The Fault in Our Starsby John Green – “The Fault in Our Stars brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Gileadby Marilynne Robinson – Gilead is an intimate tale of three generations, from the Civil War to the 20th century: a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America’s heart.

All the Living: A Novel, by C.E. Morgan – All the Living has the timeless quality of a parable, but is also a perfect evocation of a time and place, a portrait of both age-old conflicts and modern life. It is an ode to the starve-acre Southern farm, the mountain landscape, and difficult love.

The Sense of an Endingby Julian Barnes – Tony Webster is presented with a mysterious legacy that obliges him to reconsider a variety of things he thought he’d understood all along, and to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.

The Rest of Life: Three Novellasby Mary Gordon –  This book comprises three masterful tales of women in the grips of complicated and dangerous loves.