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For Readers: Meet Your Next Good Book

Armchair (time) travel

Novels that play with the concept of time always make for an exciting read. Whether you're looking for a Groundhog Day–style time loop, an accidental trip to the past, a romantic Outlander-like experience, or an absorbing mystery, take your pick of the following outstanding reads.

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The Snow Collectors by Tina May Hall

The Snow Collectors by Tina May Hall

"When a woman discovers a body clutching pages from a 19th-century diary, she begins a harrowing investigation. The perfect mystery to prepare for the coming winter months." —Emily

Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

"Bridie Devine, a female detective in Victorian England, works to locate a missing girl who has unnatural powers." —Jessica

Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark

Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark

"An inventive and powerful novella about a group of women fighting the reign of terror unleashed by the KKK, who have literally turned into a monster." —Laura

Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

"The lives of multiple residents of a London neighborhood intertwine in the investigation into a missing teen girl, taking the reader on a suspenseful trip until a rapid ending!" —Mary

Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

" A 'Practical Magic' prequel focusing on ancestor Maria Owens in 1600s Salem when the family curse began." —Gina

Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey

Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey

"Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, winner of a Pulitzer Prize, writes an achingly beautiful memoir. Her stepfather killed her mother and Trethewey explores pain, memory, and trauma by revisiting the past." —Lillian

Bestiary by K-Ming Chang

Bestiary by K-Ming Chang

"Visceral, lyrical, and full of magic: a unique tale that follows the lives of three women from the same Taiwanese-American family." —Emily

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

"Set at a not-so-typical magical school where failure means death (quite literally from the monsters roaming the school)." —Gina

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

"A fascinating book about the assumptions we make when talking to strangers, and how we can improve future interactions with strangers." —Jessica

The Distant Dead by Heather Young

The Distant Dead by Heather Young

"Told through the voices of several residents, a murder consumes a faded small town and a young boy is caught at the center of the mystery." —Laura

The Cold Millions by Jess Walter

The Cold Millions by Jess Walter

"Set in the developing American West of the early 1900s, this story of two brothers explores the harsh lives of laborers as well as the widening disparities between the haves and have-nots." —Mary

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

"Engrossing story of female British convicts who are transported to an Australian penal colony in the 1840s." —Anne

Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars. by Joyce Carol Oates

Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars. by Joyce Carol Oates

"Oates probes grief, racism, marital discord, and other family issues as a widow and five adult children deal with the  unexpected death of the family patriarch." —Lillian

The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

"Family ties, secrets, and crimes hidden in the history of the iconic New York Public Library come to light." —Anne

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