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

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


We Are Not Ourselves
by Matthew Thomas

The promise and tragedy of post-war America is charted in this riveting portrait of an Irish-American family as they chase the American Dream. It is at once expansive and exquisitely detailed, but what readers will remember most is the huge heart at its core. It heralds the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction and is destined to be an American classic.

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We Are Not Ourselves
Matthew Thomas

The promise and tragedy of post-war America is charted in this riveting portrait of an Irish-American family as they chase the American Dream. It is at once expansive and exquisitely detailed, but what readers will remember most is the huge heart at its core. It heralds the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction and is destined to be an American classic.

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Me for You
by Lolly Winston

From the bestselling author of GOOD GRIEF, Lolly Winston’s latest novel is capturing the hearts of book clubs everywhere. The March Book Club Favorites pick, ME FOR YOU is a humorous and sweet read about Rudy—a 54-year-old widower who’s just been laid off from his finance job. Lonely and jobless, Rudy copes by turning to his first love: the piano. Working as the piano player in a department store, Rudy meets Sasha, who works in the men’s watch section. As Rudy and Sasha’s relationship deepens, life becomes more complicated than the two could have ever imagined.

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Me for You
Lolly Winston

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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin

A.J. Fikry’s life is not going according to plan. Unmarried, alone, and running a bookstore on the brink of collapse, he has just discovered that one of his most prized possessions, a rare folio of poems written by Edgar Allen Poe, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears one morning at the store, its unexpected arrival gives him the chance to see everything anew.

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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin

A.J. Fikry’s life is not going according to plan. Unmarried, alone, and running a bookstore on the brink of collapse, he has just discovered that one of his most prized possessions, a rare folio of poems written by Edgar Allen Poe, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears one morning at the store, its unexpected arrival gives him the chance to see everything anew.

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My Name Is Lucy Barton
by Elizabeth Strout

As Lucy Barton recovers from an operation, her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Though gentle gossip seems to reconnect them, just below the surface Lucy recognizes a familiar tension and a longing to escape from her troubled family and become a writer.

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My Name Is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout

As Lucy Barton recovers from an operation, her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Though gentle gossip seems to reconnect them, just below the surface Lucy recognizes a familiar tension and a longing to escape from her troubled family and become a writer.

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Still Water
by Amy Stuart

When Clare O’Dey accepts a missing persons case involving a mother and her young son, she has no idea what she’s really up against. Already facing the grim possibility that the pair are dead, Clare knows time isn’t on her side. So why does it seems like the whole town—including the police, the PI who hired her, and their wealthy benefactor—is hiding some part of the truth? Although it picks up after the events of STILL MINE, Amy Stuart’s first book featuring the enigmatic Clare, STILL WATER can also be read as a standalone.

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Still Water
Amy Stuart

From the Globe and Mail bestselling author of Still Mine comes a new psychological thriller about the hunt for a missing mother and son in a town that is drowning in deception.

How do you find the truth in a town full of secrets?

Sally Proulx and her young boy have mysteriously disappeared in the stormy town of High River. Clare O’Dey is hired to track them down, hoping against all odds to find them alive. But High River isn’t your typical town.

In a town where secrets are crucial to survival, everyone is hiding something. And the police clearly have an ulterior motive beyond solving the case. Malcolm Boon, who hired Clare, knows more about her than he reveals. Their benefactor, Helen Haines, is concealing a tragic family history of her own. As the truth surges through High River, Clare must face the very thing she has so desperately been running from, even if it comes at a devastating cost. Compulsively gripping and twisty, Still Water is a deep dive of a thriller that will leave you breathless.

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The Robber Bride
by Margaret Atwood

THE ROBBER BRIDE is a genderswapped, modern look at a German fairy tale, featuring a group of women who discover that a mysterious figure from their past was not all that she seemed. An absorbing exploration of women, men, deceit, and solidarity, this novel will immediately sink its teeth in you.

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The Robber Bride
Margaret Atwood

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The Monster of Florence
by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi

From two journalists who inadvertently found themselves in the middle of Italy’s most infamous unsolved case, THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE is an edge-of-your-seat and astonishing true story that reads like a thriller. Featuring horrifying murders, baffling superstitions, and more twists and turns than you can count, this is an unputdownable true crime book.

These books are perfect for non-nonfiction readers.

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The Monster of Florence
Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi

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Henna House
by Nomi Eve

Adela Damari’s parents’ health is failing as they desperately seek a Jewish husband for their young daughter, who is in danger of becoming adopted by the local Muslim community if she is orphaned. With no likely marriage prospects, Adela’s situation looks dire—until she meets two cousins from faraway cities: a boy with whom she shares her most treasured secret, and a girl who introduces her to the powerful rituals of henna

Enlarge your worldview—add these historical novels to your shelf, today!

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Henna House
Nomi Eve

Rich, spirited, and sensuous, this enthralling saga of a young woman living in a little-known community of Yemenite Jews during the mid-twentieth century is a tale that will pierce the heart.

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The Third Wife
by Lisa Jewell

In the early hours of a summer morning, a young woman steps into the path of an oncoming bus. A tragic accident? Or suicide? At the center of this puzzle is Adrian Wolfe, a successful architect and grief-stricken widower, who, a year after his third wife’s death, begins to investigate the cause. As Adrian looks back on their brief but seemingly happy marriage, disturbing secrets begin to surface

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The Third Wife
Lisa Jewell

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Night Train to Lisbon
by Pascal Mercier

Raimund Gregorius teaches classical languages at a Swiss lycée, and lives a life governed by routine. One day, a chance encounter with a Portuguese woman inspires him to question his life—and leads him to an extraordinary book that will open the possibility of changing it.

We can’t stop thinking about these amazing books.

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Night Train to Lisbon
Pascal Mercier

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