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

July 27 2018

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

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
by Anthony Marra

In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime, A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA is a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance.

Want more recommendations from a bookseller? You got it.

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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
Anthony Marra

In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime, A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA is a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance.

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Many Love
by Sophie Lucido Johnson

Sophie Lucido Johnson gets a lot of questions when she tells people that she’s polyamorous. MANY LOVE is an intimate look at this often misunderstood practice: its history, its misconceptions, and Johnson's personal transformation from serial monogamist to proud polyamorist.

In need of summer reading recommendations? Look no further.

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Many Love
Sophie Lucido Johnson

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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
by Balli Kaur Jaswal

A lively, sexy, and thought-provoking novel, EROTIC STORIES FOR PUNJABI WIDOWS is the tale of a young woman who teaches a creative writing course for Sikh widows at a community college. But the class doesn't go as planned when one of Nikki's students shares a book of sexy stories, setting off a wave of unexpected events. Reese Witherspoon picked this novel for her book club and so should you.

What’s your book club reading this summer? We’ve got suggestions.

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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
Balli Kaur Jaswal

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The Road to Jonestown
by Jeff Guinn

By the New York Times bestselling author of MANSON, the comprehensive, authoritative, and tragic story of preacher Jim Jones, who was responsible for the Jonestown Massacre—the largest murder-suicide in American history.

Fan of the My Favorite Murder podcast? Add these to your shelf, today.

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The Road to Jonestown
Jeff Guinn

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By Off the Shelf Staff | November 30, 2020

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The Sparsholt Affair
by Alan Hollinghurst

Alan Hollinghurst, award-winning author of THE LINE OF BEAUTY, returns with this sweeping family saga, following a group of men from 1940s Oxford to present day London. The book is not only a deeply emotional character study, but an exploration of changing views and experiences of homosexuality in the UK over the last century.

Fan of Queer Eye? You’ll love Antoni Porowski’s book recommendations.

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The Sparsholt Affair
Alan Hollinghurst

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MENTIONED IN:

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By Off the Shelf Staff | November 30, 2020

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The Afterlives
by Thomas Pierce

THE AFTERLIVES is a novel about a haunted Mexican restaurant, a machine that connects the living with the dead, and a young man who had a heart attack at age 30 and was technically dead for a few minutes before being revived. Smart, thought-provoking, and superbly written, THE AFTERLIVES is a meditation on what it means to be alive and what it means to consider what happens after you're not.

Looking for a mind-blowing read? Here are some of our favorites.

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The Afterlives
Thomas Pierce

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MENTIONED IN:

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I'm Thinking of Ending Things
by Iain Reid

An unnamed narrator known as “The Girlfriend” is on a road trip with her (possibly, soon-to-be ex-)boyfriend to visit his parents… but there’s something amiss. Beside the fact that the girlfriend is receiving strange phone calls, events spin out of control when they make an unscheduled stop at an abandoned high school. This is the perfect listen for your next road-trip… if you want to seriously freak yourself out.

Read by Candace Thaxton

Into audiobooks? Into thrillers? Here are some audiobook thrillers you’ll enjoy.

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I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Iain Reid

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The Vanishing Velázquez
by Laura Cumming

A dual biography of a seventeenth-century artist and a nineteenth-century art-obsessed bookseller, this historical mystery centers on the authenticity of a Diego Velázquez painting and will intrigue even those who’ve never set eyes on his renowned portraits.

Headed to the beach? Here are some nonfiction books to bring along .

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The Vanishing Velázquez
Laura Cumming

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MENTIONED IN:

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The Immortalists
by Chloe Benjamin

Truly fun to read, this unique and unusual novel asks: What would you do if you knew the day you would die? This Jewish American family saga is about four siblings whose lives are changed by a fortune-teller and whose fates are intertwined forever more. Magic, logic, and emotion figure into a story that covers several decades and allows readers to know a fictional family as well, or perhaps better, than they know their own.

Looking for recommendations from a bestselling author? Alice Hoffman has a few.

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The Immortalists
Chloe Benjamin

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Confessions of a Prairie Bitch
by Alison Arngrim

Alison Arngrim, who played Nellie in The Little House on the Prairie television series and grew to love the wretched little girl she portrayed, recounts her experiences on and off the prairie with deep humor and insight. Dare I say it… it’s hard to hate Nellie after reading this autobiography.

Can’t get enough of Laura Ingalls Wilder? Here’s a reading list for grown-up PRAIRIE fans.

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Confessions of a Prairie Bitch
Alison Arngrim

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MENTIONED IN:

The 10 Most Popular Books We Escaped Into This November

By Off the Shelf Staff | November 30, 2020

A WWII Historical Novel of Hope and Resistance to Light Up the Darkness

By Holly Claytor | November 27, 2020

10 Family Novels as Warm and Fuzzy as Your Favorite Sweater

By Maddie Ehrenreich | November 26, 2020

Readers’ Choice: The 10 Best Book Recommendations You’ve Ever Received

By Off the Shelf Staff | November 25, 2020

5 Workplace Thrillers to Make You Miss Your Office (or Not!)

By Maddie Ehrenreich | November 24, 2020

20 Life-Changing Books We’re Gifting to Everyone We Love This Year

By Off the Shelf Staff | November 23, 2020

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