The Second Mrs. Hockaday

By Susan Rivers.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE

“Taut, almost unbearable suspense . . . This galvanizing historical portrait of courage, determination, and abiding love mesmerizes and shocks.” —Booklist (starred review)

“All I had known for certain when I came around the hen house that first evening in July and saw my husband trudging into the yard after lifetimes spent away from us, a borrowed bag in his hand and the shadow of grief on his face, was that he had to be protected at all costs from knowing what had happened in his absence. I did not believe he could survive it.”

When Major Gryffth Hockaday is called to the front lines of the Civil War, his new bride is left to care for her husband’s three-hundred-acre farm and infant son. Placidia, a mere teenager herself living far from her family and completely unprepared to run a farm or raise a child, must endure the darkest days of the war on her own. By the time Major Hockaday returns two years later, Placidia is bound for jail, accused of having borne a child in his absence and murdering it. What really transpired in the two years he was away?

Inspired by a true incident, this saga conjures the era with uncanny immediacy. Amid the desperation of wartime, Placidia sees the social order of her Southern homeland unravel as her views on race and family are transformed. A love story, a story of racial divide, and a story of the South as it fell in the war, The Second Mrs. Hockaday reveals how that generation–and the next–began to see their world anew.

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Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

By Oliver Jeffers. A user’s guide to life on Earth, designed for a new baby, covers such topics as the Earth’s physical characteristics, the people and animals who live on it, and how to get the most out of life.

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Pachinko

By Min Jin Lee.

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
 
National Bestseller
 
Roxane Gay’s Favorite Book of 2017, Washington Post
 

In this bestselling, page-turning saga, four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from a home they never knew.

“There could only be a few winners, and a lot of losers. And yet we played on, because we had hope that we might be the lucky ones.”

In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant-and that her lover is married-she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son’s powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.

Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan’s finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee’s complex and passionate characters-strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis-survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.

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All the Crooked Saints

By Maggie Stiefvater. When Daniel Soria, the current saint of Bicho Raro, Colorado, violates the family’s greatest taboo, Beatriz and Joaquin, along with the pilgrims, must drive off the darkness.

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Artemis

By Andy Weir. Augmenting her limited income by smuggling contraband to survive on the Moon’s wealthy city of Artemis, Jazz agrees to commit what seems to be a perfect, lucrative crime, only to find herself embroiled in a conspiracy for control of the city.

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The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse

By Nicholas Gannon. A stand-alone sequel to The Doldrums finds an overjoyed Archer anticipating the imminent return of his famous explorer grandparents, whose high-profile disappearance onto an iceberg years earlier is being denounced as a hoax.

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The Getaway

By Jeff Kinney. Accompanying his family to a tropical island resort to escape the cold and stress of an approaching holiday season, Greg is dismayed when sun poisoning, stomach bugs and venomous critters cast a shadow over their much-needed vacation

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The Revolution of Marina M.

By Janet Fitch. Marina Makarova, a young woman of privilege coming of age in 1916 St. Petersburg, finds her life and ambitions upended by historical events that find her joining the cause for workers’ rights, falling in love with a radical poet, and navigating devastating betrayals.

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Heather, the Totality

By Matthew Weiner. Presents the story of a collision course between a dangerous young man and a privileged couple who compete for their daughter’s attention.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Illustrated Edition

By J.K. Rowling and Newt Scamander. Offers alphabetically arranged entries detailing the characteristics of such mythical beasts as hippogriffs, blast-ended skrewts, dragons, and unicorns.

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