Geraldine Brooks, Year of Wonders

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague is a 2001 international bestselling historical fiction novel by Geraldine Brooks. It was chosen as both a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book. (As per https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_of_Wonders) The novel is written in the point of view of a housemaid named Anna Frith, on what she lives… Continue reading Geraldine Brooks, Year of Wonders

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Ann Patchett, Bel Canto

Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe. New York Times Bestseller Ann Patchett’s award winning, bestselling novel that balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language—now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe. “Blissfully romantic…. A terrific, spellcasting story.”… Continue reading Ann Patchett, Bel Canto

Fredrik Backman, Britt-Marie Was Here

Britt-Marie Was Here (Swedish: Britt-Marie var här) is a 2014 novel by Fredrik Backman, a Swedish columnist, blogger and writer. The plot of the book consists of a "nag-bag" recently unemployed woman who gets a job in the city of Borg working for the recreation center. The city itself is barely a full-town with only… Continue reading Fredrik Backman, Britt-Marie Was Here

Martin Seay, The Mirror Thief

New York Times Book Review: "Audaciously well written...the book I was raving about to my friends before I'd even finished it." Publishers Weekly raved that "with near-universal appeal . . . Seay’s debut novel is a true delight, a big, beautiful cabinet of wonders that is by turns an ominous modern thriller, a supernatural mystery,… Continue reading Martin Seay, The Mirror Thief

Catherine Banner, The House at the Edge of Night

  CATHERINE BANNER was born in Cambridge, UK and began writing at the age of 14. She has previously published a trilogy of young adult novels: The Eyes of a King, Voices in the Dark and The Heart at War. Catherine studied English at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and is a school teacher in the UK. The House at the Edge… Continue reading Catherine Banner, The House at the Edge of Night

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

DR. YUVAL NOAH HARARI has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specialising in World History. His research focuses on broad historical questions, such as: What is the relation between history and biology? Is there justice in history? Did people… Continue reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Julian Barnes, A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters

Amazon Details From Wikipedia: Chapter 1, "The Stowaway" is an alternative account of the story of Noah's Ark from the point of view of the woodworms, who were not allowed onboard and were stowaways during the journey. Chapter 2, "The Visitors" describes the hijacking of a cruise liner, similar to the 1985 incident of the Achille Lauro. Chapter 3, "The Wars… Continue reading Julian Barnes, A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters

Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Amazon Details Winner of the Man Booker Prize “Nothing since Cormac McCarthy’s The Road has shaken me like this.” —The Washington Post In The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan displays the gifts that have made him one of the most acclaimed writers of contemporary fiction. Moving deftly from a Japanese POW camp to present-day Australia, from… Continue reading Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

    View on Amazon Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by… Continue reading Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

Barbara Kingsolver, The Lacuna

The Globe and Mail review Amazon details From the Back Cover In this powerfully imagined, provocative novel, Barbara Kingsolver takes us on an epic journey from the Mexico of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to the America of Pearl Harbor, FDR, and J. Edgar Hoover. The Lacuna is the poignant story of a man pulled between… Continue reading Barbara Kingsolver, The Lacuna