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Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin
With lyrical precision, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy’s discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem in 1935.
The Flame by Leonard Cohen
Featuring poems, excerpts from his private notebooks, lyrics, and hand-drawn self-portraits, The Flame offers an unprecedentedly intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist.
Loves You by Sarah Gambito
In Loves You, Gambito explores the recipe as poetic form and a mode of resistance. Through the inclusion of real recipes, she brings readers to the table not only to enjoy the bounty of her poems but, slyly, to consider the ways in which people of color are assailed and fetishized.
Virtual Light by William Gibson
The millennium has come and gone, leaving in its wake only stunned survivors. Berry and Chevette are on the run, zeroing in on the digitalized heart of DatAmerica, where pure information is the greatest high.
Time for the Stars by Robert A. Heinlein
With over-population stretching the resources of Earth, the need to find and colonize other Terra-type planets is becoming crucial to the survival of the human race.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? by Lee Israel
Israel’s hilarious and shocking memoir of the astonishing caper she carried on for almost two years when she forged and sold more than three hundred letters by such literary notables as Dorothy Parker, Edna Ferber, Noel Coward, and many others.
The Diary of Frida Kahlo, Intro by Carlos Fuentes
The intimate life of artist Frida Kahlo is wonderfully revealed in the illustrated journal she kept during her last 10 years. This passionate and at times surprising record contains the artist’s thoughts, poems, and dreams.
The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon
A powerful, darkly glittering novel of violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young woman at an elite American university is drawn into a cult’s acts of terrorism.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.
Sadie by Courtney Summers
A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
The author of Other People’s Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings delivers a quirky and charming novel chronicling the life of confirmed introvert Nina Hill as she does her best to fly under everyone’s radar.
Night by Elie Wiesel
Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray is an 1891 philosophical novel by Irish writer and playwright Oscar Wilde. It follows Dorian Gray, a man who sells his soul to keep his youth.
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