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10 Books That Will Make You Feel At Home, No Matter Where You Are

Alice Martin is a PhD candidate in English Literature at Rutgers University, where she obsesses over nineteenth-century women writers, the history of the publishing industry, and writing practices. She’s also a regular contributor to Shelf Awareness and a freelance writer and editor. Her writing has appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, Appalachian Heritage, and Sixfold among other publications. You can find her talking about books, food, and basketball (in that order) on Twitter @AliceJeanMartin.

Feeling that slow burn of nostalgia in the lead-up to Thanksgiving? Want to feel at home without the exhaustion of traveling or the complications of your own family’s dynamics? Dip into one of these heartwarming, toe-tingling, soft-smiling tales to remind yourself that it doesn’t take moving a muscle to go home again. Whether they are poignant tales of recovering from loss, stories of nomads finding their way to where they truly belong, or beloved classics to be reread or discovered for the first time, these books will keep you company on a cozy night in.


Brooklyn
by Colm Tóibín

Cólm Toibín’s BROOKLYN, hailed by critics as a modern classic, tells the story of Eilis Lacey, an Irish immigrant who leaves her sickly mother and beloved sister behind to seek a better life in Brooklyn in the 1950s. Despite hardships, Eilis finds work and falls in love with the charming, big-hearted Tony, an Italian boy with a boisterous and endearing family. But when tragic news comes to Eilis from Ireland, she’ll have to pick between the life she’s discovered and the home she left behind.

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Brooklyn
Colm Tóibín

Acclaimed character actress Saoirse Ronan takes center stage as Eilis Lacey, a young woman who abandons small-town Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the anonymous shores of New York City. In Brooklyn, she finds a city in flux—a city where immigrants from Ireland and Poland live amongst Jewish and black communities—and just as she is beginning to fall in love with a young man, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her new life.

Release Date: November 6, 2015

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The Gunners
by Rebecca Kauffman

In THE GUNNERS, Rebecca Kauffman’s follow-up to her debut novel, Mikey Callahan is struggling to make connections as he ages. Following the suicide of a childhood friend, Mikey and his old crew, who called themselves the Gunners, reunite to take stock of the dark secrets they’ve all harbored and find strength in friendship. Lyrical, sensitive, and quietly moving, THE GUNNERS examines the lengths to which friendship can go.

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The Gunners
Rebecca Kauffman

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Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

An American classic, LITTLE WOMEN has been the definitive text in countless women’s lives since it was published in 1868. The March sisters may not have much, but they will always have each other. As they grow and face domestic and professional challenges, the four express their kindness, ambition, and creativity in equal turns, demonstrating that there’s not just one way to be a woman in the world. Make sure to read this unforgettable, seminal work before the movie is released in December!

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Little Women
Louisa May Alcott

The wonderful story of the March sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy and their wonderful Marmee and their joys and mishaps they face as young women and as a family. Based on Louise May Alcott's childhood, this lively portrait of nineteenth-century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers.

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Far from the Tree
by Robin Benway

In this award-winning novel, three strangers attempt to cope with their newly discovered sibling status. While Grace has just given her own baby up for adoption, her biological younger sister, Maya, is struggling with finding where she belongs after having grown up in an adoptive family. Meanwhile, her biological older brother, Joaquin, is unconvinced that anyone deserves his trust after growing up in the foster care system. FAR FROM THE TREE takes a moving, close look at what it means to be a family.

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Far from the Tree
Robin Benway

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This Is Where I Leave You
by Jonathan Tropper

Judd isn’t looking forward to spending a week sitting shiva with his dysfunctional family after his father’s death. But after his wife’s affair with his boss comes to light, Judd figures things can’t get much worse. That is, until his wife announces that she’s pregnant. Funny and poignant, THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU is sure to break your heart just in time to put it back together again. Can’t get enough? Check out the 2014 movie based on the book.

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This Is Where I Leave You
Jonathan Tropper

Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. This Is Where I Leave You is a humorous, emotional novel about the ties that bind—whether we like it or not.

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A Spool of Blue Thread
by Anne Tyler

In this best-selling, award-winning novel by master storyteller Anne Tyler, four generations of family members unspool their stories and the realities behind them. While Abby and Red Whitshank like to paint their marriage as the perfect love story, they and their extended families have more than their fair share of secrets, disappointments, and jealousies. A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD gently untangles the loves and losses that define a family with genuine insight and tenderness.

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A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler

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A Tale for the Time Being
by Ruth Ozeki

When novelist Ruth discovers a Hello Kitty lunchbox full of artifacts on the beach, she isn’t sure what to expect. Inside is the story of a socially isolated Tokyo teenager named Nao who planned to commit suicide but first attempted to document the life of her great grandmother. Steeped in thoughtful meta commentary on the relationship between author and reader, A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING is a mesmerizing meditation on storytelling and the desire to belong.

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A Tale for the Time Being
Ruth Ozeki

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And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer
by Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman, the best-selling author of A MAN CALLED OVE, is back with this bittersweet novella about a man coming to terms with the fact that it’s time to let go. An aging man attempts to make the most of his remaining moments while his family holds on tight, but fears time is running out. A heartbreaking tearjerker with an inspirational message, AND EVERY MORNING THE WAY HOME GETS LONGER AND LONGER will live in readers’ hearts long after it’s over.

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And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer
Fredrik Backman

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The Dearly Beloved
by Cara Wall

Two couples, one church, and a lifetime of evolving love and hardship form the backbone of this complex, emotional exploration of lifelong relationships. In Cara Wall’s THE DEARLY BELOVED, Charles/Lily and James/Nan meet in Greenwich Village in the 1960s when Charles and James are tasked with reviving the historic Third Presbyterian Church. Despite their differences in upbringings, faith, and personalities, the four persevere through disappointment and uncertainty in this rich story of marriage, faith, and family.

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The Dearly Beloved
Cara Wall

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky

Beloved by young adults and adults alike, Stephen Chbosky’s cult classic THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER is a must-read coming-of-age story for any book lover. Charlie has spent his life looking on from the sidelines. But when he meets Sam and Patrick in his first year of high school, it’s time for him to take his place at the center of the action. Told through poignant first-person letters, Charlie’s story captures all the heartbreaks and transcendence of sex, rock and roll, and first love.

Read the full review of THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky

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