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Here are a few books for when your bookshelf is feeling a little blue. Arranging your books by color might bring your bookshelf some joy!

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    Dear Edward Book Cover Picture
    Dear Edward Book Cover Picture

    Dear Edward

    by Ann Napolitano

    One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Halfway across the country, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor. Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place in a world without his family. But then he makes an unexpected discovery—one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do you find the strength to put one foot in front of the other?
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    Dear Edward Book Cover Picture

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    A Long Petal of the Sea Book Cover Picture
    A Long Petal of the Sea Book Cover Picture

    A Long Petal of the Sea

    by Isabel Allende

    In the late 1930s, civil war grips Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them is Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them desires. This epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home.
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    A Long Petal of the Sea Book Cover Picture

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    The Fault in Our Stars Book Cover Picture
    The Fault in Our Stars Book Cover Picture

    The Fault in Our Stars

    by John Green

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
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    The Fault in Our Stars Book Cover Picture

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    Winter Book Cover Picture
    Winter Book Cover Picture

    Winter

    by Karl Ove Knausgaard

    In Winter, we rejoin the great Karl Ove Knausgaard as he waits for the birth of his daughter. In preparation for her arrival, he takes stock of the world, seeing it as if for the first time. In his inimitably sensitive style, he writes about the moon, water, messiness, owls, birthdays–to name just a handful of his subjects. These oh-so-familiar objects and ideas he fills with new meaning, taking nothing for granted or as given. New life is on the horizon, but the earth is also in hibernation, waiting for the warmer weather to return, and so a contradictory melancholy inflects his gaze.
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    Winter Book Cover Picture

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    To the Edge of Sorrow Book Cover Picture
    To the Edge of Sorrow Book Cover Picture

    To the Edge of Sorrow

    by Aharon Appelfeld

    Battling numbing cold, ever-present hunger, and German soldiers determined to hunt them down, four dozen resistance fighters—escapees from a nearby ghetto—hide in a Ukrainian forest, determined to survive the war, sabotage the German war effort, and rescue as many Jews as they can from the trains taking them to concentration camps. Narrated by seventeen-year-old Edmund—a member of the group who maintains his own inner resolve with memories of his parents and their life before the war—this powerful story of Jews who fought back is suffused with the riveting detail that Aharon Appelfeld was uniquely able to bring to his award-winning novels.
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    To the Edge of Sorrow Book Cover Picture

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    The Second Sleep Book Cover Picture
    The Second Sleep Book Cover Picture

    The Second Sleep

    by Robert Harris

    1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts–coins, fragments of glass, human bones–which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? Fairfax becomes determined to discover the truth. Over the course of the next six days, everything he believes–about himself, his faith, and the history of his world–will be tested to destruction.
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    The Second Sleep Book Cover Picture

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    Good Luck with That Book Cover Picture
    Good Luck with That Book Cover Picture

    Good Luck with That

    by Kristan Higgins

    Emerson, Georgia, and Marley have been best friends ever since they met at a weight-loss camp as teens. When Emerson tragically passes away, she leaves one final wish for her best friends: to conquer the fears they still carry as adults. A novel of compassion and insight, Good Luck With That tells the story of two women who learn to embrace themselves just the way they are.
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    Good Luck with That Book Cover Picture

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    A Place for Us Book Cover Picture
    A Place for Us Book Cover Picture

    A Place for Us

    by Fatima Farheen Mirza

    As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the choices their children have made. A Place for Us is a book for our times: an astonishingly tender-hearted novel of identity and belonging, and a resonant portrait of what it means to be an American family today.
    A Place for Us Book Cover Picture
    A Place for Us Book Cover Picture

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    Normal People Book Cover Picture
    Normal People Book Cover Picture

    Normal People

    by Sally Rooney

    Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town, but the similarities end there. At school, Connell is popular and well liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation—awkward but electrifying—something life changing begins. Normal People is the story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find that they can’t.
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    Normal People Book Cover Picture

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    The Editor Book Cover Picture
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    The Editor

    by Steven Rowley

    After years of trying to make it as a writer in 1990s New York City, James Smale finally sells his novel to an editor at a major publishing house: none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Jackie–or Mrs. Onassis, as she’s known in the office–has fallen in love with James’s candidly autobiographical novel, one that exposes his own dysfunctional family. From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus comes a funny, poignant, and highly original novel about an author whose relationship with his very famous book editor will change him forever.
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    The Editor Book Cover Picture

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    The Captain and the Glory Book Cover Picture
    The Captain and the Glory Book Cover Picture

    The Captain and the Glory

    by Dave Eggers

    When the decorated Captain of a great ship descends the gangplank for the final time, a new leader, a man with a yellow feather in his hair, vows to step forward. Though he has no experience, no knowledge of nautical navigation or maritime law, and though he has often remarked he doesn’t much like boats, he solemnly swears to shake things up. Together with his band of petty thieves and confidence men known as the Upskirt Boys, the Captain thrills his passengers. Absurd, hilarious, and all too recognizable, The Captain and the Glory is a wicked farce of contemporary America only Dave Eggers could dream up.
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    The Captain and the Glory Book Cover Picture

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    What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours Book Cover Picture
    What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours Book Cover Picture

    What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

    by Helen Oyeyemi

    Playful, ambitious, and exquisitely imagined, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is cleverly built around the idea of keys, literal and metaphorical. The key to a house, the key to a heart, the key to a secret—Oyeyemi’s keys not only unlock elements of her characters’ lives, they promise further labyrinths on the other side. Oyeyemi’s tales span multiple times and landscapes as they tease boundaries between coexisting realities.
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    What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours Book Cover Picture

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    Killing Commendatore Book Cover Picture
    Killing Commendatore Book Cover Picture

    Killing Commendatore

    by Haruki Murakami

    When a thirty-something portrait painter is abandoned by his wife, he secludes himself in the mountain home of a world famous artist. One day, the young painter hears a noise from the attic, and upon investigation, he discovers a previously unseen painting. By unearthing this hidden work of art, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances; and to close it, he must undertake a perilous journey into a netherworld that only Haruki Murakami could conjure.
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    Killing Commendatore Book Cover Picture

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    Everything I Never Told You Book Cover Picture
    Everything I Never Told You Book Cover Picture

    Everything I Never Told You

    by Celeste Ng

    “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
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    Everything I Never Told You Book Cover Picture

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    The Confession Club Book Cover Picture
    The Confession Club Book Cover Picture

    The Confession Club

    by Elizabeth Berg

    When a group of friends in Mason, Missouri, decide to start a monthly supper club, they get more than they bargained for. The plan for congenial evenings—talking, laughing, and sharing recipes, homemade food, and wine—abruptly changes course one night when one of the women reveals something startlingly intimate. The supper club then becomes Confession Club, and the women gather weekly to share not only dinners but embarrassing misdeeds, deep insecurities, and long-held regrets. The Confession Club is charming, heartwarming, and inspiring. And as in the previous books that take place in Mason, readers will find friendship, community, and kindness on full display.
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    The Confession Club Book Cover Picture

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    The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek Book Cover Picture
    The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek Book Cover Picture

    The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek

    by Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal

    It’s 1992 in Bleak Creek, North Carolina—a sleepy little place with all the trappings of an ordinary Southern town. Beneath the town’s cheerful façade, however, Bleak Creek teens live in constant fear of being sent to the Whitewood School, a local reformatory with a history of putting unruly youths back on the straight and narrow. Eager to rescue their friend who was just sent there, Rex and Leif pair up with recent NYU film school graduate Janine Blitstein to begin piecing together the unsettling truth of the school and its mysterious founder. What they find will leave them battling an evil beyond their wildest imaginations.
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    Mr. Nobody Book Cover Picture
    Mr. Nobody Book Cover Picture

    Mr. Nobody

    by Catherine Steadman

    When a man is found on a British beach, drifting in and out of consciousness, with no identification and unable to speak, interest in him is sparked immediately. Who is this man? And what happened to him? Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Emma Lewis is asked to assess the patient in a small town deep in the English countryside. The more time she spends with her patient, the more alarmed she becomes that he knows the one thing about her that nobody is supposed to know.
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    Mr. Nobody Book Cover Picture

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    We Cast a Shadow Book Cover Picture
    We Cast a Shadow Book Cover Picture

    We Cast a Shadow

    by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

    In this near-future Southern city plagued by fenced-in ghettos and police violence, more and more residents are turning to this experimental medical procedure. Like any father, our narrator just wants the best for his son, Nigel, a biracial boy whose black birthmark is getting bigger by the day. The darker Nigel becomes, the more frightened his father feels. This electrifying, hallucinatory novel is at once a keen satire of surviving racism in America and a profoundly moving family story. We Cast a Shadow fearlessly shines a light on the violence we inherit, and on the desperate things we do for the ones we love.
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    We Cast a Shadow Book Cover Picture

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    Fates and Furies Book Cover Picture
    Fates and Furies Book Cover Picture

    Fates and Furies

    by Lauren Groff

    Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years.
    Fates and Furies Book Cover Picture
    Fates and Furies Book Cover Picture

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    The Nobody People Book Cover Picture
    The Nobody People Book Cover Picture

    The Nobody People

    by Bob Proehl

    Avi Hirsch has always known his daughter was different. But when others with incredible, otherworldly gifts reveal themselves to the world, Avi realizes that her oddness is something more—that she is something more. The first book of a timely two-part series, The Nobody People is a powerful novel of love and hope in the face of bigotry that uses a world touched by the fantastic to explore our current reality.
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    The Nobody People Book Cover Picture

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    Long Bright River Book Cover Picture
    Long Bright River Book Cover Picture

    Long Bright River

    by Liz Moore

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    Long Bright River Book Cover Picture

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