Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
Finalist for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize and most read novel in the reading challenge. A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, and autonomy and fate.
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
In this luminous tale, Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?
Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel
Galileo’s Daughter dramatically recolors the personality and accomplishment of a mythic figure whose seventeenth-century clash with Catholic doctrine continues to define the schism between science and religion. Moving between Galileo’s public life and his sister Maria Celeste’s sequestered world, Sobel illuminates the Florence of the Medicis and the papal court in Rome during an era when humanity’s perception of its place in the cosmos was overturned.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The great-granddaughter of Iran’s last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran in a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contradictions between public and private life.
My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki
As she films a 52-part series on wholesome American beef for Japanese television, director Jane Takagi-Little of New York realizes she is doing her viewers a disservice and sabotages the show.
The Invisible Life o Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
France, 1714. In a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever– and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Addie LaRue’s life will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art. After nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore. He remembers her name– and everything changes. How far will she go to leave her mark on the world?
Fallout by Lesley M. M. Blume
New York Times bestselling author Lesley M.M. Blume reveals how a courageous reporter uncovered one of greatest and deadliest cover-ups of the 20th century-the true effects of the atom bomb-potentially saving millions of lives.
Building a fire to warm your home is incredibly satisfying. Splitting logs, stacking and seasoning the wood, and then building a fire is the height of self-sufficiency. Norwegian Wood is a practical and inspiring book that teaches you how to do all of those things. A runaway best-seller in Europe, the book provides in-depth information about tree types, wood-stacking methods, tools, and stoves; it also examines the history of man’s longstanding need for warmth and his passion for open fire.
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
In a small back alley in Tokyo at a century-old coffee shop rumored to offer patrons the chance to travel back in time, four customers reevaluate their formative life choices.