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

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


The Night of the Gun
by David Carr
From the late journalist David Carr, this is a revelatory memoir of his years as an addict, chronicling his journey from crackhouse regular to columnist for The New York Times.

More unconventional memoirs you should read right now.

The Night of the Gun
David Carr

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Fly Girls
by Keith O'Brien
FLY GIRLS is the HIDDEN FIGURES of between-the-wars airplane racing, a cutthroat sport that enthralled audiences across the U.S. In addition to some storied aviatrixes you may not know, this group features the one we all know: Amelia Earhart herself. She may have won the race to history, but these other talented women are ready to be rediscovered.

Girls just want to fly! These books of female aviators will lift you off the ground.

Fly Girls
Keith O'Brien

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A Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway
Based on Ernest Hemingway’s own experiences serving in World War I as an ambulance driver in Italy, this novel became his first bestseller and cemented his status as a master of both writing style and subject. Set against battlefields and a changing world, the book follows the love affair between an expatriate American lieutenant, Frederick Henry, and a nurse, Catherine Barkley.

Remember World War I with these monumental novels.

A Farewell to Arms
Ernest Hemingway

Written when Ernest Hemingway was thirty years old and lauded as the best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefield—weary, demoralized men marching in the rain during the German attack on Caporetto; the profound struggle between loyalty and desertion—this gripping, semiautobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep. Ernest Hemingway famously said that he rewrote the ending to A Farewell to Arms thirty-nine times to get the words right. This edition collects all of the alternative endings together for the first time, along with early drafts of other essential passages, offering new insight into Hemingway’s craft and creative process and the evolution of one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. Featuring Hemingway’s own 1948 introduction to an illustrated reissue of the novel, a personal foreword by the author’s son Patrick Hemingway, and a new introduction by the author’s grandson Seán Hemingway, this edition of A Farewell to Arms is truly a celebration.

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The Midnight Watch
by David Dyer
As the Titanic sank into the depths of the Atlantic on April 14, 1912, killing more than 1,500 of the people on board, the SS Californian lay a few miles north. They saw the distress flares and were alerted to the disaster. The ship's captain, however, made no effort to initiate a rescue-but why? And what really sank the Titanic: an iceberg, insurance scam, or a coordinated attack? The author, David Dyer, uses his experience as a ship's officer and lawyer to reimagine the "night to remember" through the perspective of the Californian crew, a family of third-class passengers, and a tireless Boston journalist who is desperate to find out the truth.

Obsessed with conspiracy theories? This reading list is for you.

The Midnight Watch
David Dyer

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Then She Was Gone
by Lisa Jewell
THEN SHE WAS GONE is twisty, suspenseful novel about the lingering aftermath of a young girl’s disappearance and the ways we fail to recognize the truth even when it’s right in front of us.

Revisit these exciting reads, now in paperback.

Then She Was Gone
Lisa Jewell

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The Distance Between Us
by Reyna Grande
Funny, heartbreaking, and lyrical, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US poignantly captures the confusion and contradictions of childhood, reminding us that the joys and sorrows we experience are imprinted on the heart forever, calling out to us of those places we first called home.

Add these important immigration stories to your shelf, today.

The Distance Between Us
Reyna Grande

Funny, heartbreaking, and lyrical, The Distance Between Us poignantly captures the confusion and contradictions of childhood, reminding us that the joys and sorrows we experience are imprinted on the heart forever, calling out to us of those places we first called home.

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On Beauty
by Zadie Smith
This beautifully crafted work from literary luminary Zadie Smith explores the story of an interracial family whose misadventures in the culture wars on both sides of the Atlantic skewer everything from family life to political correctness to the combustive collision between the personal and the political.

Did you catch the book references in Lifetime’s You? See our favorites here.

On Beauty
Zadie Smith

Full of dead-on wit and relentlessly funny, this tour de force confirms Zadie Smith’s reputation as a major literary talent. Smith notes that she “has taken Howards End, that marvelous tale of class difference, and upped the ante by adding race, politics, and gender.”

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By Tolani Osan | November 13, 2018

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By Nikki Barnhart | August 29, 2018

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Love Is a Mix Tape
by Rob Sheffield
In his memoir, LOVE IS A MIX TAPE, Rob Sheffield brings readers back to the days of tape decks and Nirvana by talking us through the loves and losses he memorialized on fifteen of his favorite mix tapes.

Don’t overlook these exquisite epigraphs.

Love Is a Mix Tape
Rob Sheffield

Attention, suitors—I am such a sucker for a Spotify or YouTube playlist. If you are, too, you’ll love the memoir LOVE IS A MIX TAPE. Rob Sheffield brings readers back to the days of tape decks and Nirvana by talking us through the loves and losses he memorialized on fifteen of his favorite mix tapes.

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The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter
by Theodora Goss 
Rediscover Gothic Victorian literature in this witty and mesmerizing novel following Mary Jekyll as she searches for the truth about her mysterious father—and stumbles upon strange, monstrous women—vividly depicted in fresh and evocative prose in this unputdownable thriller.

Read these spellbinding books before the next Fantastic Beasts movie!

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter
Theodora Goss 

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One Day
by David Nicholls
Two lifelong friends, Dex and Emma, go back and forth between friendly and romantic love and see each other through the highs and lows of life. It asks the age-old question—first asked by Nora in “When Harry Met Sally”—Can men and women just be friends?

You’ve got books! Dig into this essential Nora Ephron reading list.

One Day
David Nicholls

“You can live your whole life not realizing that what you’re looking for is right in front of you.”
It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.

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