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Virgin Earth by Phillipa Gregory
In this enthralling, freestanding sequel to Earthly Joys, Philippa Gregory combines a wealth of gardening knowledge with a haunting love story that spans two continents and two cultures, making Virgin Earth a tour de force of revolutionary politics and passionate characters.
Upside: Profiting from the Profound Demographic Shifts Ahead by Kenneth Gronbach with M.J. Moye
After synthesizing reams of data to show how the different generations have impacted and will continue to impact markets and economies, Gronbach has provided for readers the lively and certainly surprising answers.
A Guest in the House of Hip Hop by Mickey Hess
In our fraught moment, A Guest in the House of Hip Hop offers a point of entry for readers committed to racial justice, but uncertain about white people’s role in relation to black culture.
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this “intricate and extraordinary” Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution.
The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami
The imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America: Mustafa al-Zamori, called Estebanico. The slave of a Spanish conquistador, Estebanico sails for the Americas with his master, Dorantes, as part of a danger-laden expedition to Florida.
The Other Americans by Laila Lalami
A timely and powerful new novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant that is at once a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story, all of it informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture.
So Many Islands edited by Nicholas Laughlin
So Many Islands breaks out bold new writing from the distant shores of countries in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian and Pacific Oceans. Giving voice to their challenges and triumphs, these writers create a vibrant portrait of what it is like to live and love on the small islands they call home.
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
These landmark writings are, in Lorde’s own words, a call to “never close our eyes to the terror, to the chaos which is Black which is creative which is female which is dark which is rejected which is messy which is…”
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.
Dad’s Maybe Book by Tim O’Brien
Best-selling author Tim O’Brien shares wisdom from a life in letters, lessons learned in wartime, and the challenges, humor, and rewards of raising two sons.
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
Tells the hidden, barely spoken, tale of war, especially as it impacts on children. Ondaatje skilfully moves back and forth through time, finally offering an extraordinary narrative twist that feels as earned as it is unexpected.
Grapefruit by Yoko Ono
Back in print for the first time in nearly thirty years, here is Yoko Ono’s whimsical, delightful, subversive, startling book of instructions for art and for life.
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom–Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.
Eat Up! by Ruby Tandoh
In Eat Up, Ruby Tandoh celebrates the fun and pleasure of food. Filled with straight-talking, sympathetic advice on everything from mental health to recipe ideas and shopping tips, this is a book that clears away the fog, to help you fall back in love with food.
The Pigeon Has to Go to School by Mo Willems
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
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