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JANUARY: Orhan’s Inheritance –Aline Ohanesian
When Orhan’s brilliant and eccentric grandfather, who built a dynasty out of making kilim rugs, is found dead in a vat of dye, Orhan inherits the decades-old business. But his grandfather’s will raises more questions than it answers. Kemal has left the family estate to a stranger, thousands of miles away.
FEBRUARY: Silicon Valley Reads: Unfair -Adam Benforado or Writing My Wrongs –Shaka Senghor. We will post the Author Visit Schedule as soon as we know what it is.
MARCH: The Little Paris Book Shop –Nina George
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls.
APRIL: Brain Rules –John Medina
Dr. John Medina, a molecular biologist, shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a brain rule—what scientists know for sure about how our brains work—and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives.
MAY: Descent –Tim Johnston
The Rocky Mountains have cast their spell over the Courtlands, who are taking a family vacation before their daughter leaves for college. But when Caitlin and her younger brother, Sean, go out for an early morning run and only Sean returns, the mountains become as terrifying as they are majestic.
JUNE: Flight Behavior –Barbara Kingsolver
Flight Behavior is a brilliant and suspenseful novel set in present day Appalachia; a breathtaking parable of catastrophe and denial that explores how the complexities we inevitably encounter in life lead us to believe in our particular chosen truths.
JULY: The Muralist –B. A. Shapiro
When Alizée Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940, no one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends, including Mark Rothko,
Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner.
AUGUST: Kitchens of the Great Midwest –J. Ryan Stradal
Kitchens of the Great Midwest is a novel about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country’s most coveted dinner reservation. An unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life—its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises.
SEPTEMBER: The Soul of an Octopus –Sy Montgomery
This “fascinating…touching…informative…entertaining” (Daily Beast) book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.
OCTOBER: Pale Blue Eye –Louis Bayard
At West Point Academy in 1830, the calm of an October evening is shattered by the discovery of a young cadet's body swinging from a rope. The next morning, an even greater horror comes to light. Someone has removed the dead man's heart.
NOVEMBER: 1984-George Orwell
1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.
DECEMBER: PARTY! Eat, Drink, Pick Books!
JANUARY 2018: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry –Fredrik Backman
A charming, warmhearted novel. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.