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They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib
Abdurraqib uses music and culture as a lens through which to view our world, so that we might better understand ourselves, and in so doing proves himself a bellwether for our times.
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Chopin’s daring portrayal of a woman trapped in a stifling marriage, who seeks and finds passionate physical love outside the straitened confines of her domestic situation.
Illegal by Eoin Colfer & Andrew Donkin; Illustrated by Giovanni Rigano
A powerfully moving graphic novel by New York Times bestselling author Eoin Colfer and the team behind the Artemis Fowl graphic novels that explores the current plight of undocumented immigrants.
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom.
A Curious Land by Susan Muaddi Darraj
Darraj’s short story collection about the inhabitants of a Palestinian West Bank village, Tel al-Hilou, spans generations and continents to explore ideas of memory, belonging, connection, and, ultimately, the deepest and richest meaning of home.
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
This extraordinary debut novel explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born “with one foot on the other side.”
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
A season of endings has begun. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Nazi Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.
Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti
Influenced by the strange terrors of Lovecraft and Poe and by the brutal absurdity of Kafka, Ligotti eschews cheap, gory thrills for his own brand of horror, which shocks at the deepest, existential, levels.
Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare by Giles Milton
In the spring of 1939, a top-secret organization was founded in London: its purpose was to plot the destruction of Hitler’s war machine, through spectacular acts of sabotage.
John Woman by Walter Mosley
John Woman recounts the transformation of an unassuming boy named Cornelius Jones into John Woman, an unconventional history professor―while the legacy of a hideous crime lurks in the shadows.
There There by Tommy Orange
Tommy Orange’s “groundbreaking, extraordinary” There There is the “brilliant, propulsive” story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day.
The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner
Captivating and boldly imaginative, with a tale of sisterhood at its heart, Rena Rossner’s debut fantasy invites you to enter a world filled with magic, folklore, and the dangers of the woods.
The Widower’s Notebook by Jonathan Santlofer
Written with unexpected humor and great warmth, The Widower’s Notebook is a portrait of a marriage, an account of the complexities of finding oneself single again after losing your spouse, and a story of the enduring power of familial love.
The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan by Steve Wiley
In Chicago, a curious L train runs through a hidden side of the city. On that train, you’ll discover fantastical truths about the city, alongside the most fascinating cast of characters, including one exceptional girl by the name of Francesca Finnegan.
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