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These are the 10 “most shelved” books on Off the Shelf right now.
Finn and Layla, a young couple traveling together, live their worst nightmare when Layla disappears on their vacation. Ten years later, Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen, but knows something isn’t right; it’s made worse when he starts finding clues. Each twist and turn is more frightening than the last. While you should definitely read this unsettling thriller, try not to let it scare you out of your travel plans.
We all loved Lisa Genova’s first novel, STILL ALICE (which was also made into a fantastic movie starring Julianne Moore). Now get ready to fall in love with Genova’s latest novel EVERY NOTE PLAYED—a powerful and heartbreaking novel about a divorced couple whose relationship is redefined in the wake of a devastating ALS diagnosis.
A splendid mix of THE MISTS OF AVALON and your favorite Philippa Gregory novel, THE LOST QUEEN has it all: romance, bloodshed, and betrayal. This thrilling read reveals the untold story of Languoreth—a forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland and the twin sister of the man who inspired the legend of Merlin.
Kiese Laymon’s fearless memoir has already garnered praise from Roxane Gay, Eve Ewing, and the audiobook has been honored as the 2018 Audible Audiobook of the Year. Once you dig into HEAVY, it’d be difficult not to see what all the fuss is about. HEAVY explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse.
History has not been particularly kind to Queen Anne, the last Stuart monarch, who was overweight, suffered from a chronic illness, and tragically lost 17 children to miscarriage, stillbirth, and childhood illness. To make matters worse, one of her closest friends from childhood, Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, used her memoirs to disparage the queen after the two had a falling out over politics. More recently, however, scholars have come to see her in a new light
Who doesn’t love a ghost story? But what happens when a ghost story has some basis in historical fact? In this haunting novel, discover the truth behind the senseless murder of a young woman in nineteenth-century Appalachia and how her ghost allegedly helped bring her murderer to justice. A mesmerizing tale of law, race, and spirituality, THE UNQUIET GRAVE is an unforgettable true story.
Rats led to their prevalence across Europe—the disease they carried, which would eventually become known as the Bubonic Plague. Geraldine Brooks, a master of historical fiction, captures this moment in time through the eyes of a young woman confronting the disease in eighteenth-century England.
The basis of the six-part miniseries, ALIAS GRACE follows Grace Marks who has been convicted for the vicious murders of her employer and others in the mid-1800s. Though she’s serving a life sentence for the crime, Grace has no memory of the murders and an up-and-coming expert in the field of mental illness is determined to solve this mystery. Fans of Margaret Atwood’s bestselling novel THE HANDMAID’S TALE (and the Hulu series) will be just as captivated by this fascinating story of memory, murder, and the thin line between innocence and guilt.
Tiffany Haddish is almost ludicrous in her humor, but her story is also eye-opening about the foster care system and cycles of poverty. You wouldn’t guess that someone like Tiffany Haddish—ultimate fun girl—would have such a powerful memoir, but it goes to show that you should never judge a book by its cover. And the added tidbits she throws into the audiobook are gold, making this a must-listen audiobook.
We know—science fiction isn’t for everyone. But with novels like STATION ELEVEN and THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE paving the way for more literary science fiction, we encourage you to give this genre a chance. Thea Lim’s debut novel, AN OCEAN OF MINUTES, is a great place to start—featuring a story of enduring love set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic America where time travel has been invented.