The First Edition Club has been in existence since 2001.

Below you will find Current and upcoming selections, and every past selection along with major award nominations or prizes.

2019

July | The Travelers by Regina Porter June | On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong May | Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg April | The Other Americans by Laila Lalami March | Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James February | The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer January | The Weight of a Piano by Chris Cander

UPCOMING:

August | The Women of the Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell

From the bestselling and award-winning author of The Sparrow comes an inspiring historical novel about “America’s Joan of Arc” Annie Clements—the courageous woman who started a rebellion by leading a strike against the largest copper mining company in the world.

September | Gun Island by Amitav Ghosh

Bundook. Gun. A common word, but one that turns Deen Datta’s world upside down.

A dealer of rare books, Deen is used to a quiet life spent indoors, but as his once-solid beliefs begin to shift, he is forced to set out on an extraordinary journey; one that takes him from India to Los Angeles and Venice via a tangled route through the memories and experiences of those he meets along the way. There is Piya, a fellow Bengali-American who sets his journey in motion; Tipu, an entrepreneurial young man who opens Deen’s eyes to the realities of growing up in today’s world; Rafi, with his desperate attempt to help someone in need; and Cinta, an old friend who provides the missing link in the story they are all a part of. It is a journey that will upend everything he thought he knew about himself, about the Bengali legends of his childhood, and about the world around him.

Amitav Ghosh‘s
Gun Island is a beautifully realized novel that effortlessly spans space and time. It is the story of a world on the brink, of increasing displacement and unstoppable transition. But it is also a story of hope, of a man whose faith in the world and the future is restored by two remarkable women.


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2018

December | Those Who Knew by Idra Novey | NPR Best Books of 2018 | Kirkus Starred Review | Kirkus Best Fiction of 2018 November | Little by Edward Carey  | NPR Best Books of 2018 | Kirkus Starred Review | Kirkus Best Fiction of 2018 October | Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman | Kirkus Starred Review   September | She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore  | ALA's Book Club Central SJP Pick August | My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh | NPR Best Books of 2018 | New York Times Notable Book 2018 | The Washington Post 50 Notable Works of Fiction 2018 | Kirkus Starred Review | Kirkus Best Fiction of 2018 July | Florida by Lauren Groff | NPR Best Books of 2018 | 2018 National Book Award Finalist | Shortlisted for 2018 Kirkus Prize | The Washington Post 50 Notable Works of Fiction 2018  | Kirkus Starred Review | 2018 Winner of The Story Prize June | There There by Tommy Orange | NPR Best Books of 2018 | New York Times Notable Book 2018 | Shortlisted for 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction | 2019 Aspen Words Literary Prize Finalist | Kirkus Starred Review | Kirkus Best Fiction of 2018
May | Heads of the Colored People: Stories by Nafissa Thompson-Spires  | NPR Best Books of 2018 | Shortlisted for 2018 Kirkus Prize | 2019 Aspen Words Literary Prize Finalist  | Kirkus Starred Review
April | Circe by Madeline Miller | NPR Best Books of 2018 | The Washington Post 50 Notable Works of Fiction 2018 | Kirkus Starred Review | Kirkus Best Fiction of 2018  
March | Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles | Kirkus Starred Review | ALA's Book Club Central SJP Pick
February | Red Clocks by Leni Zumas | The Washington Post 50 Notable Works of Fiction 2018  
January | The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin | NPR Best Books of 2018 | The Washington Post 50 Notable Works of Fiction 2018

2017

January | The Signal Flame by Andrew Krivak
February | Indelible by Adelia Saunders | 2018 PEN/Hemingway Finalist
March | Exit West by Mohsin Hamid | Shortlisted for 2017 Man Booker Prize | Shortlisted for 2017 St. Francis College Literary Prize | Shortlisted for 2017 Kirkus Prize | NPR Best Books of 2017 | New York Times Notable Book 2017 | 2017 National Book Critics Circle Prize Finalist | 2018 Aspen Words Literary Prize Finalist
April | The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti | NPR Best Books of 2017
May | Salt Houses by Hala Alyan | NPR Best Books of 2017
June | The Leavers by Lisa Ko | Winner 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize | Longlisted for 2017 National Book Award | NPR Best Books of 2017 | 2017-2018 Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Award Winner | B&N 2017 Discover Award for Fiction Finalist | 2018 PEN/Hemingway Finalist
July | Quiet Until the Thaw by Alexandra Fuller
August | Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie | Longlisted for 2017 Man Booker Prize | Shortlisted for 2017 Costa Book Award | NPR Best Books of 2017 | New York Times Notable Book 2017 | Longlisted for 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction
September | Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward | Winner 2017 National Book Award | Shortlisted for 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction | Shortlisted for 2017 Kirkus Prize | NPR Best Books of 2017 | New York Times Notable Book 2017 | 2017 National Book Critics Circle Prize Finalist | 2018 Aspen Words Literary Prize Finalist | Longlisted for 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction | Finalist for 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction | 2018 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award Winner
October | The Twelve-Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson
November | The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst
December | One Station Away by Olaf Olafsson

2016

January | Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa | Shortlisted for the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award
February | A Doubter's Almanac by Ethan Canin
March | What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi | Publishers Weekly Best Books 2016  | NPR Best Books 2016
April | The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
May | Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo | New York Times Notable Book 2016  | NPR Best Books 2016
May | Heat & Light by Jennifer Haigh  | NPR Best Books 2016
June | Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi | Longlisted for the Center For Fiction First Novel Prize 2016 | Publishers Weekly Best Books 2016 | New York Times Notable Book 2016  | NPR Best Books 2016 | Winner 2016 Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize | Winner 2017 PEN/Hemingway Award
June | The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan | Winner Kirkus Prize 2016 | New York Times Notable Book 2016  | NPR Best Books 2016 | Shortlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction | 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist
July | Barkskins by Annie Proulx | 2016 Kirkus Prize Finalist | Publishers Weekly Best Books 2016 | New York Times Notable Book 2016  | NPR Best Books 2016 | Longlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction
August | Mr. Eternity by Aaron Thier | Finalist for 2017 Thurber Prize
September | Mischling by Affinity Konar | Publishers Weekly Best Books 2016 | New York Times Notable Book 2016
September | Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer | New York Times Notable Book 2016
October | Commonwealth by Ann Patchett | New York Times Notable Book 2016  | NPR Best Books 2016 | 2016 National Book Critics Circle Prize Finalist
November | The Mothers by Brit Bennett  | NPR Best Books 2016
December |  Moonglow by Michael Chabon | New York Times Notable Book 2016  | NPR Best Books 2016 | 2016 National Book Critics Circle Prize Finalist |

2015

January | Black River by S.M. Hulse ALA 2016 Notable Book
February | The Half Brother by Holly LeCraw
March | The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro | NPR Best Books 2015
April | A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara | Winner: Kirkus Fiction Prize 2015 | Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015 | Finalist for the National Book Award 2015 | NYT Notable book of 2015 | ALA 2016 Notable Book | NPR Best Books 2015
May | Girl at War by Sara Nović | Winner 2016 Alex Award
June | Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry
July | Speak by Louisa Hall | NPR Best Books 2015
August | All That Followed by Gabriel Urza
September | Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson | Winner: National Book Award 2015 | NYT Notable book of 2015 | Kirkus Reviews Best 100 Fiction of 2015 | ALA 2016 Notable Book | NPR Best Books 2015
October | The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra | NYT Notable book of 2015 | Kirkus Reviews Best 100 Fiction of 2015 | ALA 2016 Notable Book | NPR Best Books 2015 | 2018 Simpson Family Literary Prize Shortlist
November | City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg | NYT Notable book of 2015 |  Kirkus Reviews Best 100 Fiction of 2015 | NPR Best Books 2015
December | Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins | Kirkus Reviews Best 100 Fiction of 2015 | NPR Best Books 2015

2014

January | The Kept by James Scott Longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2014
February | The Ghost of the Mary Celeste by Valerie Martin
March | Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi Kirkus Reviews Best 100 Fiction of 2014 | NYT Notable Book of 2014 | Longlisted for the Folio Prize 2014
April | All Our Names by Dinau Mengestu Finalist for the Kirkus Fiction Prize 2014 | Kirkus Reviews Best 100 Fiction of 2014 | NYT Notable Book of 2014 | Longlisted for the Folio Prize 2014
May | Ruby by Cynthia Bond Longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2014
June | All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Winner: Pulitzer Prize 2015 | Finalist for the National Book Award 2014 | Kirkus Reviews Best 100 Fiction of 2014 | NYT Notable Book of 2014 | Longlisted for the Folio Prize 2014
July | Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson Finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2014 | NYT Notable Book of 2014 | Longlisted for the Folio Prize 2014
August | Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique Winner: Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2014 | Winner: Rosenthal Family Foundation Award 2014
September | The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 | Kirkus Reviews Best 100 Fiction of 2014 | NYT Notable Book of 2014 | Longlisted for the Folio Prize 2014
October | Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Finalist for the National Book Award 2014 | Kirkus Reviews Best 100 Fiction of 2014 | Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction 2015 | Finalist for PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction 2015
November | Lila by Marilynne Robinson Finalist for the National Book Award 2014 | Kirkus Reviews Best 100 Fiction of 2014 | NYT Notable Book of 2014 | Longlisted for the Folio Prize 2014 | Finalist for the NBCC Fiction Award | NBCC Fiction Award Winner
December | The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson NYT Notable Book of 2014

2013

January | Kind of Kin by Rilla Askew
February | How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
March | A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize | Finalist for the NBCC Fiction Award | ALA Notable Book
April | The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud NYT Notable Book of 2013 | ALA Notable Book
May | A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra Shortlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize | Winner: NBCC John Leonard Prize | ALA Notable Book
June | The Son by Philipp Meyer | Pulitzer Prize Finalist 2014 | NYT Notable Book of 2013
July | Flora by Gail Godwin
August | A Marker to Measure Drift by Alexander Maksik | NYT Notable Book of 2013
September | The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize & National Book Award | NYT Notable Book of 2013 | Shortlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction 2014
October | The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Winner: Pulitzer Prize 2014 | NYT Top 10 Book of 2013 | Finalist for the NBCC Fiction Award | Shortlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction 2014 | ALA Notable Book | Winner: Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
November | At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón
December | We Are Water by Wally Lamb

2012

January | The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson | Winner: Pulitzer Prize 2013 |Finalist for the NBCC Finalist 2012
February | Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron | Winner: Bellwether Prize 2010
March | What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander | NYT Notable Book of 2012 | Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize 2013
April | Carry the One by Carol Anshaw | NYT Notable Book of 2012
May | Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain | National Book Award Finalist | Winner: Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize| NYT Notable Book of 2012 | Winner: NBCC Fiction Award 2012 | 2018 Simpson Family Literary Prize Shortlist
June | Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter | NYT Notable Book of 2012
July | The Collective by Don Lee
August | In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
September | The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin Author Named one of 5 Under 35
October | The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
November | Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver | NYT Notable Book of 2012
December | In Sunlight and In Shadow by Mark Helprin

2011

January | The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard     
February | Open City by Teju Cole | Winner: Hemingway/PEN Award 2012 | Winner: New York City Book Award 2012
March | West of Here by Jonathan Evison     
April |  The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht | Winner of the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction
May | Touch by Alexi Zentner     
June | State of Wonder by Ann Patchett | Shortlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction  
July | Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin     
August | We the Animals by Justin Torres     
September | The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern     
October | The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach | Named one of New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year
November | The Uninnocent by Bradford Morrow     
December | The Conference of the Birds by Peter Sis

2010

January | Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem | Named one of New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year
February | Shadow Tag by Louis Erdrich    
March | The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow    
April | Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel    
May | The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall    
June | Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes | American Booksellers Association Indies Choice Award, Adult Debut Book of the Year
July | What is Left the Daughter by Howard Norman    
August | Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch    
September | Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay    
October | Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin    
November | All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost by Lan Samantha Chang    
December | How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu    

2009

January | Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese    
February | Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips | Finalist, National Book Award, Finalist, National Book Critics' Circle Award
March | The Writing on My Forehead by Nafisa Haji    
April | The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles    
May | The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar    
June | Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel    
July | Border Songs by Jim Lynch    
August | This is Where I leave You by Jonathan Tropper    
September | Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon | A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
October | Going Away Shoes by Jill McCorkle    
November | The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood | A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
December | Crossers by Philip Caputo   

2008

January | A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam | 2008 Commonwealth Prize, Best First Book
January (Alternate Selection) | The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz    
February | People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks | Winner, Australian Book Industry Book of the Year, 2008
March | The Reserve by Russell Banks    
April | Mudbound by Hillary Jordan | Winner, Bellwether Prize for Fiction 2006 (manuscript)
May | City of Thieves by David Benioff    
June | The End of Manners by Francesca Marciano    
July | The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski    
August | The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III    
September | City of Refuge by Tom Piazza    
October | The Given Day by Dennis Lehane    
November | Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh | Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
December | Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'Nan 

2007

January | The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford | Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award, 2006
February | Like Trees, Walking by Ravi Howard | Finalist, Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, 2008
March | The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian    
April | Finn by Jon Clinch | Shortlisted, John Sargent Jr. First Novel Prize, 2007
May | The Folded World by Amity Gaige | Winner, ForeWord Magazine Editor's Choice 2008
June | Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje | Shortlisted, Scotiabank Giller Prize for Fiction, 2007
July | On Kingdom Mountain by Howard Frank Mosher    
August | Free Food For Millionaires by Min Jin Lee    
September | The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz | 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winner; National Book Critics' Circle Award Winner; John Sargent Jr. First Novel Prize Winner, 2007,
October | Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo    
November | The Air We Breathe by Andrea Barrett    
December | The Pirate's Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson | Winner, 2008 Essence Literary Award for Fiction

2006

January | The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai | Winner, Man Booker Prize, 2006
February | The Best People in the World by Justin Tussing | Winner, Oregon Book Award (Fiction), 2006
March | Brookland by Emily Barton    
April | Saving the World by Julia Alvarez | #1 Booksense Pick
May | The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard    
June | The Whole World Over by Julia Glass    
July | Talk Talk by T.C. Boyle | California Book Award Silver Medal, Fiction
August | The Law of Dreams by Peter Behrens | Winner, Governor-General's Award for Fiction (Canada)
September | The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen | Winner, James Fenimore Cooper Prize, 2007
October | The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox | Shortlisted, Costa First Novel Award, 2006
November | Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award, 2006 | Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007 Winner

2005

January | Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh | #1 Booksense Pick
February | Towelhead by Alicia Erian    
March | The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank by Ellen Feldman    
April | Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro | Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award, 2005
May | Misfortune by Wesley Stace    
June | Responsible Men by Edward Schwarzschild    
July | We're All In This Together by Owen King   
August | Third Girl from the Left by Martha Southgate | Winner, Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award, Fiction, 2006
September | In the Province of Saints By Thomas O'Malley      
October | I'll Never be Long Gone by Thomas Christopher Greene    
November | The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr | One of New York Times' Ten Best Books of the Year.
December | Seven Lies by James Lasdun  

2004

February | Waterborne by Bruce Murkoff      
March | The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat | Finalist for Book Sense Book of the Year Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award
April | Aloft by Chang-Rae Lee      
June | Between Two Rivers by Nicholas Rinaldi      
July | Country of Origin by Don Lee | Edgar Award for Best First Novel
August | The Laments by George Hagen      
September | The Divine Husband by Francisco Goldman      
October | Absent Friends by S. J. Rozan      
November | The Fearless Man by Donald Pfarrer      
December | Banishing Verona by Margot Livesey  

2003

January | Child of My Heart by Alice McDermott      
February | The Master Butcher's Singing Club by Louise Erdrich      
March | The Coffee Trader by David Liss      
April | The Sixpence House by Paul Collins | #1 Booksense Pick
May | The English Disease by Joseph Skibell      
June | Getting Mother's Body by Suzan-Lori Parks      
July | Easter Island by Jennifer Vanderbes      
August | Hell at the Breech by Tom Franklin      
September | The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem      
October | Kartography by Kamila Shamsie      
November | My Life as a Fake by Peter Carey      
December | Me and Orson Welles by Robert Kaplow    

2002

January | Good as Any: Stories by Tim Westmorland      
February | For Rouenna by Sigrid Nunez      
March | The Translator by John Crowley      
April | Burning Marguerite by Elizabeth Inness-Brown      
May | Walk Through Darkness by David Anthony Durham      
June | Wish You Were Here by Stewart O'Nan      
July | Demon of the Waters by Gregory Gibson      
August | Lost Nation by Jeffrey Lent      
September | Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry | 2002 Booker Prize
October | Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides | 2003 Pulitzer Prize
November | Paradise Alley by Kevin Baker      
December | Out of the Flames by Lawrence and Nancy Goldberger    

2001

May | Empire Falls by Richard Russo | 2002 Pulitzer Prize
June | Good People of New York by Thisbe Nissen      
July | John Henry Days by Colson Whitehead | 2002 Pulitzer Finalist
August | The Hunters: Two Short Novels by Claire Messud      
September | Days of Awe by Achy Obejas | 2001 Lambda Award
October | Creatures of Habit by Jill McCorkle      
November | Patience and Fortitude by Nicholas Basbanes      
December | This Cold Heaven by Gretel Ehrlich


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