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27 Books To Read When You Need An Escape From The Freezing Weather

"All the Light We Cannot See", "The Lost City of the Monkey God", "Magpie Murders", and other books so good, you'll want to stay inside to finish them!!

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1. The Dry by Jane Harper begins with Federal Agent Aaron Falk receiving a note that demands he return to his hometown. The reason: the death of his best friend, who Frank once used as a false alibi years ago. Now, he must delve into his friend's death and finally answer unresolved questions — all while keeping buried secrets safe.

Promising review: "I haven’t read a book that has compelled me to keep reading in a very long time, but this one certainly did. I loved it! It was a thriller that had me guessing throughout the book and I couldn’t put it down until I found out who the killer was. I highly recommend it." —Susan A.Get it from Amazon for $10.99+, Barnes and Noble for $12.65, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "I haven’t read a book that has compelled me to keep reading in a very long time, but this one certainly did. I loved it! It was a thriller that had me guessing throughout the book and I couldn’t put it down until I found out who the killer was. I highly recommend it." —Susan A.

Get it from Amazon for $10.99+, Barnes and Noble for $12.65, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

2. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate wrenches five young children from their family's riverboat and into the gruesome conditions of the Tennessee Children's Home orphanage — all without the knowledge or consent of their living parents. Based on the real-life scandal of Georgia Tann's adoption scam, this story will break your heart just as much as it gives you hope.

Promising review: "This is a gripping novel based on very true, heinous, and disturbing actual events within the Tennessee adoption and foster care system under Georgia Tann. It's so well-written I felt as if I was living the characters' experiences." —mrGet it from Amazon for $14.98, Barnes and Noble for $16.37, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "This is a gripping novel based on very true, heinous, and disturbing actual events within the Tennessee adoption and foster care system under Georgia Tann. It's so well-written I felt as if I was living the characters' experiences." —mr

Get it from Amazon for $14.98, Barnes and Noble for $16.37, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

3. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward centers on 13-year-old Joe, who is struggling to grow into a man. His interracial parents' roles in his life are inconsistent: his father in prison, and his mother a drug addict. When his father is released from prison and his family moves to the State Penitentiary, Jojo meets the ghost of a dead inmate who is willing to become Jojo's main role model.

Promising review: "When I come across a book like Jesmyn Ward’s novel it only reinforces why I love to read. I could not wait for night to come so that I could continue to read this heartbreaking but meaningful book. With every page I lost myself in the story. I loved a character, I despised another. Each is essential to the whole. My heart was pounding. I cried so hard, not for myself, but for the cruelty of humankind." —carilynpGet it from Amazon for $17.68, Barnes and Noble for $13.39, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "When I come across a book like Jesmyn Ward’s novel it only reinforces why I love to read. I could not wait for night to come so that I could continue to read this heartbreaking but meaningful book. With every page I lost myself in the story. I loved a character, I despised another. Each is essential to the whole. My heart was pounding. I cried so hard, not for myself, but for the cruelty of humankind." —carilynp

Get it from Amazon for $17.68, Barnes and Noble for $13.39, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

4. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood explores the unlikely bond between Wavy, a daughter of a drug dealer, and Kellen, a tattooed ex-con. After Wavy's family is ripped apart, her relationship is scrutinized by the outside world, forcing us to reconsider our own perspectives on life, love, and loyalty in a Mississippi meth lab.

Promising review: "To see a story come from so many different points of view is always refreshing to me. This book gives us a look at how one man changed the life of a girl who likely would've died or led a horrible life had they not met. This was a wonderful read and gives you enough hope to keep reading to cheer on your characters. However, heartbreak is also inevitable during this experience." —SaraGet it from Amazon for $11.13+, Barnes and Noble for $11.13, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "To see a story come from so many different points of view is always refreshing to me. This book gives us a look at how one man changed the life of a girl who likely would've died or led a horrible life had they not met. This was a wonderful read and gives you enough hope to keep reading to cheer on your characters. However, heartbreak is also inevitable during this experience." —Sara

Get it from Amazon for $11.13+, Barnes and Noble for $11.13, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

5. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng will upend your everyday perspective of suburban life through the once picture-perfect Richardson family. When their family friends decide to adopt a Chinese-American baby (a controversial choice in the late '90's) and a custody battle ensues, the Richardson's delicate mother-daughter relationships are torn between polarizing opinions and troubling pasts.

Promising review: "There’s a lot at play here — race, class, the value of art in society — but what struck me the most was the study of motherhood; what it means to be a mother, especially the mother of a daughter. Ng’s novel is a rich tapestry in which a number of fleshed-out characters are woven. I found myself touched not only by the subject matter, but by her prose. Highly recommend." —Brittanie FerraraGet it from Amazon for $15.86+, Barnes and Noble for $16.20, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "There’s a lot at play here — race, class, the value of art in society — but what struck me the most was the study of motherhood; what it means to be a mother, especially the mother of a daughter. Ng’s novel is a rich tapestry in which a number of fleshed-out characters are woven. I found myself touched not only by the subject matter, but by her prose. Highly recommend." —Brittanie Ferrara

Get it from Amazon for $15.86+, Barnes and Noble for $16.20, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

6. Twist of Faith by Ellen J. Green shatters Ava Saunder's reality when she finds a photo of an old ramshackle house in her late adoptive mother's home. Previously unsuspecting of her origins, now Ava finds herself in danger as she digs further into what turns out to be a violent, murderous past.

Promising review: "It’s not often that mysteries take me by surprise anymore. I had chosen Twist of Faith simply because it was a mystery and none of the other choices seemed appealing. Wow, am I glad I chose this book! There’s nothing quite like a good mystery that keeps you guessing until the end. If you like a truly enigmatic mystery drawn out to the last bloody clue, this one’s for you. Ellen Green reminds me a lot of Agatha Christie; she leaves you grasping at every clue, wondering which are real and which clues are red herrings." —BookwyrmGet it from Amazon for $9.99, Barnes and Noble for $15.73, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "It’s not often that mysteries take me by surprise anymore. I had chosen Twist of Faith simply because it was a mystery and none of the other choices seemed appealing. Wow, am I glad I chose this book! There’s nothing quite like a good mystery that keeps you guessing until the end. If you like a truly enigmatic mystery drawn out to the last bloody clue, this one’s for you. Ellen Green reminds me a lot of Agatha Christie; she leaves you grasping at every clue, wondering which are real and which clues are red herrings." —Bookwyrm

Get it from Amazon for $9.99, Barnes and Noble for $15.73, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

7. The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston chases after the ancient legend of the unattainable White City — first to be told of by Hernán Cortés himself. Based on the remarkable true story, Preston and his team tackle the unexplored Honduras rainforest — only to return to America and learn they've all contracted a lethal and incurable disease.

Promising review: "A classic read where it teleports you from your safe, clean, parasite-free home and drops you straight into the perilous jungle of snakes, bugs, and swashbuckling adventurers. If you want to escape your life for awhile I highly recommend this book." —Mrs. JonesGet it from Amazon for $9.47, Barnes and Noble for $10.07, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "A classic read where it teleports you from your safe, clean, parasite-free home and drops you straight into the perilous jungle of snakes, bugs, and swashbuckling adventurers. If you want to escape your life for awhile I highly recommend this book." —Mrs. Jones

Get it from Amazon for $9.47, Barnes and Noble for $10.07, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

8. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee tells the story of teenaged Sunja, who falls in love with a wealthy stranger who visits her home in Korea. But when she becomes pregnant and learns that her lover is married, she leaves home and accepts a marriage offer from an older, sickly minister. This propels a series of consequences that last generations in 20th century Japan.

Promising review: "Undoubtedly one the best books I've read in the last decade. Beautiful writing, heart-wrenching story, and exceptional characters. The author really created a sprawling world of her own. Couldn't recommend more." —C. SandersonGet it from Amazon for $9.59+, Barnes and Noble for $10.10, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "Undoubtedly one the best books I've read in the last decade. Beautiful writing, heart-wrenching story, and exceptional characters. The author really created a sprawling world of her own. Couldn't recommend more." —C. Sanderson

Get it from Amazon for $9.59+, Barnes and Noble for $10.10, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

9. The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs delves into the complicated and passionate marriage between Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. If you're still reeling from Broadway's Hamilton, then this in-depth portrayal of the complex founding father and his equally resilient wife will answer even more of your questions.

Promising review: "Okay where to start. This book had me hooked from chapter one. If you love the 'what are men to rocks and mountains' sass of Elizabeth Bennet, you are going to love Elizabeth 'Eliza' Hamilton, and if you believe true love stories should be more complicated than 'they met, fell in love, and lived happily ever after,' then you're going to love this book even more. I was hesitant to jump on the Hamilton craze that has followed the Broadway play, for fear that it wouldn't live up to its expectations, but this book was the perfect start to my new love affair. The Hamilton Affair shows that life and love aren't always pretty, but you can either choose to sink into it's shallows, or stand up and hold strong." —LoganGet it from Amazon for $10.95, Barnes and Noble for $12.21, or through your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "Okay where to start. This book had me hooked from chapter one. If you love the 'what are men to rocks and mountains' sass of Elizabeth Bennet, you are going to love Elizabeth 'Eliza' Hamilton, and if you believe true love stories should be more complicated than 'they met, fell in love, and lived happily ever after,' then you're going to love this book even more. I was hesitant to jump on the Hamilton craze that has followed the Broadway play, for fear that it wouldn't live up to its expectations, but this book was the perfect start to my new love affair. The Hamilton Affair shows that life and love aren't always pretty, but you can either choose to sink into it's shallows, or stand up and hold strong." —Logan

Get it from Amazon for $10.95, Barnes and Noble for $12.21, or through your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

10. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen is an enthralling thriller about the Vietnam War. It's narrated by an undercover communist agent posing as a captain in the Southern Vietnamese Army who must decide where his loyalty lies: with his communist blood brothers, or the men he escaped with.

Btw, this book has won a TON of awards, the most notable of which is the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.Promising review: "This book holds layers and layers of intrigue and revelation. Viet Thanh Nguyen's storytelling and writing light up every page with insight about world relations, war, how refugees are seen and see themselves, and how mankind as a whole creates chaos in the name of nothing. A book to read, reread, and keep for the beautiful language, important message, and enduring questions it poses." —Rosemary RawlinsGet it from Amazon for $10.07+, Barnes and Noble for $10.17, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Btw, this book has won a TON of awards, the most notable of which is the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Promising review: "This book holds layers and layers of intrigue and revelation. Viet Thanh Nguyen's storytelling and writing light up every page with insight about world relations, war, how refugees are seen and see themselves, and how mankind as a whole creates chaos in the name of nothing. A book to read, reread, and keep for the beautiful language, important message, and enduring questions it poses." —Rosemary Rawlins

Get it from Amazon for $10.07+, Barnes and Noble for $10.17, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

11. The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff opens with 16-year-old Noa, who is cast out and forced to give up her baby when she is impregnated by a Nazi soldier. After she secretly takes a baby from a boxcar headed to a concentration camp, she joins a German circus to escape. From there, she must learn both how to blend in as an aerialist, as well as keep both her and her new baby's identities safe.

Promising review: "I just finished this book, and as I wipe away my tears I have to tell you that this is an original, riveting story about courage, love, friendship, and family. A while back, someone asked if there were too many books written about WWII, and my answer was no — there are millions of stories to tell. The Orphan's Tale is a great example of this, telling a story about events and acts of bravery that I knew nothing about. This story is told with such passion and enormous heart, with pulse-pounding suspense as Astrid, Noa, and the rest of their circus friends are under constant threat of the Nazis. I highly recommend this book to all book lovers; it is sure to enthrall everyone." —SUSAN PETERSONGet it from Amazon for $10.07, Barnes and Noble for $11.28, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "I just finished this book, and as I wipe away my tears I have to tell you that this is an original, riveting story about courage, love, friendship, and family. A while back, someone asked if there were too many books written about WWII, and my answer was no — there are millions of stories to tell. The Orphan's Tale is a great example of this, telling a story about events and acts of bravery that I knew nothing about. This story is told with such passion and enormous heart, with pulse-pounding suspense as Astrid, Noa, and the rest of their circus friends are under constant threat of the Nazis. I highly recommend this book to all book lovers; it is sure to enthrall everyone." —SUSAN PETERSON

Get it from Amazon for $10.07, Barnes and Noble for $11.28, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

12. Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman follows a once rigid, socially-awkward housewife starting a startling new life when she walks out on her cheating husband and starts the seemingly ill-fitting work of a caretaker. When she's tasked with leading an untalented children's soccer team to unlikely victory, Britt-Marie must learn how to come to terms with a group of misfits, much like herself.

Promising review: "I love the way Backman writes. He draws you right into view and the lives of his characters, and helps one see a different point of view. I also read A Man Called Ove, and enjoyed it tremendously. He makes you love these people that, if you met them in real life, you would not get close enough to know as their personalities are such put-offs. But in the end you love the characters." —Mary Jo JuristaGet it from Amazon for $11.69+, Barnes and Noble for $12.95, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "I love the way Backman writes. He draws you right into view and the lives of his characters, and helps one see a different point of view. I also read A Man Called Ove, and enjoyed it tremendously. He makes you love these people that, if you met them in real life, you would not get close enough to know as their personalities are such put-offs. But in the end you love the characters." —Mary Jo Jurista

Get it from Amazon for $11.69+, Barnes and Noble for $12.95, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

13. You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein recounts the comedienne's bumbling, late blooming journey to womanhood. From her "transformation from Pippi Longstocking-esque tomboy to are-you-a-lesbian-or-what tom man," Klein takes us down her bumpy, hilarious memory lane of her strange (yet relatable) journey to adulthood.

Promising review: "Klein is funny because she is honest and captures with vivid imagery instances that many of us experience fleetingly. She evokes exactly what is absurd, upsetting, or exhilarating about so many events that we have lived. Her writing seems effortless and precise. It made me laugh out loud and feel connected to her and her story." —zmckeGet it from Amazon for $10.87+, Barnes and Noble for $12.71, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "Klein is funny because she is honest and captures with vivid imagery instances that many of us experience fleetingly. She evokes exactly what is absurd, upsetting, or exhilarating about so many events that we have lived. Her writing seems effortless and precise. It made me laugh out loud and feel connected to her and her story." —zmcke

Get it from Amazon for $10.87+, Barnes and Noble for $12.71, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

14. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas moves between two worlds that 16-year-old Starr Carter needs to navigate. One is the poor neighborhood where she lives and the other her fancy suburban prep school. When her childhood best friend is shot in front of her, the town is turned on its head and Starr's careful balance is shattered. Only Starr can clarify what happened that night, but what she chooses to share can endanger her life.

Promising review: "Every bit of this book was amazing. The characters were well-done. The writing was fantastic. The story was great. While many novels that carry a specific message sometimes come off seeming too didactic or preachy, this did not. It was flawless. Starr’s story read more like a memoir than fiction, and it revealed so much about contemporary circumstances revolving around race in our country. This is an absolute must-read." —Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $10.25, Barnes and Noble for $18.99, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "Every bit of this book was amazing. The characters were well-done. The writing was fantastic. The story was great. While many novels that carry a specific message sometimes come off seeming too didactic or preachy, this did not. It was flawless. Starr’s story read more like a memoir than fiction, and it revealed so much about contemporary circumstances revolving around race in our country. This is an absolute must-read." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $10.25, Barnes and Noble for $18.99, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

15. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick charms us with 69-year-old Arthur Pepper — an elderly gentleman who still follows the precise routine that he had when his late wife Miriam was alive. But when he discovers a charm bracelet that he never gave Miriam, he is catapulted into a trip around the world to unearth his wife's secret life.

Promising review: "This is the first book I've read by this author and I was very impressed. The writing method reminded me of Anne Tyler. The story builds and unfolds naturally and without realizing it, I was totally sucked in. I felt what the characters felt — the characters and situations were described just enough so that you could visualize every aspect, but not overly described to the point where it got boring. The story ends naturally yet still leaves you wanting to know what happens next. Definitely an excellent read." —N. CarterGet it from Amazon for $9.03+, Barnes and Noble for $10.07, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "This is the first book I've read by this author and I was very impressed. The writing method reminded me of Anne Tyler. The story builds and unfolds naturally and without realizing it, I was totally sucked in. I felt what the characters felt — the characters and situations were described just enough so that you could visualize every aspect, but not overly described to the point where it got boring. The story ends naturally yet still leaves you wanting to know what happens next. Definitely an excellent read." —N. Carter

Get it from Amazon for $9.03+, Barnes and Noble for $10.07, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

16. Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell poetically depicts the historic 1955 Supreme Court case that determined whether two interracial teenagers could legally marry in a still-segregated world.

Promising review: "Well-written, in spite of the deep-seeded racism, acts of cruelty, and anti-miscegenation laws which enforced racial segregation. This story proves that true love conquers all. Once I began reading, I couldn't put it down." —MaterGet it from Amazon for $13.16, Barnes and Noble for $16.61, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "Well-written, in spite of the deep-seeded racism, acts of cruelty, and anti-miscegenation laws which enforced racial segregation. This story proves that true love conquers all. Once I began reading, I couldn't put it down." —Mater

Get it from Amazon for $13.16, Barnes and Noble for $16.61, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

17. Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie presents an impossible situation when Isma leaves home and learns of her brother's pursuits to join the troubling legacy of their absent jihadist father. When she meets Eamonn, the son of a powerful politician, the two form an unlikely alliance to decide at what cost does one remain loyal to family.

Promising review: "An incredible book — it grips you and doesn't let go. A very important read in times like these. It helped me to gain more empathy." —Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $14.30, Barnes and Noble for $18.01, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "An incredible book — it grips you and doesn't let go. A very important read in times like these. It helped me to gain more empathy." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.30, Barnes and Noble for $18.01, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

18. Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose by Joe Biden chronicles the year our former Vice President balanced running the country and caring for his son, Beau, who eventually lost his life to brain cancer. We get a first-hand look into how he kept his promise to his dying son to "be all right," despite an almost impossible set of duties.

Promising review: "Very well-written. It moves between the intense personal issue of a son fighting to live and losing his life, and the arenas of world discord and conflict. Vice President Biden isn't afraid to reveal his personal anguish and the struggle to keep a large family whole in the face of a terrible loss. While most of us are not involved in the world arenas, we all face terrible losses in our lives. The book gives a pathway to coping with those losses." —TATGet it from Amazon for $15.59, Barnes and Noble for $16.20, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "Very well-written. It moves between the intense personal issue of a son fighting to live and losing his life, and the arenas of world discord and conflict. Vice President Biden isn't afraid to reveal his personal anguish and the struggle to keep a large family whole in the face of a terrible loss. While most of us are not involved in the world arenas, we all face terrible losses in our lives. The book gives a pathway to coping with those losses." —TAT

Get it from Amazon for $15.59, Barnes and Noble for $16.20, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

19. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz turns reader into detective when editor Susan Ryeland begins to suspect that her famous crime writer is using more than just inspiration to create his newest murder tale. As Ryeland digs further in between the lines, it is up to us to decide if it's fact or fiction.

Promising review: "This is truly the best mystery I've read in decades. It's actually two mysteries in one, and both are intriguing page-turners. Genius plotting and lots of Easter eggs for crime novel aficionados. I can't recommend this book highly enough." —brozzerbGet it from Amazon for $15.22, Barnes and Noble for $17.63, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "This is truly the best mystery I've read in decades. It's actually two mysteries in one, and both are intriguing page-turners. Genius plotting and lots of Easter eggs for crime novel aficionados. I can't recommend this book highly enough." —brozzerb

Get it from Amazon for $15.22, Barnes and Noble for $17.63, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

20. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerris is about a blind French girl and German boy whose lives collide in occupied France. Prepare to ugly cry as you watch both of their families struggle to survive and cope with the destruction of World War II.

This page-turner has not only been on the New York Times bestseller list for two-and-a-half years (that's a darn long time), but it won a Pulitzer Prize.Promising review: "Days after completing this book, I'm still haunted by the amazing characters and happenings in France during World War II. Sure, it's 'just' a novel, but the author's obvious research into the French resistance and Nazi soldiers' training lends realism to the two fictional characters, a blind French girl, who late in the novel, becomes immersed in the resistance movement, and Werner, a German teenager who has a fascination with radios that leads to his work as a soldier in Hitler's army — not without misgivings, however. The novel is a page-turner with youthful characters that I cared about all the way through." —NeldaGet it from Amazon for $9.95, Barnes and Noble for $10.70, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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This page-turner has not only been on the New York Times bestseller list for two-and-a-half years (that's a darn long time), but it won a Pulitzer Prize.

Promising review: "Days after completing this book, I'm still haunted by the amazing characters and happenings in France during World War II. Sure, it's 'just' a novel, but the author's obvious research into the French resistance and Nazi soldiers' training lends realism to the two fictional characters, a blind French girl, who late in the novel, becomes immersed in the resistance movement, and Werner, a German teenager who has a fascination with radios that leads to his work as a soldier in Hitler's army — not without misgivings, however. The novel is a page-turner with youthful characters that I cared about all the way through." —Nelda

Get it from Amazon for $9.95, Barnes and Noble for $10.70, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

21. The Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane shares his hard-earned journey from stardom, to maximum-security federal prison, to a radical rebirth. In this blunt and honest memoir, we see for ourselves how a former incarcerated and notorious rapper made one of the most dramatic comebacks in the history of music.

Promising review: "Gucci has always been one of my favorite artists. Once I started reading his book, I instantly got glued to it. I love the transparency. I can relate in a lot of ways. This book really showed me who Gucci really is as a person." — DneroGet it from Amazon for $17.38, Barnes and Noble for $18.61, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "Gucci has always been one of my favorite artists. Once I started reading his book, I instantly got glued to it. I love the transparency. I can relate in a lot of ways. This book really showed me who Gucci really is as a person." — Dnero

Get it from Amazon for $17.38, Barnes and Noble for $18.61, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

22. Bear Town by Fredrik Backman takes place in a small, forgotten community that depends on their junior hockey team to put them back on the map. When a desperate and violent act traumatizes a young girl and tears the town apart, no resident is left untouched.

Promising review: "I read it in one sitting! It reads like a thriller, even though it's all flashback. Backman's previous books have been wise, funny, and a little tragic, but this is a masterpiece. It takes place in Sweden, but could be any small town in America, too. What is the right thing to do when things go very wrong? With this book, you'll be compelled to find your answer. Backman is the Dickens of our age, and though you'll cry, your heart is safe in his hands." —M. MaxwellGet it from Amazon for $11.59+ or Barnes and Noble for $17.
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Promising review: "I read it in one sitting! It reads like a thriller, even though it's all flashback. Backman's previous books have been wise, funny, and a little tragic, but this is a masterpiece. It takes place in Sweden, but could be any small town in America, too. What is the right thing to do when things go very wrong? With this book, you'll be compelled to find your answer. Backman is the Dickens of our age, and though you'll cry, your heart is safe in his hands." —M. Maxwell

Get it from Amazon for $11.59+ or Barnes and Noble for $17.

23. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin asks a chilling question: "If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?" This is somethingthe four Gold children must answer after learning their next five decades from a travelling psychic. Will they fulfill these fortunes out of the pure human nature of belief, or seek out a new path in rebellion?

Promising review: "Hold on to your seat, because once you start The Immortalists I dare you to put the book down and do something else. There's a lot of sadness, but there's even more love — love between these four brothers and sisters and their mother Gertie who's their rock and their nemesis in the same way that their Jewish heritage comforts and repels them. Most touching is the connection between them even as they're busy hating and criticizing one another. I hope others enjoy this book as much as I did. I know the cliché of calling a book a page turner is overused, but in this case it's fitting." —CynthiaGet it from Amazon for $16.43, Barnes and Noble for $17.27, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "Hold on to your seat, because once you start The Immortalists I dare you to put the book down and do something else. There's a lot of sadness, but there's even more love — love between these four brothers and sisters and their mother Gertie who's their rock and their nemesis in the same way that their Jewish heritage comforts and repels them. Most touching is the connection between them even as they're busy hating and criticizing one another. I hope others enjoy this book as much as I did. I know the cliché of calling a book a page turner is overused, but in this case it's fitting." —Cynthia

Get it from Amazon for $16.43, Barnes and Noble for $17.27, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

24. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur is a collection of poems that are divided into five chapters: the journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. Kaur shares her rises and falls in a way that everyone feels but few can match in expressing.

Promising review: "Amazing book. Makes you feel so calm when you read it and definitely relaxes you and gives you great advice when it comes to healing your heart." —NikGet it from Amazon for $9.90, Barnes and Noble for $10.19, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "Amazing book. Makes you feel so calm when you read it and definitely relaxes you and gives you great advice when it comes to healing your heart." —Nik

Get it from Amazon for $9.90, Barnes and Noble for $10.19, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

25. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King travels to a dystopian future, where women spend their lives asleep and shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. When a character escapes this sleeping disease, the world is turned on its head as men decide how to determine her fate.

Promising review: "What can I say? I love Mr. King and now I may also love the writing of his son, Owen. Just another superb, relatable story that was hard to put down. I grew up in the northern tip of Appalachia where three states meet and as is always the case with Mr. King he nails the human condition, specifically in this region, squarely on the head!" —R. JayneGet it from Amazon for $19.11+, Barnes and Noble for $20.46, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "What can I say? I love Mr. King and now I may also love the writing of his son, Owen. Just another superb, relatable story that was hard to put down. I grew up in the northern tip of Appalachia where three states meet and as is always the case with Mr. King he nails the human condition, specifically in this region, squarely on the head!" —R. Jayne

Get it from Amazon for $19.11+, Barnes and Noble for $20.46, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

26. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman introduces us to Eleanor: She is punctual, strictly organized, and hopelessly socially inept. But when she meets Raymond (who is exactly the opposite) and Sammy (an elderly man), all three learn to save each other from the lonely, isolated lives they've been leading.

P.S. This will soon be a major motion picture with Reese Witherspoon!Promising review: "What a wonderful book!! The story takes you through the gamut of emotions. I always hated to put the book down — I wanted to find out how it ends, yet not wanting it to end. Eleanor definitely becomes a friend that you root for and have a hard time leaving. I would highly recommend this book!" —Sherry PerryGet it from Amazon for $14.52+, Barnes and Noble for $14.64+, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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P.S. This will soon be a major motion picture with Reese Witherspoon!

Promising review: "What a wonderful book!! The story takes you through the gamut of emotions. I always hated to put the book down — I wanted to find out how it ends, yet not wanting it to end. Eleanor definitely becomes a friend that you root for and have a hard time leaving. I would highly recommend this book!" —Sherry Perry

Get it from Amazon for $14.52+, Barnes and Noble for $14.64+, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

27. I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll starts with a hard decision when Elle Longfield realizes that the two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls are convicted felons. When she decides to say nothing and one of the girls goes missing, she is overcome with guilt. But she has more to worry about: someone knows her secret and they are not letting it go.

Promising review: "What a rollercoaster ride this book will take you on! It will keep you guessing and give an intense twist! I gasped out loud when I reached the peak of the story, not once but twice! I would recommend this book to all who love a brilliant psychological thriller. I was disappointed at first when I hit the epilogue with so many unanswered questions, but it explained everything exactly how it was meant to." —Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $10.97, Barnes and Noble for $11.39, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "What a rollercoaster ride this book will take you on! It will keep you guessing and give an intense twist! I gasped out loud when I reached the peak of the story, not once but twice! I would recommend this book to all who love a brilliant psychological thriller. I was disappointed at first when I hit the epilogue with so many unanswered questions, but it explained everything exactly how it was meant to." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $10.97, Barnes and Noble for $11.39, or at your local bookseller through IndieBound here.

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