Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell
Utopia Avenue is the strangest British band you’ve never heard of, emerging from London’s psychedelic scene, to the cusp of chart success, glory in Amsterdam, prison in Rome and a fateful American sojourn in the Chelsea Hotel in 1967. David Mitchell’s kaleidoscopic novel tells the unexpurgated story of Utopia Avenue’s turbulent life and times.
If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha
Kyuri is an achingly beautiful woman with a hard-won job at an exclusive underground bar.
Kyuri’s roommate, Miho, is a talented artist who grew up in an orphanage but won a scholarship to study art in New York. Down the hall in their building lives Ara, a hairstylist whose two preoccupations sustain her. And Wonna, one floor below, is a newlywed trying to have a baby. Together, their stories tell a gripping tale at once unfamiliar and unmistakably universal.
Red Dress in Black and White by Elliot Ackerman
Catherine has been married for many years to Murat, an influential Turkish real estate developer, and they have a young son together, William. But when she decides to leave her marriage and return home to the United States with William and her photographer lover, Murat determines to take a stand. He enlists the help of an American diplomat to prevent his wife and child from leaving the country.
Parakeet by Marie-Helene Bertino
The week of her wedding, The Bride is visited by a bird she recognizes as her dead grandmother because of the cornflower blue line beneath her eyes and her dubious expression. Her grandmother is a parakeet. She says not to get married. In the days that follow, The Bride’s march to the altar becomes a wild and increasingly fragmented, unstable journey that bends toward the surreal and forces her to confront matters long buried.
The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch by Miles Harvey
In the summer of 1843, James Strang, a charismatic young lawyer and avowed atheist, vanished from a rural town in New York. Months later he reappeared on the Midwestern frontier and converted to a burgeoning religious movement known as Mormonism. In the wake of the murder of the sect’s leader, Joseph Smith, Strang unveiled a letter purportedly from the prophet naming him successor, and persuaded hundreds of fellow converts to follow him to an island in Lake Michigan, where he declared himself a divine king.
The Ikigai Journey: A Practical Guide to Finding Happiness and Purpose the Japanese Way by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles
Ikigai is the place where our passion (what we love), mission (what we hope to contribute), vocation (the gifts we have to offer the world) and profession (how our passions and talents can become a livelihood) converge, giving us a personal sense of meaning. This book helps you bring together all of these elements so that you can enjoy a balanced life.
The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad by Mike Birbiglia
In 2016 comedian Mike Birbiglia began sharing some of his darkest and funniest thoughts about the decision to have a child. He and his wife revealed to each other their sides of what had gone down during pregnancy and that first year with their child. Over the next couple years, these stories evolved into a Broadway show, and the more Mike performed it the more he heard how it resonated — not just with parents but also people who resist all kinds of change.
The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League by Anika Orrock
“In 1941, the world was at war, and with American men fighting overseas, the much needed pastime of professional baseball was in danger of extinction — until women stepped up to the plate.” In this heartwarming illustrated history, the league’s story is told by the ones who know it best: the players. Author Anika Orrock collects a variety of funny, charming, wince-worthy and powerful vignettes told by the players themselves about their time playing the American pastime.