Readers’ Choice: The Top 10 Most Shelved Books in June

June 29 2018

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

The Wife
by Meg Wolitzer

Before Faith Frank and THE FEMALE PERSUASION, Meg Wolitzer created Joan Castleman and THE WIFE—a short but powerful novel about marriage, ambition, and success. The novel begins with Joan, sitting on a plane next to her novelist husband, deciding that the time has come to leave him. What follows is a gripping and sweeping story of their relationship, choices, sacrifices, and breaking point. With powerhouse Glenn Close in the leading role of Joan, the film adaptation is sure to be intense and a conversation starter.

Read all these books before they hit the theater this summer.

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The Wife
Meg Wolitzer

Imbued with the characteristic wit and intelligence that Meg Wolitzer brought to The Interestings, The Wife raises big questions about voice, marriage, power, and gender in literature. Slim but smart, this provocative story can be read in a day, but it will remain on your mind for much longer. A film adaptation starring Glenn Close and Frances McDormand is in the works and we would watch those two titans of acting in just about anything.

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The Myth of You and Me
by Leah Stewart

Cameron and Sonia were best friends until an incident that occurred when they were nineteen ended their friendship. Now a decade later, Cameron believes she’ll never see Sonia again. Eloquent and honest, it is a beautiful portrayal of the loss that lingers at the end of a friendship.

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The Myth of You and Me
Leah Stewart

Cameron and Sonia were best friends until an incident that occurred when they were nineteen ended their friendship. Now a decade later, Cameron believes she’ll never see Sonia again. Eloquent and honest, it is a beautiful portrayal of the loss that lingers at the end of a friendship.

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The Last Black Unicorn
by Tiffany Haddish

Tiffany Haddish can’t avoid being funny—it’s just who she is, whether she’s plotting shocking, jaw-dropping revenge on an ex-boyfriend or learning how to handle her newfound fame despite still having a broke person’s mind-set. In her memoir, THE LAST BLACK UNICORN, she recounts with heart and humor how she came from nothing and nowhere to achieve her dreams by owning, sharing, and using her pain to heal others.

Spend an hour or several with these books you can read in one sitting.

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The Last Black Unicorn
Tiffany Haddish

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The Hundred-Year House
by Rebecca Makkai

THE HUNDRED-YEAR HOUSE is a dazzlingly original, mordantly witty novel about the secrets of an old-money family and their turn-of-the-century estate. In this brilliantly conceived and deeply rewarding novel, Rebecca Makkai unfolds a generational saga in reverse—leading the reader back in time on a literary scavenger hunt to uncover the truth about these strange people and this mysterious house. You only have to read Makkai once to know you want to read her again.

Good news: These outstanding novels are from authors with new books on the way.

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The Hundred-Year House
Rebecca Makkai

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Hunger
by Roxane Gay

In her most vulnerable and candid book yet, Roxane Gay explores what it means to be overweight in a world that doesn't accept unruly bodies. She uses her own emotional and psychological struggles to explore our shared anxieties and to examine how a devastating act of physical violence forever altered her life.

Add these powerful memoirs to your shelf, today.

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Hunger
Roxane Gay

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The Trip
by Deborah Davis

In 1963, then unknown artist Andy Warhol took a cross-country road trip with a group of friends. As he moved from New York through the Midwest all the way to Hollywood, he encountered rednecks, beach bums, hippies, filmmakers, poets, and socialites who would prove to be major influences on his future work. This isn’t just an origin story; it’s an entertaining romp that sometimes seems too weird, too funny, and too fantastic to be true—but it is.

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The Trip
Deborah Davis

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The Hundred-Foot Journey
by Richard C. Morais

This endearing and vibrant adventure through French and Indian cuisine is a testament to the cross-cultural power of food. The quaint French Alps setting is lovely, but it is the intoxicating fumes that waft through its pages that make this book unforgettable.

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The Hundred-Foot Journey
Richard C. Morais

This culinary fairy tale about an Indian boy from Mumbai who becomes a three-star chef in Paris was the basis for a feature film starring Helen Mirren. Lively and brimming with the colors, flavors, and scents of the kitchen, The Hundred-Foot Journey is a succulent treat about family, nationality, and the mysteries of good taste.

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Big Fish
by Daniel Wallace

In his prime, Edward Bloom was an extraordinary man. But now Edward is dying, and William wants desperately to know the truth about his elusive father—an indefatigable teller of tall tales—before it's too late. So, using the few facts he knows, William re-creates Edward's life in a series of legends and myth, through which he begins to understand his father's great feats, and his great failings.

Embark on an adventure of a lifetime with these thrilling novels.

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Big Fish
Daniel Wallace

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The Murder at the Vicarage
by Agatha Christie

When the wildly unpopular Colonel Protheroe is shot to death, the residents of his English village are not exactly devastated—even the vicar declares that his killing did the world a favor. In a town overflowing with suspects, the gentle but sharp Miss Jane Marple steps up to crack the case. In Nancy’s retirement years, I imagine she is something like this beloved sleuth.

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The Murder at the Vicarage
Agatha Christie

When the wildly unpopular Colonel Protheroe is shot to death, the residents of his English village are not exactly devastated—even the vicar declares that his killing did the world a favor. In a town overflowing with suspects, the gentle but sharp Miss Jane Marple steps up to crack the case. In Nancy’s retirement years, I imagine she is something like this beloved sleuth.

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Georgia
by Dawn Tripp

In 1916, Georgia O’Keeffe is a young, unknown art teacher when she meets the famous photographer and art dealer Alfred Stieglitz. Their connection is instantaneous and quickly becomes a tumultuous artistic affair, impacting their lives as well as their work. Yet, as O’Keeffe’s own creative vision begins to evolve, so do her ideas about how she can live and thrive. GEORGIA is not only a fascinating look at two historical figures but also at how history actually remembers them and their legacies.

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Georgia
Dawn Tripp

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