The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb…

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Antisemitism & Nazism
  • Concentration camps
  • Genocide
  • Emesis
  • Death of a parent
  • Torture
  • War themes
  • Animal death
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Night by Elie Wiesel

Night by Elie Wiesel

Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel’s memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Antisemitism
  • Death of a parent
  • Death of a friend
  • Auschwitz & the Holocaust
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The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer

The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer

In the spring of 1942, young Elzbieta Rabinek is aware of the swiftly growing discord just beyond the courtyard of her comfortable Warsaw home. She has no fondness for the Germans who patrol her streets and impose their curfews, but has never given much thought to what goes on behind the walls that contain her Jewish neighbors. She knows all too well about German brutality–and that it’s the reason she must conceal her true identity. But in befriending Sara, a nurse who shares her apartment floor, Elzbieta makes a discovery that propels her into a dangerous world of deception and heroism.

Using Sara’s credentials to smuggle children out of the ghetto brings Elzbieta face-to-face with the reality of the war behind its walls, and to the… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Antisemitism
  • Rape
  • Sexual assault mentioned
  • Pregnancy
  • Starvation
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The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis

The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis

In the quiet streets of Prague all manner of otherworldly creatures lurk in the shadows. Unbeknownst to its citizens, their only hope against the tide of predators are the dauntless lamplighters – a secret elite of monster hunters whose light staves off the darkness each night. Domek Myska leads a life teeming with fraught encounters with the worst kind of evil: pijavice, bloodthirsty and soulless vampiric creatures. Despite this, Domek find solace in his moments spent in the company of his friend, the clever and beautiful Lady Ora Fischerová– a widow with secrets of her own.

When Domek finds himself stalked by the spirit of the White Lady – a ghost who haunts the baroque halls of Prague castle – he stumbles across the sentient essence of a will-o’-the-wisp, a mischievous spirit known to lead lost travellers to their death, but who, once captured, are bound to serve the desires of their owners… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Antisemitism
  • Racism
  • Classism
  • Misogyny
  • Suicide
  • Blood & gore depiction
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This is My Song by Richard Yaxley

This is My Song by Richard Yaxley

In the 1940s, musician Rafael Ullmann is sent to a Nazi concentration camp.

In the 1970s, Annie Ullmann lives a lonely life on a Canadian prairie.

Three decades later, in Australia, Joe Hawker is uncertain about himself and his future … until he discovers a song, written by his grandfather many years ago.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Antisemitism
  • Concentration camps, including Auschwitz
  • World War Two
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All Adults Here by Emma Straub

All Adults Here by Emma Straub

When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier. Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she’d been to her three, now-grown children. But to what consequence?

Astrid’s youngest son is drifting and unfocused, making parenting mistakes of his own. Her daughter is intentionally pregnant yet struggling to give up her own adolescence. And her eldest seems to measure his adult life according to standards no one else shares. But who gets to decide, so many years later, which long-ago lapses were the ones that mattered?… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • School bus accident
  • Pregnancy
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The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan

The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan

Naomi Grant has built her life around going against the grain. After the sex-positive start-up she cofounded becomes an international sensation, she wants to extend her educational platform to live lecturing. Unfortunately, despite her long list of qualifications, higher ed won’t hire her.

Ethan Cohen has recently received two honors: LA Mag named him one of the city’s hottest bachelors and he became rabbi of his own synagogue. Taking a gamble in an effort to attract more millennials to the faith, the executive board hired Ethan because of his nontraditional background. Unfortunately, his shul is low on both funds and congregants… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Antisemitism
  • Bimisia
  • Slut shaming
  • Sex work shaming
  • Misogyny
  • Revenge pornography recounted
  • Sexual harassment
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a parent mentioned
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Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Atlanta, 1974. As a brutal killing and a furious manhunt rock the city, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the police force will also be her last. For life is anything but easy in the male-dominated world of the Atlanta Police Department, where even the other female cops have little mercy for the new girl.

Kate isn’t the only woman on the force who is finding things tough. Maggie Lawson followed her uncle and brother into the ranks to prove her worth in their cynical eyes… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Misogyny
  • Racism
  • Queermisia
  • Antisemitism
  • Murder
  • Police brutality
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The Last Window by Karin Slaughter

The Last Window by Karin Slaughter

On a hot summer night, a scientist from the Centers for Disease Control is grabbed by unknown assailants in a shopping center parking lot. Vanished into thin air, the authorities are desperate to save the doctor.

One month later, the serenity of a sunny Sunday afternoon is shattered by the boom of a ground-shaking blast—followed by another seconds later. One of Atlanta’s busiest and most important neighborhood’s has been bombed—the location of Emory University, two major hospitals, the FBI headquarters, and the CDC… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Antisemitism
  • Homomisia
  • Misogyny
  • Racism & white supremacy
  • Rape
  • Paedophilia
  • Child abuse recounted
  • Blood depiction
  • Bioterrorism & terrorism
  • Death of a child
  • Death of a spouse recounted
  • Murder
  • Knife violence & stabbing
  • Explosion
  • Mass shooting
  • Suffocation
  • Poisoning
  • Kidnapping
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The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid

The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid

In her forest-veiled pagan village, Évike is the only woman without power, making her an outcast clearly abandoned by the gods. The villagers blame her corrupted bloodline—her father was a Yehuli man, one of the much-loathed servants of the fanatical king. When soldiers arrive from the Holy Order of Woodsmen to claim a pagan girl for the king’s blood sacrifice, Évike is betrayed by her fellow villagers and surrendered.

But when monsters attack the Woodsmen and their captive en route, slaughtering everyone but Évike and the cold, one-eyed captain, they have no choice but to rely on each other… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Antisemitism
  • Physical child abuse
  • Self harm & self-injury
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Body horror
  • Eyeball trauma
  • Dismemberment
  • Emesis
  • Torture
  • Animal death
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