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Need Book Recommendations?

I read. A lot. In fiction, my tastes run to historical and books about family, with a thriller thrown in now and then. I like narrative nonfiction (mostly history and politics) and the occasional memoir. If you’re looking for ideas about fantasy or sci-fi, this is definitely NOT the page for you. So here are some (idiosyncratic, likely to change, just for fun) lists of favorites. Happy reading!

Historical Fiction

Caleb’s Crossing

by Geraldine Brooks

The Last Town on Earth

by Thomas Mullen

A Piece of the World

by Christina Baker Kline

All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr

The Illness Lesson

by Clare Beams


Family Fiction

Saints for All Occasions

by J. Courtney Sullivan

Ask Again, Yes

by Mary Beth Keane

Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste Ng

An American Marriage

by Tayari Jones

The Vanishing Half

by Brit Bennett


Young Adult Fiction

Thirteen Doorways,

Wolves Behind Them All

by Laura Ruby

We Are Okay

by Nina LaCour

Far From the Tree

by Robin Benway

We Were Liars

by E. Lockhart

Code Name Verity

by Elizabeth E. Wein




Radium Girls

by Kate Moore

Boys in the Boat

by Daniel James Brown

Bad Blood

by John Carreyrou

Furious Hours

by Casey Cep

Most Dangerous

by Steve Sheinken



This is the Story of a

Happy Marriage

by Ann Patchett

Ordinary Light

by Tracy K. Smith

Know My Name

by Chanel Miller

The Year of Magical Thinking

by Joan Didion

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

by Anna Quindlen

Social (In)justice

Nickel and Dimed

by Barbara Ehrenreich

White Fragility

by Robin DiAngelo


by Sarah Smarsh


by Matthew Desmond

We Should All be Feminists

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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