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Contemporary Books - 1990 to 2018

2018

Rise: How a House Built a Family by Cara Brookins

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

Commonwealth by  Ann Patchett

 

2017

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Once in a Great City by David Maraniss

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

News of the World by Paulette JIles

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon

West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan

A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

 

2016

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

This is Your Life, Harriet Chance by Jonathan Evison

 

2015

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Redeployment by Phil Klay

The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Unlikely Pilgrimmage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

The Girls of Atomic City: the Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

 

2014

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian

Dear Life by Alice Munro

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Lauren Hillenbrand

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

 

2013

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Defending Jacob by William Landy

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Canada by Richard Ford

Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret by Steve Luxenberg

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

 

2012

March by Geraldine Brooks

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

Waterland by Graham Swift

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Blizzard by Garrison Keillor

 

2011

City of Thieves by David Benioff

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

Room by Emma Donoghue

True Grit by Charles Portis

Arc of Justice: a saga of race, civil rights, and murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

 

2010

Hannah Coulter by Wendell Barry

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

The Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth  Strout

The Girls From Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow

The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

 

2009

The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace One School at a Time by Greg Mortensen & David O. Relin

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

No, I Don't Want to Join a Book Club by Virginia Ironside

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti

The Last Night of the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Stealing Buddha's Dinner: A Memoir by Bich Minh Nguyen

Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris

 

2008

Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway

When Madeline Was Young by Jane Hamilton

The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

The Final Solution: A Story of Detection by Michael Chabon

 

2007

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig

The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

The English Teacher by Lily King

 

2006

The Laments by George Hagen

The Birchbark House and The Game of Silence  by Louise Erdrich

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Broken For You by Stephanie Kallos

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Personal History by Katharine Graham

Three Junes by Julie Glass

The Tender Bar: A Memoir by J.R. Moehringer

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

 

2005

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

She is Me by Cathleen Schine

The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Niagara Falls All Over Again by Elizabeth McCracken

Holy Fools by Joanne Harris

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

2004

The Fourth Hand by John Irving

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Saul and Patsy by Charles Baxter

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

The Buying of the President 2004 by Charles Lewis

The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

 

2003

Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 by Garrison Keillor

A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Dive from Clausen’s Pier by Ann Packer

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

The Lovely Bones by Ann Sebold

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

 

2002

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

The Lucky Gourd Shop by Joanna C. Scott

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

The Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland

Fearless Jones by Walter Mosley

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro

True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

 

2001

Waiting by Ha Jin

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

Snow in August by Pete Hamill

Amsterdam by Ian McEwan

Personal Injuries by Scott Turow

The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester

English Passengers by Matthew Kneale

A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Driving Mr. Albert by Michael Paterniti

 

2000

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Falling Slowly by Anita Brookner

Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy

Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

East of the Mountains by David Guterson

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned by Walter Mosley

The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw

Homestead by Rosina Lippi

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

 

1999

STONES FROM THE RIVER by Ursula Hegi

PARADISE by Toni Morrison

OUT OF AMERICA (may be interloaned) by Keith B. Richburg

PARADISE OF THE BLIND (may be interloaned) by Thu Huong Duong

MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA by Arthur Golden

POPE JOAN by Donna Woolfolk Cross

CHARMING BILLY by Alice McDermott

THE HUNDRED SECRET SENSES by Amy Tan

THE SHORT HISTORY OF A PRINCE by Jane Hamilton

KAATERSKILL FALLS by Allegra Goodman

EINSTEIN'S DREAMS by Alan Lightman

 

1998

SHE'S COME UNDONE by Wally Lamb

ERRANDS by Judith Guest

BIRDSONG by Sebastian Faulks

ANGELA'S ASHES by Frank McCourt

KITCHEN by Banana Yoshimoto

ALIAS GRACE
Margaret Atwood

RUINED BY READING by Lynne Sharon Schwartz

MIDWIVES by Chris Bohjalian

THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS by Arundhati Roy

THE BLUE FLOWER (may be interloaned) by Penelope Fitzgerald

COLD MOUNTAIN by Charles Frazier

WHITE RABBIT by Kate Phillips

 

1997

A CIVIL ACTION by Jonathan Harr

LADDER OF YEARS by Anne Tyler

THE SPORTSWRITER (may be interloaned) by Richard Ford

THE BEAN TREES and PIGS IN HEAVEN by Barbara Kingsolver

THE BOOK OF RUTH (may be interloaned) by Jane Hamilton

SHE WALKS THESE HILLS by Sharyn McCrumb

THE EIGHT by Katherine Neville

ST. BURL'S OBITUARY (may be interloaned) by Daniel Akst

LAST ORDERS by Graham Swift

THE COLOR OF WATER (may be interloaned) by James McBride

THE GIANT'S HOUSE by Elizabeth McCracken

 

1996

SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS by David Guterson

THE LOST DIARIES OF FRANS HALS (may be interloaned) by Michael Kernan

THE BIRTHDAY BOYS (may be interloaned) by Beryl Bainbridge

OPEN SECRETS by Alice Munro

MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL by John Berendt

THE ROAD FROM COORAIN by Jill Ker Conway

WHITE JAZZ by James Ellroy

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY by Jane Austen

SMILLA'S SENSE OF SNOW by Peter Hoeg

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee

CONSIDER THIS, SENORA (may be interloaned) by Harriet Doerr

 

1995

THE SHIPPING NEWS by E. Annie Proulx

THE CHILDREN OF MEN by P.D. James

THE LAST PANDA (may be interloaned) by George B. Schaller

DANCE DANCE DANCE by Haruki Murakami

A MAP OF THE WORLD by Jane Hamilton

THE CROSSING by Cormac McCarthy

DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS by Walter Mosley

THE STONE DIARIES by Carol Shields

MASTER AND COMMANDER by Patrick O'Brian

THE ALIENIST by Caleb Carr

THE GIVER by Lois Lowry

 

1994

A SEASON IN PURGATORY by Dominick Dunne

WAITING TO EXHALE by Terry McMillan

TWO LIVES, ONE RUSSIA (may be interloaned) by Nicholas Daniloff

AT WEDDINGS AND WAKES by Alice McDermott

A SUMMONS TO MEMPHIS by Peter Taylor

PALACE WALK by Naguib Mahfouz

BLACK CHERRY BLUES by James Lee Burke

THE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS by Colin Dexter

CROSSING TO SAFETY by Wallace Earle Stegner

BALKAN GHOSTS (may be interloaned) by Robert D. Kaplan

LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE by Laura Esquivel

 

1993

THE PRINCE OF TIDES by Pat Conroy

THE MAN IN THE WINDOW (may be interloaned) by Jon Cohen

THE RECTOR OF JUSTIN by Louis Auchincloss

BEFORE AND AFTER by Rosellen Brown

MRS. BRIDGE, MR. BRIDGE by Evan S. Connell

FATHERLAND by Robert Harris

A THOUSAND ACRES by Jane Smiley

HOWARDS END by E.M. Forster

ALL THE PRETTY HORSES by Cormac McCarthy

FIRST LIGHT (may be interloaned) by Charles Baxter

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY by Robert James Waller

 

1992

THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING by Milan Kundera

TWO GIRLS, FAT AND THIN by Mary Gaitskill

WHISKEY RIVER by Loren Estleman

MY NAME IS ASHER LEV by Chaim Potok

PASSING ON by Penelope Lively

THE STORYTELLER by Mario Vargas Llosa

REMAINS OF THE DAY by Kazuo Ishiguro

CELIA, A SLAVE (may be interloaned) by Melton A. McLaurin

THERE ARE NO CHILDREN HERE by Alex Kotlowitz

WISE CHILDREN by Angela Carter

THE COLOR PURPLE by Alice Walker

 

1991

THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES by Tom Wolfe

BAD DESIRE by Gary Devon

OLDEST LIVING CONFEDERATE WIDOW TELLS ALL by Allan Gurganus

THE TEMPLE OF MY FAMILIAR by Alice Walker

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

DANDELION WINE by Ray Bradbury

ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Earle Stegner

POSSESSION by A.S. Byatt

ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by James Jones

THE RAZOR'S EDGE by Somerset Maugham

 

1990

THE JOY LUCK CLUB by Amy Tan

COLD SASSY TREE by Olive Ann Burns

A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving