The Diving Bell and the Butterfly This heartbreaking memoir, written by Jean-Dominique Bauby, follows the life of a narcissistic editor turned ward of the hospital after a sudden stroke leaves him paralyzed and unable to communicate. It’ll make you realize how important the people in your life are, and how precious every moment really is.
Play It As It Lays | a story about Maria Wyeth, a Hollywood actress who has lost control of her life and identity. It’s a tragic read that will force you into deep self-reflection, as it exposes the fact that we live in a culture where nothing is quite good enough.
2016: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña (G.P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin)2015: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)2014: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press)2013: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (HarperCollins Children's Books)2012: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (Farrar Straus Giroux)