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300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas (inspirational)


A Girl from Yamhill by Beverly Cleary (biography)

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly (historical fiction, mystery)

A Regular Guy: Growing Up with Autism by Laura Shumaker (nonfiction, autism)

A Song for My Mother by Kat Martin

A Survival Guide for Parenting Teens by Joani Geltman (nonfiction, parenting)

A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (contemporary fiction)

American Political Speeches by Terry Golway (nonfiction, history, politics)

The Artist’s Way for Parents by Julia Cameron and Emma Lively (nonfiction, art instruction)


B by Sarah Kay

Be the Parent Please by Naomi Schaefer Riley (nonfiction, parenting)

Because I Love Her, edited by Andrea Richesin (nonfiction essays, dads and daughters)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (historical fiction, Nazi Germany)

Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo by Vanessa Woods (memoir, Africa, bonobos)

Boy by Roald Dahl (memoir, humor)

Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris (historical fiction, romance, World War II)

Brother I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat (memoir)

Brothers of the Buffalo by Joseph Brushac (historical fiction, buffalo soldiers)

But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan! by Kristy Turner (cookbook)


Cat’s Foot by Brian Doyle

Crazy-Stressed: Saving Today’s Overwhelmed Teens With Love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience by Dr. Michael J. Bradley (nonfiction, parenting)


The Darlings by Cristina Alger

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (fantasy, adventure)

Day of Honey by Annia Ciezadlo

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (fantasy, adventure)

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Harden (nonfiction, art instruction)

Dry: Delicious Handcrafted Cocktails and Other Delicious Concoctions by Clare Liardet (cookbook)


The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris

Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden (memoir, North Korea)


Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman (fairy tales)

Faking Balance by Lela Davidson (memoir, humor)

The Fetch by Laura Whitcomb (science fiction)

15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect With Your Kids by Rebecca Cohen (nonfiction, parenting)

Flash Burnout by L. K. Madigan

Flawed by Andrea Dorfman (graphic novel, memoir)

Forever Lily by Beth Nonte Russell


Genius by Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen

Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith

Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli

Going Solo by Roald Dahl (memoir)

The Grail: A Year Ambling and Shambling Through and Oregon Vineyard in Search of the Best Pinot Noir in the Whole Wide World by Brian Doyle (memoir, wine)

Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin (mystery, adventure)

Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood by Melissa Hart (memoir, LGBTQ issues)

Gumbo Tales by Sara Roahen (cookbook)


The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss

Henny on the Couch by Rebecca Land Soodak

The Heroine’s Bookshelf by Erin Blakemore (nonfiction, book recommendations)

Highlights Hidden Pictures Coloring Book for Grownup Children (coloring book)

Home for Dinner by Anne K. Fishel (nonfiction, parenting)

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (science fiction)

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (science fiction)


I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (contemporary fiction, mystery)

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (historical fiction, romance, humor)

If I Have to Tell You One More Time… by Amy McCready (nonfiction, parenting)

If I Understood You Would I Have This Look on My Face? by Alan Alda (nonfiction, communicating)

If the Buddha Had Kids by Charlotte Kasl. Ph.D. (nonfiction, parenting)

The Improper Life of Bezillia Grove by Susan Gregg Gilmore

In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White (memoir, Hansen’s Disease Center)

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (historical fiction)

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (science fiction)

Ireland by Frank Delaney (historical fiction, storytelling)


Jerusalem: A Family Portrait by Boaz Yakin and Nick Bertozzi (graphic novel, historical fiction)


Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon (nonfiction, biography)

The Last Will of Moira Leahy by Therese Walsh (contemporary fiction, mystery)

Letters from Home by Kristina McMorris

Lips Touch, Three Times by Laini Taylor and Jim di Bartolo (fantasy)

Living Large in Our Little House by Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell (memoir)

The Longest Date: Life as a Wife by Cindy Chupack (memoir)

The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees (historical fiction)

Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell (nonfiction, true story)


Meanwhile, Back at Café du Monde by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald (cookbook)

Memo to the President Elect by Madeleine Albright (nonfiction, politics)

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce (contemporary fiction, adventure)

Mink River by Brian Doyle (contemporary fiction)

Missing by Cornelia Maude Spelman

The Mom 100 Cookbook: 100 Recipes Every Mom Needs in Her Back Pocket by Katie Workman (cookbook)

The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh (contemporary fiction,mystery)

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (historical fiction, mystery)

Mothers and Daughters by Rae Meadows

My Bad Parent by Troy Osinoff (humor)

My First Best Friend by Nancy Lindemeyer

My Teenage Werewolf: A Mother, A Daughter, A Journey Through the Thicket of Adolescence by Lauren Kessler (nonfiction, parenting)


Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

The New York Stories of Edith Wharton


The Only True Genius in the Family by Jennie Nash

Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (science fiction)


The Pages in Between by Erin Einhorn

The Painter from Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein (historical fiction, romance)

The Perfect Love Song by Patti Callahan Henry

The Pieces We Keep by Kristina McMorris


Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett (contemporary fiction, family issues, mystery)

Raising Humans in a Digital World by Diana Graber (nonfiction, parenting, teens and technology)

Red: The Next Generation of American Writers—Teenage Girls—On What Fires Up Their Lives Today edited by Amy Goldwasser (essays)

Red Scarf Girl by Ji Li Jiang (memoir, Chinese Cultural Revolution)

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley (memoir, graphic novel)

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

Rouge by Leigh Talbert Moore


Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (historical fiction, World War II)

Saving Ben: A Father’s Story of Autism by Dan Burns (memoir, autism)

Say You’ll Be Mine by Julia Amante

Secret Garden: Artist’s Edition by Johanna Basford (adult coloring book)

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (contemporary fiction)

The Shape of the Eye by George Estreich (memoir, Down Syndrome)

Slow Family Living: 75 Simple Ways to Slow Down, Connect, and Create More Joy by Bernadette Noll (nonfiction, parenting)

Sneaky Art: Crafty Surprises to Hide in Plain Sight by Marthe Jocelyn (nonfiction, art)

Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris (historical fiction)

Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War by Alison Buckholtz

Still Life with Chickens by Catherine Goldhamer

Stolen Voices edited by Zlata Filipovic and Melanie Challenger (historical diaries)

Surviving High Society by Elizabeth Mulholland (memoir)


The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff (life advice)

Teenagers 101 by Rebecca Deurlein (nonfiction, parenting)

Templar, written by Jordan Mechner, illustrated by LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland (graphic novel, historical fiction)

This Boys Life by Tobias Wolff (memoir)

The Traitor’s Wife by Kathleen Kent (historical fiction)

The Turnip Princess by Franz Xaver Von Schönwerth (fairy tales)


Unraveling by Lynn Biederman and Michelle Baldini (contemporary fiction)


Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire (memoir)

West with the Night by Beryl Markham (memoir)

What I Would Tell Her: 28 Devoted Dads on Bringing Up, Holding On To, and Letting Go of Their Daughters, edited by Andrea N. Richesin (essays)

What to Expect from Your Adopted Tween (e-book) by Judy Miller (nonfiction, parenting, adoption)

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges (contemporary fiction)

When I Married My Mother by Jo Maeder (memoir, mother-daughter relationships, hoarding)

Wicked Wonders by Ellen Klages (short stories)

The Writer’s Workout: 366 Tips, Tasks, & Techniques From Your Writing Career Coach by Christina Katz (nonfiction, writing advice)


The Year of Goodbyes by Debbie Levy (memoir, Nazi Germany)

The Year We Were Famous by Carole Estby Dagg (historical fiction)


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