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        Best Books: Literary Fiction

        Booksellers, readers, and authors can’t be wrong… these are some of the most beloved books in literary fiction.
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          Of Mice and Men Book Cover Picture
          Of Mice and Men Book Cover Picture

          Of Mice and Men

          by John Steinbeck

          A classic for a reason – Steinbeck’s George and Lennie loom large in American literature. Dusty California, a dream of a better life, hand-to-mouth labor, and a tragedy you’ll never forget.
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          Of Mice and Men Book Cover Picture

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          The Handmaid's Tale (Movie Tie-in) Book Cover Picture
          The Handmaid's Tale (Movie Tie-in) Book Cover Picture

          The Handmaid’s Tale (Movie Tie-in)

          by Margaret Atwood

          Breaking bestselling records even today, this dystopian society hits?uncomfortably close to home. A world where?handmaids are prized for their fertility and the price of rebellion is unthinkable.
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          The Handmaid's Tale (Movie Tie-in) Book Cover Picture

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          Things Fall Apart Book Cover Picture
          Things Fall Apart Book Cover Picture

          Things Fall Apart

          by Chinua Achebe

          A nuanced and epic novel that tackles the Europe’s colonization of Africa. Okonkwo, a wealthy and powerful Igbo warrior, comes face to face with the religious and political forces that will end his way of life.
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          Things Fall Apart Book Cover Picture

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          The House on Mango Street Book Cover Picture
          The House on Mango Street Book Cover Picture

          The House on Mango Street

          by Sandra Cisneros

          A beloved novel of childhood and self-discovery. Esperanza Cordero is a a young Latina girl in Chicago finding her way.
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          The House on Mango Street Book Cover Picture

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          Lilac Girls Book Cover Picture
          Lilac Girls Book Cover Picture

          Lilac Girls

          by Martha Hall Kelly

          Set in WWII, Martha Hall Kelly’s novel celebrates the unsung women who fought for freedom, justice, and love.
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          Lilac Girls Book Cover Picture

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          The Kite Runner Book Cover Picture
          The Kite Runner Book Cover Picture

          The Kite Runner

          by Khaled Hosseini

          Hosseini’s novel has touched millions of readers since its publication in 2003. It follows the tender and unlikely friendship between two boys – one wealthy, one the son of a servant. As they grow and change, they encounter political upheaval, betrayal, and forgiveness.
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          The Kite Runner Book Cover Picture

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          The Underground Railroad Book Cover Picture
          The Underground Railroad Book Cover Picture

          The Underground Railroad

          by Colson Whitehead

          Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel follows Cora, a runaway slave. In Whitehead’s world, the Underground Railroad is literal – the secret transportation whisks Cora and her friend out of slavery, and into a terrifying escape.
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          The Underground Railroad Book Cover Picture

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          The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Book Cover Picture
          The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Book Cover Picture

          The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

          by Mark Haddon

          Christopher John Francis Boone is singularly focused on a murdered?neighborhood pet and sets out to find him. Told through an autistic boy’s eyes, the novel is tender, intimate, and barrier-breaking.
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          The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Book Cover Picture

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          Americanah Book Cover Picture
          Americanah Book Cover Picture

          Americanah

          by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

          Ifemelu leaves Nigeria for the United States, and is suddenly confronted with a new identity – being black in America. She dives into academia and into her adoptive country’s history and racial issues.
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          Americanah Book Cover Picture

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          Leaving Time (with bonus novella Larger Than Life) Book Cover Picture
          Leaving Time (with bonus novella Larger Than Life) Book Cover Picture

          Leaving Time (with bonus novella Larger Than Life)

          by Jodi Picoult

          Jenna has never been able to accept her mother’s disappearance, so ?with the help of a psychic and a detective, she starts investigating her past, hoping to find answers.
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          Leaving Time (with bonus novella Larger Than Life) Book Cover Picture

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          A Gentleman in Moscow Book Cover Picture
          A Gentleman in Moscow Book Cover Picture

          A Gentleman in Moscow

          by Amor Towles

          Count Alexander Rostov is confined?to house arrest?in 1922… at least it’s in the glamorous hotel Metropol in Moscow! Despite the political upheaval just beyond his door, the Count comes to create a fulfilling life for himself (though its scope has shrunk considerably).
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          A Gentleman in Moscow Book Cover Picture

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          The Circle Book Cover Picture

          The Circle

          by Dave Eggers

          A dystopian vision of surveillance, privacy and invasive technology. Mae Holland starts working at The Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company. At first she’s impressed and delighted by the amenities and status, but soon begins to wonder about larger implications of total online control.
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          The Circle Book Cover Picture

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          Everything I Never Told You Book Cover Picture
          Everything I Never Told You Book Cover Picture

          Everything I Never Told You

          by Celeste Ng

          Celeste Ng’s novel follows?a Chinese American family in 1970’s Ohio. We learn in the first pages?that the beloved teenage daughter is dead… what follows is an intimate and engaging family portrait: misunderstandings, pressure, love.
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          Everything I Never Told You Book Cover Picture

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          The Little Paris Bookshop Book Cover Picture
          The Little Paris Bookshop Book Cover Picture

          The Little Paris Bookshop

          by Nina George

          It’s every reader’s dream: the perfect book chosen just for you. Monsieur Perdu mans a floating bookstore on the Seine and prides himself on finding the most appropriate read for each customer.
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          The Little Paris Bookshop Book Cover Picture

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          The Stranger Book Cover Picture

          The Stranger

          by Albert Camus

          Published in 1946, Camus’ tale of an ordinary man who commits murder still compels readers today. In this book,?Camus explored what he termed “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd”.
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          The Stranger Book Cover Picture

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          Station Eleven Book Cover Picture
          Station Eleven Book Cover Picture

          Station Eleven

          by Emily St. John Mandel

          When a virus wipes out a significant chunk of the world’s population, civilization as we know it collapses. What’s left are the wanderers, banded together by memories of culture and science, their world before everything changed.
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          Station Eleven Book Cover Picture

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          The Invention of Wings Book Cover Picture
          The Invention of Wings Book Cover Picture

          The Invention of Wings

          by Sue Monk Kidd

          Inspired by the life of Sarah Grimke, this novel explores the history of abolition and women’s rights.
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          The Invention of Wings Book Cover Picture

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          Before We Were Yours Book Cover Picture
          Before We Were Yours Book Cover Picture

          Before We Were Yours

          by Lisa Wingate

          Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country.
          Before We Were Yours Book Cover Picture
          Before We Were Yours Book Cover Picture

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          Beloved Book Cover Picture
          Beloved Book Cover Picture

          Beloved

          by Toni Morrison

          A powerful and devastating novel following?Sethe who escaped slavery years ago. No matter how long it’s been, she cannot rid herself of her painful memories and her new home is haunted by her late child.
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          Beloved Book Cover Picture

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          Invisible Man Book Cover Picture
          Invisible Man Book Cover Picture

          Invisible Man

          by Ralph Ellison

          The nameless narrator traces his life from his Southern childhood to Harlem where he becomes a spokesperson for “The Brotherhood”.
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          Invisible Man Book Cover Picture

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