This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

I rarely read a book that compels me to recommend it to friends; this is one of those rare books. In the depths of the Depression, four orphans on the run from a cruel boarding school take to the river in search of safety and home. Their encounters along the road are...

Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon

Nancy Wake is an Australian expat living in Paris 1936, trying to make her way as a freelance journalist, when she witnesses Nazi atrocities first hand while in pursuit of a story in Vienna. This well-researched historical novel follows her life story from her...

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

A middle-class white couple and their two teenage children from Brooklyn rent a house on Long Island for a week’s vacation near the beach. On their second night, there is a knock at the door and the owners, a black couple from Manhattan, arrive, seeking shelter...

The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

Two sisters, born and raised on a Minnesota farm, follow two very different paths, but somehow wind up in the same place. Edith, the older sister, marries a truck driver and becomes famous for the pies she bakes for her job in the kitchen of a nursing home. Helen is...

Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

This extraordinary book explores racism through the lens of the idea of caste. Wilkerson uses Nazi Germany and the caste system of India to explicate American racism, and to shed light on its origins and its persistence. A must...