2018 Nantucket Book Festival Reading List

The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393351644
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 14th, 2015

Humans have "subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness." We tinker with nature at every opportunity; we garden the planet with our preferred species of plants and animals, many of them invasive; and we have even altered the climate, threatening our own extinction.


Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780804173735
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Published: Vintage - September 5th, 2017

In Wild Things, Wild Places actress, author, and conservationist Jane Alexander offers a moving first-hand assessment of what is being done to help the planet’s most at risk animals. In short reflections on her travels to some of the most remote and forbidding areas, she describes the ways in which human incursions into the natural world are destroying wildlife around the globe.


Fisherman's Blues: A West African Community at Sea Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594634864
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 13th, 2018

An intimate account of life in a West African fishing village, tugged by currents ancient and modern, and dependent on an ocean that is being radically transformed.

The sea is broken, fishermen say. The sea is empty. The genii have taken the fish elsewhere.


Peace Meals: Candy-Wrapped Kalashnikovs and Other War Stories (Includes Waiting for the Taliban, Previously Available Only as an Eb Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781439166505
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Published: Free Press - October 25th, 2011

INCLUDES WAITING FOR THE TALIBAN, PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE ONLY AS AN EBOOK

2011 JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION WRITING AND LITERATURE AWARD FINALIST


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780385751537
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Published: Ember - October 23rd, 2007

“Powerful and unsettling. . . . As memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank.” —USA Today
 


The Heart's Invisible Furies: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524760786
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Published: Hogarth - August 22nd, 2017

Named Book of the Month Club's Book of the Year, 2017
Selected one of New York Times Readers’ Favorite Books of 2017
Winner of the 2018 Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award 


Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393249316
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 19th, 2017

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon's CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans.


Deadfall (An Alexandra Cooper Novel #19) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101984048
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Published: Dutton - July 25th, 2017

Hunting a killer within New York’s urban jungle becomes the biggest case of Alexandra Cooper’s career in New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein’s latest riveting thriller.
 


Same Beach, Next Year: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062390783
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Published: William Morrow - May 16th, 2017

New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank returns to her magical Lowcountry of South Carolina in this bewitching story of marriage, love, family, and friendship that is infused with her warm and engaging earthy humor and generous heart.

One enchanted summer, two couples begin a friendship that will last more than twenty years and transform their lives.


Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781101874370
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Published: Knopf - October 24th, 2017

A delicious romp through the heyday of rock and roll and a revealing portrait of the man at the helm of the iconic magazine that made it all possible, with candid look backs at the era from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Elton John, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and others.
 


Order a Signed Copy of Elin HIlderbrand's newest Nantucket novel "The Perfect Couple." 

From New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand, comes a novel about the many ways family can fill our lives with love...if they don't kill us first. 

It's wedding season on Nantucket. The beautiful island is overrun with summer people--an annual source of aggravation for year-round residents. And that's not the only tension brewing offshore. When one lavish wedding ends in disaster before it can even begin--with the bride-to-be discovered dead in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony--everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect. As Chief of Police Ed Kapenash digs into the best man, the maid of honor, the groom's famous mystery novelist mother, and even a member of his own family, the chief discovers that every wedding is a minefield--and no couple is perfect. Featuring beloved characters from THE CASTAWAYS and A SUMMER AFFAIR, THE PERFECT COUPLE proves once again that Elin Hilderbrand is the queen of the summer beach read.


The Rules of Magic: A Novel (The Practical Magic Series #1) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781501137471
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 10th, 2017

**INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**

**REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK**

From beloved author Alice Hoffman comes the spellbinding prequel to her bestseller, Practical Magic.

Find your magic.

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.
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Homegrown: Cooking from My New England Roots Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781579656744
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Published: Artisan - October 17th, 2017

IACP and James Beard Award Finalist

Named a Best Cookbook of the Year by the Los Angeles Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Rachael Ray Every Day, and Fine Cooking


A Game-Changing Chef Redefines a Classic American Cuisine

In his debut cookbook, chef Matt Jennings honors the iconic foods of his heritage and cele


Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781455563920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

A New York Times Top Ten Book of the Year and National Book Award finalist, Pachinko is an "extraordinary epic" of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family as they fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan (San Francisco Chronicle).


Free Food for Millionaires Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455571673
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 10th, 2017

FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST PACHINKO

New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
NPR Fresh Air Top Ten Books of the Year
USA Today Top Ten Books of the Year
The Times (London) Top Ten Books of the Year


Behold the Dreamers (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525509714
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 26th, 2017

A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy


Afterglow (a Dog Memoir) Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780802127099
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Published: Grove Press - September 12th, 2017

Prolific and widely renowned, Eileen Myles is a trailblazer whose decades of literary and artistic work "set a bar for openness, frankness, and variability few lives could ever match" (New York Review of Books). This newest book paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of a beloved confidant: the pit bull called Rosie.


There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941040539
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Published: Tin House Books - February 14th, 2017

The only thing more beautiful than Beyonc is God, and God is a black woman sipping ros and drawing a lavender bath, texting her mom, belly-laughing in the therapist's office, feeling unloved, being on display, daring to survive. Morgan Parker stands at the intersections of vulnerability and performance, of desire and disgust, of tragedy and excellence.


Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780312541538
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 30th, 2008

Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.


Glass Houses: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #13) Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250066190
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 29th, 2017

An instant New York Times Bestseller and August 2017 LibraryReads pick!

“Penny’s absorbing, intricately plotted 13th Gamache novel proves she only gets better at pursuing dark truths with compassion and grace.” —PEOPLE

“Louise Penny wrote the book on escapist mysteries.” —The New York Times Book Review


$17.00
SKU: 014313209101

Order a Signed Copy of "Second Wind."

“There had been something elemental and all consuming about a Sunfish. Nothing could compare to the exhilaration of a close race in a real blow—the wind howling and spray flying as my Sunfish and I punched through the waves to the finish.”

In the spring of 1992, Nat Philbrick was in his late thirties, living with his family on Nantucket, feeling stranded and longing for that thrill of victory he once felt after winning a national sailing championship in his youth. Was it a midlife crisis? It was certainly a watershed for the journalist-turned-stay-at-home dad, who impulsively decided to throw his hat into the ring, or water, again. 

With the bemused approval of his wife and children, Philbrick used the off-season on the island as his solitary training ground, sailing his tiny Sunfish to its remotest corners, experiencing the haunting beauty of its tidal creeks, inlets, and wave-battered sandbars. On ponds, bays, rivers, and finally at the championship on a lake in the heartland of America, he sailed through storms and memories, racing for the prize, but finding something unexpected about himself instead.


The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - and Us Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780385537216
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Published: Doubleday - May 9th, 2017

A FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWSMITHSONIAN, AND WALL STREET JOURNAL


The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143111344
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Published: Penguin Books - October 31st, 2017

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dava Sobel, the "inspiring" (People), little-known true story of women's landmark contributions to astronomy

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017


Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity Cover Image
$21.50
ISBN: 9780743236720
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Published: Scribner - October 1st, 2013

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Books for a Better Life Award, and one of The New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of 2012, this masterpiece by the National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon features stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children, but also find profound meaning in doing so—“a


Inquiries Into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as If Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered Cover Image
By Woody Tasch, Carlo Petrini (Foreword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781603582544
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - May 15th, 2010

Could there ever be an alternative stock exchange dedicated to slow, small, and local? Could a million American families get their food from CSAs? What if you had to invest 50 percent of your assets within 50 miles of where you live?Such questions-at the heart of slow money-represent the first steps on our path to a new economy.


Order a Signed Copy of Nancy Thayer's newest Nantucket novel "A Nantucket Wedding."

Wedding bells are ringing, a family is reunited, and new romances are blooming--for better or for worse--in a standalone novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Island Houseand Secrets in Summer.

It's summer on Nantucket and Alison is finally engaged to the love of her life. Things would be perfect--if only she could make peace between her daughters. Felicity, wild at heart yet a loving mother to her own children, and Jane, the extremely organized and high-earning businesswoman, arrive on the island hoping to get through these next few weeks without ruining their mother's big day. But when Felicity's husband reveals a long-term affair and Jane falls for her soon-to-be step-brother, everyone gets way more drama than they bargained for.


Upstate: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374279530
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 5th, 2018

New Yorker book critic and award-winning author James Wood delivers a novel of a family struggling to connect with one another and find meaning in their own lives.