Readers’ Choice: October’s 10 Most Shelved Books on Off the Shelf

October 27 2017

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

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
by Lisa See

Bestselling author of SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN Lisa See writes a powerful story about a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. See paints an unforgettable portrait of a little-known region in China and, as with all of her novels, delivers intricate relationships between women, with a special focus on the mother-daughter relationship.

Read the full review of THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE.

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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
Lisa See

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Orhan's Inheritance
by Aline Ohanesian

Moving between the Armenian Genocide during the last years of the Ottoman Empire and the 1990s, ORHAN’S INHERITANCE is a lyrical and passionate novel about a young man who sets out to understand why his grandfather left his inheritance to a stranger thousands of miles away.

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Orhan's Inheritance
Aline Ohanesian

Moving between the Armenian Genocide during the last years of the Ottoman Empire and the 1990s, ORHAN’S INHERITANCE is a lyrical and passionate novel about a young man who sets out to understand why his grandfather left his inheritance to a stranger thousands of miles away.

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Hello, Sunshine
by Laura Dave

Sunshine Mackenzie is literally living the dream: she has a line of bestselling cookbooks, a devoted architect husband . . . and a big secret that, if revealed, could result in a catastrophic fall from grace. HELLO, SUNSHINE is a smart, funny, compelling novel that your book club will love—especially if anyone has ever felt envious of the picture-perfect lives depicted on their friends’ Facebook feed.

Read the full review of HELLO, SUNSHINE.

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Hello, Sunshine
Laura Dave

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Murder on the Orient Express
by Agatha Christie

Aboard the Orient Express, Samuel Edward Ratchett is found stabbed to death in his compartment when the train is stopped by a snowdrift—and Detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among the dozen passengers. Read and get to the bottom of the mystery before this all-star remake hits theaters!

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Murder on the Orient Express
Agatha Christie

The most famous Hercule Poirot mystery, which has the brilliant detective hunting for a killer aboard one of the world’s most luxurious passenger trains.

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Call Me by Your Name
by André Aciman

André Aciman’s CALL ME BY YOUR NAME is the story of the romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion.

Read the full review of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME.

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Call Me by Your Name
André Aciman

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The Luminaries
by Eleanor Catton

Eleanor Catton’s gorgeous, vivid writing makes the scenes in this masterpiece—like the one in which 12 men secretly gather to discuss a series of baffling events—unforgettable. Rich and utterly absorbing, THE LUMINARIES is an incredible tale of fortunes and fates set amid New Zealand’s gold rush.

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The Luminaries
Eleanor Catton

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All Is Not Forgotten
by Wendy Walker

Wendy Walker's unforgettable novel begins in the small, affluent town where everything seems picture perfect. Until Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. A relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town—or perhaps lives among them—drives this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.

Read the full review of ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN.

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All Is Not Forgotten
Wendy Walker

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Close Enough to Touch
by Colleen Oakley

Jubilee Jenkins is no ordinary librarian. With her rare allergy to human touch, any skin-to-skin contact could literally kill her. Eric Keegan has troubles of his own: a failed marriage, an estranged daughter, and being a single father to his adopted son. When Eric and Jubilee meet, he wants nothing more than to be near her, but she keeps him at arm’s length. And that’s is just the beginning of this complicated and humorous love story. Perfect for book lovers.

Read the full review of CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH.

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Close Enough to Touch
Colleen Oakley

After spending years as a recluse, Jubilee Jenkins is forced to face the world when her mother dies. When she meets Eric, a divorcee and single father, he can’t understand why Jubilee keeps him at arm’s length. But anything closer might literally kill her since she has a rare allergy to human contact. CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH is the most unlikely love story you’ll read this year.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Evelyn Hugo is a mysterious figure. A classic film star who disappeared from public life years ago, she has been a recluse for decades. There’s been tabloid coverage and countless movies, but no one knows her real story. That is, until Evelyn summons a young journalist to listen to her and report the truth. This is an unexpected epic love story steeped in old-Hollywood glamour.

Read the full review of THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Taylor Jenkins Reid

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As Close to Us as Breathing
by Elizabeth Poliner

Each summer, sisters Ada, Vivie, and Bec gather with their children at “Bagel Beach,” a popular spot for Jewish families on the Connecticut shoreline. In the summer of 1948, when a terrible accident occurs at the beach, the effects echo through the lives of every person in this close-knit family. Told through multiple timelines, AS CLOSE TO US AS BREATHING is a stunning portrait of grief, love, and family bonds.

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As Close to Us as Breathing
Elizabeth Poliner

Sisters Ada, Vivie, and Bec gather each summer at their family cottage in Connecticut at “Bagel Beach,” with children in tow and weekend-only husbands who arrive each Friday in time for the Sabbath meal. But a tragic accident the summer of 1948 irreparably alters the long-established family equilibrium. This debut novel is a beautiful meditation on grief, guilt, and the boundaries of identity and love.

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