Ranger Games: a story of soldiers, family, and an inexplicable crime / Ben Blum
Documents the story of an aspiring U.S. Army Ranger who inexplicably participated in an armed robbery hours before being deployed to Iraq, investigating the influence of the young man’s superior and the Ranger indoctrination program.
Motherest: a novel / Kristen Iskandrian
A young college student in the early 1990s writes letters to her estranged and seemingly disappeared mother to try and capture a closeness they never had until she discovers she is pregnant and grapples with the concept of being a mother herself.
The Boat Runner: a novel / Devin MurphySent to a Hitler Youth Camp to secure German business for his family’s Dutch company, Jacob Koopman, the privileged nephew of a fisherman, finds his world upended by the outbreak of the war, which eventually forces him to make a transformative decision about his life purpose.
Something Like Happy / Eva Woods
Annie Hebden is stuck. Stuck in her boring job, with her irritating roommate, in a life no thirty-five-year-old would want. But deep down, Annie is still mourning the terrible loss that tore a hole through the perfect existence she’d once taken for granted–and hiding away is safer than remembering what used to be. Until she meets the eccentric Polly Leonard.
Impossible Views of the World / Lucy Ives
Navigating a sticky personal life, a colleague’s disappearance and an exhibit by a megalomaniacal corporation, museum curator Stella comes into possession of a map depicting a mysterious 19th-century utopian settlement and embarks on an all-consuming research mission that is complicated by a counterfeiting scheme.
Brave Deeds: a novel / David Abrams
A powerful novel of war, brotherhood, and America. Spanning eight hours, the novel follows a squad of six AWOL soldiers as they attempt to cross war-torn Baghdad on foot to attend the funeral of their leader, Staff Sergeant Rafe Morgan. In an inhospitable landscape, these men recall the most ancient of warriors while portraying a cross section of twenty-first century America–sometimes strong, sometimes weak, but subject to the same human flaws as all of us.
The Secret Rescue: an untold story of American nurses and medics behind Nazi lines / Cate Lineberry
Recounts how the passengers and crew of an American medical evacuation plane, including thirteen nurses and thirteen medics, survived after it crashed in Nazi-controlled Albania in November, 1943, until they could be rescued
What we Lose: a novel / Zinzi Clemmons
Raised in America, the multiracial daughter of a mother from Johannesburg struggles with her mother’s terminal cancer and her own need to find love and a place to belong, quests shaped by losses, changes in her sense of identity and unexpected motherhood.
Young Jane Young: a novel ; Gabrielle Zevin
Young Jane Young’s heroine is Aviva Grossman, an ambitious Congressional intern in Florida who makes the life-changing mistake of having an affair with her boss who is beloved, admired, successful, and very married and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the Congressman doesn’t take the fall, but Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins.