The most recent book I finished from this list published by the Huffington Post is The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin.
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It is possible I have said this about other books on this list, but this has been my favorite so far. I have long been a historical fiction enthusiast and this story is beautifully written.
The main character is William Talmadge, an orchardist in Washington. He has experienced a great deal of loss in his life, but is a genuinely good person. When two pregnant teenage girls come onto his property, escaping an evil man, he does all he can to help them.
The story spans several decades, and Coplin’s own experience growing up around an orchard helps her writing truly paint a picture. The story reminds us that our family is not necessarily our biological relatives, but those who love us most.
Here’s an updated list. The first five books on this list are the ones I had read prior to discovering the list:
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Drink by Ann Dowsett Johnston
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
Her by Christa Parravani
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
NW by Zadie Smith
Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique