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The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal
"A novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate and the secrets of making a world-class beer, from the bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest." -book jacket
Recommended by Marlene Houghan

The First Lady by James Patterson
In this stand-alone thriller a president's affair turns into a nightmare with a missing First Lady.
Recommended by Maxine Charter

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
A feel-good book about an unexpected and unusual family.
Recommended by Marsha Buehler

The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward
A ripped-from-the-headlines story of two families on both sides of the American border.
Recommended by Christine Wilson

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Historical Fiction
A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. It is a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.
Recommended by Judy Fera

The Enchanted Hour: The miraculous power of reading aloud in the age of distraction by Meghan Gurdon
Imagine an elixir so strong that a daily dose would make your family smarter, happier, healthier, more successful, and more closely attached. Now imagine that you could have it withougt spending a dime. It all starts with a book, a voice, and a place to sit...
Recommended by Ed Lefson

Lessons from Lucy by Dave Barry
"Lessons from Lucy is extremely funny...you'd expect that from Dave Barry. What you might not expect is how insightful it is, and downright touching." - Stephen King
Recommended by Allan Dalzell

Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
This richly imagined novel tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Ox, the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum's intrepid wife, Maud.
Recommended by Susan O'Connor


The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman
It is 1968 in rural Australia and lonely Tom Hope can't make heads or tails of Hannah Babel. Newly arrived from Hungary, Hannah is unlike anyone he's ever met - passionate, brilliant, and fiercely determined to open sleepy Hometown's first bookstop. Can one unlikely bookshop heal tow broken souls?
Recommended by Susan Cordes & Bridget Lamont

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
Based on a true story of a forgotten hero, this is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man's incredible courage in one of history's darkest hours.
Recommended by Terry Gremel & Linda Van Emst

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
One August afternoon, in the remote Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, two girls go missing. Taking us through a year in Kamchatka, this mysterious novel gives us glimpses into the diverse lives of a cast of richly drawn characters, all connected by the crime.
Recommended by Nellie Danke

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
A debut novel from an acclaimed nature writer,  this book is equal parts ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising mystery.
Recommended by Rita Lecy

Brass by Xhenet Aliu
Told with biting wit and grace, Brass introduces a fearless new voice telling a timely and quintessentially American story.
Recommended by Deb Whitney

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

A mesmerizing and mysterious story set in the decade after World War II by the author of The English Patient.
Recommended by Joyce Summerwill

Year of the Pitcher by Sridhar Pappu

The remarkable story of the 1968 baseball season, a year that culminated in one of the greatest World Series contests ever, during one of America's most tumultuous years.
"This is a masterpiece of the genre."
Recommended by Kenneth Wylie


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