What have you read lately that you couldn't put down?

Before I go to sleep : a novel

S.J. Watson.

Thriller, Mystery

In this gripping psychological thriller in the vein of "Shutter Island" and the film "Memento," an amnesiac attempts to reconstruct her past by keeping a journal and discovers the dangerous inconsistencies in the stories of her husband and her secret doctor.


The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry : a novel

by Rachel Joyce.

Literary Fiction

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack of quotidian minutiae is a letter addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in twenty years...


State of Wonder: A Novel

Ann Patchett.

Science/Technology, Multicultural Fiction, Action/Adventure, Literary Fiction

Award-winning "New York Times"-bestselling author Patchett ("Bel Canto, The Magician's Assistant") returns with a provocative novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest--a gripping adventure story and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love.


When she woke : a novel

by Hillary Jordan.

Literary Fiction

Hannah Payne's life has been devoted to church and family. But after she's convicted of murder, she awakens in a new body to a nightmarish new life. She finds herself lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home, for whom observing new Chromes--criminals whose skin color has been genetically altered to match the class of their crime--is a sinister form of entertainment...


Major Pettigrew's last stand

Helen Simonson.

Literary Fiction


The midwife : a memoir of birth, joy, and hard times

Jennifer Worth ; clinical editor, Terri Coates.

Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction

An unforgettable story of the joy of motherhood, the bravery of a community, and the hope of one extraordinary woman At the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in post war London's East End slums. The colorful characters she meets while delivering babies all over London-from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives to the woman with twenty-four children who can't speak...


The orchard : a memoir

Theresa Weir.

Biography, Nonfiction, Romance

THE ORCHARD is the story of a street-smart city girl who must adapt to a new life on an apple farm after she falls in love with Adrian Curtis, the golden boy of a prominent local family whose lives and orchards seem to be cursed. Married after only three months, young Theresa finds life with Adrian on the farm far more difficult and dangerous than she expected. Rejected by her husband's family as an outsider, she slowly learns for herself about t...


The sweetness at the bottom of the pie

Alan Bradley.

Mystery, Literary Fiction


Broken Harbor

Tana French.

Mystery, Thriller

The mesmerizing fourth novel of the Dublin murder squad by New York Times bestselling author Tana French Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy, the brash cop from Tana French's bestselling Faithful Place , plays by the book and plays hard. That's what's made him the Murder squad's top detective--and that's what puts the biggest case of the year into his hands. On one of the half-built, half-abandoned "luxury" developments that litter Ireland, Patrick Spain and...


The age of miracles : a novel

Karen Thompson Walker.

Literary Fiction

With a voice as distinctive and original as that of The Lovely Bones, and for the fans of the speculative fiction of Margaret Atwood, Karen Thompson Walker's The Age of Miracles is a luminous, haunting, and unforgettable debut novel about coming of age set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world. "It still amazes me how little we really knew.... Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing....