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Readers can find a host of resources including a list of reading guides for Vintage and Anchor Books at the Reading Group Center, for Random House and Ballantine at the Reader’s Circle, and for Bantam, Broadway, Dell and Doubleday at the Book Group Corner. Teacher’s Guides for high school teachers are also available.

A NOVEL
Written by BRIT BENNETT

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Riverhead Books

On Sale: 10/11/2016

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-0-399-18451-2

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 

“Bittersweet, sexy, morally fraught.” –The New York Times Book Review


"Luminous… engrossing and poignant, this is one not to miss." –People, Pick of the Week 

"Fantastic… a book that feels alive on the page." –The Washington Post

A dazzling debut novel from an exciting new voice, The Mothers is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community—and the things that ultimately haunt us most.


Set within a contemporary black community in Southern...

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Written by JEFF WILSER

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

On Sale: 09/20/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-451-49809-0

An entertaining look at the life and wisdom of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who mastered the arts of war, wealth, wit, and women, long before becoming the subject of the runaway Broadway hit Hamilton: An American Musical. 
 
Two centuries after his death, Alexander Hamilton is shining once more under America's spotlight—and we need him now more than ever. Orphaned as a kid, this young, scrappy, and hungry self-starter came from nothing, and then helped win the Revolutionary War,...

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Written by COLSON WHITEHEAD

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 08/02/2016

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-54236-4

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the National Book Award
Oprah Book Club 2016 Selection

 
From prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits....

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POVERTY AND PROFIT IN THE AMERICAN CITY
Written by MATTHEW DESMOND

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 03/01/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-44743-9

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction | Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction | Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction | Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction Finalist | Shortlisted for The PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction | Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review • The Boston Globe • The Washington Post • NPR • Fortune • San Francisco Chronicle • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel • St....

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MARRIAGE EQUALITY ON TRIAL
Written by KENJI YOSHINO

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 02/16/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-34882-9

A renowned legal scholar tells the definitive story of Hollingsworth v. Perry, the trial that stands as the most potent argument for marriage equality

Speak Now tells the story of a watershed trial that unfolded over twelve tense days in California in 2010. A trial that legalized same-sex marriage in our most populous state. A trial that interrogated the nature of marriage, the political status of gays and lesbians, the ideal circumstances for raising children, and the ability of direct...

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GUIDING TEENAGE GIRLS THROUGH THE SEVEN TRANSITIONS INTO ADULTHOOD
Written by LISA DAMOUR

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books

On Sale: 02/09/2016

Price: $27.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-39305-7

Lisa Damour, Ph.D., director of the internationally renowned Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, pulls back the curtain on the teenage years and shows why your daughter’s erratic and confusing behavior is actually healthy, necessary, and natural. Untangled explains what’s going on, prepares parents for what’s to come, and lets them know when it’s time to worry.

In this sane, highly engaging, and informed guide for parents of daughters, Dr. Damour draws on decades of experience and...

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HOW EMPTY POCKETS, A TIGHT BUDGET, AND A HUNGER FOR SUCCESS CAN BECOME YOUR GREATEST COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Crown Business

On Sale: 01/19/2016

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90359-9

The instant New York Times bestseller from Shark Tank star and Fubu Founder Daymond John on why starting a business on a limited budget can be an entrepreneur's greatest competitive advantage.

Daymond John has been practicing the power of broke ever since he started selling his home-sewn t-shirts on the streets of Queens. With a $40 budget, Daymond had to strategize out-of-the-box ways to promote his products. Luckily, desperation breeds innovation, and so he hatched an idea for a creative...

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Written by JEAN MERRILL
Illustrated by RONNI SOLBERT

Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages

Publisher: NYRB Kids

On Sale: 09/29/2015

Price: $11.99

ISBN: 978-1-590-17936-9

"The best book about politics ever written for children." —The Washington Post

50th Anniversary Edition, now in paperback

DO YOU KNOW THE HISTORY OF THE PUSHCART WAR? THE REAL HISTORY? 

It’s a story of how regular people banded together and, armed with  little more than their brains and good aim, defeated a mighty foe.

Not long ago the streets of New York City were smelly, smoggy, sooty, and loud. There were so many trucks making deliveries that it might take an hour for a car to travel a few...

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Format: Hardcover, 208 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 05/26/2015

Price: $22.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51707-9

Who is the real author of The Black Insignia? Is it H. R. Sanders, whose name is printed on the cover of every installment of the wildly successful young adult adventure series? Or is it Daniel Roche, the enigmatic world traveler who disappears for months at a time? When Daniel’s great-niece, Hélène, moves to Paris to study archeology, she does not expect to be searching for answers to these questions. As rumors circulate, however, that the twenty-fourth volume of The Black Insignia series...

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52 WOMEN WHO CHANGED SCIENCE-AND THE WORLD
Written by RACHEL SWABY

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 04/07/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-44679-1

Fifty-two inspiring and insightful profiles of history’s brightest female scientists.

In 2013, the New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill. It began: “She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job, and took eight years off from work to raise three children.” It wasn’t until the second paragraph that readers discovered why the Times had devoted several hundred words to her life: Brill was a brilliant rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to...

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A NOVEL
Written by ANDY WEIR

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 10/28/2014

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-41802-6

Selected for common reading at:
Bellevue College's BC Reads

A 2014 School Library Journal "Best Adult Book 4 Teens"


The Martian
, by debut science fiction novelist Andy Weir, is a survival story about an astronaut who gets left behind on the red planet when his crew believes him to be dead.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he...

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A STORY OF JUSTICE AND REDEMPTION
Written by BRYAN STEVENSON

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 10/21/2014

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99452-0

Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
Winner of the NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Literary Work - Nonfiction)
Winner of the Carla Furstenberg Cohen Literary Prize (Nonfiction)
Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize (Current Interest)
Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

Selected for common reading at:

High Schools:
Boston College High School
The Browning School
 
Colleges/Universities:
Auburn University
Carthage College
Colorado College
Loyola...

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