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Ackerman, Diane: The Zookeeper’s Wife
Ackerman, Diane: One Hundred Names for Love 
Ahern, Shauna James: Gluten Free Girl
Ahmed, Quanta A.: Into the Land of Invisible Women
Alexander, S.A.: Covering the Courts
Alinsky, Saul: Rules for Radicals
Almond, Steve: Candyfreak
Alter, Cathy: Up for Renewal
Angrist, Misha: Here Is a Human Being
Atkinson, Kate: Life After Life
Atwood, Margaret: Oryx and Crake
Atwood, Margaret: The Blind Assassin
Atwood, Margaret: The Robber Bride
Atwood, Margaret: The Edible Woman

Baker, Deborah: The Convert
Barber, Lynn: An Education
Barker, Kim: The Taliban Shuffle
Barry, Max: Lexicon
Benway, Robin: Audrey, Wait!
Berger, Jonah: Contagious 
Bergstein, Rachelle: Women From the Ankle Down
Berk, Justin: The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin
Berendt, John: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Birkerts, Sven: The Art of Time in Memoir
Bissinger, Buzz: A Prayer for the City
Bissinger, Buzz: Friday Night Lights
Blake, Sarah: The Postmistress
Blakemore, Erin: The Heroine’s Bookshelf
Blinken, Vera and Donald: Vera and the Ambassador
Blum, Deborah: The Poisoner’s Handbook
Blum, Deborah: Ghost Hunters
Boo, Katherine: Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Boruch, Marianne: The Glimpse Traveler
Bradford Krantz, Collen: Train to Nowhere
Brende, Eric: Better Off
Brooks, David: The Social Animal
Brooks, Joanna: The Book of Mormon Girl
Brooks, Max: World War Z 
Brown, Daniel James: The Boys in the Boat
Brown, Eleanor: The Weird Sisters
Brown, Ellen and Wiley, John: Margaret Mitchell’s ‘Gone With the Wind’
Brown, Rachel Manija: All the Fishes Come Home to Roost
Bryson, Bill: At Home
Bryson, Bill: In a Sunburned Country
Bryson, Bill: The Lost Continent
Buford, Bill: Heat
Burden, Wendy: Dead End Gene Pool
Byatt, A.S.: Possession 
Byatt, A.S.: The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye: Five Fairy Stories

Cahalan, Susannah: Brain on Fire 
Cain, Susan: Quiet
Caldwell, Gail: Let’s Take the Long Way Home
Capote, Truman: In Cold Blood
Capote, Truman: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Carlin, John: Invictus
Carroll, Jonathan: The Ghost in Love
Cashore, Kristin: Fire
Cashore, Kristin: Graceling
Cellelo, Erin: Miracle Beach
Chabon, Michael: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Chabon, Michael: Telegraph Avenue
Chazen, Jerome: My Life at Liz Claiborne
Chekov, Anton: Nine Humorous Tales
Chu, Jeff: Does Jesus Really Love Me? 
Cillizza, Chris: The Gospel According to The Fix
Cline, Ernest: Ready Player One 
Coelho, Paulo: The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel
Cohen, Rachel and Levithan, David: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares
Coffey, Wayne: The Boys of Winter
Corson, Trevor: The Story of Sushi
Cole, Joni B. and B.K. Rakhrav: Water Cooler Diaries
Cole, Joni B. and B.K. Rakhrav: This Day in the Life
Coleman, Melissa: This Life Is In Your Hands
Collins, Gail: As Texas Goes… 
Collins, Suzanne: The Hunger Games 
Collins, Suzanne: Catching Fire 
Collins, Suzanne: Mockingjay 
Condie, Ally: MatchedCrossed, and Reached
Conover, Ted: Newjack
Crosley, Sloane: I Was Told There’d Be Cake
Cunningham, Michael: The Hours
Cullen, Dave: Columbine 

David, Anna: Falling for Me
de Rosnay, Tatiana: Sarah’s Key
Delisle, Guy: Burma Chronicles
Demick, Barbara: Nothing to Envy
Dessen, Sarah: The Truth About Forever
Dick, Phillip K.: Minority Report and Other Stories
Didion, Joan: Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Didion, Joan: The Year of Magical Thinking
Diffenbaugh, Vanessa: The Language of Flowers
Dunn, Mark: Ella Minnow Pea
du Maurier, Daphne: Rebecca

East, Marjorie: Caroline Hunt: Philosopher for Home Economics
Edwards, Kim: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
Egan, Jennifer: A Visit From the Goon Squad
Eggers, Dave: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Ephron, Nora: The Round House 
Eugenides, Jeffrey: Middlesex
Eugenides, Jeffrey: The Marriage Plot
Evans, Danielle: Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

Fadiman, Anne: Ex Libris 
Farmer, Paul: Haiti: After the Earthquake
Fatsis, Stefan: Word Freak
Feldman, Ellen: Next to Love
Fernea, Elizabeth Warnock: Guests of the Sheik
Ferris, Joshua: Then We Came to the End
Fey, Tina: Bossypants 
Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Great Gatsby 
Flinn, Kathleen: The Kitchen Counter Cooking School
Flora, Carlin: Friendfluence 
Flynn, Gillian: Gone Girl 
Flynn, Gillian: Sharp Objects 
Foer, Jonathan Safran: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Foer, Joshua: Moonwalking With Einstein
Folkenflik, David: Page One: Inside the New York Times
Fox, John: The Ball
Franklin, Tom: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Franklin, Jon: Writing for Story
Franklin, Tom: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter 
French, Paul: Midnight in Peking 

Gaiman, Neil: American Gods
Gaiman, Neil: Stardust
Gallaway, Matthew: The Metropolis Case
Gansky, Lisa: The Mesh
Gawande, Atul: Complications
Gee, Alison Singh: Where the Peacocks Sing 
Georges, Nicole: Calling Dr. Laura 
Gilbert, Jennifer: I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag 
Gilman, Susan Jane: Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven
Gladstone, Brooke: The Influencing Machine 
Gleick, Peter H: Bottled and Sold
Godwin, Peter: When A Crocodile Eats the Sun
Goodman, Allegra: The Cookbook Collector
Goodman, Matthew: Eighty Days 
Goolrick, Robert: A Reliable Wife
Gottschall, Jonathan: The Storytelling Animal
Grann, David: The Lost City of Z
Grann, David: The Devil and Sherlock Holmes
Green, John: Looking for Alaska
Green, John: Paper Towns
Groff, Lauren: The Monsters of Templeton
Groff, Lauren: Arcadia 
Grossman, Ausin: You 
Grossman, Lev: The Magicians
Grossman, Lev: The Magician King
Grossman, Lev: Codex
Grossman, Ausin: You
Gruen, Sara: Water for Elephants
Gudenkauf, Heather: The Weight of Silence

Hanagarne, Josh: The World’s Strongest Librarian 
Hancock, Noelle: My Year With Eleanor
Hanel, Rachel: We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down
Hanff, Helene: 84 Charing Cross Road
Harris, Alissa: Raised Right
Hart, Marjorie: Summer at Tiffany
Hartman, Rachel: Seraphina 
Harbach, Chad: The Art of Fielding
Harkaway, Nick: Angelmaker
Hartman, Ellen: The Long Shot
Heilemann, John and Halperin, Mark: Game Change
Heller, Jason: Taft 2012 
Heller, Joseph: Catch-22
Henkin, Joshua: The World Without You
Hertzel, Laurie: News to Me
Hochschild, Arlie Russell: The Outsourced Self 
Hoffert, Melanie: Prairie Silence 
Hoffman, Carl: The Lunatic Express
Hohn, Donovan: Moby-Duck
Homer: The Odyssey
Hornby, Nick: High Fidelity
Hoover Bartlett, Allison: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
Huber, Sonya: Cover Me

Issenberg, Sasha: The Victory Lab 
Iversen, Kristen: Full Body Burden
Iyengar, Sheena: The Art of Choosing

Jacobs, A.J.: The Know-It-All
Jacobs, A.J.: The Year of Living Biblically
Jarvis, Cheryl: The Necklace
Jensen, Dean: Queen of the Air  
Johnson, Steven: Everything Bad Is Good For You
Johnson, Steven: The Ghost Map
Johnson, Steven: Future Perfect
Jones, Diana Wynne: Cart and Cwidder
Jones, Diana Wynne: Drowned Ammet
Jones, Diana Wynne: Howl’s Moving Castle
Jones, Tayari: Silver Sparrow
Jong, Erica: Sugar In My Bowl
Jordan, Hillary: When She Woke
Joseph, Diana: I’m Sorry You Feel That Way

Kaku, Michio: Physics of the Future
Kaling, Mindy: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Kalotay, Daphne: Russian Winter
Kalman, Maria: And the Pursuit of Happiness
Kamkwamba, Wiliam and Mealer, Bryan: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Kast, Sheilah and Jim Rosapepe: Dracula is Dead
Kean, Sam: The Disappearing Spoon
Kempe, Frederick: Berlin 1961
Kidder, Tracy: Mountains Beyond Mountains
Kidder, Tracy: The Soul of a New Machine
Kidder, Tracy and Todd, Richard: Good Prose 
Kiernan, Denise: The Girls of Atomic City 
Kilmer-Purcell: The Bucolic Plague
Kingsolver, Barbara: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Kirkman, Robert and Charlie Adlard: The Walking Dead (Volumes 1 and 2)
Kliman, Todd: The Wild Vine
Knisley, Lucy: French Milk
Konietzko, Bryan: Avatar The Last Airbender: The Lost Adventures
Konigsburg, E.L.: The View from Saturday
Konnikova, Maria: Mastermind 
Kovach, Bill and Tom Rosenstiel: The Elements of Journalism
Krakauer, Jon: Into the Wild
Krakauer, Jon: Into Thin Air
Krakauer, Jon: Under the Banner of Heaven
Kramon, Justin: Finny
Kravitz, Lee: Unfinished Business
Krist, Gary: City of Scoundrels  

Lamott, Anne: Traveling Mercies
Lancaster, Jen: My Fair Lazy
Lancaster, Lynne C. and Stillman, David: The M-Factor
Larkin, Emma: Everything is Broken
Larson, Erik: Devil in the White City
Larson, Erik: In the Garden of Beasts
Larson, Hope: Mercury
Lawson, Jenny: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
Lehrer, Jim: Tension City
Leiknes, Elizabeth: The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns
Lemmon, Gayle Tzemach: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
Leto, Lauren: Judging a Book By Its Lover 
Levitt, Steven, and Dubner, Stephen J.: SuperFreakonomics
Levithan, David: Love is the Higher Law
Lewis, Michael: The Blind Side
Lewis, Michael: The Big Short
Lewis-Kraus, Gideon: A Sense of Direction
LeBlanc, Adrian Nicole: Random Family
Lepore, Jill: The Mansion of Happiness
Livesey, Margot: The Flight of Gemma Hardy
Lockhart, E.: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Marlantes, Karl: What It Is Like to Go to War
Martin, George R.R.: A Game of Thrones
Massie, Robert K.: Catherine the Great
Mayer-Schonberger, Viktor and Cukier, Kenneth: Big Data 
McCloud, Scott: Understanding Comics
McDougall, Christopher: Born to Run 
McEwan, Ian: Saturday
McCann, Colum: Let the Great World Spin
McClure, Wendy: The Wilder Life
Mc Henry, Jael: The Kitchen Daughter
McNees, Kelly O’Connor: The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
Mechling, Lauren: Dream Girl
Mechling, Lauren: Dream Life
Menninger, Bonar: And Hell Followed With It
Meyer, Stephenie: Twilight
Mezrich, Ben: Bringing Down the House
Miéville, China: The City and the City
Miller, Jennifer: The Year of the Gadfly
Miller, Madeline: The Song of Achilles 
Millhauser, Steven: Capital of the World 
Mitchell, David: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Moaveni, Azadeh: Honeymoon in Tehran
Moaveni, Azadeh: Lipstick Jihad
Mole, John: It’s All Greek To Me
Moore, Christopher: A Dirty Job
Moran, Caitlin: How to Be a Woman
Morgenstern, Erin: The Night Circus
Moriarty, Laura: The Center of Everything
Moriarty, Laura: The Chaperone
Morris, James McGrath: Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, & Power
Moyes, Jojo: Me Before You 
Mukherjee, Siddhartha: The Emperor of All Maladies

Niffenegger, Audrey: Her Fearful Symmetry
Niffenegger, Audrey: The Time Traveler’s Wife
Newman, Sandra: The Western Lit Survival Kit
Norman, Matthew: Domestic Violets 
Nunberg, Geoffrey: Ascent of the A-Word

O’Brien, Tim: If I Die in a Combat Zone
O’Brien, Tim: Northern Lights
O’Brien, Tim: Going After Cacciato
O’Brien, Tim: The Things They Carried
O’Malley, Bryan Lee: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life
O’Rourke, Megan: The Long Goodbye
Oates, Joyce Carol: The Gravedigger’s Daughter
Obmascik, Mark: The Big Year
Ogawa, Yoko: The Housekeeper and the Professor
Orr, David: Beautiful & Pointless
Orwell, George: Down and Out in Paris and London
Orlean, Susan: The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup
Orlean, Susan: The Orchid Thief
Ozma, Alice: The Reading Promise  

Paolini, Christopher: Brisingr
Pankhurst, Carolyn: The Nobodies Album 
Parini, Jay: The Passages of H.M.
Parini, Jay: The Last Station
Parnell, Sean: Outlaw Platoon 
Patchett, Ann: State of Wonder
Peacock, Molly: The Paper Garden
Pearson, T.R. and Clay, Langdon: Year of Our Lord
Perrotta, Tom: Election
Perrotta, Tom: The Leftovers
Perry, Douglas: The Girls of Murder City
Perry, Michael: Coop
Pessel, Marissa: Special Topics in Calamity Physics 
Peterson, A.S.: The Fiddler’s Gun
Phillips, Marie: Gods Behaving Badly
Pierce, Tamora: Alanna: The First Adventure
Plath, Sylvia: The Bell Jar
Plotz, David: The Genius Factory
Pogrebin, Abigail: One and the Same
Pollan, Michael: In Defense of Food
Pollan, Michael: The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Poole, W. Scott: Monsters in America
Povich, Lynn: The Good Girls Revolt
Powers, William: Hamlet’s Blackberry
Pozner, Jennifer: Reality Bites Back
Preston, Caroline: The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

Rachman, Tom: The Imperfectionists
Rapkin, Mickey: Pitch Perfect 
Reichl, Ruth: Garlic and Sapphires 
Reilly, LeAnn Neal: The Mermaid’s Pendant
Reiss, Tom: The Black Count
Richie, Nicole: Priceless
Richler, Howard: Strange Bedfellows
Richmond, Peter: Badasses
Ricou, Laurie: Salal: Listening for the Northwest Understory
Ridley, Glynis: The Discovery of Jeanne Baret
Rizzuto, Rahna Reiko: Hiroshima in the Morning
Roach, Mary: Stiff
Roach, Mary: Packing for Mars
Robbins, Alexandra: The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth
Rogan, Charlotte: The Lifeboat
Rosenberg, Scott: Say Everything
Rosenblatt, Roger: Making Toast
Rosin, Hanna: The End of Men
Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Rowling, J.K.: The Casual Vacancy
Rubin, Gretchen: The Happiness Project
Russell, Mary Doria: The Sparrow 
Russell, Sharman Apt: Hunger: An Unnatural History
Ryan, Christopher and Jethá, Cacilda: Sex at Dawn

Salzman, Jason: Making the News: A Guide for Nonprofits and Activists
Sandell, Laurie: The Impostor’s Daughter
Sankovitch, Nina: Tolstoy and the Purple Chair
Santos, Marisa de los: Love Walked In
Satrapi, Marjane: Persepolis
Saunders, George: The Braindead Megaphone
Schaefer, Laura: The Secret Ingredient
Scheeres, Julia: Jesus Land
Schiff, Stacy: Cleopatra
Schuppe, Jonathan: A Chance to Win 
Schriver, Lionel: The Post-Birthday World
Sedaris, David: When You Are Engulfed in Flames
Sedaris, David: Holidays on Ice
Sedaris, David: Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls 
Semple, Maria: Where’d You Go, Bernadette 
Sepinwall, Alan: The Revolution Was Televised
Sharpe, Katherine: Coming of Age on Zoloft
Sherwood, Ben: The Man Who Ate the 747
Shipstead, Maggie: Seating Arrangements
Shriver, Lionel: The New Republic 
Shukert, Rachel: Everything is Going to be Great
Sijie, Dai: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Simon, David: Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
Sims, Norman: True Stories: A Century of Literary Journalism
Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle
Skloot, Rebecca: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Slater, David Michael: The Book of Nonsense
Smith, Julian: Crossing the Heart of Africa
SMITH Magazine: Not Quite What I Was Planning
Sonnenberg, Susannah: She Matters
Speart, Jessica: Winged Obsession
Staal, Stephanie: Reading Women
Stabiner, Karen: Getting In
Steil, Jennifer: The Woman Who Fell from the Sky
Stern, Jessica: Denial – A Memoir of Terror
Stewart, Jon: America (The Audiobook)
Stockett, Kathryn: The Help
Stone, Alex: Fooling Houdini
Straub, Emma: Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures
Sunley, Christina: The Tricking of Freya

Tartt, Donna: The Secret History
Thompson, Craig: Blankets
Thompson, Craig: Carnet de Voyage
Tomine, Adriene: Scenes from an Impending Marriage
Torregrosa, Luisita Lopez: Before the Rain
Towles, Amor: Rules of Civility
Traiser, Rebecca: Big Girl’s Don’t Cry
Troufimuk, Thomas: Waiting for Columbus
Tucker, Holly: Blood Work
Tucker, Todd: The Great Starvation Experiment

Updike, John: Rabbit, Run

Vaill, Amanda: Everybody Was So Young
Van Booy, Simon: Everything Beautiful Began After
Van Booy, Simon: The Illusion of Separateness
Vanderkam, Laura: All the Money in the World
Varner, Jay: Nothing Left to Burn
Venkatesh, Sudhir: Gang Leader for a Day
Von Ziegesar, Cecily: Gossip Girl
Vowell, Sarah: Assassination Vacation
Vowell, Sarah: The Wordy Shipmates
Voyles, Hannie J.: Storming the Tulips 

Walker, Karen Thompson: Age of Miracles 
Wallace, David Foster: Infinite Jest
Wallace, David Foster: The Broom of the System
Wallace, David Foster (editor): Best American Essays 2007
Warner, Priscilla: Learning to Breathe
Wasson, Sam: Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.
Weasel, Lisa H.: Food Fray
Weiner, Eric: The Geography of Bliss
Weingarten, Marc: The Gang That Wouldn’t Write Straight
Wharton, Edith: The House of Mirth
Whedon, Joss, Brett Matthews, and Will Conrad: Serenity: Those Left Behind
White, Emily: Lonely
White, Neil: In the Sanctuary of Outcasts
Winder, Elizabeth: Pain, Parties, and Work 
Wildgen, Michelle: But Not For Long
Wilkerson, Isabel: The Warmth of Other Suns
Willingham, Bill: Fables I: Legends in Exile
Willingham, Bill: Fables II: Animal Farm
Willingham, Bill: Fables III: Storybook Love
Willingham, Bill: Fables IV: March of the Wooden Soldiers
Willingham, Bill: Fables V: The Mean Seasons, Fables VI: Homelands, and Fables VII: Arabian Nights (and Days)
Willingham, Bill: Fables VIII: Wolves, Fables IX: Sons of Empire
Willingham, Bill: Down the Mysterly River
Willingham, Bill: Fables IX: Sons of EmpireFables X: The Good Prince, and Fables XI: War and Pieces
Willett, Jincy: The Writing Class
Willrich, Michael: Pox: An American History
Wilson, David Sloan: The Neighborhood Project
Wilson, Leah: The Girl Who Was on Fire
Winchester, Simon: The Professor and the Madman
Winters, Ben: The Last Policeman 
Witchel, Alex: All Gone
Wolf, Maryanne: Proust and the Squid
Wolitzer, Meg: 
The Interestings  
Woodward, Bob and Bernstein, Carl: All the President’s Men

Yagoda, Ben: Memoir, A History
Yalom, Marilyn: How the French Invented Love 
Young-Stone, Michelle: The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors

Zhang, Lijia: “Socialism is Great!” A Worker’s Memoir of the New China
Zusak, Markus: The Book Thief
Zuckhoff, Michell: Lost in Shangri-La
Zuckoff, Mitchell: Frozen in Time