Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer: My to-read list is long as it is, so I usually put off reading bestsellers until (a) the hype dies down and used copies start to become available or (b) someone chastises me for not having read something that came out forever ago. And...
I just picked this up in a used book store (which, sadly, has closed now). It is one of the best books I have ever read. The characters are so real and their dilemmas, reactions, and decisions are so human. I have also read Olive Kittridge by Elizabeth Strout, which won the Pulitzer. It was great, but this will always be my favorite. I love these women.
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri: Brothers Subhash and Udayan Mitra pursue vastly different lives--Udayan in rebellion-torn Calcutta, Subhash in a quiet corner of America--until a shattering tragedy compels Subhash to return to India, where he endeavors to heal family wounds. Recommended by: Neela Vass, Library Clerk; Audrey Honigman, Library Clerk; and Lisa Jones, Readers' Services Librarian
Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a middle-aged man, ripped apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances—in their house, on the roadway, in the market.