name with a passionate following of devoted fans. On her blog, in her magazine, and on her cooking show, Ree shares recipes, tales of her adventures in the country, and stories of everyday life with her four children and cowboy/rancher husband. In this down-to-earth and charming book, Ree shares real-life anecdotes about parenting from her own unique vantage point. Over the years she’s learned a few things about balancing motherhood with a million other things, and now she offers the wisdom of her experiences—the ups, the downs, the bumps in the road, the laughter and the tears—in stories brimming with the relatable wit and humor. More info →
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The Last Exiles

The Last Exiles

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. They're my go-to for audiobooks these days; read more about Libro.fm here. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. The ebook is not on sale. A young couple fights for survival in 1990s North Korea. Despite their disparate upbringings, poor Jin and privileged Suya fall in love while attending university in Pyongyang. They plan to wed despite their differences, but their plans are thwarted when, on a trip home to his famine-ravaged rural town, Jin is arrested for stealing a sack of cornmeal—and sentenced to life in prison. But Jin stages a daring escape and makes his way to China, where he expects to find safety but soon discovers the troubles of his homeland's authoritarian regime are not so easily left behind. Though these events unfolded barely twenty years ago, Shin’s urgent debut set during Kim Jong-Il's reign is a perfect fit for historical fiction fans; it sent me rushing to Google to read more about the real events depicted on the page. More info →
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My Reading Life: A Book Journal

My Reading Life: A Book Journal

You can order wherever new books are sold, but my next book (!!!) is coming your way in September, and you can preorder it for 40% off right now on Christianbook.com. You've been asking for a book journal like this for years, and I'm so excited to get it in your hands. Bound in a sturdy (and oh so pretty) hardcover, this compact book journal fits right in your tote bag, whether you're going to the library, to school, or to work. I had a lot of fun creating this journal for book lovers—inspired by my conversations with literally thousands of readers over the years about what makes their reading life better—and what doesn't. Tracking the books you read is one of the best ways I know to improve your reading life. My hope is that this journal will help you both articulate your reading taste and broaden your literary horizons, and help you enjoy the process. Your pre-order would mean a great deal. Pre-orders determine how many copies the publisher decides to print, and impacts whether or not retailers will choose to stock it. (In other words, they matter a lot!) More info →
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Lighthouse Island

Lighthouse Island

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. They're my go-to for audiobooks these days; read more about Libro.fm here. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. The ebook is ALSO on sale. From the publisher: "A captivating and atmospheric story set in the far future—a literary dystopian tale resonant with love and hope. In the coming centuries the world's population has exploded. The earth is crowded with cities, animals are nearly all extinct, and drought is so widespread that water is rationed. There are no maps, no borders, no numbered years, and no freedom, except for an elite few. It is a harsh world for an orphan like Nadia Stepan. Growing up, she dreams of a green vacation spot called Lighthouse Island, in a place called the Pacific Northwest. When an opportunity for escape arises, Nadia embarks on a dangerous and sometimes comic adventure. Along the way she meets a man who changes the course of her life: James Orotov, a mapmaker and demolition expert. Together, they evade arrest and head north toward a place of wild beauty that lies beyond the megapolis—Lighthouse Island." More info →
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Live in Grace, Walk in Love

Live in Grace, Walk in Love

From the publisher: "Beloved and bestselling author Bob Goff provides you with a year's worth of inspiring, unexpected, humble teaching on grace and love that will prepare you for the day ahead. Built on Bob's trademark storytelling and unique way of helping us to see things in a new way, Live in Grace, Walk in Love takes us through an entire calendar year of meditations on how we can step out in love and confidence in every aspect of our lives. Start each day with these small nuggets of wisdom, or finish your day focused and inspired." More info →
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