This Census-Taker

This census-takerBy Miéville, China
Wildly inventive author Miéville’s newest book starts out with a young boy running down the hill from his isolated house to the village below, screaming that a murder has taken place. A nameless narrator is looking back at his childhood and what he remembers seems to vacillate from fantasy to reality...when the authorities take him back, his father tells them that his mother left them, but the boy knows what he saw.... Read more
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The Buried Giant

The buried giant : a novelBy Ishiguro, Kazuo, 1954-
Ishiguro is the renowned author whose books include The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go. His newest, The Buried Giant takes place in rural Arthurian England just as the Saxons have invaded and there is a fragile peace. An elderly couple, Axl and Beatrice, undertake a journey to visit their son; along the way they meet the warrior Wistan and his young charge Edwin, as well as an ancient Sir Gawain.... Read more
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The Children's Home

The children's home : a novelBy Lambert, Charles, 1953- author.
A beguiling and disarming debut novel about a mysterious group of children who appear to a disfigured recluse and his country doctor,and the startling revelations their behavior evokes.
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The Sound of Gravel

The sound of gravel : a memoirBy Wariner, Ruth
A riveting, deeply-affecting true story of one girl's coming-of-age in a polygamist cult.
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Only Love Can Break Your Heart

Only love can break your heart : a novelBy Tarkington, Ed, 1973-
Struggling to come to terms with the worshipped older brother who disappeared seven years earlier, fifteen-year-old Rocky is seduced by a wealthy older girl in the wake of a mysterious double murder that forces the town to confront past misdeeds.
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Beside Myself

Beside myselfBy Morgan, Ann (Ann Beatrice) author.
A literary thriller about identical twins, Ellie and Helen, who swap places aged six. At first it is just a game, but then Ellie refuses to swap back and Helen is forced into her new identity,
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Mr Splitfoot

Mr. SplitfootBy Hunt, Samantha author.
A contemporary gothic, Mr. Splitfoot tracks two women in two times as they march toward a mysterious reckoning. Carefully plotted and elegantly constructed, it will set your heart racing and your brain churning.
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My Name is Lucy Barton

My name is Lucy Barton : a novelBy Strout, Elizabeth
After an appendix operation puts her in the hospital, New York writer Lucy Barton reconnects with her estranged mother as the pair reminisce about the past.
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Brooklyn : a novelBy Tóibín, Colm, 1955-
Eilis Lacey is happy living in a small town in Ireland with her mother and sister despite her uninspiring job and nonexistent love life. It is at the urging of her sister that she decides to take a leap of faith, and accepts an offer from an Irish priest who sponsors her trip to America.
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Did You Ever Have a Family

The Affinities

The affinitiesBy Wilson, Robert Charles, 1953-
Multiple award-winning author Wilson’s latest book speculates that in the future of this technology-heavy, inhospitable world, people will want to take advantage of advanced screening programs that will sort and assign them to one of the 22 affinity groups. Once in your Affinity family, you will find new social relationships, cooperation and love with people more attuned to how you really are.... Read more
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In the Language of Miracles

In the language of miraclesBy Hassib, Rajia
The Al-Menshawys are an Egyptian-American Muslim family living in suburban New Jersey. Samir and Nagla have three children, Hosaam, Khaled and daughter Fatima; joining the household is Nagla’s mother, Eshan. The family is facing the one-year anniversary of a terrible tragedy—troubled eldest son Hosaam killed his... Read more
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The Muralist

The muralist : a novelBy Shapiro, Barbara A., 1951- author.
B. A. Shapiro, the author of 2012’s well-received The Art Forger, brings another fine historical fiction, this time about beginnings of Abstract Expressionism in America. The novel takes place in the Depression Era, when many young artists were employed to create art by the WPA.... Read more
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The Quiet Girl

The quiet girl [sound recording]By Høeg, Peter, 1957-
Peter Hoeg (author of Smilla’s Sense of Snow) creates a brilliant character in Kasper Krone, a professional clown, psychic and classical musician with a preternatural ability to “hear” another person’s sounds.... Read more
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Award Winners & Bestsellers

Nobel Prize
2015 Prize in Literature
Svetlana Alexievich

National Book Award

2015 Prize for Fiction
Fortune Smiles
by Adam Johnson

2015 Prize for Nonfiction
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Newbery Medal
2015 award
The Crossover
by Kwame Alexander

Caldecott Medal
2015 award
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

y Dan Santat

Printz Award

2015 award
I'll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson

New York Times Fiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sales)
NYPD Red 4
, by James Patterson and Marshall Karp
Spider Game, by Christine Feehan
The Bands of Mourning
, by Brandon Sanderson
The Choice
, by Nicholas Sparks
My Name is Lucy Barton
, by Elizabeth Strout

New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sale)
When Breath Becomes Air
, by Paul Kalanithi
13 Hours
, by Mitchell Zuckoff with members of the Annex Security Team
Dark Money, by Jane Mayer
Between the World and Me
, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Road to Little Dribbling
, by Bill Bryson


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