2017 Nantucket Book Festival Reading List

Dark at the Crossing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101947371
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - January 24th, 2017


"Transports readers into a world few Americans know" --Washington Post

A timely new novel of stunning humanity and tension: a contemporary love story set on the Turkish border with Syria.

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ISBN: 9780312674397
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Published: Square Fish - May 10th, 2011

The first ten lies they tell you in high school.

The Seeds of America Trilogy: Chains; Forge; Ashes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481486781
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Published: Atheneum Books - October 18th, 2016

What would you risk to be free?

Bolivar: American Liberator Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439110201
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 8th, 2014

A brilliant biography that "reads like a wonderful novel but is researched like a masterwork of history" (Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs), this is the epic story of the famous South American general and statesman Simn Bol-var.

American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385319638
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Published: Dial Press - August 30th, 2005

In her father's Peruvian family, Marie Arana was taught to be a proper lady, yet in her mother's American family she learned to shoot a gun, break a horse, and snap a chicken's neck for dinner. Arana shuttled easily between these deeply separate cultures for years.

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ISBN: 9781631491764
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - July 5th, 2016

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award, and Finalist for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize and the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award.

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ISBN: 9781250067777
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 30th, 2015

The New York Times Best Seller

Based on the fascinating true story of a treasure-stocked Parisian apartment opened for the first time in seventy years.

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ISBN: 9781250070623
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - May 9th, 2017

New York Times Bestselling Author of A Paris Apartment

Time Travel: A History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307908797
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Published: Pantheon Books - September 27th, 2016

-A time-jumping, head-tripping odyssey.- --The Millions
-A bracing swim in the waters of science, technology and fiction.- --Washington Post
-A thrilling journey of ideas.- --Boston Globe

SKU: 978031637519102

Order A Signed Copy of Elin's Newest Summer Page-Turner The Identicals. 

From New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand, a summertime story about identical twins who couldn't be any less alike. 
Nantucket is only two and a half hours away from Martha's Vineyard by ferry. But the two islands might as well be worlds apart for a set of identical twin sisters who have been at odds for years. Just because twins look exactly the same doesn't mean they're anything alike--and Tabitha and Harper Frost have spent their whole lives trying to prove this point. When a family crisis forces them to band together--or at least appear to--the twins come to realize that the special bond that they share is more important than the resentments that have driven them apart. A story of new loves, old battles, and a threat that gives a whole new meaning to the term sibling rivalry, THE IDENTICALS is Elin Hilderbrand at her page-turning best.


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ISBN: 9780399162596
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - February 5th, 2015

A New York Times Bestseller

The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who's ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn't fit in.

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ISBN: 9780544526709
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - January 5th, 2016

A contemporary gothic from an author in the company of Kelly Link and Aimee Bender, Mr. Splitfoot tracks two women in two times as they march toward a mysterious reckoning.

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ISBN: 9781338032451
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 30th, 2016

The Stonewall Book Award-winning novel from the author of Openly Straight and Honestly Ben
"Words like 'brilliant' are so overused when praising novels--so I won't use that word. I'll just think it." -- Benjamin Alire Saenz, author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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ISBN: 9780545858267
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - March 28th, 2017

The companion to the award-winning Openly Straight, called "remarkable...deeply satisfying and as honest as its appealing protagonist" (Booklist). Perfect for fans of David Levithan, Andrew Smith, and John Green

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679763307
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Published: Vintage - January 14th, 1997


In her bestselling classic, An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison changed the way we think about moods and madness.

Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307700278
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 28th, 2017

In this magisterial study of the relationship between illness and art, the best-selling author of An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison, brings an entirely fresh understanding to the work and life of Robert Lowell (1917-1977), whose intense, complex, and personal verse left a lasting mark on the English language and changed the public discourse about private matters.

The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062354464
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Published: Harper Wave - May 3rd, 2016

A fifty-year-old Bridge game provides an unexpected way to cross the generational divide between a daughter and her mother. Betsy Lerner takes us on a powerfully personal literary journey, where we learn a little about Bridge and a lot about life.

The African Svelte: Ingenious Misspellings That Make Surprising Sense Cover Image
By Daniel Menaker, Roz Chast (Illustrator), Billy Collins (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780544800632
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 18th, 2016

Inspired by his tenure at The New Yorker, this collection of comical, revelatory errors foraged from the wilds of everyday English comes with commentary by the author, illustrations by Roz Chast, and a foreword from Billy Collins.

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ISBN: 9780544334533
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Published: Mariner Books - November 4th, 2014

A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice

At the epicenter of literary New York, Menaker is an irreverent guide to the publishing world's inner workings . . . His own journey, compelled by his self-knowledge and sense of humor, elevates this memoir into more than witty chatter. Chicago Tribune

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ISBN: 9781501125461
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Published: Gallery Books - June 20th, 2017

New York Times Bestseller
Bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe returns to her beloved Isle of Palms to tell the poignant, charming story of two women, one summer, and one very special beach house.

The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393608717
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 6th, 2017

More than thirty years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. Since then he's covered more than a million miles packing, loading, and hauling people's belongings all over America. Known by his trucker handle as U-Turn, he spends his days (and many of his nights) in a 53-foot eighteen-wheeler he calls Cassidy.

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ISBN: 9780345544957
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 11th, 2016

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Small Great Things is the stunning new page-turner from Jodi Picoult.


Order A Signed Copy of Nathaniel Philbrick's newest book for young readers. 

History comes alive in this gripping account of a young boy caught up in the start of the Revolutionary War. Based on an episode in National Book Award–winning author Nathaniel Philbrick’s New York Times bestseller Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution, this engrossing story allows readers to experience history from a child’s perspective, and Wendell Minor’s stunning paintings will transport readers back to the early days of the Revolutionary War.
Benjamin Russell is in school on the morning of April 19th, 1775, when his teacher announces, “The war’s begun, and you may run!” Ben knew this day was coming; after all, tensions had been mounting between the colonists and the British troops ever since the Boston Tea Party. And now they have finally reached the breaking point. Ben and his friends excitedly rush out of their classroom to bear witness, and follow the throngs of redcoats marching out of Boston toward Concord. Much to Ben’s surprise, Boston is sealed off later that day—leaving the boys stuck outside the city, in the middle of a war, with no way to reach their families. But Ben isn’t worried—he’s eager to help the Patriots! He soon becomes a clerk to the jovial Israel Putnam, a general in the provincial army. For months he watches the militia grow into an organized army, and when the Battle of Bunker Hill erupts, Ben is awed by the bravery of the Patriots, although saddened by the toll war takes. He later goes on to become an apprentice at a Revolutionary newspaper, and it’s a happy day when they get to report on the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

At the Foundling Hospital: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374158118
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 4th, 2016

"Since the death of Robert Lowell in 1977, no single figure has dominated American poetry the way that Lowell, or before him Eliot, once did . . . But among the many writers who have come of age in our fin de siecle, none have succeeded more completely as poet, critic, and translator than Robert Pinsky." --James Longenbach, The Nation

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ISBN: 9781101875285
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 2nd, 2016

In a deeply personal and moving book, the beloved NPR radio host speaks out about the long drawn-out death (from Parkinson's) of her husband of fifty-four years, and of her struggle to reconstruct her life without him.

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ISBN: 9780812982022
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Published: Random House Trade - May 12th, 2015

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - Includes an exclusive conversation between Ruth Reichl and Emily Giffin

My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400069989
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Published: Random House - September 29th, 2015

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Los Angeles Times - NPR - Men's Journal - BookPage - Booklist - Publishers Weekly

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ISBN: 9781250094599
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Published: Picador USA - July 12th, 2016

I wanted to know what they were experiencing, and why to us they feel so compelling, and so-close. This time I allowed myself to ask them the question that for a scientist was forbidden fruit: Who are you?

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ISBN: 9780385353540
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - December 27th, 2016

From the author of the beloved New York Times best-selling The End of Your Life Book Club, an inspiring and magical exploration of the power of books to shape our lives in an era of constant connectivity.

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ISBN: 9780545731614
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 26th, 2015

*"Sis delivers an encomium to summer, to the power of learning, and to that beloved, creamy-cold treat." --Kirkus, starred review
Savor summer anytime with this breezy, sweet and irresistible picture book from Hans Christian Anderson Award winner and three-time Caldecott Honoree Peter Sis

Dear Grandpa,

SKU: 978110196707202

Order a Signed Copy of Nancy Thayer's Newest Nantucket Novel Secrets in Summer. 

The queen of beach books (The Star-Ledger) returns to the shores of Nantucket in a novel about one memorable summer when flirtations flourish, family dramas play out, and scandalous secrets surface. 
Memorial Day weekend means that seasonal visitors have descended on the glamorous island of Nantucket. For year-round resident Darcy Cotterill, it means late-night stargazing in the backyard of the beautiful house she grew up in and inherited from her beloved grandmother. It's also Darcy's chance to hit the beach and meet her new summertime neighbors. But the last person the thirty-year-old librarian expects to see staying next door is her ex-husband, Boyz, along with his wife, Autumn, and stepdaughter, Willow. 
Darcy must also navigate the highs and lows of a new romantic relationship with local carpenter Nash Forester even as she becomes smitten with handsome vacationer Clive Rush, a musicologist in town to write a book and visit family. And she finds herself pulled into the concerns of Boyz, Autumn, a charming elderly neighbor, and an at-risk teen. 
As the season nears its end, Darcy must decide her next move: retreating to the comforts of her steady and secure island life, or risking it all for a chance at true happiness.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679763888
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.

Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1995-2015 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385351508
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 2nd, 2016

Longlisted for the National Book Award
A rich and lively gathering of highlights from the first twenty years of an extraordinary career, interspersed with -B sides- and -bonus tracks- from this prolific and widely acclaimed poet.