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Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250316776
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

Red, White, & Royal Blue is a true gem of a book; such a delight to read. It has been a while since I was so utterly taken with a contemporary love story. McQuiston's writing is funny, powerful, and she does a great job of having a diverse group of characters, including people of color, LGBTQ characters, and lots of strong women. This book is such a breath of fresh air and a getaway from the real world's toxic political climate. I can't recommend this book enough. - Amanda


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In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

With devastating ability, Carmen Maria Machado dips in and out of her past to relate the terrors and trials of an abusive lover, interspersing often-painful vignettes with expert excavations of the "battered lesbian" from social & literary traditions that have generally disregarded queer intra-personal violence. - Danielle


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Binti: The Complete Trilogy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780756416935
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Published: DAW - July 7th, 2020

Though each of the novellas in this trilogy were released over the past four years, the complete collection was released in one volume earlier this year. It follows the title character as she runs away from her tribe to attend a prestigious university off planet. As soon as she boards her ship, however, she learns that warring species and aliens with vendettas make for a dangerous journey. It's a thrilling, socially conscious, and thought-provoking trilogy. Bonus: Check out her YA novels Akata Witch and Akata Warrior; they're both wonderful and immersive. - Meghara


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The Paris Hours: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250307187
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 5th, 2020

I loved this book so much! What could be better than a story about Paris between the wars? Paris Hours threads the tales of four seemingly unconnected fictional characters into the lives of very well know ones. There is serendipity, intrigue, sadness, triumph, and a touch of madness. Beneath it all is the music and literature and art and food that only Paris, and apparently Alex George, can deliver. I wish I could read it again for the first time. Wonderful! - Kris


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Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062699220
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Published: Harper Voyager - July 24th, 2018

A novel about origins, belonging, leaving, and returning, written with deep sympathy for character and fine grasp of how societies evolve. Third in Chambers' fascinating mosaic universe, but completely stand-alone. Surprising in so many ways. - Mark


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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525510567
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 14th, 2020

Is there anything Jia Tolentino can’t write a killer essay about? No. No there isn’t. These nine essays about our present moment crackle with wit and insight. Whether writing about barre class, Little Women, or ecstasy (drug and spiritual state), Tolentino has an uncanny ability to reveal the unsightly workings of our hypercapitalist, internet-driven culture, and to make sure you enjoy every moment of it. - Mark the II


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Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781610394574
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Published: PublicAffairs - August 26th, 2014

From the genesis of SWAT teams, through the "war on drugs", and "tough on crime" stances of elected officials that created the warrior-cop mentality that has underscored abuses of authority, and civilian shooting deaths by police, particularly in communities of color, Rise Of The Warrior Cop is an absolutely essential read that traces how we arrived to the current disturbing trend of militarized police forces that often more resemble an occupying armed force than protectors of the public across the country. - Jim


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The Map of Salt and Stars: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501169052
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Published: Atria Books - March 12th, 2019

Incredible, lushly-written double tale in the best weaving of ancient myth and present day reality I have ever read. I absolutely loved that our two heroines were a 12 year old girl and a 17 year old young woman whose daring heroism was not only equal or superior to the male protagonists, it was the driving force of the plot.  Girls never get to be the heroes. This book was deeply satisfying on so many levels. - Kris


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Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399563249
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

I keep two copies of this – one to carry with me and one to keep at home.  It’s that good.  No matter where you open this transformative collection you’ll find a miracle on the page. It is a map from grief to peace through the “vast, incredible gift” of nature. - Jay


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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492670124
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

This has to be one of the most extraordinarily original concepts for a book I've ever come across. Aidan Bishop wakes up at a house party, but he is not himself, literally. He's actually in the body of someone else AND he's been tasked with solving the mystery of who killed Evelyn Hardcastle before time runs out. Each day, he's reborn again to relive the same day in a different body. This is one of the most intricately layered novels I've ever read with such a diverse cast of characters. What a wild ride! - Amanda

Wow! An incredibly original take on the locked-room mystery. THE. BEST. MYSTERY. I'VE. READ! - randy


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

Completely captivating and utterly horrifying. I could not put it down, and I was appalled by the information that I completely lacked. The Osage were the richest people in the world per capita during the oil boom. A string of unsolved murders and suspicious deaths prompted the government to respond with what would become the FBI. Grann does a fascinating job with narrative history. The story keeps growing and the ramifications of this history still live with us today. - Shane


October: The Story of the Russian Revolution Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781784782788
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Published: Verso - May 22nd, 2018

Detailed, cogent, deeply researched, this book serves to show how events which seem, from the outside and from the vantage of a present far removed, monolithic are anything but. The 20th Century was dominated by the contest of ideologies between a capitalist West and a communist East, and the idea omg "communism" became synonymous with the devil, with slavery, with all the worst nightmares of a dystopia SF imagination, and, ultimately, with failure---and all the time there was little recognition that the horror of Stalinism was as far from communism as is fascism. To label someone a communist still contains the baggage of a misrepresented ideology, which we see played out today in the rabid denunciations by some of socialism, which is almost equally misapprehended. Mieville account of the missteps and tragedies that led to the advent of Stalinism and a failure of the ideals of that first attempt to remake a system from autocratic to genuinely democratic is a good place to begin unlearning the myths and reappraising the realities. It is also another examination of how the minutiae, the conflicts, the personalities, and the unexpected snags in day to day struggle can undo the most ambitious optimism and leave us with inexplicable quagmires. Recommended. - Mark


Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735220188
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2020

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The Witch Boy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338089516
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Published: Graphix - October 31st, 2017

Unlike anything else. A surreal, sometimes brutal, always beautiful trek through a world based on African myth and history. Part adventure story, part love story -- it is also a story about story-telling. Give yourself over to this book and it will take you places you've never been and never knew you needed to go. - Mark the II


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Know My Name: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735223707
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Published: Viking - September 24th, 2019

I remember feeling inspired, impressed, and in awe of Miller’s victim impact statement as Emily Doe when it came out in 2016. Miller brings that same level of strength and eloquence to this stunning memoir. She takes back her power – after having been reduced to an unconscious victim – by writing beautifully and vulnerably about herself and her life, both before and after the assault. Her story shows us that we must do better, we must be better, in a society that so corruptly mistreats survivors of sexual assault. - Amanda


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Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781477316481
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Published: University of Texas Press - February 1st, 2019

I am not a black man. I didn't come of age in the 80s with Hip Hop as my personal soundtrack. But I was absolutely captivated by Hanif Abdurraquib's memoir in the form of a tribute "album," paying homage to the rocket-to-fame brilliance of the forces behind A Tribe Called Quest. Gorgeously written, deeply considered, this deceivingly brief book threads biography, memoir, and social commentary into a perfect and satisfying read. - Kris