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Today’s holiday gift guide features novels for adult. Our librarians have pulled together hidden gems and crowd pleasers that span a wide spectrum of interests and styles. 

You can find these books at local bookstores (we recommend Book Beat in Oak Park or Books-A-Million in Beverly Hills) or you can place the books on hold using the links below. Don’t forget to inscribe the book with a special message to the recipient!

Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving
An aging, renowned author reflects on his youth spent in a Mexican garbage dump and how it affects his future.

Binti: the Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor
Multiple award-winning science fiction trilogy about a young African girl who journeys into outer space.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Inspired by a true story, read about the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.

Circe by Madeline Miller
A modern retelling of this Greek goddess’s tale.

City of Veils by Zoe Ferraris
A fast-paced, absorbing mystery in which our heroine, Katya, one of the few women working in a Saudi Arabian medical examiner’s office, tries to find a brutal killer.

Comanche Moon by Larry McMurtry
A western for people who don’t like westerns.

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
A classic, eccentric tale of adventure with equal parts tragedy and comedy.

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
A sharp, sweet romance involving a young widow and a former major-league pitcher.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Four siblings cope with the predictions made by a fortune teller they visited as children.

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
An Indian-American Muslim family is reuinted at a wedding as the reader learns of crucial memories from their past.

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Americanah in this disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place.

Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
A haunting debut story collection on friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands, centered on Latinas of indigenous ancestry.

Seed to Harvest by Octavia Butler
Novel series from a legend in American science fiction.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
A moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them.

Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama
Fans of Lisa See and Amy Tan will love Gail Tsukiyama, too!

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