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Readers’ Choice: The Top 10 Books on Off the Shelf Right Now

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These are the 10 “most shelved” books on Off the Shelf right now.


'Round Midnight
by Laura McBride

From the author of WE ARE CALLED TO RISE comes a brilliantly conceived novel that will make you stop everything and read. ’ROUND MIDNIGHT follows the interconnected lives of four women in Las Vegas, each of whom experiences a life-changing moment at a classic casino nightclub.

Read the full review of ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT.

'Round Midnight
Laura McBride

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Lincoln in the Bardo
by George Saunders

George Saunders is an acclaimed short story writer of the collections THE TENTH OF DECEMBER, PASTORALIA, and more. His first novel, LINCOLN IN THE BARDO, is a mesmerizing blend of historical fact and fiction. It’s the story of the death of Abraham Lincoln’s son Willie told almost entirely through the voices of the spirits in the graveyard where Willie is laid to rest and where Lincoln returns to hold his son’s body.

Read the full review of LINCOLN IN THE BARDO.

Lincoln in the Bardo
George Saunders

George Saunders is an acclaimed short story writer of collections THE TENTH OF DECEMBER, PASTORALIA, and more. His first novel, LINCOLN IN THE BARDO, is a mesmerizing blend of historical fact and fiction. It is the story of the death of Abraham Lincoln’s son, Willie, told almost entirely through the voices of the spirits in the graveyard where Willie is laid to rest and where Lincoln returns to hold his son’s body. —Erin

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Mrs. Hemingway
by Naomi Wood

Each of Ernest Hemingway’s four wives thought her love would last forever and each one was wrong. Spanning 1920s bohemian Paris through 1960s Cold War America and based on real love letters and telegrams, this novel explores how it was to love, and be loved by, the most famous writer of his generation.

Read the full Review of MRS. HEMINGWAY.

Mrs. Hemingway
Naomi Wood

Each of Ernest Hemingway’s four wives thought their love would last forever, and each one was wrong. Spanning 1920s bohemian Paris through 1960s Cold War America and based on real love letters and telegrams, and this novel explores how it was to love, and be loved by, the most famous writer of his generation.

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Just Mercy
by Bryan Stevenson

JUST MERCY is a powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us and an unwavering call to fix our broken justice system, from the influential lawyer behind the Equal Justice Initiative.

Read the full review of JUST MERCY.

Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson

A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and an unwavering call to fix our broken justice system, from the influential lawyer behind the Equal Justice Initiative.

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The Ghost Writer
by John Harwood
When young Gerard Freeman discovers a trove of ghost stories written by his great-grandmother, his mother’s baffling reaction sets him on a lifelong quest to understand the mystery that haunts his family. Slow-burning and eerie, THE GHOST WRITER is a gothic puzzle of a novel that blurs the lines between truth and fiction. Don’t read this one late at night.
The Ghost Writer
John Harwood

When young Gerard Freeman discovers a trove of ghost stories written by his great-grandmother, his mother’s baffling reaction sets him on a lifelong quest to understand the mystery that haunts his family. Slow burning and eerie, THE GHOST WRITER is a gothic puzzle of a novel that blurs the lines between truth and fiction. Don’t read this one late at night.

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Hillbilly Elegy
by J. D. Vance
HILLBILLY ELEGY is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. J. D. Vance’s memoir of small town life offers another peek behind the curtain of working class people living in near poverty and trying to navigate where they fit into America’s modern tapestry.
Hillbilly Elegy
J. D. Vance

Part of John’s allure is his need to live off the grid in the small town of Woodstock, Alabama. The podcast shines a spotlight on rural America that can be both fascinating and at times shocking. In J.D. Vance’s memoir of small town life he offers another peek behind the curtain of working class people living in near poverty and trying to navigate where they fit into America’s modern tapestry.

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10% Happier
by Dan Harris

After having a nationally televised panic attack, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.  10% HAPPIER takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America’s spiritual scene.

Read the full review of 10% HAPPIER.

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The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
by Tiffany Baker

Since she was born, Truly has suffered constant abuse and humiliation for her enormous size. But when her beautiful sister, Serena Jane, attracts a ruthless suitor, both their destinies change forever.

Read the full review of THE LITTLE GIANT OF ABERDEEN COUNTY.

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
Tiffany Baker

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After the Parade
by Lori Ostlund

The debut novel from award-winning author Lori Ostlund, AFTER THE PARADE is about a man who leaves his longtime partner in New Mexico for a tragicomic road trip deep into the mysteries of his own Midwestern childhood.

Read the full review of AFTER THE PARADE.

After the Parade
Lori Ostlund

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The Uncommon Reader
by Alan Bennett

A hilarious novella about Queen Elizabeth II and her newfound love of reading. A book for book lovers, indeed.

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The Uncommon Reader
Alan Bennett

When her corgis stray into a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, the Queen feels duty-bound to borrow a book. Discovering the joy of reading widely (from J. R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, and Ivy Compton-Burnett to the classics) and intelligently, she finds that her view of the world changes dramatically. Abetted in her newfound obsession by Norman, a young man from the royal kitchens, the Queen comes to question the prescribed order of the world and loses patience with the routines of her role as monarch. Her new passion for reading initially alarms the palace staff and soon leads to surprising and very funny consequences for the country at large.

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