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The Paradox of Choice
Ready Player One
Crossing to Safety
Emily of New Moon
All the Light We Cannot See
Peace Like a River
Daring Greatly
Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Brideshead Revisited
The Secret Keeper
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time

Contemporary Fiction

Belong to Me
The Husband’s Secret
The Blue Bistro
The Royal We
Love Walked In
Big Little Lies
Little Beach Street Bakery
Garden Spells
Einstein’s Dreams
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore
First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen
The Shell Seekers
Sisterland: A Novel
The Year of Pleasures
Magic Hour
At Home in Mitford
The Sea of Tranquility
The Precious One
The Thing Around Your Neck
Family Furnishings
Trigger Warning
Happiness for Beginners
The Book Thief
The Thirteenth Tale
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Peace Like a River
Lizzy & Jane
One Plus One
The Sweetness of Forgetting
The Rosie Effect
The Life Intended
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
Someday, Someday, Maybe
Attachments: A Novel
The Rosie Project
The Great Train Robbery
Get Lucky
What Alice Forgot
Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
The Time Quintet
The Language of Flowers
Starbridge Series
Lord Peter Books
The Chronicles of Narnia
Glittering Images
The Time in Between
Calico Joe
The Giver
Beautiful Ruins: A Novel
The Silver Linings Playbook
Gone Girl
The Invention Of Wings
Honeymoon In Paris: A Novella
Eve in Hollywood
The Lost Husband
The Funeral Dress
Bel Canto
The Lost Sisterhood
11/22/63: A Novel
Falling Together
The Thorn Birds
First Frost
The Sugar Queen
A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel
Astonish Me
Delicious!: A Novel
Everyone Is Beautiful
The Rumor
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake
The Canterbury Sisters
Beach Town
Eight Hundred Grapes
The Summer of Good Intentions
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
A Paris Apartment
Bridget Jones’s Diary
The Knockoff: A Novel
Lost Lake
We Never Asked for Wings
Dear Mr. Knightley
Dear Carolina
A Man Called Ove
Flight Behavior: A Novel
Someone Else’s Love Story
After You: A Novel
A Window Opens: A Novel
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
Gods in Alabama
My Mrs Brown
Last Ride to Graceland
Rich and Pretty
The Year We Turned Forty
The Forgetting Time
Lily and the Octopus
The Actor and the Housewife
Life and Other Near-Death Experiences
Sense and Sensibility
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
The Versions of Us

Literary Fiction

Everything I Never Told You
Prodigal Summer
Crossing to Safety
The Buried Giant
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
Cutting for Stone
The Brothers K
Ursula, Under
A God in Ruins
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Hannah Coulter
The Poisonwood Bible
Rules of Civility
Jayber Crow
The Goldfinch
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Breath, Eyes, Memory
The Engagements: A Novel
Go Set a Watchman
Things Fall Apart
Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel
The Signature of All Things
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Secret History
Half of a Yellow Sun
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry: A Novel
Among the Ten Thousand Things
I’ll See You in Paris
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
The Shape of Mercy
Joy in the Morning
My Name Is Lucy Barton
Brown Girl Dreaming
My Brilliant Friend (Neapolitan Novels Book 1)
State of Wonder
City on Fire
​The Madwoman Upstairs
Keep Me Posted
The Nest
The One-in-a-Million Boy
Before We Visit the Goddess
The After Party
The Bean Trees: A Novel
The Course of Love: A Novel
Miller’s Valley: A Novel
The Underground Railroad
The Mothers
The Wonder

Historical Fiction

The Nightingale
The Bookseller
The Sunne in Splendor
These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901
The Power of One
The Miniaturist
The Help
The Secret Keeper
A Fall of Marigolds
Drums of Autumn
Secrets of a Charmed Life
The Forgotten Garden
The Distant Hours
Wolf Hall
The Cartographer of No Man’s Land: A Novel
Zelda: a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
The Paris Wife
Life After Life: A Novel
Death Comes to Pemberley
The Truth According to Us
Whistling Past the Graveyard
A Curious Beginning: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Girl Waits with Gun
Stars Over Sunset Boulevard
The Kitchen House
Along the Infinite Sea
Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Glory over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House
The Gilded Years
The Second Mrs. Hockaday
A Piece of the World: A Novel


Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Mysteries, No. 1)
Veronica Mars #2: Mr. Kiss and Tell
The Accident
I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller
Case Histories
A Town Like Alice
The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel
The Expats: A Novel
The Thousand Dollar Tan Line: a Veronica Mars Mystery
The Girl on the Train
Absolutely Truly: A Pumpkin Falls Mystery
The Lake House
The Likeness
Maisie Dobbs
Bury Your Dead  (A Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Mystery)
Murder Must Advertise
The Cruelest Month: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Gaudy Night: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery with Harriet Vane
In the Woods
Murder on the Orient Express
Faithful Place
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Mysteries, No. 7)
The Secret Place
The Little Paris Bookshop
Pretending to Dance: A Novel
The Cuckoo’s Calling
The Travelers
Flight of Dreams
A Share in Death
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
No One Knows
I Let You Go
Jane Steele
Don’t You Cry
All the Missing Girls
The Girls in the Garden
What She Knew
The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries: Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, and Unnatural Death
The Woman in Cabin 10
You Will Know Me
A Great Reckoning (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel)

Classic Literature

To Kill A Mockingbird
Emily of New Moon
Leaves of Grass
A Room with a View
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Watership Down
The Hobbit
The Great Short Works
The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Pride and Prejudice
Anna Karenina
The Screwtape Letters
The Great Gatsby
Jane Eyre
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Brideshead Revisited
Parnassus On Wheels
Wuthering Heights
Pat of Silver Bush
A Little Princess
The Complete Emily Starr Trilogy: Emily of New Moon + Emily Climbs + Emily’s Quest: Unabridged
Wives and Daughters
I Capture the Castle
North and South
Gone With the Wind
Little Women
Angle of Repose
Jane of Lantern Hill
The Blue Castle
Heidi (Puffin in Bloom)
Someone at a Distance
As I Lay Dying
Great Expectations
Mrs. Dalloway
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
East of Eden
The End of the Affair
The House of Mirth
The Turn of the Screw

Young Adult Fiction

The Geography of You and Me
Shadow and Bone
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
The Book Thief
The Mother Daughter Book Club #7
Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles
The Day the Angels Fell
The Hunger Games Trilogy
Harry Potter Series
The Fault in Our Stars
Eleanor & Park
Since You’ve Been Gone
Peter and the Starcatchers
The Age of Miracles: A Novel
Saint Anything
The Light Between Oceans: A Novel
Starring Sally J Freedman as Herself
Reign Rain
Magyk (Septimus Heap, Book 1)
All the Bright Places
This Is What Happy Looks Like
Mother-Daughter Book Camp (The Mother-Daughter Book Club #7)
Tell Me Three Things
The Unexpected Everything
Every Exquisite Thing
Finding Audrey
Shuffle, Repeat
Suffer Love
With Malice
The First Time She Drowned
Bellweather Rhapsody
Looking for Alaska
Fangirl: A Novel


Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me
The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and “Women’s Work”
A Walk in the Woods
Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West: Meriwether Lewis Thomas Jefferson and the Opening
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
All Creatures Great and Small
The Glass Castle
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art
Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times (The Midwife Trilogy Book 1)
Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, as You Are
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent A Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
Happier at Home
Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
Building a Life Out of Words
Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage
The Sweet Life In Paris: Delicious Adventures In The World’s Most Perplexing City
The Making Of A Chef: Mastering Heat At The Culinary Institute Of America
Ruhlman’s Chef Trilogy
A Homemade Life
Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life Of A Critic In Disguise
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks
Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection
The Main Dish
Any Day A Beautiful Change: A Story Of Faith And Family
You Learn by Living
A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, And The Things That Really Matter
Surprised By Oxford
My Life in France
Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
Dimestore: A Writer’s Life
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Why Not Me?
The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese
All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir
Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way
Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It
Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future
Eat Pray Love
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life
A Circle of Quiet (The Crosswicks Journals)
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Gift from the Sea
When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice
Geography of Memory
Wild in the Hollow: On Chasing Desire and Finding the Broken Way Home
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir)
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir
Yes Please
An American Childhood
Short Trip to the Edge: Where Earth Meets Heaven–A Pilgrimage
84, Charing Cross Road
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft
Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis
Coming Clean: A Story of Faith
Four Seasons in Rome
Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People
Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death
Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man’s Miraculous Survival
Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons
The Light of the World: A Memoir
When Breath Becomes Air
H Is for Hawk
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
Scrappy Little Nobody


How to Hug a Porcupine
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child
The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder
The Highly Sensitive Person
The Highly Intuitive Child: A Guide to Understanding and Parenting Unusually Sensitive and Empathic Children
The Highly Sensitive Child
Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD: Tips and Tools to Help You Take Charge of Your Life and Get Organized
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
Creative You: Using Your Personality Type to Thrive

Love & Relationships

The Real Thing: Lessons on Love and Life from a Wedding Reporter’s Notebook
Brave Girls: Raising Young Women with Passion and Purpose to Become Powerful Leaders
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
Deconstructing Penguins: Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading
Carry On, Warrior
Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls
Boundaries with Kids: When to Say Yes, How to Say No
Sheet Music: Uncovering the Secrets of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage
The Gift of Failure
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life’s Biggest Yes
Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood

Food Memoir

Nothing Found


Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century
Almost Famous Women
No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber
Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L’Engle in Many Voices
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Leonardo’s Lost Princess: One Man’s Quest to Authenticate an Unknown Portrait by Leonardo Da Vinci
Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York’s Underground Economy
Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill: A Brief Account of a Long Life
Mo’ne Davis: Remember My Name: My Story from First Pitch to Game Change

Christian Living

Chance or the Dance
Love Does
Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe
Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Renovation of the Heart
Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art
Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding The Church
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over
Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World
Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life
The Irrational Season (The Crosswicks Journals)
In, But Not Of
Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture.
For The Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards
Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God’s Transforming Presence
Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith
The Listening Life
Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

House & Home

Design Mom: How to Live with Kids: a Room by Room Guide
Home Comforts
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Elements of Style: Designing a Home and a Life
The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful

Personal Growth

The Paradox of Choice
I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time
Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life
The Talent Code
The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Rising Strong
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent A Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
Daring Greatly
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
Imagine: How Creativity Works
Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job
Entreleadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom From the Trenches
The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast
Dare Dream Do
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think
The Grief Recovery Handbook
All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending
The Well-Trained Mind
What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend: A Short Guide to Making the Most of Your Days Off
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success
Lean In for Graduates
The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need
That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life
Outliers: The Story of Success
One Bite at a Time
Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills
One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
How She Does It
As a Man Thinketh
Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic: Lessons in Everyday Elegance
Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
How to Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living
Boundaries in Marriage: Understanding the Choices That Make or Break Loving Relationships
The Five Love Languages
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything

Writers & Writing

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
Writing Creative Nonfiction
Pray, Write, Grow: Cultivating Prayer and Writing Together
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
The Getaway Car
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days
2K to 10K: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love
Creative You: Using Your Personality Type to Thrive
Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
Writing Creative Nonfiction
The Art of Memoir
Write without Crushing Your Soul: Sustainable Publishing and Freelancing
Zen In The Art Of Writing
The Elements of Style
The Contemplative Writer: Loving God through Christian Spirituality, Meditation, Daily Prayer, and Writing


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