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11 Books We’re Thankful to Have on Our Shelves

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The table is set, the family is gathered, and it’s that special time of year that fills us with excitement, joy, and gratitude—Thanksgiving dinner! So what are you thankful for? Imagine during this year’s festivities, however, we’re talking about books—what reads inspired you, kept you company during tough times, provided a safe escape, made you feel seen, and gave you insight? We asked you this question on Facebook and Instagram, and for one, you all know how to curate an irresistible reading list! But most importantly, we definitely see why these books are ones you hold dear.


Nineteen Minutes
by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of MY SISTER’S KEEPER and SMALL GREAT THINGS, penned this riveting book, with a startling and poignant story about the devastating aftermath of a small-town tragedy. NINETEEN MINUTES asks what it means to be different in our society, who has the right to judge someone else, and whether anyone is ever really who they seem to be.

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Nineteen Minutes
Jodi Picoult

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A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles

Brimming with humor and a glittering cast of characters, A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW reaffirms Amor Towles as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction. This book brings 1922 Moscow to life with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. Rostov has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room across the street from the Kremlin while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Read the full review of A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW.

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A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles

Read with a Moscow Mule

Maybe it’s the copper cup or the alliteration in the name that attracts us to this beverage again and again. And the perfect companion is A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, set in the beautiful Metropol hotel in Moscow. Amor Towles spins the immersing story of Count Alexander Rostov, who is sentenced to house arrest after being deemed an unrepentant aristocrat.

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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf
by Ntozake Shange

Written in 1975, this classic award-winning play from the late Ntozake Shange reveals what it means to be a woman of color in twentieth century but remains poignant and revolutionary today.

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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf
Ntozake Shange

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The Choice
by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

Edith Eger is one of the few living Holocaust survivors old enough to remember the horrors of the camps. She was 16 when the Nazis came to her hometown in Hungary and took her Jewish family to an internment center and then to Auschwitz. Though she says without pause that “it was hell,” she has chosen not to remain a victim and to find joy in her life every day. Eger’s message is powerful and important: Your pain matters, but you can choose to be free.

Read the full review of THE CHOICE.

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The Choice
Dr. Edith Eva Eger

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Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens

A classic that we’ll forever revisit, GREAT EXPECTATIONS is a timeless tale set in nineteenth-century England of an orphan boy’s extraordinary journey through life.

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Great Expectations
Charles Dickens

Enriched Classics offer readers accessible editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and commentary. Each book includes educational tools alongside the text, enabling students and readers alike to gain a deeper and more developed understanding of the writer and their work.

Set in nineteenth-century England, Great Expectations is Dickens’s timeless tale of an orphan boy’s extraordinary journey through life.

Enriched Classics enhance your engagement by introducing and explaining the historical and cultural significance of the work, the author’s personal history, and what impact this book had on subsequent scholarship. Each book includes discussion questions that help clarify and reinforce major themes and reading recommendations for further research.

Read with confidence.

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A Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara

This acclaimed tragic and transcendent hymn is a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance.

Read the full review of A LITTLE LIFE.

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A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara

I’m not exaggerating at all when I say I cried for 700 pages of this 832-page masterpiece. I have never loved a character more deeply than I love Jude, the main character in this ode to male friendship, who is scarred and broken from an unspeakable trauma. Reading about Jude’s ever-changing relationships with his three best friends from college was one of the best experiences I’ve had as a reader—and certainly as a crier.

Read the review of A LITTLE LIFE.

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The Air You Breathe
by Frances de Pontes Peebles

This gorgeous novel of a lifelong friendship set in Brazil follows two girls from vastly different worlds who bond over music. As the pair grow in their appreciation for music and struggle for fame and fortune, rivalry, loss, and bitterness threaten to tear them apart, as only one of them is destined for a glittering career. A portrait of a complex but beautiful friendship, THE AIR YOU BREATHE reveals how the strongest of bonds can weather hardships over a lifetime.

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The Air You Breathe
Frances de Pontes Peebles

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The Secret
by Rhonda Byrne

THE SECRET is a Rhonda Byrne transformative bestselling book with a powerful revelation that will change its reader’s life. Filled with wisdom and modern-day teachings, this must-read will impact every aspect of your life.

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The Secret
Rhonda Byrne

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By Off the Shelf Staff | November 22, 2019

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The Dovekeepers
by Alice Hoffman

Nearly 2,000 years ago, 900 Jews held out for months against Roman armies on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. THE DOVEKEEPERS is a beautifully written and captivating tale of four women whose lives intersect in the desperate days of the siege.

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The Dovekeepers
Alice Hoffman

Nearly two thousand years ago, nine hundred Jews held out for months against Roman armies on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. The source for the recent CBS miniseries, The Dovekeepers is a beautifully written and captivating tale of four women whose lives intersect in the desperate days of the siege.

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Family Trust
by Kathy Wang

The dysfunctional Huang family is preparing for the impending death of their patriarch, Stanley Huang, and the unknown thereafter. With a mysterious inheritance complicating relationships and upending their lives, Stanley’s children, his young wife, and his ex-wife must come to terms with what they value most in this unforgettable story of a modern American family.

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Family Trust
Kathy Wang

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Unsheltered
by Barbara Kingsolver

At the foundation of Barbara Kingsolver’s bestselling novel is one question: Why do bad things happen to good people? This timely novel follows a couple who play by the rules yet struggle to thrive in a society filled with crippling debts and struggling businesses. In a different century, a teacher finds himself embroiled in scandal for teaching the works of Charles Darwin. These two stories of people in tough situations, ultimately reveals the resiliency of humanity and the undying desire to stand up for what’s honorable—no matter the outcome.

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Unsheltered
Barbara Kingsolver

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