1. Insatiable by Shary Hauer
In this fascinating memoir, Shary Hauer chronicles her agonizing struggles with love addiction. While her professional life thrived, Hauer’s addiction transformed her into an insecure and desperate woman obsessed with keeping a man. An intimate personal story that sheds much needed light on the addictions of love.
2. Paper Towns by John Green
According to Quentin Jacobsen everyone gets a miracle, and his is Margo Roth Spiegelman. Loving her from next door but rarely speaking, Q is thrown into Margo’s extravagant middle of the night plan filled with adventure, revenge and mystery. Q is more enthralled than ever, and when Margo vanishes, it’s up to him to follow the clues and solve the mystery.
3. Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman
Meet some of the women left out by the history books, but who are no less worthy of recognition. There’s Allegra, the illegitimate daughter of Lord Byron; Lucia, the troubled daughter of James Joyce; Dolly, the rebellious niece of Oscar Wilde. All beautifully imagined, these historical women are finally getting the acknowledgement they desired and deserve.
4. Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani
Humiliating secrets are uncovered by Indian American photographer Sonya and her family while her abusive father—the victim of a hate crime—lies comatose. As Sonya, her sisters and their mother contemplate hopes for his recovery and death, the women recall a past burdened with shame, aggression and the liberating truth.
5. Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm
In Paris, Grace lives under an alias and sleeps in a rented room. In Tennessee, two young men—a man who is her husband and a man she is in love with—have recently been paroled for a heist Grace planned before the crime went wrong and she hightailed it to Prague with a stolen canvas. So begins a mesmerizing game of cat-and-mouse in this suspenseful, psychological thriller.
6. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
It’s 1939 France, and Vianne Mauriac has only hope that her husband, Antoine, will survive the Nazi invasion of France. As Vianne and her daughter struggle to cohabitate with a German captain who has taken residence in their home, her rebellious sister Isabelle risks her life to save others when she joins the Resistance. The two sisters must fight vastly different battles to survive in a seldom-told story of the women’s war.
7. Surface by Stacy Robinson
When Claire Montgomery sacrifices a life of good decisions and a privileged life for one senseless decision, she is no longer living the perfect life of a beloved socialite. Her husband, Michael, blames Claire’s brashness for putting their son Nick’s life in jeopardy. But as Claire and Nick struggle to move on, Michael is still harboring secrets so painful Claire isn’t sure she wants to uncover them…
8. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
When Alice Howland—a cognitive psychology Harvard professor and linguistics expert—becomes disoriented and forgetful, a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease devastates the Howland family. Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin, Still Alice is a story of loss, gain and what you’re worth when you start to forget yourself.
9. The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North
A gripping story of love and fame, Sophie Stark starts her filmmaking career with a documentary about Daniel—a college basketball star and her current obsession—when Sophie goes too far and becomes the victim of a humiliating retaliation. Unstoppable and unapologetic, she gains recognition and praise by using the personal stories of friends and loved ones to create her films, risking betrayal in the pursuit of creating art.
10. Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
Surrounded by an endearing cast of fun and realistic characters, young and plucky Sophie Straw wants to “make it” like her idol, Lucille Ball, when she becomes a television starlet in 1060’s London. Set in the early days of television, Hornby introduces readers to characters who are flawed and funny in the midst of Sophie’s rise to prime time fame.
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