One City One Book Recommendations: Families

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If you run a One City, One Book program and are looking for stories about families, we’ve got you covered! 

For even more recommendations, check out this post and this Edelweiss catalog.

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PIECES OF BLUE by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Trade paperback available 8/6/2024

From New York Times bestselling author Holly Goldberg Sloan, a compelling and heartfelt novel for fans of Maria Semple and Emma Straub about a family trying to restore a ramshackle beachside motel and their own lives.

Trade paperback available 7/23/2024

In this darkly comedic, fast-paced ride through an unforgettable small town, five residents with drastically different goals for the night will collide into, conspire with, and aid one another as they scramble to make it successfully through the evening under the scrutinizing watch of neighbors.

Trade paperback available 7/9/2024

Alive with the magic of eighteenth-century Amsterdam, a bestselling, bewitching historical novel about one young woman learning to set her own life’s course despite family and cultural pressure, from New York Times bestselling author Jessie Burton.

Trade paperback available 7/2/2024

From New York Times bestselling author Tracey Lange comes a story about fierce family loyalty, good intentions gone awry, and the consequences of improbable love.

RETURN TO VALETTO by Dominic Smith
Trade paperback available 6/11/2024

Dominic Smith’s RETURN TO VALETTO is a riveting journey into one family’s dark past, a page-turning excavation of the ruins of history, and a testament to the possibility of love and understanding across gaps of all kinds even time.

BEYOND THAT, THE SEA by Laura Spence-Ash
Trade paperback available 5/7/2024

A sweeping, tenderhearted love story that tells the story of two families living through World War II on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and the shy, irresistible young woman who will call them both her own.

KANTIKA by Elizabeth Graver
Trade paperback available 4/16/2024

A dazzling Sephardic multigenerational saga that moves from Istanbul to Barcelona, Havana, and New York, exploring displacement, endurance, and family as home.

NIGHT’S EDGE by Liz Kerin
Trade paperback available 3/19/2024

NIGHT’S EDGE takes a bite out of vampire lore in this blood-soaked novel about the darkest secrets we hide and how monstrous we can be to the ones we love most.

A COUNTRY YOU CAN LEAVE by Asale Angel-Ajani
Trade paperback available 3/12/2024

A gorgeous, scathing debut novel following the turbulent relationship of a Black, biracial teen and her ferocious Russian mother, struggling to survive in the California desert.

WEYWARD by Emilia Hart
Trade paperback available now

A riveting debut about witchcraft and female intuitive powers, told over five centuries through three connected women, for fans of Kate Morton and Sarah Penner.

PROMISES OF GOLD by José Olivarez
Trade paperback available now

A groundbreaking collection of poems addressing how every kind of love self, brotherly, romantic, familial, cultural is birthed, shaped, and complicated by the invisible forces of gender, capitalism, religion, migration, and so on.

MAAME by Jessica George
Trade paperback available now

Smart, funny, and deeply affecting, Maame deals with the themes of our time with humor and poignancy: from familial duty and racism, to the complexity of love, and the life-saving power of friendship. It explores what it feels like to be torn between two homes and cultures and it celebrates finally being able to find where you belong.

WESTERN LANE by Chetna Maroo
Trade paperback available now

An indelible coming-of-age story, Chetna Maroo’s first novel captures the ordinary and annihilates it with beauty. WESTERN LANE is a valentine to innocence, to the closeness of sisterhood, to the strange ways we come to know ourselves and each other.

OUR CROOKED HEARTS by Melissa Albert
Trade paperback available now

Secrets. Lies. Super-bad choices. Witchcraft. This is OUR CROOKED HEARTS, a darkly gripping contemporary fantasy from the New York Times bestselling author of THE HAZEL WOOD, Melissa Albert. Years after it began, Ivy and Dana’s shared story will come down to a reckoning among a daughter, a mother, and the dark forces they never should’ve messed with.

Trade paperback available now

Robert R. McCammon’s Boy’s Life meets Lovecraftian horror in this foreboding, sensual coming-of-age story in which the corrosive nature of family secrets assumes eldritch proportions.

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Trade paperback available now

THE BOOK EATERS is a contemporary fantasy debut. It’s a story of motherhood, sacrifice, and hope; of queer identity and learning to accept who you are; of gilded lies and the danger of believing the narratives others create for you.

OTHER NAMES FOR LOVE by Taymour Soomro
Trade paperback available now

A charged, hypnotic debut novel about a boy’s life-changing summer in rural Pakistan: a story of fathers, sons, and the consequences of desire.

THIS GOLDEN STATE by Marit Weisenberg
Trade paperback available now

A propulsive, emotional novel following a family on the run, a restless teenage daughter hungry for the truth, and the simple DNA test that threatens their carefully crafted world.

MA AND ME: A Memoir by Putsata Reang
Trade paperback available now

In her startling memoir, Putsata Reang explores the long legacy of inherited trauma and the crushing weight of cultural and filial duty. With rare clarity and lyric wisdom, MA AND ME is a stunning, deeply moving memoir about love, debt, and duty.

Trade paperback available now

Opening in the early nineties and charting almost two decades of shared history and missed connections, NOTES ON YOUR SUDDEN DISAPPEARANCE is both a breathtaking love story about two broken people who are unexplainably, inconveniently drawn to each other and a wryly astute coming-of-age tale brimming with unexpected moments of joy.

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THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah
Trade paperback available now

A testament to hope, resilience, and the strength of the human spirit to survive adversity, THE FOUR WINDS is an indelible portrait of America and the American dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.

BROTHERS ON THREE: A True Story of Family, Resistance, and Hope on a Reservation in Montana by Abe Streep
Trade paperback available now

BROTHERS ON THREE is not simply a story about high school basketball, about state championships and a winning team. It is a book about community, and it is about boys on the cusp of adulthood, finding their way through the intersecting worlds they inhabit and forging their own paths to personhood.

OLGA DIES DREAMING by Xochitl Gonzalez
Trade paperback available now

A blazing talent debuts with the tale of a status-driven wedding planner grappling with her social ambitions, absent mother, and Puerto Rican roots­, all in the wake of Hurricane Maria

KIN: A Memoir by Shawna Kay Rodenberg
Trade paperback available now

A heart stopping memoir of a wrenching Appalachian girlhood and a multilayered portrait of a misrepresented people, from Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award winner Shawna Kay Rodenberg.

ONE TWO THREE by Laurie Frankel
Trade paperback available now

From the New York Times bestselling author of THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS comes a timely, topical novel about love and family that will make you laugh and cry…and laugh again.

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Trade paperback available now

One of the most prominent voices of her generation debuts with an extraordinarily powerful memoir: the story of a childhood defined by the ever looming absence of her incarcerated father and the path we must take to both honor and overcome our origins.

CROSSING THE LINE: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport that Changed Their Lives Forever by Kareem Rosser
Trade paperback available now

This is the story of bonds of brotherhood, family loyalty, the transformative connection between man and horse, and forging a better future that comes from overcoming impossible odds.

THE HOUSE UPTOWN by Melissa Ginsburg
Trade paperback available now

An emotional coming-of-age novel about a young girl who goes to live with her eccentric grandmother in New Orleans after the death of her mother.

THE HOUSE OF RUST by Khadiji Abdalla Bajaber
Trade paperback available now

The first Graywolf Press African Fiction Prize winner, a story of a girl’s fantastical sea voyage to rescue her father.

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNKNOWN WORLD: A Collective Refugee Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang
Trade paperback available now

In Yang’s exquisite, necessary telling, these fourteen stories for refugee journeys restore history and humanity to America’s strangers and redeem its long tradition of welcome.

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DOMINICANA by Angie Cruz
Trade paperback available now

In the vein of ANOTHER BROOKLYN and AMERICANAH, a novel about a Dominican teenager’s arranged marriage and immigration to New York City, set in the 1960s and inspired by the author’s mother.

MAGIC FOR LIARS by Sarah Gailey
Trade paperback available now

A darkly enchanting debut novel from the award-winning Sarah Gailey, perfect for fans of Charlie Jane Anders and Megan Abbott, following the harrowing search for a killer at a private academy for mages hidden in modern-day Northern California.

MIDDLEGAME by Seanan McGuire
Trade paperback available now

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Seanan McGuire introduces readers to a world of amoral alchemy, shadowy organizations, and impossible cities in this standalone fantasy

RIOT BABY by Tochi Onyebuchi
Novella available now

Rooted in the hope that can live in anger, Riot Baby is as much an intimate family story as a global dystopian narrative. It burns fearlessly toward revolution and has quietly devastating things to say about love, fury, and the black American experience.

THE NIGHT TIGER by Yangsze Choo
Trade paperback available now

THE NIGHT TIGER draws us into a world of servants and masters, ancient superstition and modern ambition, sibling rivalry and forbidden love. But anchoring this dazzlingly ambitious, propulsive novel is the intimate coming of age of a boy and a girl, each searching for their place in a society that would rather they stay invisible.

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