1. The Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra, BarnesAndNoble.com, $16
This beautifully haunting novel depicts the bleak and brutal times experienced by many during the wars in Chechnya, Russia. Set in December 2004, it details ordinary people trying to live authentic, meaningful lives in the midst of violence and ethnic strife. Anthony Marra delivers rich storytelling, elegant prose and memorable characters, making The Constellation of Vital Phenomena a literary masterpiece.
2. Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World, Leigh Ann Henion, BarnesAndNoble.com, $18
This powerful read will bring you up close and personal with some of our planet’s most dazzling and awe-inspiring natural wonders. Escape the colder weather and enter a world as seen through the eyes of author Leigh Ann Henion as she chases eclipses, lightning storms, auroras and other natural phenomena, describing each in utterly magnificent detail.
3. The Bookshop on the Corner, Jenny Colgan, BarnesAndNoble.com, $14.99
Enter the life of Nina Redmond, a librarian that unexpectedly loses her job and finds herself transforming an old van into a mobile bookshop. Set in the rolling hills of Scotland, The Bookshop on the Corner is a fine, light-hearted novel about adventure, magic, books and living happily ever after.