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The Floral Book List

Match your bookshelf with the weather, and brighten up your space with these books covered in flowers. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, these flowers will bloom all year round, although we can’t promise the stories inside are as bright as their covers. From literary fiction to romance, find a novel for spring.
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    The Ensemble Book Cover Picture
    The Ensemble Book Cover Picture

    The Ensemble

    by Aja Gabel

    The Ensemble follows four young friends navigating the cutthroat world of classical music and their complex relationships with each other, as ambition, passion, and love intertwine over the course of their lives.
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    The Ensemble Book Cover Picture

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    Peony in Love Book Cover Picture
    Peony in Love Book Cover Picture

    Peony in Love

    by Lisa See

    Follow Peony’s unforgettable journey of love and destiny, desire and sorrow–as Lisa See’s haunting novel, based on actual historical events, takes readers back to seventeenth-century China, after the Manchus seize power and the Ming dynasty is crushed.
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    Peony in Love Book Cover Picture

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    The Altruists Book Cover Picture
    The Altruists Book Cover Picture

    The Altruists

    by Andrew Ridker

    Spanning New York, Paris, Boston, St. Louis, and a small desert outpost in Zimbabwe, The Altruists is a darkly funny (and ultimately tender) family saga that confronts the divide between baby boomers and their millennial offspring.
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    The Altruists Book Cover Picture

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    Travels with My Aunt Book Cover Picture
    Travels with My Aunt Book Cover Picture

    Travels with My Aunt

    by Graham Greene

    Travels with My Aunt is the story of Hanry Pulling, a retired and complacent bank manager who meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time at what he supposes to be his mother’s funeral. She soon persuades Henry to abandon his dull suburban existence to travel her way—winding through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, and Paraguay.
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    Travels with My Aunt Book Cover Picture

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    Shakespeare's Sonnets, Retold Book Cover Picture
    Shakespeare's Sonnets, Retold Book Cover Picture

    Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Retold

    by William Shakespeare and James Anthony

    An enlightening and entertaining collection of the most esteemed love poems in the English canon, retold in contemporary language everyone can understand.
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    Shakespeare's Sonnets, Retold Book Cover Picture

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    Fruit of the Drunken Tree Book Cover Picture
    Fruit of the Drunken Tree Book Cover Picture

    Fruit of the Drunken Tree

    by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

    A mesmerizing debut set in Colombia at the height Pablo Escobar’s violent reign about a sheltered young girl and a teenage maid who strike an unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them both.
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    Fruit of the Drunken Tree Book Cover Picture

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    Stay with Me Book Cover Picture

    Stay with Me

    by Ayobami Adebayo

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    Stay with Me Book Cover Picture

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    The Scarlet Pimpernel Book Cover Picture
    The Scarlet Pimpernel Book Cover Picture

    The Scarlet Pimpernel

    by Baroness Orczy

    A timeless novel of adventure, intrigue, and romance is sparked by one man’s defiance in the face of authority.
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    The Scarlet Pimpernel Book Cover Picture

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    The Plant Messiah Book Cover Picture
    The Plant Messiah Book Cover Picture

    The Plant Messiah

    by Carlos Magdalena

    Carlos Magdalena is a man on a mission: to save the world’s most endangered plants. In The Plant Messiah, Magdalena takes readers from the forests of Peru to deep within the Australian outback in search of the rare and the vulnerable.
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    The Plant Messiah Book Cover Picture

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    The Winters Book Cover Picture
    The Winters Book Cover Picture

    The Winters

    by Lisa Gabriele

    The Winters is a riveting story about what happens when a family’s ghosts resurface and threaten to upend everything.
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    The Winters Book Cover Picture

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    What We Lose Book Cover Picture
    What We Lose Book Cover Picture

    What We Lose

    by Zinzi Clemmons

    From an author of rare, haunting power comes a stunning novel about a young African-American woman coming of age—a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, family, and country.
    What We Lose Book Cover Picture
    What We Lose Book Cover Picture

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    A Long Long Way Book Cover Picture
    A Long Long Way Book Cover Picture

    A Long Long Way

    by Sebastian Barry

    In 1914, Willie Dunne, barely eighteen years old, leaves behind Dublin, his family, and the girl he plans to marry in order to enlist in the Allied forces and face the Germans on the Western Front. With grace and power, Sebastian Barry vividly renders Willie’s personal struggle as well as the overwhelming consequences of war.
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    A Long Long Way Book Cover Picture

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    Pond Book Cover Picture

    Pond

    by Claire-Louise Bennett

    A deceptively slender volume, Pond captures with utterly mesmerizing virtuosity the interior reality of its unnamed protagonist, a young woman living a singular and mostly solitary existence on the outskirts of a small coastal village.
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    Pond Book Cover Picture

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    Idaho Book Cover Picture

    Idaho

    by Emily Ruskovich

    A stunning debut novel about love and forgiveness, about the violence of memory and the equal violence of its loss—from O. Henry Prize–winning author Emily Ruskovich.
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    Idaho Book Cover Picture

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    Dolefully, A Rampart Stands Book Cover Picture
    Dolefully, A Rampart Stands Book Cover Picture

    Dolefully, A Rampart Stands

    by Paige Ackerson-Kiely

    The poems in Paige Ackerson-Kiely’s third collection are set primarily in the rural northeast of America, and explore rural poverty, entrapment, captivity, violence, and a longing to vanish.
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    Dolefully, A Rampart Stands Book Cover Picture

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