If you liked All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr...
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesl--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
In December 2004 in a rural village in Chechnya, failed doctor Akhmed harbors the traumatized eight-year-old daughter of a man abducted by Russian forces and treats a series of wounded refugees while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child.
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
An unforgettable story of three brothers, of history and love, of marriage tested by disaster, of a Jewish family's struggle against annihilation, and of the dangerous power of art in a time of war.
Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland
From Susan Vreeland, bestselling author of such acclaimed novels as Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Luncheon of the Boating Party,and Clara and Mr. Tiffany, comes a richly imagined story of a woman’s awakening in the south of Vichy France—to the power of art, to the beauty of provincial life, and to love in the midst of war.
The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
During the last moments of calm in prewar Prague, Lenka, a young art student, and Josef, who is studying medicine, fall in love. With the promise of a better future, they marry--only to have their dreams shattered by the imminent Nazi invasion. Like so many others, they are torn apart by the currents of war.
Motherland by Maria Hummel
A tale inspired by stories from the author's father's childhood in Germany as well as letters between her Nazi-compliant grandparents traces the experiences of widowed surgeon Frank, who to provide for his children after being drafted into military service remarries a young woman who struggles to keep one of the children from being declared mentally unfit.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
A novel of love and war that traces the life of one man--an Australian surgeon--from a prisoner-of-war camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway during World War II, up to the present.
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
A tale set in World War II London finds a rescue worker struggling for composure after a bombing, a young woman longing for her soldier lover, and a convict who watches a battle through the bars of his window.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Reunited when the elder's husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways.
The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
A Parisian architect is paid handsomely to devise secret hiding spaces for Jews in his Nazi-occupied country but struggles with risking his life for a cause he is ambivalent towards, until a personal failure brings home their suffering.
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
On the anniversary of the roundup of Jews by the French police in Paris, Julia is asked to write an article on this dark episode and embarks on an investigation that leads her to long-hidden family secrets and to the ordeal of Sarah.
Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian
During the final months of World War II, a small group of people--including teenager Anna Emmerich, daughter of Prussian aristocrats; Callum Finnela, a twenty-year-old POW; and a young Wehrmacht corporal hiding his true Jewish identity--make their way westward across a ravaged Europe in a desperate attempt to reach British and American lines.
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
Follows Trudi Montag, a dwarf who serves as her town's librarian, unofficial historian, and recorder of the secret stories of her people, in a novel that charts the course of German history in the first half of the twentieth century.
The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht
Struggling to understand why her beloved grandfather left his family to die alone in a field hospital far from home, a young doctor in a war-torn Balkan country takes over her grandfather's search for a mythical ageless vagabond while referring to a worn copy of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.
The Wind Is Not a River by Brian Payton
The Wind Is Not a River is Brian Payton's gripping tale of survival and an epic love story in which a husband and wife—separated by the only battle of World War II to take place on American soil—fight to reunite in Alaska's starkly beautiful Aleutian Islands.
If you liked The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion...
Addition by Toni Jordan
Carefully controlling her world through obsessive counting practices, OCD sufferer and former teacher Grace finds herself increasingly unable to relate to others and estranged from her family, a life that is disrupted by potential romance when a kind stranger invites her to share a café table.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Gossiping and sharing their personal secrets on e-mail in spite of their company's online monitoring practices, Beth and Jennifer unwittingly amuse Internet security officer Lincoln, who unexpectedly falls for Beth while reading their correspondence.
Courting Greta by Ramsey Hootman
The relationship between former computer programmer Samuel Cooke and tough-as-nails gym coach Greta Cassamajor has a chance of succeeding, but only if the two of them can stop keeping the past secret and finally be honest with each other.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he hates the color yellow. The improbable story of Christopher's quest as he investigates the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.
How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper
Twenty-nine-year-old widower Doug Parker struggles to come to terms with grief, love, and family while dealing with a bossy twin sister who urges him to begin dating again, a younger sister planning her wedding, and a hostile teenage stepson.
How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer
A deeply religious scientist who searches the stars for proof of the existence of God and a pragmatist mathematician overseeing the construction of a massive superconductor fall in love, only to discover that their mothers orchestrated their romance.
The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty
Pursuing a relationship with new boyfriend Patrick, hypnotherapist Ellen learns that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, a situation that Ellen finds fascinating before discovering the woman's identity.
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
A single mom trying to raise a bullied stepson and a mathlete daughter finds an unexpected rescue in the form of an obnoxious tech millionaire named Geeky Ed.
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Pat Peoples believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, his old friends are saddled with families, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy. Then, Pat meets the tragically widowed and clinically depressed Tiffany, who offers to act as a liaison between him and his wife—provided he gives up watching football, agrees to perform in this year's Dance Away Depression competition, and promises not to tell anyone about their contract.
The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
The son of a fortune teller, who was struck by a meteorite when he was ten years old, befriends a grumpy old widower and proves his friendship by getting stopped at the border by customs with a large bag of marijuana and an urn full of ashes.
Us by David Nicholls
A mild-mannered scientist with a hidden sense of humor struggles to repair his marriage and his relationship with his teen son during a month-long European tour.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.
If you liked Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand...
Born to Run: a hidden tribe, superathletes, and the greatest race the world has never seen by Christopher McDougall
McDougall traveled to Copper Canyon in Mexico to learn about the amazing running abilities of the Tarahumara tribe but ended learning much more. He eventually co-organized a thrilling and heart-warming showdown between Tarahumara and top American ultramarathoners.
For readers of Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit and Unbroken, the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Traces the experiences of the author's father and three fellow Navy doctors who were captured during the battles of Bataan and Corregidor in the Philippines, which united the men as they attended patients under the eye of their captors.
Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: lessons from an extraordinary life by Louis Zamperini
American hero Louis Zamperini shares his wisdom, values, lessons, secrets, and other insights gleaned from his remarkable experiences in this powerful and inspiring book.
Faith of My Fathers: a family memoir by John McCain
In a family memoir, the Navy veteran and U.S. senator describes the military careers of his grandfather and father, both four-star admirals, his own experiences as a POW in Vietnam, and his political career, examining the relationship between fathers and sons and how it shaped his feelings about honor.
Flyboys: a true story of courage by James Bradley
A chilling true story of World War II describes the story of eight young American airmen who were shot down over Chichi Jima, one of whom was rescued by an American submarine and went on to become president of the United States, and the other seven who were captured by Japanese troops and whose fate has remained a secret for nearly sixty years.
A powerful account of one of the most daring exploits of World War II, the daring mission of the elite U.S. Army Sixth Ranger Battalion to slip behind enemy lines in the Phillipines and rescue the 513 American and British POWs who had spent over three years in a hellish, Japanese-run camp near Cabanatuan.
The best-selling author of Devil in the White City documents the efforts of first American ambassador to Hitler's Germany William E. Dodd to acclimate to a residence in an increasingly violent city where he is forced to associate with the Nazis while his daughter pursues a relationship with Gestapo chief Rudolf Diels.
The unforgettable account and courageous actions of the U.S. Army’s 240th Assault Helicopter Company and Green Beret Staff Sergeant Roy Benavidez, who risked everything to rescue a Special Forces team trapped behind enemy lines.
In 1945, a sightseeing trip over "Shangri-La" turned deadly when the plane crashed, leaving only three survivors who, battling for their survival, were caught between man-eating headhunters and the enemy Japanese, in this real-life adventure drawn from personal interviews, declassified Army documents and personal photos and mementos.
Rescue at Los Banos: the most daring prison camp raid of World War II by Bruce Henderson
From the bestselling author of Hero Found comes the incredible true story of one of the greatest military rescues of all time, the 1945 World War II prison camp raid at Los Baños in the Philippines—a tale of daring, courage, and heroism that joins the ranks of Ghost Soldiers, Unbroken, and The Boys of Pointe du Hoc.
Tracy Kidder gives us the superb story of a hero for our time. Strength in What Remains is a wonderfully written, inspiring account of one man’s remarkable American journey and of the ordinary people who helped him–a brilliant testament to the power of will and of second chances.
Triumph: the untold story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics by Jeremy Schaap
In 1936, against a backdrop of swastikas flying and storm troopers goose-stepping, an African-American son of sharecroppers won a staggering four Olympic gold medals and single-handedly crushed Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy. The story of Jesse Owens at the 1936 games is that of a high-profile athlete giving a performance that transcends sports. But it is also the intimate and complex tale of the courage of one remarkable man.
The Wild Blue: the men and boys who flew the B-24s over Germany by Stephen Ambrose
An exciting foray into the lives of the young men - pilots, bombardiers, navigators, and gunners, chosen by the Air Force to embark on the most dangerous missions during World War II details their courage, bravery, and determination.
If you liked The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins...
Blame by Michelle Huneven
Patsy MacLemoore, a history professor in her late twenties with a brand-new Ph.D. and a wild streak, wakes up in jail--again--after another epic alcoholic blackout. However, this time two people are dead, and Patsy had been driving with a revoked license. She will spend the rest of her life trying to atone for this unpardonable act. Then, decades later, an unimaginable piece of information turns up.
Broken Harbor by Tana French
In the aftermath of a brutal attack that left a woman in intensive care and her husband and young children dead, brash cop Scorcher Kennedy and his rookie partner, Richie, struggle with perplexing clues and Scorcher's haunting memories of a shattering incident from his childhood.
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
In this darkly riveting debut novel, an elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared, and her search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences.
Her by Harriet Lane
On the face of it, Emma and Nina have very little in common. Isolated and exhausted by early motherhood, Emma finds her confidence is fading fast. Nina seems to have all the answers. It's easy to see why Emma is drawn to Nina. But what does Nina see in her? A seemingly innocent friendship slowly develops into a dangerous game of cat and mouse as Nina eases her way into Emma's life. Soon, it becomes clear that Nina wants something from the unwitting Emma--something that might just destroy her.
How To Be A Good Wife by Emma Chapman
Something is changing. Small things seem off. A flash of movement in the corner of her eye, elapsed moments that she can't recall. Visions of a blonde girl in the darkness that only Marta can see. Perhaps she is starting to remember -- or perhaps her mind is playing tricks on her. As Marta's visions persist and her reality grows more disjointed, it's unclear if the danger lies in the world around her or in Marta herself. The girl is becoming more real every day and she wants something ....
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
When her handsome new neighbor encourages her to confront her fears, Catherine Bailey, the victim of a violent attack at the hands of a man whose good looks hid a violent nature, finally believes in the possibility a normal life until one phone call changes everything.
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
A dark and devious literary suspense novel about a random encounter, sex, and a conversation that quickly turns to murder--a modern reimagining of Patricia Highsmith's classic Strangers on a Train.
The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
A young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect.
Next Time You See Me by Holly Goddard Jones
When a hard-drinking and unpredictable woman goes missing from her small Southern town, her unhappily dutiful sister, a failed athlete-turned-detective, a socially awkward teen, and a factory worker become connected in unexpected and violent ways.
The Other Woman's House by Sophie Hannah
It's past midnight, but Connie Bowskill can't sleep. To pass the time, she logs on to a real estate website in search of a house, one she is obsessed with for reasons she's too scared to even admit to herself. As she clicks through the virtual tour, she comes across a scene from a nightmare: a woman lying facedown on the living room floor in a pool of blood. But when she returns to show her husband, there is no body, no blood—just a perfectly ordinary room, with a perfectly clean beige carpet.
A Pleasure and a Calling by Phil Hogan
A real estate agent who keeps the keys to people's homes in order to spy on them finds his normal routine of prying into strangers' private things interrupted when a dead body is discovered in a neighbor's garden.
The St. Zita Society by Ruth Rendell
The psychologically charged affairs between residents and servants on a posh London street escalate to violence involving a handsome valet who is sleeping with a lord's wife and daughter, an au pair who aids her mistress's affair, and a disturbed gardener.
Say You're Sorry by Michael Robotham
Joe O'Loughlin investigates the murder of a married couple during a horrible London blizzard, but does not believe that the prime suspect--a troubled young man who reported the killings but cannot explain why he was at the crime scene--is really the killer.
A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison
Two decades after a winter spent in London as an escape from a bleak future in her hometown, successful designer Annie Black leaves her family behind in San Francisco and returns to London to piece together the events of a fateful night of indiscretions from her past.
Stay Close by Harlan Coben
Three people--a suburban housewife, a talented documentary photographer, and a detective--living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past doesn't recede ... and that desperation and hunger can lurk behind even the prettiest facades.
Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm
After a heist she planned lands two men she loves in prison, a woman flees Paris and assumes a new identity, furtively checking news from her hometown as her web of deception unravels.
If you liked The Help by Kathryn Stockett...
Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
A debut novel inspired by the author's grandmother's forbidden love with a black man follows the experiences of hairdresser and African-American single mom Dorrie, who while struggling with difficult family dynamics reluctantly agrees to drive an octogenarian client to a funeral several states away.
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
When mother and daughter Vivi and Siddalee Walker get into a savage fight over a New York Times article that refers to Vivi as a 'tap-dancing child abuser,' the fallout is felt from Louisiana to New York to Seattle. A successful theater director, Siddalee panics and postpones her upcoming wedding, so Vivi's intrepid gang of lifelong girlfriends, the Ya-Yas, sashay in and conspire to bring everyone back together.
Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal
When Ibby Bell's father dies in the summer of 1964, her mother leaves Ibby with her eccentric grandmother, Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum every once in a while. Fannie is like no one Ibby has ever met. Fortunately, her black cook, Queenie and Queenie's daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.
Freshwater Road by Denise Nicholas
Nineteen-year-old Celeste Tyree leaves Ann Arbor to go to Pineyville, Mississippi, in the summer of 1964 to help found a voter registration project as part of Freedom Summer. As the summer unfolds, she confronts not only the political realities of race and poverty in this tiny town, but also deep truths about her family and herself.
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women--of the daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth--who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama.
Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society by Amy Hill Hearth
Eighty-year-old Dora, the narrator of a story that began a half century earlier, is bonding with an unlikely set of friends, including Jackie Hart, a restless middle-aged wife and mother from Boston, who gets into all sorts of trouble when her family moves to a small, sleepy town in Collier County, Florida, circa 1962.
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
Caring for her family on their tobacco farm after the loss of her parents, 15-year-old Ivy connects with Grace County social worker Jane, who struggles to do right by Ivy's family, whose dark secrets test Jane's resolve against racial tensions and state-mandated sterilizations.
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
For years, twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt she has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt Tootie. Tootie whisks CeeCee away to Savannah's world of prosperity and eccentricity, and the women of Savannah keep CeeCee enthralled for an entire summer.
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
When Lily's fierce-hearted black "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the town's most vicious racists, Lily decides they should both escape to Tiburon, South Carolina—a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. There they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters who introduce Lily to a mesmerizing world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna who presides over their household.
The Summer We Got Saved by Pat Cunningham Devoto
Tab is fast growing into an opinionated, intransigent teenager, appalled by the attitudes of her liberal Berkeley-based aunt - until Aunt Eugenia comes for a summer visit and whisks Tab, and her sister Tina, off to a strange place in the mountains of Tennessee where integration flourishes.
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore
Forging a friendship at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Odette, Clarice and Barbara Jean meet regularly at the first diner owned by black proprietors in their Indiana city and are watched throughout the years by a big-hearted man who observes their struggles with school, marriage, parenthood and beyond.
The Sweetest Hallelujah by Elaine Hussey
Dying of cancer, former jazz singer Betty Jewel Hughes takes out a want ad seeking a loving mother for her 10-year-old daughter, which, despite the racial tensions of 1955, garners the attention of an outspoken white housewife who desperately wants to help them.
We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg
Stricken by polio, Paige Dunn, a woman of remarkable free spirit, beauty, and intelligence, continues to raise her daughter, Diana, with the help of her caretaker Peacie, in novel about the power of love and the resilience of the human spirit, set against the backdrop of Tupelo, Mississippi, in 1964.
Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
Fleeing her strict grandmother's home in 1963 Mississippi, nine-year-old Starla Claudelle becomes an unlikely companion to an African-American woman at whose side she learns harsh lessons about segregation and family.