Still Life

The first in the Inspector Gamache mystery series. This series is smart and suspenseful. Penny’s beloved Quebec sets a perfect backdrop for the stories that just keep getting better. Buy on Bookshop

If Beale Street Could Talk

A tender love story that’ll have you falling for Tish and Fannie almost as hard as they’ve fallen for each other. A commentary on the cost of love – especially across barriers. Buy on Bookshop

In the Woods

Well-developed characters and a great mystery – Tana French gets it right! This is the first novel in her Murder Squad series, but you can read them out of order. Buy on Bookshop

How Not to Die Alone

If you liked Eleanor Oliphant, you’ll like this charming, heart-warming read. Quirky protagonist with a really unusual profession! Buy on Bookshop

The Secrets We Kept

A thrilling historical fiction novel set during the Cold War. Intertwining story lines of CIA female spies and the Russian writer and author of Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak. Major Mad Men vibes. Buy on Bookshop

Convenience Store Woman

A quick, quirky, and charming read. Profound observations on societal expectations and social constructs. A great English translation of a Japanese novel. Buy on Bookshop

The Underground Railroad

A thrilling escape story through the darkest elements of America’s past…with a supernatural twist. Unforgettable. Buy on Bookshop

Women Talking

This book very much gives Handmaid’s Tale vibes, but make it Mennonite. An intriguing novel that shows the power of women to protect and support each other, even (and especially) against particularly trying odds. Buy on Bookshop

Persepolis

A window into the lived experience of a Persian girl in political upheaval. Necessary. A graphic novel for people who don’t like graphic novels. Buy on Bookshop

How Not To Die

An insightful read about the benefits of a plant-based diet. Full of scholarly research and also practical advice on incorporating healthy foods into your life. Buy on Bookshop

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