Recommended Literary Books

Love in the Time of Cholera (Oprah's ...

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Set in an unnamed Caribbean seaport, Garcia Marquez's extraordinary Love in the Time of Cholera (1988) relates one of literature's most remarkable stories of unrequited love. 'This shining and heartbreaking novel,' Thomas Pynchon wrot...

Published: Oct 2003

Out Stealing Horses

Per Petterson

Winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Out Stealing Horses has been embraced across the world as a classic, a novel of universal relevance and power. Panoramic and gripping, it tells the story of Trond Sander, a sixty-seven-yea...

Published: Apr 2008

A Wedding in December

Anita Shreve

A 25th reunion at a Maine boarding school brings together a middle-aged couple--Bridget and Bill--who broke up after high school and went their separate ways. The novel centers on their wedding, which various old classmates have gathe...

Published: May 2006


Anita Shreve

At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape. A Pandora's box of revelations, the tape triggers a chorus of voices...

Published: May 2009

The Namesake

Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer for her story collection, INTERPRETER OF MALADIES. Her first novel, set in Boston and New York, begins in 1968 with a young Indian man doing research at MIT, and his wife, who becomes pregnant with a son...

Published: Sep 2004

Little Bee

Chris Cleave

From the author of the international bestseller Incendiary comes a haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers - one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban Londo...

Published: Feb 2010

The Beach House

Jane Green

The New York Times bestseller and ultimate beach read from the author of Second Chance Nan Powell is a free-spirited, sixty-five-year-old widow who's not above skinny-dipping in her neighbors' pools when they're away and who dearly lo...

Published: Jun 2009

The Almost Moon

Alice Sebold

A woman steps over the line into the unthinkable in this brilliant, powerful, and unforgettable new novel by the author of The Lovely Bones and Lucky. For years Helen Knightly has given her life to others: to her haunted mother, to h...

Published: Sep 2008

The Last Summer (of You and Me)

Ann Brashares

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants comes "a glorious novel of unrequited love, longing and the meaning of friendship."( Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of ...

Published: May 2008

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Muriel Barbery

The enthralling international bestseller. We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Renee, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Out...

Published: Sep 2008

The White Tiger

Aravind Adiga

Introducing a major literary talent, The White Tiger offers a story of coruscating wit, blistering suspense, and questionable morality, told by the most volatile, captivating, and utterly inimitable narrator that this millennium has y...

Published: Oct 2008

The Gathering

Anne Enright

Anne Enright is a dazzling writer of international stature and one of Ireland’s most singular voices. Now she delivers The Gathering, a moving, evocative portrait of a large Irish family and a shot of fresh blood into the Irish ...

Published: Sep 2007

The Dew Breaker

Edwidge Danticat

A scarred Brooklyn resident remembers his past life as a Haitian torturer in the 1960s, a period during which he waged personal and political battles before moving to New York, where his past continued to haunt him throughout his marr...

Published: Mar 2005

South of Broad

Pat Conroy

Leopold Bloom King has been raised in a family shattered—and shadowed—by tragedy. Lonely and adrift, he searches for something to sustain him and finds it among a tightly knit group of high school outsiders. Surviving marriages ha...

Published: May 2010

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Jonathan Safran Foer

A new novel by the author of Everything Is Illuminated introduces Oskar Schell, the nine-year-old son of a man killed in the World Trade Center bombing, who searches the city for a lock that fits a black key his father left behind. Re...

Published: Apr 2006

The Tiger's Wife

Tea Obreht

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn a Balkan country mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor, is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather's recent death. Searching for clues, she turns to his wor...

Published: Nov 2011

Juliet, Naked

Nick Hornby

Now in paperback-The New York Times bestselling novel of rock 'n roll, super fandom, and love, by the beloved author of About a Boy and High Fidelity. Nick Hornby returns to his roots-music and messy relationships-in this funny and to...

Published: Sep 2010

The Year of the Flood

Margaret Atwood

Set in the visionary future of Atwood's acclaimed Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood is at once a moving tale of lasting friendship and a landmark work of speculative fiction. In this second book of the MaddAddam trilogy, the long-...

Published: Jul 2010

Suite Francaise

Irene Nemirovsky

This remarkable bestseller, already hailed as one of the great works of French literature in the 20th century, actually consists of three books: two novellas, and the non-fiction account of their creation and improbable survival. In 1...

Published: Apr 2007

Body of Lies

Iris Johansen

Just as there are sculptors who insist they liberate forms imprisoned within marble and granite, Eve Duncan, the strong-willed heroine of Body of Lies, is a forensic sculptor driven by a need to liberate innocence from the shroud o...

Published: Mar 2003

The Orphan Master's Son

Adam Johnson

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, New York Times bestselling novel of North Korea: an epic journey into the heart of the world’s most mysterious dictatorship.“Imagine Charles Dickens paying a visit to Pyongyang, and you see the canvas...

Published: Aug 2012

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Junot Diaz

The most talked about—and praised—first novel of 2007, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize.Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sis...

Published: Sep 2008

No Country for Old Men (MTI)

Cormac McCarthy

Llewelyn Moss, hunting antelope near the Rio Grande, instead finds men shot dead, a load of heroin, and more than $2 million in cash. Packing the money out, he knows, will change everything. But only after two more men are murdered do...

Published: Jul 2006


Paul Harding

'Tinkers is truly remarkable. . . . It confers on the reader the best privilege fiction can afford, the illusion of ghostly proximity to other human souls.'—Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Home and Gilead '...

Published: Jan 2009

Safe Harbor

Luanne Rice

In this novel about the bonds of sisterhood, artist Dana Underwood returns to her childhood home in Connecticut to become a mother to her orphaned nieces, Allie and Quinn, all the while planning to take them back to France, where she ...

Published: Jan 2003

The Postmistress

Sarah Blake

The New York Times bestseller- "A beautifully written, thought-provoking novel." -#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathryn Stockett. In 1940, Iris James is the postmistress in coastal Franklin, Massachusetts. Iris knows...

Published: Feb 2011

Light on Snow

Anita Shreve

A brilliant and beautiful contemporary novel about love and memory from the author of the bestselling novels All He Ever Wanted and The Pilots Wife.The events of a December afternoon, during which a father and his daughter find an aba...

Published: Sep 2005

The Snow Child

Eowyn Ivey

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart--he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. ...

Published: Nov 2012

The Girls of August

Anne Rivers Siddons

Now in paperback, Anne Rivers Siddons's New York Times bestselling novel about four friends whose lives are forever changed by the events of one summer.Every August, four women would gather together to spend a week at the beach, renti...

Published: Jul 2015


Ian McEwan

Saturday is a novel set within a single day in February 2003. Henry Perowne is a contented man — a successful neurosurgeon, happily married to a newspaper lawyer, and enjoying good relations with his children, who are young adul...

Published: Apr 2006


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