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The Enchanted Hour: The miraculous power of reading aloud in the age of distraction
Nonfiction
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

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson
Nonfiction
Larson's nonfiction account of William Dodd, the U.S. ambassador in Germany in 1933, is a dazzling, addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Europe was awash in terror.
Recommended by Allan Dalzell


Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
Fiction
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 Recipe Box by Viola Shipman
Fiction
When Sam Mullins returns home to northern Michigan she takes inventory of what matters most in her life, one flour-flecked, ink-smeared family recipe at a time.
Recommended by Marlene Houghan


Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
Fiction
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


Virgil Wander by Leif Enger
Fiction
A big, generous, sweeping story of new beginnings against all odds that follows the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town in their quest to revive its flagging heart.
Recommended by Nellie Danke


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Fiction
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
Fiction
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
Fiction

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
Nonfiction

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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