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Reading Guides

Reading guides are created by volunteers from the library community throughout the Commonwealth.

Fiction  |   Nonfiction  |   Poetry  |   Children's/Young Adult


The Air We Breathe, Andrea Barrett

Alice Bliss, Laura Harrington

The Bostons, Carolyn Cooke

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz

Cloud Cuckoo Land, Lisa Borders

The Diagnosis, Alan Lightman

Eva Moves the Furniture, Margot Livesey

The Emperor's Children, Claire Messud

The Family Orchard, Nomi Eve

Flashback, Gary Braver

Hedwig and Berti, Frieda Arkin

How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life, Mameve Medwed

Inheritance, Lan Samantha Chang

Jump at the Sun, Kim McLarin

Like You'd Understand Anyway, Jim Shepard

Love in the Asylum, Lisa Carey

A Kiss from Maddalena , Christopher Castellani

MotherKind , Jayne Anne Phillips

My Life in Heavy Metal, Steve Almond

Mystic River, Dennis Lehane

Operation Monsoon , Shona Ramaya

Project X, Jim Shepard

Properties of Light, Rebecca Goldstein

Reunion , Alan Lightman

River King, Alice Hoffman

Sea Room, Norman G. Gautreau

Season of Open Water, Dawn Clifton Tripp

Woodsburner, John Pipken

World and Town, Gish Jen

Yellow, Don Lee


The Big House, George Howe Colt

Black Livingstone, Pagan Kennedy

Choosing Naia, Mitchell Zuckoff

Constant Turmoil, Mary Blewett

Eden's Outcasts, John Matteson

Failed States, Noam Chomsky

Fire & Roses , Nancy Lusignan Schultz

First Family, Joseph J. Ellis

Gracefully Insane, Alex Beam

House of War, James Carroll

The Imprisoned Guest, Elisabeth Gitter

In the Heart of the Sea , Nathaniel Philbrick

Killer Stuff and Tons of Money, Maureen Stanton

Leviathan, Eric Jay Dolin

Mayflower, Nathaniel Philbrick

Mistress Bradstreet: the Untold Life of America's First Poet, Charlotte Gordon

Outwitting History, Aaron Lansky

Patriots: the Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides , Christian G. Appy

Peabody Sisters: Three Women who Ignited American Romanticism, Megan Marshall

Red Sox Century, Glenn Stout and Richard Johnson

Reflections in Bullough's Pond, Diana Muir

Revere Beach Elegy, Roland Merullo

Salem Witch Judge, Eve LaPlante

Sea of Glory, Nathaniel Philbrick

Sense of the Mysterious, Alan Lightman

Spirit and Flesh, James M. Ault, Jr.

Uphill Walkers, Madeleine Blais

Washington's Crossing, David Hackett Fischer


Among the Musk Ox People, Mary Ruefle

Averno, Louise Gluck

Bewitched Playground, David Rivard

Blackbird and Wolf, Henri Cole

Blind Huber, Nick Flynn

Breathing Room, Peter Davison

Collected Poems, Stanley Kunitz

Departure, Rosanna Warren

Far Side of the Earth, Tom Sleigh

God's Silence, Franz Wright

Goodbye to the Orchard, Steven Cramer

Gulf Music, Robert Pinsky

Habitat, Brendan Galvin

If No Moon, Moira Linehan

The Leaf and the Cloud , Mary Oliver

A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen , Martín Espada

Memoir of the Hawk, James Tate

Middle Earth , Henri Cole

Multitudes, Afaa Michael Weaver

Natural History, Dan Chiasson

Never, Jorie Graham

Oubliette, Peter Richards

Poems Seven, Alan Dugan

The Republic of Poetry, Martin Espada

The Seven Ages, Louise Glück

This Is the Red Door, James R. Whitley

The Trouble Ball, Martin Espada

Trouble in Mind, Lucie Brock-Broido

The Unsubscriber, Bill Knott

Zeppo's First Wife, Gail Mazur

Children's/Young Adult Literature

Beneath the Streets of Boston, Joe McKendry

Blow Out the Moon, Libby Koponen

Bravo Zulu, Samantha, Kathleen Benner Duble

Chasing the Nightbird, Krista Russell

Clementine, Sara Pennypacker

Counting on Grace, Elizabeth Winthrop

The Disappearing Island, Corinne Demas

Don't Say Ain't, Irene Smalls

Dory Story, Jerry Palotta

Fine Feathered Friends, Jane Yolen

Gathering Blue, Lois Lowry

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg, D. B. Johnson

Hole in My Life, Jack Gantos

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?, Jane Yolen

Incantation, Alice Hoffman

The Janitor's Boy , Andrew Clements

Learning to Swim, Ann Turner

The Lemonade War, Jacqueline Davies

Little Rat Sets Sail, Monika Bang-Campbell & Molly Bang

Moonpie and Ivy, Barbara O'Connor

Mountain Pose, Nancy Hope Wilson

My Brothers' Flying Machine, Jane Yolen

My Light, Molly Bang

Old African, Julius Lester

The Other Side of Dark, Sarah Smith

Rocks in His Head, Carol Otis Hurst

The Silent Boy, Lois Lowry

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle

Whale Port, Mark Foster & Gerald Foster

What Charlie Heard, Mordicai Gerstein

What's in a Name, Ellen Wittlinger

Where the Great Hawk Flies, Liza Ketchum

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Grace Lin

Zachary's Ball, Matt Tavares