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Read It Forward is giving away a Box o’ Books with twenty-five – count ’em 25! – bestselling novels, memoirs, and narratives that will keep you reading into summer. Scroll down to get the complete list and read about each book.
Our Box o’ Books has something for everyone! Blockbuster bestsellers like Into Thin Air, The Horse Whisperer and Seabiscuit. Book club favorites like Olive Kitteredge, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Reading Lolita in Tehran, and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. And many more!
We’ve partnered with Random House Reader’s Circle to bring you these great books. RHRC is dedicated to publishing the very best for book groups—thought-provoking books selected because they have a compelling narrative guaranteed to spark a lively discussion.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
by John Berendt
A sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city has become a modern classic.
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By Laura Hillenbrand
Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini.Get the reader’s guide
Reading Lolita in Tehran
By Azar Nafisi
A work of great passion and poetic beauty, a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny, and a celebration of the liberating power of literature. Get the reader’s guide
The Horse Whisperer
By Nicholas Evans
His name is Tom Booker. His voice can calm wild horses, his touch can heal broken spirits. Annie Graves is desperate to heal her injured daughter, the girl’s savage horse, and her own wounded heart.
Into Thin Air
By Jon Krakauer
A storm on the summit of Mt. Everest, which claimed five lives and left countless more – including Krakauer’s – in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Krakauer’s epic account of the May 1996 disaster.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
By Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways. Get the reader’s guide
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
By Lisa See
A captivating journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel is, as the Seattle Times says, “a beautifully drawn portrait of female friendship and power.” Get the reader’s guide
By Elizabeth Strout
Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine but offers profound insights into the human condition–its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires. Get the reader’s guide
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
By Jamie Ford
An extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart. Get the reader’s guide
Mountains Beyond Mountains
By Tracy Kidder
This compelling and inspiring book shows how one person can work wonders. Pulitzer Prize—winning author Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who loves the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it. Get the reader’s guide
The Dante Club
By Matthew Pearl
Boston, 1865. A series of murders, all of them inspired by scenes in Dante’s Inferno. Only an elite group of America’s first Dante scholars can solve the mystery, if they shed their sheltered literary existence. Get the reader’s guide
By Curtis Sittenfield
An insightful, achingly funny coming-of-age story as well as a brilliant dissection of class, race, and gender in a hothouse of adolescent angst and ambition, set in the prestigious Ault School in Massachusetts. Get the reader’s guide
The 19th Wife
By David Ebershoff
It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, she embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. Get the reader’s guide
A Widow for One Year
By John Irving
Richly comic, as well as deeply disturbing, this is a multilayered love story of astonishing emotional force. Both ribald and erotic, it is also a brilliant novel about the passage of time and the relentlessness of grief. Get the reader’s guide
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight
By Alexandra Fuller
In wry and sometimes hilarious prose, Fuller stares down disaster and looks back at her African childhood with rage and love at the life of an extraordinary family in an extraordinary time.
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Drinking: A Love Story
By Caroline Knapp
Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. In this extraordinarily candid and revealing memoir, Knapp offers important insights not only about alcoholism, but about life itself and how we learn to cope with it. Get the reader’s guide
The Orchid Thief
By Susan Orlean
Orlean follows one deeply eccentric and oddly attractive man’s possibly criminal pursuit of an endangered flower. A wickedly funny, elegant, and captivating tale of an amazing obsession.
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Kabul Beauty School
By Deborah Rodriguez and Kristin Ohlson
A remarkable tale of an extraordinary community of women who come together and learn the arts of perms, friendship, and freedom reveals the magnificence behind the burqa.
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The Devil in the White City
By Erik Larson
The true tale of the 1893 World’s Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, this has all the thrills of the best fiction. Get the reader’s guide
Dreams From My Father
By Barack Obama
In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. At last, he reconciles his divided inheritance.
By Gillian Flynn
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Get the reader’s guide
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
By Mindy Kaling
Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls.
By Susan Cain
At least one-third of the people we know are introverts, and they are undervalued. Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. Get the reader’s guide
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
By Anthony Marra
A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime and a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Washington Post Top Ten Book of the Year.
Five Days at Memorial
By Sheri Fink
Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink’s landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina – and her suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice.
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