See what the staff at the AWM has been reading this month. Be sure to check back monthly to see new recommendations!
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Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
In this unforgettable debut novel, an Indian-American Muslim teen copes with Islamophobia, cultural divides among peers and parents, and a reality she can neither explain nor escape.
Insurrecto by Gina Apostol
Histories and personalities collide in this literary tour-de-force about the Philippines’ present and America’s past by the PEN Open Book Award–winning author of Gun Dealers’ Daughter.
The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
The City is inhabited by those who have departed Earth but are still remembered by the living. But the City is shrinking, and the residents clearing out. Brockmeier alternates two storylines to create a lyrical and haunting story about love, loss and the power of memory.
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.
Love in Vain by J.M. Dupont; Art by Mezzo
Exploring the stories and legends that surround Robert Johnson’s life and death — his childhood, his womanizing, his pact with the devil at the crossroads — Mezzo and DuPont have produced a fittingly creative and beautiful depiction of this most extraordinary life.
Skinner by Charlie Huston
A combination of Le Carre spycraft with Stephenson techno-philosophy, Skinner is the triumphant novel that delivers a new kind of thriller for a new kind of world.
Love War Stories by Ivelisse Rodriguez
This collection documents how “love wars” break out across generations of Puerto Rican women as individuals find themselves caught in the crosshairs of romance, expectations, and community.
The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia Scarry; Illustrated by J.P. Miller
Join Little Bear as he prepares for the holidays, all the while giving readers a chance to smell six wonderful scents including apple pie, christmas tree, hot chocolate, and more!
Calypso by David Sedaris
David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book. If you’ve ever laughed your way through David Sedaris’s cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you’re getting with Calypso. You’d be wrong.
The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh
Imagine a place populated by criminals—people plucked from their lives, with their memories altered, who’ve been granted new identities and a second chance. Welcome to The Blinds, a dusty town in rural Texas populated by misfits who don’t know if they’ve perpetrated a crime or just witnessed one.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and thereby exposes herself to the hypocrisies of society.
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