OCTOBER 16
A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles
An utterly entertaining second novel from the author of Rules of Civility, the author takes us to the Metropol, the famed Moscow hotel where movie stars and
 Russian royalty hobnob. It is also where wealthy Count Alexander Rostov lives under house arrest for a poem deemed incendiary to the Bolsheviks, and still manages to live an absorbing, adventure-filled life. The author magnificently conjures the grandeur of the Russian hotel and the vibrancy of the characters who call it home.

NOVEMBER 20

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Lab Girl is an illuminating memoir of a woman in science, a moving portrait of a longtime friendship, plus a fresh look at plants that will forever change how you look at the natural world. Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds and soil. Her first book is a revolutionary treatise on plant life -but is so much more -about work and love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together.

DECEMBER 18
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
In 1961 New Bremen, Minnesota, all is quiet and serene, but that serenity is thrown into turmoil as a series of tragic deaths lead thirteen-year-old Frank
Dean and his family on a hunt for terrible truths. This is a story of people faced with bad events, who rise above them to carry on with the help of God's grace.

JANUARY 15
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman

A charming, warmhearted novel from the author of A Man Called Ove, this is a story about seven-year-old Elsa who is "different". Her grandmother is seventy­seven years old and is crazy--as in standing-on-the ­balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa's best and only friend. At night they take refuge in her grandmother's stories in The Land of Almost Awake and the kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

FEBRUARY 19
A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

It is the world of the near future and Offred is a Handmaid in the home of the Commander and his wife. She is allowed out once a day to the food market, is not permitted to read and is hoping the Commander makes her pregnant because she is only valued if her ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she was an independent woman, had a job of her own, a husband and a child. But all of this is gone now...everything has changed.

MARCH 19
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

To what extent did Albert Einstein's first wife, Mileva Maric, contribute to his groundbreaking theories? That question lies at the heart of this novel, narrated by Mileva. Due to a congenital physical defect, and her being a Serb, which generates local prejudice, Mileva feels she must prove herself academically in a class of five men, including Albert.

APRIL 16
River of Doubt by Candice MiHard

At once an incredible narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth, a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world.

MAY 21

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

From the New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train comes a stunning, atmospheric novel of friendship, passion and art inspired by Andrew Wyeth's mysterious and iconic painting, Christina's World, one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century. Christina Olson's yearning, her determination and her will to dream occupy the emotional center in both the novel and the painting.

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