Books

2020

November 2020
The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead

October 2020
Conspiracy Theories: Philosophers Connect the Dots
edited by Richard Greene and Rachel Robison-Greene

September 2020
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

March 2020
2019-20 Great Michigan Read: What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City
by Mona Hanna-Attisha

February 2020
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis

January 2020
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

2019

November 2019
I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir
by Malaka Gharib

November 2019
SEPARATE: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation
by Steve Luxenberg

October 2019             
Master Harold”… and the Boys
by Athol Fugard

September 2019                    
Rabbit Hole
by David Lindsay-Abaire

March 2019
Notes from a Public Typewriter
by Michael Gustafson (Editor) and Oliver Uberti (Editor)

March 2019
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World
by Eric Weiner

February 2019
If I Stay
by Gayle Forman

January 2019
Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie

2018

November 2018
Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics
by Marion Nestle

October 2018             
On Photography by Susan Sontag

September 2018                    
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

March 2018
"Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped win the Space Race"
By Margot Lee Shetterly
ABOUT THE BOOK

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.

Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.

The women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.

February 2018
"Me Before You"
By Jojo Moyes
 
ABOUT THE BOOK

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

January 2018
"March: Book One"
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Illustrator)
 
ABOUT THE BOOK

In 2013, comics publisher Top Shelf Productions released March: Book One, the first installment of a three-volume graphic-novel memoir by civil rights hero and U.S. Congressman John Lewis. Co-written with Andrew Aydin, who also works in Lewis’ congressional office, and drawn by Nate Powell (BFA 2000 Cartooning), a graphic novelist and illustrator, March is both a work of history and inspirational text, dedicated to “the past and future children of the movement.”

The idea for the project, Lewis says, came from his memories of Martin Luther King and Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story, the 1957 comic book about the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott; the publication became a tool for teaching nonviolent activism to Lewis' generation. A New York Times #1 bestseller, March has received universal acclaim and numerous honors.
 

2017

November 2017
"The Trial"
By Franz Kafka
 

 

October 2017
"X: A Novel"
By Ilyasah Shabaz and Kekla Magoon
 

 

September 2017
"On Golden Pond"
By Ernest Thompson



March 2017
"When Breath Becomes Air"
By Paul Kalanithi



February 2017
"Paper Towns"
By John Green



January 2017
"Between the World and Me"
By Ta-Nehisi Coates

2016

November 2016
"Double Cup Love: On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China"
By Eddie Huang



October 2016
"On The Road"
By Jack Kerouac



September 2016
"Sorry, Wrong Number and The Hitchhiker"
By Lucille Fletcher



March 2016
"South of Superior"
By Ellen Airgood



February 2016
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
By Stephen Chbosky



January 2016
"Our Town: A Play in Three Acts"
By Thornton Wilder


2015

November 2015
"Station Eleven"
by Emily St. John Mandel


October 2015
"Frankenstein"
By Mary Shelley


September 2015
"Burying the Typewriter: A Memoir"
by Carmen Bugan


March 2015
"I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot By the Taliban"
by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb


February 2015
"The Fault in Our Stars"
By John Green


January 2015
"A View From the Bridge"
By Arthur Miller


2014

November 2014
"A Thousand Letters Home"
by Teresa K. Irish

 

October 2014
"The Sorrows of the Young Werther"
by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


September 2014
"Chicken With Plums"
by Marjane Satrapi


March 2014
"Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption"
by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo


February 2014
"The Great Gatsby"
by F. Scott Fitzgerald


January 2014
"Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret"
by Steve Luxenberg

2011

November 2011
"The Long Exile: A Tale of Inuit Betrayal and Survival in the High Arctic"
by Melanie McGrath


October 2011
"Gospel of a Cab Driver"
by Roger M. Ajluni


September 2011
"The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness"
by Epictetus


March 2011
"Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes"
by Alison Swan (Editor)


January 2011
"Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History"
by Thomas Norman DeWolf


2010

November 2010
"Enemies, A Love Story"
by Isaac Bashevis Singer


October 2010
"The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30)"
by Mark Bauerlein


September 2010
"Finding Nouf"
by Zoe Ferraris


March 2010
"Motown Burning"
by John Jeffire


February 2010
"1984"
by George Orwell


January 2010
"Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant"
by Daniel Tammet


2009

November 2009
"Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School At a Time"
by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin


October 2009
"The Repatriate: Love, Basketball, and the KGB"
by Tom Mooradian


September 2009
"The Glass Castle: A Memoir"
by Jeannette Walls


April 2009
"The Last Lecture"
by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow


March 2009
"Across a Hundred Mountains: A Novel"
by Reyna Grande


February 2009
"Siddhartha"
by Hermann Hesse  


January 2009
"Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood"
by Marjane Satrapi