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From Practicing Surgeon Atul Gawande, the Bestselling Book About Life at the End

Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.

A Novel of Loss, Redemption and Memory from the Bestselling Author of THE GUILTY ONE

When Margaret Holloway miraculously survives a near-fatal car accident, she is determined to find the man who saved her.

Emma Donoghue's Bestselling Novel of Love and Resilience; Now a Major Motion Picture

Room is the only world 5-year-old Jack has ever known, but Ma devises a bold plan to escape...whether they are ready for it or not.

A Heartfelt, Suspenseful Novel from the Author of I WAS TOLD THERE'D BE CAKE

A rollicking, modern twist on “The Necklace,” THE CLASP is about three friends struggling to fit together and learning how to tell real from fake.

THE PARIS WIFE Author Paula McLain Returns with Her Highly Anticipated New Novel

Fierce and independent, Beryl Markham was a powerful woman whose achievements in aviation were matched only by her intense affairs.

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by Atul Gawande

Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, BEING MORTAL asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families.

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Lisa Ballantyne

Margaret Holloway is driving home, but her mind is elsewhere when she's rear-ended and trapped in the wreckage. Just as she begins to panic, a disfigured stranger pulls her from the car seconds before it's engulfed in flames. Then he simply disappears. Though she escapes with minor injuries, Margaret feels that something is wrong. Whatever happened, she didn't merely forget --- she chose to forget. And somehow, she knows deep down that it has something to do with the man who saved her life.

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by Emma Donoghue

Room is home to 5-year-old Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
Now a major motion picture!

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New Guides

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr - Literary Criticism

Bestselling author and renowned professor Mary Karr offers a master class in the essential elements of great memoir --- delivered with her signature wit, insight and candor.

In the New York Times #1 bestseller BEING MORTAL, Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.

From the author of I WAS TOLD THERE'D BE CAKE and HOW DID YOU GET THIS NUMBER comes a heartfelt and suspenseful novel --- the story of friends struggling to fit together now that their lives haven't gone as planned, of how to separate the real from the fake.

Everything She Forgot by Lisa Ballantyne - Psychological Thriller

From the international bestselling author of THE GUILTY ONE comes a heartstopping second novel about loss, redemption and the fickle nature of memory.

First Impressions by Charlie Lovett - Literary Mystery

In a dual narrative that alternates between Sophie’s quest to uncover the truth --- while choosing between two suitors --- and a young Jane Austen’s touching friendship with the aging cleric Richard Mansfield, Lovett weaves a romantic, suspenseful and utterly compelling novel about love in all its forms and the joys of a life lived in books.

A Line of Blood by Ben McPherson - Mystery/Thriller

A LINE OF BLOOD explores what it means to be a family --- the ties that bind us, and the lies that can destroy us if we're not careful. It will have you wondering if one of the characters is guilty --- or if all of them are --- and will keep you on edge until its shocking final pages.

With the grit of Raymond Carver, the humor of Grace Paley, and a blend of wit and melancholy all her own, Lucia Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday, uncovering moments of grace in the Laundromats and halfway houses of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Bay Area upper class, among switchboard operators and struggling mothers, hitchhikers and bad Christians.

The Martian by Andy Weir - Science Fiction/Thriller

When astronaut Mark Watney finds himself stranded alone on Mars, he must rely on his resourcefulness --- not to mention his rapid-fire sense of humor --- to overcome the impossible odds against him.

Submission by Michel Houellebecq - Current Events & Politics

A controversial, intelligent and mordantly funny new novel from France's most famous living literary figure who poses essential questions of our time.

In this riveting, poignant memoir of  three generations of women and the white dresses that adorned them --- television producer Mary Pflum Peterson recounts a journey through loss and redemption, and her battle to rescue her mother, a former nun, from compulsive hoarding.

Witches of America by Alex Mar - Religion & Spirituality

With keen intelligence and wit, Alex Mar illuminates the world of witchcraft while grappling in fresh and unexpected ways with the question underlying every faith: Why do we choose to believe in anything at all?