1. “The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate,” by Scott Nash (Candlewick)

2. “Dahlov Ipcar’s Maine Alphabet,” by Dahlov Ipcar (Islandport)

3. “Mockingjay,” by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)

4. “The Interestings,” by Meg Wolitzer (Riverhead)


5. “The Hit,” by David Baldacci (Grand Central)

6. “Tapestry of Fortunes,” by Elizabeth Berg (Random House)

7. “If I Built a House,” by Chris Van Dusen (Dial)

8. “Take Heart,” edited by Wesley McNair (Down East)

9. “Daddy’s Gone a Hunting,” by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster)

10. “Puffin Peter,” by Petr Horacek (Candlewick)



1. “Looking for the Gulf Motel,” by Richard Blanco (University of Pittsburgh)

2. “Defending Jacob,” by William Landay (Dell)

3. “The Language of Flowers,” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Ballantine)

4. “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Scribner)

5. “Beautiful Ruins,” by Jess Walter (Harper Perennial)


6. “Directions to the Beach of the Dead,” by Richard Blanco (University of Pittsburgh)

7. “Sandcastle Girls,” by Chris Bohjalian (Vintage)

8. “City of a Hundred Fires,” by Richard Blanco (University of Pittsburgh)

9. “Fancy Nancy: Too Many Tutus,” by Jane O’Connor (HarperCollins)

10. “The Gilly Galt Sisters,” by Tiffany Baker (Grand Central)




1. “Lifesaving Lessons,” by Linda Greenlaw (Viking)

2. “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls,” by David Sedaris (Little, Brown & Company)

3. “Rifleman,” by Howie Carr (Frandel LLC)

4. “It’s All Good,” by Gwyneth Paltrow (Grand Central)

5. “Cooked,” by Michael Pollan (Penguin)


6. “VB6,” by Mark Bittman (Clarkson Potter)

7. “Gift From the Sea,” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Pantheon)

8. “Plenty,” by Yotam Ottolenghi (Chronicle)

9. “Lean In,” by Sheryl Sandberg (Knopf)

10. “The Little Book of Sloth,” by Lucy Cooke (Margaret K. McElderry)



1. “Control,” by Glenn Beck (Threshold Editions)

2. “When Women Were Birds,” by Terry Tempest Williams (Picador)

3. “How to be Interesting,” by Jessica Hagy (Workman)

4. “Nicholas and Alexandra,” by Robert K. Massie (Random House)

5. “Wild,” by Cheryl Strayed (Vintage)

6. “The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook,” by Barbara Damrosch & Eliot Coleman (Workman)


7. “Proof of Heaven,” by Eben Alexander (Simon & Schuster)

8. “Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake,” by Anna Quindlen (Random House)

9. “Texts from Dog,” by October Jones (Mariner)

10. “Unlikely Friendships,” by Jennifer Holland (Workman)

— Nonesuch Books and Cards, South Portland

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