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Best Books: Literary Fiction

Booksellers, readers, and authors can’t be wrong… these are some of the most beloved books in literary fiction.
  1. 1

    Of Mice and Men

    A classic for a reason – Steinbeck’s George and Lennie loom large in American literature. Dusty California, a dream of a better life, hand-to-mouth labor, and a tragedy you’ll never forget.

    Of Mice and Men Book Cover Picture
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    The Handmaid’s Tale

    Breaking bestselling records even today, this dystopian society hits uncomfortably close to home. A world where handmaids are prized for their fertility and the price of rebellion is unthinkable.

    The Handmaid's Tale Book Cover Picture
  3. 3

    Things Fall Apart

    A nuanced and epic novel that tackles the Europe’s colonization of Africa. Okonkwo, a wealthy and powerful Igbo warrior, comes face to face with the religious and political forces that will end his way of life.

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  4. 4

    The House on Mango Street

    A beloved novel of childhood and self-discovery. Esperanza Cordero is a a young Latina girl in Chicago finding her way.

    The House on Mango Street Book Cover Picture
  5. 5

    Lilac Girls

    Set in WWII, Martha Hall Kelly’s novel celebrates the unsung women who fought for freedom, justice, and love.

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    The Kite Runner

    Hosseini’s novel has touched millions of readers since its publication in 2003. It follows the tender and unlikely friendship between two boys – one wealthy, one the son of a servant. As they grow and change, they encounter political upheaval, betrayal, and forgiveness.

    The Kite Runner Book Cover Picture
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    The Underground Railroad

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel follows Cora, a runaway slave. In Whitehead’s world, the Underground Railroad is literal – the secret transportation whisks Cora and her friend out of slavery, and into a terrifying escape.

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  8. 8

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    Christopher John Francis Boone is singularly focused on a murdered neighborhood pet and sets out to find him. Told through an autistic boy’s eyes, the novel is tender, intimate, and barrier-breaking.

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Book Cover Picture
  9. 9

    Americanah

    Ifemelu leaves Nigeria for the United States, and is suddenly confronted with a new identity – being black in America. She dives into academia and into her adoptive country’s history and racial issues.

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  10. 10

    Leaving Time (with bonus novella Larger Than Life)

    Jenna has never been able to accept her mother’s disappearance, so  with the help of a psychic and a detective, she starts investigating her past, hoping to find answers.

    Leaving Time (with bonus novella Larger Than Life) Book Cover Picture
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    A Gentleman in Moscow

    Count Alexander Rostov is confined to house arrest in 1922… at least it’s in the glamorous hotel Metropol in Moscow! Despite the political upheaval just beyond his door, the Count comes to create a fulfilling life for himself (though its scope has shrunk considerably).

    A Gentleman in Moscow Book Cover Picture
  12. 12

    The Circle

    A dystopian vision of surveillance, privacy and invasive technology. Mae Holland starts working at The Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company. At first she’s impressed and delighted by the amenities and status, but soon begins to wonder about larger implications of total online control.

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  13. 13

    Everything I Never Told You

    Celeste Ng’s novel follows a Chinese American family in 1970’s Ohio. We learn in the first pages that the beloved teenage daughter is dead… what follows is an intimate and engaging family portrait: misunderstandings, pressure, love.

    Everything I Never Told You Book Cover Picture
  14. 14

    The Little Paris Bookshop

    It’s every reader’s dream: the perfect book chosen just for you. Monsieur Perdu mans a floating bookstore on the Seine and prides himself on finding the most appropriate read for each customer.

    The Little Paris Bookshop Book Cover Picture
  15. 15

    The Stranger

    Published in 1946, Camus’ tale of an ordinary man who commits murder still compels readers today. In this book, Camus explored what he termed “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd”.

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    Station Eleven

    When a virus wipes out a significant chunk of the world’s population, civilization as we know it collapses. What’s left are the wanderers, banded together by memories of culture and science, their world before everything changed.

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  17. 17

    The Invention of Wings

    Inspired by the life of Sarah Grimke, this novel explores the history of abolition and women’s rights.

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  18. 18

    Before We Were Yours

    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.

    Before We Were Yours Book Cover Picture
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    Beloved

    A powerful and devastating novel following Sethe who escaped slavery years ago. No matter how long it’s been, she cannot rid herself of her painful memories and her new home is haunted by her late child.

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    Invisible Man

    The nameless narrator traces his life from his Southern childhood to Harlem where he becomes a spokesperson for “The Brotherhood”.

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