Winter Reading
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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This novel told in letters is sweet and sunny, even though it's set during a dark period of history. The action unfolds on the British island of Guernsey (and you'll want to book your trip immediately). A testament to the power of literature, but a love story at heart. (Hot tip: the audiobook is fantastic.) More info →
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Greenglass House

Greenglass House

It's holiday vacation at the smuggler's inn Greenglass House, and Milo finds himself with a mystery to unravel. While I couldn't help but wonder if the author was tipping her hat to The Phantom Tollbooth, the story reminded me of The Mysterious Benedict Society. An engaging read for kids and adults alike, and a perfect choice for cozy winter evenings. More info →
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The Martian: A Novel

The Martian: A Novel

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Think Cast Away, in outer space. Funny, thrilling, and surprisingly plausible. When a deadly dust storm cuts their mission short, astronaut Mark Watney’s crew makes an agonizing decision to return to earth without him. They saw his biosigns go flat: they believe they're leaving his body behind. But Watney is very much alive, and now he must find a way to survive on Mars, in a damaged station, with limited food and no communication. Next step: to cobble together a rescue plan. It's a book you can't put down, and the audio narration is pitch perfect. More info →
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Red Rising (The Red Rising Series, Book 1)

Red Rising (The Red Rising Series, Book 1)

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This is on my nightstand, because a wide variety of readers keep telling me it's un-put-down-able, and my friend insists it's the perfect winter read—at least, if you like the idea of curling up by the fire and escaping into another world. Kirkus says this futuristic novel is reminiscent of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones. More info →
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The Snow Child

The Snow Child

This sounds like a terrific winter read. (I haven't read it yet but it's high on my TBR.) It's Alaska, 1920, the night of the first snowfall. A couple builds a child out of snow, just for fun. In the morning, the snow child is gone, but the couple spies a young girl they've never seen before running through the trees. NPR calls this "mesmerizing." More info →
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Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo

This soon-to-be-released novel (pub date February 14 2017) is a story about Lincoln, America's 16th president—kind of. The "bardo" of the title is a Tibetan concept: it's a spiritual landscape—a kind of in-between place—where we are sent between physical lives. When Lincoln's son Willie was 11, he died of typhoid, plunging Lincoln into deep grief. Saunders uses this real event as a jumping-off point to explore the near-unbearable grief of an individual, linking it to the disarray of the country he leads, at the height of its Civil War, and imagines how Lincoln's despair changed the outcome of the war. I just finished this book, and whoa, was it strange. Interesting and experimental, but definitely strange. Pro tip: if you want to read it, do so on paper, not on Kindle. More info →
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The Dry

The Dry

If you're a mystery lover currently blanketed in snow, this might be the perfect escapist pick. This almost-new (pub date: January 10 2017) release about a murder in the Australian outback that drags long-buried secrets back to the surface. The setting is the drought-ravaged Australian Outback, and the brittleness and heat are almost palpable. A terrific debut. More info →
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The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale

This book is just the right amount of dark and creepy for a cold winter's day. Set firmly in the tradition of Gothic greats like Jane Eyre, it kept me guessing from start to finish. When one of Britain's most celebrated novelists reaches out to the young and relative novice Margaret Lea, Margaret has one question: Why? While she decides whether to take on the assignment, she begins reading one of the author's works: Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation. She is captivated by the stories, and puzzled by them because the book only contains twelve stories. Where is the thirteenth tale? A moody literary mystery. More info →
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Peace Like a River

Peace Like a River

I loved this book, set in deep North Dakota winter, even though the description didn’t sound particularly interesting to me. File under fathers and sons, tight-knit communities, and outlaws. Book club highlight: the miracles that happen in the novel, and that happen (or not) in our everyday lives. More info →
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Station Eleven

Station Eleven

A global pandemic, a traveling Shakespeare troupe, a comic book—and a best pick for so many readers. I was afraid this post-apocalyptic novel would be depressing (or terrifying) but it's neither. It IS a crowd-pleaser, and a pageturner: I read it in two days. More info →
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All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

A captivating story, well-told. The characters in this war novel are fascinating and altogether unexpected, and the book’s setting couldn’t be lovelier: much of the action takes place in Saint-Malo, France, a unique walled port city on the English Channel. It doesn't feel overlong: its 500+ pages give Doerr plenty of room to build a believable world, and give his characters depth and feeling. An intelligent, detailed, literary novel that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. More info →
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