Monday, Sept. 12: The Eyre Affair

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This is one of those books that's just made for people who love books and clever wordplay. Thursday Next is a literary detective who spends most of her days authenticating Shakespearean manuscripts and chasing down criminals who want to get their hands on an original Dickens, but as dangerous as Special Operations can be, she's totally unprepared for the challenges of actually jumping into the action of her beloved Jane Eyre to track down a master criminal.

Tuesday, Aug. 30: City of Thieves

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We recommended this sometimes hilarious, sometimes horrifying, sometimes heartbreaking novel about two thieves in search of eggs for a Soviet wedding party during the Nazi siege of Leningrad as a good read when you’re studying Stalinist Russia. It’s that for sure, but it’s also a great standalone book for teens.

Friday, Aug. 26: Chains

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Here's a book about the American Revolution that tells a story we don't always hear: Slave Isabel agrees to spy on her Tory owners, in the hope that a new country based on the idea of liberty will mean freedom—finally—for Isabel and her little sister. This book should be on your U.S. history reading list.

Monday, Aug. 23: The Beggar of Volubilis

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Historian Mary Beard has expressed her love for the books in this mystery series set in ancient Rome, and we think they're essential reading for any ancient history buff. This installment has girl detective Flavia and her friends traveling to present-day Morocco. (This isn't the first book in the series, but you can read this as a standalone and enjoy it.)

Tuesday, August 16: Schooled

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Want to start a conversation about people's perceptions of homeschooling? This book, about a stereotypically life-ignorant homeschooler is a great place to start. When Suzanne reviewed it last summer (after her daughter read it as part of a summer lit class), she wrote: "Having read Schooled, I can understand a bit better what sort of prejudices that teacher may have inadvertently brought into the classroom, prejudices that my daughter was able to challenge simply by being herself."

Wednesday, August 10: Blackout

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Long-time readers will know that I need only the flimsiest excuse to start raving about Connie Willis's series about time-traveling Oxford historians. This book, about a group of graduate students who travel back to World War II, is so rich in details that it would make great supplemental reading for World War II studies.