Looking for the perfect books for your book club to read in 2015? Look no further!

Below we showcase 24 exceptional books: From historical fiction to speculative fiction, these books tell stories of ordinary and extraordinary lives that explore the worlds of art, war and so much more. Mostly fiction, you'll also find a handful of carefully selected nonfiction and young adult recommendations.

All have published in paperback since September 2014, or will do by March 2015. Of course, all are also available in ebook.

Update:
In August '15 we published Part 2 of this list
In November '15 we published Part 1 of Best Books for Book Clubs in 2016



HISTORY'S STRONG WOMEN

The Wives of Los Alamos The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit

Hardcover Feb 2014. Paperback Jan 2015. 240 pages
Published by Bloomsbury USA.

The Wives of Los Alamos is a bold and emotionally charged debut novel told in the collective voices of the wives of the men who created the atom bomb.
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Belle Cora Belle Cora: A Novel by Phillip Margulies

Paperback Oct 2014. 608 pages. Published by Anchor Books.

A sweeping historical novel based on the extraordinary life and times of Belle Cora, the daughter of a New York merchant who went on to become a millworker, a prostitute, a notorious madam, a murderess, and eventually one of San Francisco's richest and most revered dowagers.
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Under the Wide and Starry Sky Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan

Paperback Sep 2014. 496 pages. Published by Ballantine Books.

A much-anticipated second novel which tells the improbable love story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny.
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I Shall Be Near To You I Shall Be Near To You by Erin Lindsay McCabe

Paperback Sep 2014. 320 pages. Published by Broadway Books.

I Shall Be Near To You is the intimate story of the drama of marriage, one woman's amazing exploits, and the tender love story that can unfold when two partners face life's challenges side by side.
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The Bathing Women The Bathing Women: A Novel by Tie Ning

Paperback Oct 2014. 368 pages. Published by Scribner.

Spellbinding, unforgettable, and an important chronicle of modern China, The Bathing Women is a powerful and beautiful portrait of the strength of female friendship in the face of adversity.
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ART ON THE EDGE
The Painter The Painter by Peter Heller

Hardcover May 2014. Paperback March 2015. 384 pages
Published by Knopf.

Peter Heller, the celebrated author of the breakout best seller The Dog Stars, returns with an achingly beautiful, wildly suspenseful second novel about an artist trying to outrun his past.
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The Blazing World The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

Paperback Nov 2014. 384 pages. Published by Simon & Schuster.

A brilliant, provocative novel about an artist who, after years of being ignored by the art world, conducts an experiment: she conceals her female identity behind three male fronts.
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Orfeo Orfeo by Richard Powers

Paperback Sep 2014. 384 pages. Published by W.W. Norton & Company.

The National Book Award–winning author of The Echo Maker delivers his most emotionally charged novel to date, inspired by the myth of Orpheus.
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SPECULATIVE & FUTURISTIC
Dominion Dominion by C.J. Sansom

Paperback Dec 2014. 656 pages. Published by Mulholland.

C.J. Sansom rewrites history in a thrilling novel that dares to imagine Britain under the thumb of Nazi Germany.
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The Martian The Martian by Andy Weir

Paperback Nov 2014. 384 pages. Published by Broadway Books.

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.
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On Such a Full Sea On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee

Paperback Dec 2014. 432 pages. Published by Riverhead Books.

Against a vividly imagined future America, Lee tells a stunning, surprising, and riveting story that will change the way readers think about the world they live in.
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The Last Man Standing The Last Man Standing by Davide Longo

Paperback Oct 2014. 352 pages. Published by MacLehose Press.

Davide Longo's Last Man Standing is a vivid description of one man's struggle in a post-apocalyptic world to protect his loved ones even as societal norms give way to barbarism and cruelty.
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EFFECTS OF WAR
Redeployment Redeployment by Phil Klay

Hardcover Mar 2014. Paperback Feb 2015. 304 pages
Published by Penguin Press.

Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned.
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The Bird Skinner The Bird Skinner by Alice Greenway

Paperback Nov 2014. 336 pages. Published by Grove Press.

Written in lush, lyrical prose - rich in island detail, redolent of Maine in summer and of the Pacific -The Bird Skinner is wise and wrenching, an unforgettable masterwork from an extraordinarily skillful novelist.
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TRUTH STRANGER THAN FICTION
Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart by Carol Wall

Hardcover Mar 2014. Paperback Feb 2015. 304 pages
Published by Amy Einhorn Books.

A true story of a unique friendship between two people who had nothing - and ultimately everything - in common
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Astoria Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival by Peter Stark

Hardcover Mar 2014. Paperback Feb 2015. 384 pages
Published by Ecco.

In 1810, John Jacob Astor sent out two advance parties to settle the wild, unclaimed western coast of North America. More than half of his men died violent deaths. The others survived starvation, madness, and greed to shape the destiny of a continent.
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The Race Underground The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway by Doug Most

Hardcover Feb 2014. Paperback Feb 2015. 352 pages
Published by St. Martin's Press.

The Race Underground is a great American saga of two rival American cities, their rich, powerful and sometimes corrupt interests, and an invention that changed the lives of millions.
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A Garden of Marvels A Garden of Marvels: How We Discovered that Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants by Ruth Kassinger

Hardcover Feb 2014. Paperback Feb 2015. 416 pages
Published by William Morrow.

In the tradition of The Botany of Desire and Wicked Plants, a witty and engaging history of the first botanists interwoven with stories of today's extraordinary plants found in the garden and the lab.
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YOUNG ADULTS
Noggin Noggin by John C. Whaley

Hardcover Apr 2014. Paperback March 2015 352 pages
Published by Atheneum Books.

Travis Coates has a good head...on someone else's shoulders. A touching, hilarious, and wholly original coming-of-age story from John Corey Whaley, author of the Printz and Morris Award–winning Where Things Come Back.
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Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Paperback Aug 2014. 272 pages. Published by Candlewick Press.

In Meg Medina's compelling new novel, a Latina teen is targeted by a bully at her new school - and must discover resources she never knew she had.
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Navigating Early Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Paperback 23 Dec 2014. 336 pages. Published by Yearling.

New York Times Best Seller Navigating Early by Claire Vanderpool, Newbery Medalist for Moon Over Manifest, is an odyssey-like adventure of two boys' incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.
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