Everyone has a purpose. And, according to Oprah Winfrey, “Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honor your calling in the best way possible.” That journey starts right here. Recommended by Ashley Benton.
Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. Recommended by Debra Taylor.
What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all? Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we? Currently being read by Elisa All Schmitz.
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. This book is at the top of Elisa All Schmitz's to-read list.
For readers of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes one of the decade’s most anticipated debuts, published in forty-one languages around the world and in development as a major film from Fox: a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house. Recommended by Jessica L. Williams.
Full of reassuring and practical advice, this book challenges the old, boring assumptions of what it takes to create success in business, so you can create financial independence with ease and grace. Recommended by Jessica L. Williams.
A collection of essays about family relationships, friendships and the meals that bring us together. This mix of Anne Lamott and Barefoot Contessa is a funny, honest and vulnerable spiritual memoir. Recommended by Erin Musto.
A personal and sociological examination – and ultimately a celebration – of the evolution of female friendship in pop culture and modern society. Currently being read by Jessica Ann Lawrence.
From the bestselling author of "Everything I Never Told You," a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. Recommended by Elisa All Schmitz.
In 19th-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication: nu shu (“women’s writing”). This book is a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. Currently being read by Donna John.
A delicious sequel to "The Devil Wears Prada," exploring what it’s like to be a woman buffeted by conflicting messages about career, relationships and motherhood. Recommended by a friend to Elisa All Schmitz.
Could 10 days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty’s latest page-turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out. Currently being enjoyed by Renee Herren.
Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Recommended by Kim King-Hypes.
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 – Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong. Recommended by Kim King-Hypes.
Alice gets off a bus in the middle of a snowstorm in Delphi, N.Y. She is fleeing an abusive relationship and desperate to protect. Oren, 10 years old, a major Star Wars fan and wise beyond his years. Though Alice is wary, Oren bonds nearly instantly with. Mattie, a social worker in her 50s who lives in an enormous run-down house in the middle of the woods. Recommended by Kendall Swann Eyerly.
The bestselling author of "A Man Called Ove" returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream — and the price required to make it come true. Recommended by Kimberly Clark Johnson.
A rare and moving tale that honors a special part of American history -- the Pack Horse Librarians, who helped untold numbers of children see the stories amid the chicken scratch, and thus made them into lifetime readers. Recommended by Kim King-Hypes.
In the latest thriller from the bestselling author of "Final Girls," a young woman returns to her childhood summer camp to uncover the truth about a tragedy that happened there 15 years ago. Recommended by Rainey Niklawski.
With candor and humor, the cherished actress traces her complicated journey from buck-toothed Laura "Halfpint" Ingalls to Hollywood starlet, wife and mother. Recommended by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead.
As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore. Recommended by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead.
One fateful summer, three very different women find themselves together in Summer Hill, Va., where they discover they have much more in common than they realized. A heartfelt, magical tale, this book is a shining example of Jude Deveraux’s enchanting storytelling that will charm longtime fans and delight a new generation of readers. Recommended by Elisa All Schmitz.
A shocking discovery on a honeymoon in paradise changes the lives of a picture-perfect couple in this taut psychological thriller debut – for readers of Ruth Ware, Paula Hawkins, and Shari Lapena. Recommended by Elisa All Schmitz.
Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Now he examines its ultimate limitations and failures-in his own practices as well as others'-as life draws to a close. Riveting, honest, and humane, "Being Mortal" shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life-all the way to the very end. Recommended by Stephanie Cannoe.
Set over the course of three days, "The President Is Missing" sheds a stunning light upon the inner workings and vulnerabilities of our nation. Filled with information that only a former Commander-in-Chief could know, this is the most authentic, terrifying novel to come along in many years. Recommended by Dieter Schmitz.
Provocative, startling, prophetic, "The Handmaid’s Tale" has long been a global phenomenon. With this stunning graphic novel adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s modern classic, beautifully realized by artist Renée Nault, the terrifying reality of Gilead has been brought to vivid life like never before. Recommended by Mindy Hudon.
In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women – a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947 – are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption. Recommended by Terri Jones.
In an unforgettable love story, a woman’s impossible journey through the ages could change everything. Terri Jones says this historical fiction book is a "mind-blower."
In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys — best friends — are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary. "My favorite book of all time," says Dawn Taylor.
Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, this book is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps. "It is truly amazing. It makes you pause and think about passing judgement on people. Do yourself a favor and read this book," says Jessica Ann Lawrence.
Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was 15, the youngest of three. She was beloved by her parents, friends and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenaged golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Rainey Niklawski says this book is "well put together and interesting until the very end."
An unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey–with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake – through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Sheri Doyle loves this book, and "actually the entire MaddAddam trilogy."
An epic story of courage and devotion that spans three continents and the entire map of the human heart. This book is about the best and worst in people, and the possibility of heroism and even magic in ordinary life. Sheri Doyle says it's "an incredible look at the life of Syrian refugees."
The latest New York Times bestseller from the author of the beloved book club favorite "The Kitchen House" is a heart-racing story about a man’s treacherous journey through the twists and turns of the Underground Railroad on a mission to save the boy he swore to protect. Highly recommended by Donna John if you enjoy historical fiction.
A missing woman leads her twin sister on a twisted scavenger hunt in this clever debut novel with eccentric, dysfunctional characters who will keep you guessing until the end.
A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (New York Times Book Review). National Bestseller, New York Times Notable Book of 2017, Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2017.
In the "New York Times" bestseller that the "Washington Post" called “Lean In for misfits,” Sophia Amoruso shares how she went from Dumpster diving to founding one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world.
A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, "The Tattooist of Auschwitz" is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.
After years of telling other people’s makeover stories, Sheri Salata decided to “produce” her own life transformation. And this meant revisiting her past, excavating its lessons, and boldly reimagining her future. In these pages, she invites readers along for the ride — detoxing in the desert, braving humiliation at Hollywood’s favorite fitness studio, grappling with losses, reinventing friendships, baring her soul in sex therapy and more. Part cautionary tale, part middle-of-life rallying cry, Sheri’s stories offer profound inspiration for personal renewal.
A raw, authentic memoir revealing his battles with crack cocaine and gambling addictions, hardship and failure that he struggled with for decades all while pursuing his entrepreneurial journey. Mike Lindell is the inventor and CEO of MyPillow, Inc. The Minnesota-based company has been in business for more than a decade and sold more than 46 million Lindell is proof that with hard work and faith, you can live your dream.
As Houston's beloved KPRC weatherman for more than 20 years, Frank Billingsley seems like a relative to many people. His optimistic presence comes into their homes and reassures that even the gloomiest of rainclouds probably has a silver lining. He has such a way with people that it is obvious that he comes by his sunny, outgoing demeanor naturally. Billingsley always wondered if he got his personality, his bright blue eyes, or his love of people from his mother or his father. But he was adopted, so he never knew. Swabbed & Found is the fascinating story of how he combined cutting-edge DNA tests and genealogical programs in combination with his investigative skills to put the pieces of his family tree in order.
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