Former Selections

The First Edition Club has been in existence since 2001 and below you will find every selection, along with any major awards it has won and even some links to great reviews.







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
April | All Our Names by Dinau Mengestu Finalist for the Kirkus Fiction 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 Finalist for the National Book Award 2014
July | Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson Finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2014
August | Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique Finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2014
September | The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014
October | Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Finalist for the National Book Award 2014
November |Lila by Marilynne Robinson Finalist for the National Book Award 2014




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 Booker Prize | NBCC Finalist
April | The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud NYT Notable Book of 2013
May | A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra Shortlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize | NBCC John Leonard Prize | NYT Notable Book of 2013
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 New York Times Top 10 Book of 2013 | NBCC Finalist | Winner: Pulitzer Prize 2014 | Shortlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction 2014
November | At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón
December | We Are Water by Wally Lamb



January | The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson | Winner: Pulitzer Prize 2013 |NBCC Finalist 2012   
February | Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron | Winner of the 2010 Bellwether Prize
March | What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander | NYT Notable Book of 2012 | Pulitzer Prize Finalist 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 | NBCC WINNER 2012
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



January | The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard     
February | Open City by Teju Cole | 2012 Hemingway/PEN Award, 2012 New York City Book Award
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



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    


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    


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    


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


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


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    


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      


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      


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      


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