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Book of the Month

"North Woods"
by Daniel Mason

Our November Book of the Month

"North Woods"
by Daniel Mason

Our November Book of the Month

October: “Night Watch” by Jayne Anne Phillips

Night Watch by Jayne Ann Phillips Our October 2023 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK In 1874, in the wake of the War, erasure, trauma, and namelessness haunt civilians and veterans, renegades and wanderers, freedmen and runaways. Twelve-year-old ConaLee, the adult in...

September: “The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store” by James McBride

The Heaven & Earth Grocery Storeby James McBride Our September 2023 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK In 1972, when workers in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, were digging the foundations for a new development, the last thing they expected to find was a skeleton at the...

August: “Tom Lake” by Ann Patchett

Tom Lake by Ann Patchett Our August 2023 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK In the spring of 2020, Lara’s three daughters return to the family’s orchard in Northern Michigan. While picking cherries, they beg their mother to tell them the story of Peter Duke, a famous...

July: “The Mythmakers” by Keziah Weir

The Mythmakers by Keziah Weir Our July 2023 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Sal Cannon’s life is in shambles. Her relationship is crumbling, and her career in journalism hits a low point after it’s revealed that her profile of a playwright is full of inaccuracies....

June: “Chain-Gang All-Stars” by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Chain-Gang All-Starsby Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Our June 2023 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK She felt their eyes, all those executioners… Loretta Thurwar and Hamara “Hurricane Staxxx” Stacker are the stars of Chain-Gang All-Stars, the cornerstone of CAPE, or...

May: “The Covenant of Water” by Abraham Verghese

The Covenant of Waterby Abraham Verghese Our May 2023 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK The Covenant of Water is the long-awaited new novel by Abraham Verghese, the author of Cutting for Stone. Published in 2009, Cutting for Stone became a literary phenomenon, selling...

April: “Take What You Need” by Idra Novey

Take What You Need by Idra Novey Our April 2023 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Set in the Allegheny Mountains of Appalachia, Take What You Need traces the parallel lives of Jean and her beloved but estranged stepdaughter, Leah, who’s sought a clean break from her...

March: “I Have Some Questions for You” by Rebecca Makkai

I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai Our March 2023 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK A successful film professor and podcaster, Bodie Kane is content to forget her past — the family tragedy that marred her adolescence, her four largely miserable years at a...

February: “My Nemesis” – Charmaine Craig

My Nemesis by Charmaine Craig Our February 2023 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Tessa is a successful writer who develops a friendship, first by correspondence and then in person, with Charlie, a ruggedly handsome philosopher and scholar based in Los Angeles. Sparks...

January: “The New Life” by Tom Crewe

The New Life by Tom Crewe Our January 2023 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK In this powerful, visceral novel about love, sex, and the struggle for a better world, two men collaborate on a book in defense of homosexuality, then a crime — risking their old lives in the...

December: “A Book of Days” by Patti Smith

A Book of Days by Patti Smith Our December 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK In 2018, without any plan or agenda for what might happen next, Patti Smith posted her first Instagram photo: her hand with the simple message “Hello Everybody!” Known for shooting with...

November: “Demon Copperhead” by Barbara Kingsolver

Demon Copperheadby Barbara Kingsolver Our November 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK “Anyone will tell you the born of this world are marked from the get-out, win or lose.” Demon Copperhead is set in the mountains of southern Appalachia. It’s the story of a boy...

October: “Our Missing Hearts” by Celeste Ng

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng Our October 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Twelve-year-old Bird Gardner lives a quiet existence with his loving but broken father, a former linguist who now shelves books in a university library. Bird knows to not ask too many...

September: “The Boys” by Katie Hafner

The Boys by Katie Hafner Our September 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK When introverted Ethan Fawcett marries fun-loving Barb, so comfortable in the world, he has every reason to believe he will be delivered from a lifetime of solitude. She fills his world with...

August: “A Map for the Missing” by Belinda Huijuan Tang

A Map For the Missing by Belinda Huijuan Tang Our August 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Tang Yitian has been living in America for almost a decade when he receives an urgent phone call from his mother: his father has disappeared from the family’s rural village...

July: “The Latecomer” by Jean Hanff Korelitz

The Latecomerby Jean Hanff Korelitz Our July 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK The Latecomer follows the story of the wealthy, New York City-based Oppenheimer family, from the first meeting of parents Salo and Johanna, under tragic circumstances, to their triplets...

June: “This Time Tomorrow” by Emma Straub

This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub Our June 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK On the eve of her 40th birthday, Alice’s life isn’t terrible. She likes her job, even if it isn’t exactly the one she expected. She’s happy with her apartment, her romantic status, her...

May: “Trust” by Hernan Diaz

Trust by Hernan Diaz Our May 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Even through the roar and effervescence of the 1920s, everyone in New York has heard of Benjamin and Helen Rask. He is a legendary Wall Street tycoon; she is the daughter of eccentric aristocrats....

April: “Mecca” by Susan Straight

Mecca by Susan Straight Our April 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Johnny Frías has California in his blood. A descendant of the state’s Indigenous people and Mexican settlers, he has Southern California’s forgotten towns and canyons in his soul. He spends his...

March: “Free Love” by Tessa Hadley

Free Love by Tessa Hadley Our March 2022 Book of the Month Our March Book of the Month, Free Love by Tessa Hadley, is a wonderful contemporary companion to our series about the shift from the traditional marriage plot by female writers. Hadley’s omniscient narration...

February: “Honor” by Thrity Umrigar

Honor by Thrity Umrigar Our February 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Indian American journalist Smita has returned to India to cover a story, but reluctantly: long ago she and her family left the country with no intention of ever coming back. As she follows the...

January: “Olga Dies Dreaming” by Xochitl Gonzalez

Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez Our January 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK It’s 2017, and Olga and her brother, Pedro “Prieto” Acevedo, are boldfaced names in their hometown of New York. Prieto is a popular congressman representing their gentrifying...

November: “Oh William!” by Elizabeth Strout

Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout Our November 2021 Book of the Month Oh, Elizabeth you have pierced my heart again. I have loved Elizabeth Strout’s work since I first introduced my clients to her debut novel Amy & Isabelle in 1998. In the years since, she has...

October: “Fight Night” by Miriam Toews

Fight Night by Miriam Toews Our October 2021 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK “You’re a small thing,” Grandma writes, “and you must learn to fight.” Swiv’s Grandma, Elvira, has been fighting all her life. From her upbringing in a strict religious...

September: “Radiant Fugitives” by Nawaaz Ahmed

Radiant Fugitives by Nawaaz Ahmed Our September 2021 Book of the Month Sometimes you read a book and it becomes deeply personal. Radiant Fugitives is a novel that is outside of my life experience and yet every scene written by Ahmed was as Roberta Flack sang, “telling...

August: “Intimacies” by Katie Kitamura

Intimacies by Katie Kitamura Our August 2021 Book of the Month Our August Book of the Month, Intimacies by Katie Kitamura, is a subtle and beautifully written novel about what it is to balance the global and the personal when the world is constantly swirling in our...

July: “Great Circle” by Maggie Shipstead

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead Our July 2021 Book of the Month As we all start to leave our homes and venture out again, we thought you might want to go EPIC with your summer reading. Our July Book of the Month, Great Circle by best-selling author Maggie Shipstead,...

June: “The Other Black Girl” by Zakiya Dalila Harris

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris Our June 2021 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Urgent, propulsive, and sharp as a knife, The Other Black Girl is an electric debut about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white...

May: “Secrets of Happiness” by Joan Silber

Secrets of Happiness by Joan Silber Our May 2021 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Ethan, a young lawyer in New York, learns that his father has long kept a second family — a Thai wife and two kids living in Queens. In the aftermath of this revelation, Ethan’s...

April: “Infinite Country” by Patricia Engel

Infinite Country by Patricia Engel Our April 2021 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK I often wonder if we are living the wrong life in the wrong country. Talia is being held at a correctional facility for adolescent girls in the forested mountains of Colombia after...

March: “Klara and the Sun” by Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro Our March 2021 Book of the Month Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded The Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017 as someone, “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the...

February: “My Year Abroad” by Chang-rae Lee

My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee Our February 2021 Book of the Month Babysitter night was my favorite night of the week when I was a pre-teen. It was the only night I could eat with abandon and steal cookies from the heavily guarded cookie jar. My brother and I would...

January: “Outlawed” by Anna North

Outlawed by Anna North Our January 2021 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK The Crucible meets True Grit in this riveting adventure story of a fugitive girl, a mysterious gang of robbers, and their dangerous mission to transform the Wild West. In the year of our Lord...

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