The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven by Nathaniel Ian Miller
In 1916, disfigured after a polar bear attack, Sven Ormson leads a solitary life, testing himself against the elements in Svalbard, until an unlikely visitor salves his loneliness, drawing him into a family of fellow castoffs that determines the rest of his life.
Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane by Paul Auster
This comprehensive biography of the author of The Red Badge of Courage looks at how he transformed American literature, the controversies and heartaches that plagued him, and his tragic death from tuberculosis at age 28.
Winter Recipes from the Collective: Poems by Louise Gluck
The 2020 Nobel Prize winner’s haunting new book is the voice containing all of our lifetimes. It couldn’t have been written by anyone else, nor could it have been written by the poet at any other time in her life.
Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout
The iconic heroine of My Name is Lucy Barton recounts her complicated, compassionate relationship with William, her first husband—and longtime, on-again-off-again friend and confidant—and the lives they eventually built with other people.
Music is History by Questlove
Focusing on the years 1971 to the present, a Sundance award-winning director and bestselling author chooses one essential track from each year, revealing the pivotal role that American music plays around issues of race, gender, politics and identity.
The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall and Doug Abrams
Told through stories from an extraordinary career and fascinating research, this urgent book, written by the world’s most famous living naturalist and an internationally best-selling author, explores one of the most sought after and least understood elements of human nature—hope.
On Animals by Susan Orlean
Examining animal-human relationships through captivating stories she has written over the course of her career, the author, in this book that is equal parts wonderful and profound, celebrates the cross-species connections that grace our collective existence.
When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky by Margaret Verble
After disaster strikes during one of her shows, Two Feathers, a young Cherokee horse-diver on loan to Glendale Park Zoo from a Wild West show, must get to the bottom of a mystery that spans centuries with the help of an eclectic cast of characters.
Tales from the Café by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
In this highly anticipated sequel to Before the Coffee Gets Cold, four new customers get the chance to travel back in time to face up to their past in order to move on with their lives.
The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
In June of 1954, 18-year-old Emmett Watson, released after serving 15 months for involuntary manslaughter, discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden’s car and have hatched a different plan for Emmett’s future.
Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen
As Christmas 1971 approaches, the Hildebrand family of New Prospect, Illinois deals with increasing points of crisis: a stale marriage, the draft, and their son’s sexual orientation. This is the first novel in a new trilogy.
My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
An irresistibly accessible yet startlingly bold book of short stories and a novella, inspired by Black lives in America and featuring the gripping eponymous work “My Monticello.”
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
Follow four young dreamers and outcasts through time and space, from 1453 Constantinople to the future, as they discover resourcefulness and hope amidst peril in the new novel by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of All the Light We Cannot See.
Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki
To reclaim her damned soul, a gifted, but cursed violinist must take on seven students and try to entice each to trade their soul for fame while a starship captain races to stop the end of existence.
A Calling for Charlie Barnes by Joshua Ferris
With help from his storyteller son, Charlie Barnes, a lifelong schemer and eternal romantic who would like out of his present circumstances, is granted a second act and, at last, through an act of selflessness and love, becomes the man his son always knew he could be.