Hardcover nonfiction

1. “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World” by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

Offers hope that joy is possible for everyone, even under challenging circumstances.

2. ”This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class” by Elizabeth Warren

The Massachusetts senator argues why the middle class is under siege, and how it can be saved.

3. “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil Degrasse Tyson

Short and sweet explanation of the nature of space and time.

Paperback nonfiction

1. “The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir” by Betsy Lerner

A 50 year bridge game provides an unexpected way to cross the generational divide between a mother and daughter.

2. “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren

Award winning paleobiologist’s treatise on plant life, and a celebration of the passion that drives a scientist.

3. “”Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande

A study of how contemporary medicine can do a better and more humane job of managing death and dying.

Children’s books

1. “The Trials of Apollo, Book Two: The Dark Prophecy” by Rick Riordan

Science fiction, ages 12+. Clash of mythic figures and pop culture.

2. “Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel” by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri

Illustrated, ages 3-5. Sequel to the popular taco-loving dragon tale.

3. “How to Raise a Mom” by Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish

Children’s illustrated, ages 4-8. Provides whimsical instruction on how to raise a healthy mom.

4. “Caraval” by Stephanie Garber

Science fiction, ages 12+. Magic, mystery and love intertwine.

5. “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch

Illustrated, ages 3-6. Originally published in 1986, classic story of parental love for his/her child, forever.