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GOOD NIGHT, MR. WODEHOUSE

One of our recommended books is Good Night Mr. Wodehouse by Faith Sullivan

Top Ten Book of 2015 in the Wall Street Journal, and Winner of the Midwest Book Awards and the Langum Prize for Historical Fiction

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Cape Ann, comes a novel of friendship, survival, and the sustaining bonds between a reader and her most beloved author.

In Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse, Faith Sullivan returns to Harvester, Minnesota—the setting of her bestseller The Cape Ann—to tell the story of Nell Stillman, an ordinary woman with an extraordinary life.

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ANA OF CALIFORNIA

A modern take on the classic coming-of-age novel, inspired by Anne of Green Gables

In the grand tradition of Anne of Green Gables, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport, Andi Teran’s captivating debut novel offers a contemporary twist on a beloved classic. Fifteen-year-old orphan Ana Cortez has just blown her last chance with a foster family. It’s a group home next—unless she agrees to leave East Los Angeles for a farm trainee program in Northern California.

When she first arrives, Ana can’t tell a tomato plant from a blackberry bush,

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AND THE DARK SACRED NIGHT

Kit Noonan is an unemployed art historian with

twins to help support and a mortgage to pay—

and a wife frustrated by his inertia. Raised by a

strong-willed, secretive single mother, Kit has

never known the identity of his father—a mystery

that his wife insists he must solve to move forward

with his life. Out of desperation, Kit goes to the

mountain retreat of his mother’s former husband,

Jasper, a take-no-prisoners outdoorsman. There,

in the midst of a fierce blizzard, Kit and Jasper confront memories of the

bittersweet decade when their families were joined.

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THE LAST PILOT

Jim Harrison is a test pilot in the U.S. Air Force,

one of the exalted few. He spends his days cheating

death in the skies above the Mojave Desert and his

nights at his friend Pancho’s bar, often with his wife,

Grace. She and Harrison are secretly desperate for

a child-and when, against all odds, Grace learns

that she is pregnant, the two are overcome with joy.

While America becomes swept up in the fervor of

the Space Race, Harrison turns his attention home,

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PANDORA’S DNA

One of our recommended books is Pandora's DNA by Lizzie Stark

Would you cut out your healthy breasts and ovaries if you thought it might save your life? That’s not a theoretical question for journalist Lizzie Stark’s relatives, who grapple with the horrific legacy of cancer built into the family DNA. The BRCA mutation has robbed most of her female relatives of breasts, ovaries, peace of mind, or life itself.

In Pandora’s DNA, Stark uses her family’s experience to frame a larger story about the so-called breast cancer genes, exploring the morass of legal quandaries, scientific developments, medical breakthroughs, and ethical concerns that surround the BRCA mutations.

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H IS FOR HAWK

One of our recommended books is H Is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

When Helen Macdonald’s father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer—Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood—she’d never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk’s fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel, and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T.H. White’s chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor. Projecting herself “in the hawk’s wild mind to tame her” tested the limits of Macdonald’s humanity and changed her life.

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