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We all know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but you can certainly admire its beauty. Check out some of these eye-catching book covers. Who knows? You might just discover a great read!

An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones
Celestial and Roy are newly married professionals leaning in to a bright future when Roy is convicted of a crime he did not commit. This is not a heroes vs. villains tale with a tidy resolution. It is a complicated, messy, moving, and thought-provoking story about love, family, and the wide-reaching effects of incarceration.

 

 

The Ensemble by Aja Gabel
Forging a familial bond over their shared artistic talents and secrets, four young people navigate a cutthroat world and their complex relationships with each other, as ambition, passion and love reinforce and divide them throughout the course of their lives.

 

 

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson
Documents the 2009 theft of an invaluable collection of ornithological displays from the British Museum of Natural History by a talented American musician, tracing the author's investigation to track down the culprit and understand his motives, which were possibly linked to an obsession with the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying.

 

Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Set against the violence of 1990s Colombia, a young girl and a maid form an unlikely and dangerous relationship. Equal parts heartwrenching and beautiful.

 

 

 

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins
In the wake of a devastating Southern California drought, two idealistic holdouts fall in love and scavenge for their needs before taking charge of a mysterious child and embarking on a perilous journey in search of water.

 

 

How to Love a Jamaican: Stories by Alexia Arthurs
A debut collection by an award-winning writer is set in Jamaica, New York City, and a Midwestern university, where multicultural main characters and their families navigate evolving senses of race, racism, family and tradition.

 

 

Idaho: A Novel by Emily Ruskovich
A tale told from multiple perspectives traces the complicated relationship between Ann and Wade on a rugged landscape and how they came together in the aftermath of his first wife's imprisonment for a violent murder.

 

 

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Sneaking out to get readings from a traveling psychic reputed to be able to tell customers when they will die, four adolescent siblings from New York City's 1969 Lower East Side hide what they learn from each other before embarking on five decades of respective experiences shaped by their determination to control fate.

 

 

The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman
An Italian youth raised to revere the genius artist father who abandoned their family strives to become worthy of his father's attentions through a series of failed career pursuits before he hatches a scheme to secure his father's legacy.

 

 

A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey
A speed-loving woman, her car salesman husband and a thrill-seeking quiz-show champion enter a dangerous race that circumnavigates the natural obstacles of 1954 Australia.

 

 

 

The Mothers: A Novel by Brit Bennett
It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken beauty. Mourning her mother's recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor's son, Luke Sheppard. It's not serious -- until the pregnancy. As years move by, Nadia, Luke, and her friend Aubrey are living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently?

 

The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin
Two doctors who have been best friends since early adulthood find their bond tested by the return of a former colleague who unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years.

 

 

 

Still Lives: A Novel by Maria Hummel
A young editor at a Los Angeles art museum is pulled into the disturbing and dangerous world of a famous artist who goes missing on the opening night of her exhibition.

 

 

 

Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo
Resolving to abandon his post when he is ordered to kill innocent civilians, Nigerian army officer Chike Ameobi becomes the leader of a band of runaway rebels, each of whom imparts the difficult and remarkable experiences that drove them to seek better lives.

 

 

What We Lose: A Novel by Zinzi Clemmons
Raised in America, the multiracial daughter of a mother from Johannesburg struggles with her mother's terminal cancer and her own need to find love and a place to belong, quests shaped by losses, changes in her sense of identity and unexpected motherhood.

 

 

You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac
A decade after leaving the disinterested father of her baby, Jessica is convinced by her terminally ill mother to make room for the child's father in their lives and embarks on a summer-long trip to France, where she visits the hotel her ex runs and endeavors to make him love his son.
 

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