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

August 31 2018

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

Dear Mrs. Bird
by AJ Pearce

A charming, irresistible debut set in London during World War II, DEAR MRS. BIRD is the story of plucky Emmy Lake, who dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent but fumbles her way into a job as an assistant to a ferocious advice columnist instead. Her boss is very clear—any letters containing Unpleasantness must go straight to the trash bin—but Emmy is unable to resist responding.

Check out more books for fans of THE GUERNSEY LITERARY & POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY.

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Dear Mrs. Bird
AJ Pearce

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Mrs.
by Caitlin Macy

Coolly elegant Philippa has somehow married the scion of the last family-held investment bank in New York City. Then her childhood friend Gwen Hogan uncovers an explosive secret about Philippa’s single days. When Gwen’s husband, a heavy-drinking obsessive prosecutor in the US Attorney’s Office, stumbles over the connection between Philippa’s past and the criminal investigation he is pursuing at all costs, this insulated society is forced to confront the rot at its core and the price it has paid to survive.

Obsessed with BIG LITTLE LIES? Add these to Your Shelf today!

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Mrs.
Caitlin Macy

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Why We Came to the City
by Kristopher Jansma

Five years after their college graduation, five friends are just as close as ever while navigating their ever-shifting relationships with each other and the city they live in. But when a devastating revelation blows their realities apart, they are forced to reexamine their lives, aspirations, and paths and do the unthinkable—grow up.

Learn how to book club and get some awesome recommendations.

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Why We Came to the City
Kristopher Jansma

I’m a huge fan of what I call “group novels”—books that focus on a few people, usually friends, in a specific place and over a specific period of time. Mary McCarthy, Meg Wolitzer, and Kathleen Alcott are among my favorites, and this past year, Kristopher Jansma joined the fray. Set in New York in the early years of the financial crisis, WHY WE CAME TO THE CITY follows a group of college friends after graduation, and presents some of the most honest and beautiful portraits of relationships I’ve ever read (just read the first chapter—it’s insane). This novel is an unflinching, heartbreaking, and somehow uplifting story about how people change your life as everything else changes around you, and about how a place can do the same. —Julianna

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Big Magic
by Elizabeth Gilbert

In BIG MAGIC, Elizabeth Gilbert shares her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration and how to live our most creative lives.

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Big Magic
Elizabeth Gilbert

On Wendy’s wish list

I would like to start my new year with a shot of creativity and write more than email in 2017. Elizabeth Gilbert’s curious and compassionate exploration of creativity is just the inspiration I’m looking for.

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The Incendiaries
by R. O. Kwon

THE INCENDIARIES is a brilliant, utterly captivating novel about a glamorous young woman, who secretly blames herself for her mother’s death, and the young man who falls in love with her. When Phoebe is vulnerable, she is drawn into a religious group and extremist cult, while Will struggles to confront the beliefs he’s tried to escape and the obsession consuming the person he loves.

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The Incendiaries
R. O. Kwon

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Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
by David Sedaris

David Sedaris is the master of layering tiny details and hilarious turns of phrase into his true tales, which means no matter how often you read them, something new will always catch your eye. How many times would you have to read one of his collections before there’s nothing left to discover?

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Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
David Sedaris

When a bedbug scare leads to a mass burning of the prison library’s books, the inmates memorialize the lost tomes. These include, in Poussey’s words, “All the David Sedarises.” His newest laugh-out-loud funny book is sure to be missed.

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Spook
by Mary Roach

Mary Roach brings her astute reporting skills and snarky sense of humor to the topic of death in SPOOK. Although, she admits right away that she's attempting a scientific deep dive into a phenomenon that's virtually impossible to prove, Roach's stories of scientists, mediums, philosophers, and others all trying to prove (or disprove) the existence of an afterlife make for a charming and thought-provoking book.

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Spook
Mary Roach

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Where Are the Children?
by Mary Higgins Clark

Nancy Harmon fled the heartbreak of her first marriage when she was accused of murdering her two children. She changed her name, dyed her hair, and fled to Cape Cod to begin a new life. Her heart is finally beginning to mend with the help of her new husband and beloved son and daughter. But the shadowy presence of her past refuses to let go, and one morning Nancy discovers the nightmare beginning again.

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Where Are the Children?
Mary Higgins Clark

“My grandmother read every one of Clark’s novels, but I could see why she kept WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN? It is classic spine-tingling suspense; even David Foster Wallace kept a copy in his personal library and taught it in fiction classes at Illinois State University.”

Read Elizabeth Breeden’s review here.

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Code Girls
by Liza Mundy

Discover the overlooked heroines of World War II with this fun and addictive exploration of the thousands of women who worked as codebreakers. With their crucial efforts, the war was shortened and countless lives saved, but the intense secrecy of their work prevented them from getting their due—until now. CODE GIRLS is a vivid and inspirational work that can inspire a new generation of young women in the intelligence field.

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Code Girls
Liza Mundy

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Etta and Otto and Russell and James
by Emma Hooper

This quiet novel moves from the hot and dry present of a quiet Canadian farm to a dusty, burnt past of hunger, war, and passion; from trying to remember to trying to forget. It is an astounding literary debut of unlikely heroes, lifelong promises, and last great adventures.

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Etta and Otto and Russell and James
Emma Hooper

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