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Du Iz Tak?

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by Carson Ellis

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Posted on: January 23, 2017

Freedom in Congo Square

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by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

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Posted on: January 23, 2017

Leave Me Alone

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by Vera Brosgol

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Posted on: January 23, 2017

They All Saw a Cat

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by Brendan Wenzel

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March: Book 3

March - Book 3

by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illustrated by Nate Powell

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Posted on: January 23, 2017

Asking For It

Asking For It

by Louise O'Neill

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Posted on: January 23, 2017

Scythe

Scythe

by Neal Shusterman

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Wolf in the Snow

Wolf in the Snow

by Matthew Cordell

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Crown: An Ode to a Fresh Cut

Crown

by Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Gordon C. James

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

A Different Pond

A Different Pond

by Bao Phi; illustrated by Thi Bui

2018 Honor Book

As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not re...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

by Jason Chin

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Hello, Universe

Hello, Universe

by Erin Entrada Kelly

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Crown: An Ode to a Fresh Cut

Crown

by Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Gordon C. James

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Long Way Down

Long Way Down

by Jason Reynolds

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Piecing Me Together

Piecing Me Together

by Renée Watson

2018 Honor Book

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Hello Lighthouse

Hello Lighthouse

written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall

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Posted on: September 12, 2019

Alma and How She Got Her Name

Alma and How She Got Her Name

written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

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Posted on: September 12, 2019

A Big Mooncake for Little Star

A Big Mooncake for Little Star

written and illustrated by Grace Lin

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Posted on: September 12, 2019

The Rough Patch

The Rough Patch

written and illustrated by Brian Lies

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Posted on: September 12, 2019

Thank You, Omu!

Thank You, Omu!

written and illustrated by Oge Mora

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The Undefeated

The Undefeated

by Kwame Alexander; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Bear Came Along

Bear Came Along

by Richard T. Morris; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Double Bass Blues

Double Bass Blues

by Andrea J. Loney; illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Going Down Home with Daddy

Going Down Home with Daddy

by Kelly Starling Lyons; illustrated by Daniel Minter

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Dig

Dig

by A. S. King

2020 WINNER!

Five teenagers’ disparate lives weave together, unveiling long-buried secrets within a complex shared history. King’s surrealistic narrative confronts themes of white privilege and its dark legacies.

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

The Beast Player

The Beast Player

by Nahoko Uehashi; translated by Cathy Hirano

2020 Honor Book

Orphaned Elin learns to use her ability to communicate with animals as she navigates through political unrest. The beauty and power of the natural world are at the heart of this captivating, nimb...

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me

by Mariko Tamaki; illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

2020 Honor Book

Freddy is enamored with the magnetic Laura Dean, but their on-again, off-again relationship is far from healthy. Through soft-hued illustrations and cinematic scope, this g...

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir

Ordinary Hazards

by Nikki Grimes

2020 Honor Book

Grimes’ verse memoir traces her development through a tumultuous childhood as she finds her voice as a powerful storyteller. Themes of family, belonging, and identity combine to tell a story of faith and resilience....

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

Where the World Ends

Where the World Ends

by Geraldine McCaughrean

2020 Honor Book

In 1727, a group of men and boys from St. Kilda sail to a remote sea stack on a fowling trip, only to find themselves stranded. McCaughrean’s exceptional tale evokes the harsh beauty of its setting and the ...

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New Kid

New Kid

by Jerry Craft

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Posted on: October 19, 2020

Scary Stories for Young Foxes

Scary Stories for Young Foxes

by Christian McKay Heidicker; illustrated by Junyi Wu

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Posted on: October 19, 2020

The Undefeated

The Undefeated

by Kwame Alexander; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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Posted on: October 19, 2020

Other Words for Home

Other Words for Home

by Jasmine Warga

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Posted on: October 19, 2020

Genesis Begins Again

Genesis Begins Again

by Alicia D. Williams

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The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

by Ben Philippe

2020 WINNER!

Norris Kaplan, a Black French-Canadian teen, moves to Austin, Texas and tries to survive American high school life by notating his observations, most of which are based on clichés from U.S. movies and television shows...

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Posted on: March 3, 2020

The Candle and the Flame

The Candle and the Flame

by Nafiza Azad

2020 Finalist

Orphaned in an ongoing war between djinn and humans, Fatima undergoes a magical transformation that can save her family and beloved city of Noor. A devout Muslim, she lives harmoniously in this southeast Asian community amongst ...

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Posted on: March 3, 2020

Frankly in Love

Frankly in Love

by David Yoon

2020 Finalist

Frank Li is a Korean-American high school student torn between two lives. At school, he’s part of a diverse group of smart friends. At home, he tries to be a model son — working in his parents’ store...

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Posted on: March 3, 2020

Genesis Begins Again

Genesis Begins Again

by Alicia D. Williams

2020 Finalist

Genesis has a list of reasons to hate about herself, started by girls in a Detroit school she attends, and she keeps adding to it. Born dark-skinned in a family that values light-skin black people, Genesis craves to feel ...

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Posted on: March 3, 2020

There Will Come a Darkness

There Will Come a Darkness

by Katy Rose Pool

2020 Finalist

The Age of Darkness is upon us, so says a secret prophecy foretold generations ago by the Seven Prophets. Five lives — an exiled prince, a serial killer known as the Pale Hand, a terminally ill girl, a gambler on th...

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Free Lunch

Free Lunch

by Rex Ogle

2020 WINNER!

An honest and engrossing account of Ogle’s sixth-grade year and his family’s experience with poverty and its effect on their relationships. Ogle captures the voice and emotion of his sixth-grade self in this powe...

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Posted on: March 3, 2020

The Great Nijinsky: God of Dance

The Great Nijinsky - God of Dance

written and illustrated by Lynn Curlee

2020 Finalist

With striking portraits and bold prose, Curlee details the life of the prodigal dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, who, unencumbered by sexuality and gender norms, rapidly ascended to stardom before tragically succu...

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Posted on: March 3, 2020

A Light in the Darkness: Janusz Korczak, His Orphans, and the Holocaust

A Light in the Darkness

by Albert Marrin

2020 Finalist

A heart-wrenching look at the history of the Warsaw Ghetto, told by comparing the philosophies of Doctor Janusz Korczak, a pediatrician-turned-orphanage-director who championed children’s rights, and Adolf Hitler, a ...

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Posted on: March 3, 2020

A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II

A Thousand Sisters

by Elizabeth Wein

2020 Finalist

A thrilling, richly detailed account of the regiments of female Russian aviators who fought in World War II as pilots, mechanics, and navigators. Through extensive research, descriptive personal stories, and examples of overc...

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Posted on: March 3, 2020

Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of “The Children's Ship"

Torpedoed

by Deborah Heiligman

2020 Finalist

In 1940, the passenger ship City of Benares set sail from Britain, carrying 200 passengers, many of them children hoping to escape the ravages of war. Before they could reach safety, the ship was struck by a torpedo, and a...

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We Are Water Protectors

We Are Water Protectors

by Carole Lindstrom; illustrated by Michaela Goade

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Posted on: March 19, 2021

Me & Mama

Me & Mama

by Cozbi A. Cabrera

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Posted on: March 19, 2021

The Cat Man of Aleppo

The Cat Man of Aleppo

by Irene Latham & Karim Shamsi-Basha; illustrated by Yuko Shimizu

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Posted on: March 19, 2021

A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart

A Place Inside of Me

by Zetta Elliott; illustrated by Noa Denmon

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Posted on: March 19, 2021

Outside In

Outside In

by Deborah Underwood; illustrated by Cindy Derby

2021 Honor Book

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Fighting Words

Fighting Words

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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Posted on: March 19, 2021

A Wish in the Dark

A Wish in the Dark

by Christina Soontornvat

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Posted on: March 19, 2021

We Dream of Space

We Dream of Space

by Erin Entrada Kelly

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Posted on: March 19, 2021

Box: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom

Box - Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom

by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Michelle Wood

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Surviving the White Gaze: A Memoir

Surviving the White Gaze

by Rebecca Carroll

Everyone interested in transracial adoption would be wise to read this new memoir. The author, a black cultural critic, recounts her story of being adopted as a young child by a white family from rural New Hampshire. She was raised in an...

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Posted on: April 30, 2021

The History of the Black Population of Amherst, Massachusetts, 1728-1870

History of the Black Population of Amherst

by James Avery Smith

Once only available to those visiting our Special Collections, this important book, published in 1999 by the New England Genealogical Society, can now be borrowed and read at home. Using tax lists, probate and land records, town record...

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Posted on: April 23, 2021

Parenting for Liberation: A Guide for Raising Black Children

Parenting for Liberation

by Trina Greene Brown

Parenting For Liberation was launched as a virtual platform in 2016 by activist-mama Trina Greene Brown. In her introduction to this guidebook she states that the blog and podcast were created to "...connect, inspire, and uplift ...

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Posted on: April 16, 2021

Age of Phillis

Age of Phillis

by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

For National Poetry Month, we are pleased to highlight this volume of poetry written about Phillis Wheatley, the first African-American author of a published book of poetry. Award-winning poet Jeffers spent fifteen years research...

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Posted on: April 9, 2021

Every Body Looking

Every Body Looking

by Candice Iloh

This young adult novel in verse is the #ownvoices debut from Candice Iloh, a first-generation Nigerian-American author. It's a poetic coming-of-age story that deals with some heavy themes like the protagonist's complicated...

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Posted on: April 2, 2021

Julian Bond’s Time to Teach: A History of the Southern Civil Rights Movement

Time to Teach

by Julian Bond

How lucky were the students at Harvard and other American universities who were able to take a class with Julian Bond. Along with being a famed civil rights activist, author, chairman of the NAACP, and Georgia state representative and senato...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life

Freedom Over Me

by Ashley Bryan

Based on an original estate-appraisal document from 1828, Ashley Bryan's poetry gives voices to 11 enslaved individuals, imagining not only their daily lives but their hopes for the future. While the document that inspired these po...

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Posted on: March 19, 2021

Grieving while Black: An Antiracist Take on Oppression and Sorrow

Grieving While Black

by Breeshia Wade

The author, a Black end-of-life caregiver and chaplain, looks at the significance of grief to Black people. In particular she connects sorrow to the ongoing trauma of systemic racism. She encourages readers to attend to their grief so that...

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Posted on: March 12, 2021

Concrete Rose

Concrete Rose

by Angie Thomas

Concrete Rose is the prequel to the number one New York Times best-seller, The Hate U Give. Set 17 years in the past, it follows Starr's father, Maverick, as he navigates growing up while raising an infant son and having to make di...

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Posted on: March 5, 2021

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song

The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Distinguished scholar Henry Louis Gates offers a history of the Black church in America, showing it to be "the Black community's abiding rock and fortress." Gates powerfully demonstrates that the church was a so...

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Posted on: February 25, 2021

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019

Four Hundred Souls

edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

This bestseller marks a milestone in the study of African American history. It is the result of research conducted for the Four Hundred Souls project, spearheaded by National Book Award-winning historian Ibram X...

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Posted on: February 18, 2021

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

The Oldest Student

by Rita L. Hubbard; illustrated by Oge Mora

This picture book biography tells the inspiring story of Mary Walker, who learned to read at the age of 116. Born enslaved in 1848, Walker was emancipated as a teenager, and was gifted a Bible that she longed to ...

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Posted on: February 10, 2021

Bingo Love

Bingo Love

by Tee Franklin; artwork by Jenn St-Onge

If you're looking for the perfect book to read in honor of St. Valentine's Day, check out the young adult graphic novel Bingo Love which is a joyful celebration of Black queer love and an inspiring...

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Posted on: February 3, 2021

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

My Grandmother's Hands

by Resmaa Menakem

Resmaa Menakem approaches the problem of racism from his perspective as a therapist. He explains that racism is embedded in the bodies of blacks and whites in this country. Blacks experience everyday threats and respond by fighting, fleei...

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Posted on: January 26, 2021

Do Lord Remember Me

Do Lord Remember Me

by Julius Lester

On what would have been his 82nd birthday, we celebrate a distinguished Amherst author, civil rights activist, professor, musician, and photographer. Julius Lester wrote 31 award-winning children’s books as well as nonfiction and fiction f...

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Posted on: January 8, 2021

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature

The Home Place

by J. Drew Lanham

In honor of National Bird Day (January 5), we have chosen a remarkable memoir published in 2016 by an African-American birder and naturalist. The Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University, J. Drew Lanham has writte...

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Posted on: January 7, 2021

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America

Black Enough

edited by Ibi Zoboi

This 2019 anthology of young adult short stories is a wonderful offering of modern Black voices. Featuring 16 excellent Black authors such as Nic Stone and Jason Reynolds, my favorite part of reading this was the diversity of stories to...

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Posted on: December 28, 2020

The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X

The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X

by Les Payne and Tamara Payne

This highly acclaimed new book is winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Les Payne, the renowned Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist, embarked in 1990 on a nearly thirty-year-long quest to interview...

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Posted on: December 15, 2020

You Can Keep That to Yourself

You Can Keep That to Yourself

A Comprehensive List of What Not to Say to Black People, for Well-Intentioned People of Pallor by Adam Smyer

How do you write something humorous about racism in America? If you are Adam Smyer, an attorney, martial artist, and mediocre bass player,...

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Posted on: December 15, 2020

King and the Dragonflies

King and the Dragon Flies

by Kacen Callender

This bittersweet middle grade book takes us to the bayous of small town Louisiana where homophobia and racism are very real things that twelve year old Kingston James must deal with. Mourning the sudden death of his older brother, King s...

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Posted on: December 1, 2020

The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir

The Beauty in Breaking

by Michele Harper

The author of this eloquent memoir is an ER doctor and a practitioner of yoga and meditation. Here she recounts how she overcame racist colleagues, a background of domestic violence, and the trauma of seeing suffering people every day at ...

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Posted on: November 20, 2020

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey

The Truths We Hold

by Kamala D. Harris

The results of the presidential election are now acknowledged by most Americans, and for the first time a woman of color was on the winning ticket! Kamala Harris, the daughter of an economist from Jamaica and a cancer researcher from In...

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Posted on: November 20, 2020

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People

by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz; adapted by Jean Mendoza & Debbie Reese

In our antiracist efforts to dismantle white supremacy, we have to also look at this country's relationship with its Indigenous communities. Both Black and Indigenous people have suffered ...

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Posted on: November 4, 2020

Race after Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code

Race After Technology

by Ruha Benjamin

An African American Studies scholar turns a bright light on technology, illuminating how racism and inequality underpin its newest creations. From everyday apps to complex algorithms, Ruha Benjamin cuts through tech-industry hype to unders...

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Posted on: October 29, 2020

From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century

From Here to Equality - Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century

by William A. Darity, Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen

Racism and discrimination have choked economic opportunity for African Americans at nearly every turn. William Darity, an economist at Duke University and an Amherst native, and folklorist Kirsten Mullen toge...

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Posted on: October 14, 2020

The City We Became

The City We Became

by N. K. Jemisin

Congratulations to N. K. Jemisin for being named one of this year’s MacArthur “geniuses!” The MacArthur Foundation describes her as “a speculative fiction writer exploring deeply human questions about structural racism, environmental crise...

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Posted on: October 13, 2020

Dread Nation

Dread Nation

by Justina Ireland

This 2018 young adult historical fiction by Justina Ireland is the perfect spooky October read to get you in the mood for Halloween. Why? Because there are zombies! Zombies! Set just after the Civil War, this is a fun and action-packed s...

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Posted on: September 29, 2020

Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land

Farming While Black

by Leah Penniman

At a time when Americans are closely examining all aspects of our society for racism, those of us interested in food issues would do well to start with this remarkable book. Author Leah Penniman, the 2019 recipient of the James Beard Found...

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Posted on: September 25, 2020

Say Her Name

Say Her Name

by Zetta Elliott; illustrated by Loveis Wise

Turn to the Acknowledgements section in the final pages of this short 100 page collection of poetry-activism and you will see that the author knowingly divines that there will be more black women to mourn and re...

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Posted on: September 16, 2020

Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All

Vanguard

by Martha S. Jones

According to conventional wisdom, American women’s campaign for the vote began with the Seneca Falls convention of 1848 and ended with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. But this women’s movement was an overwhelmingly ...

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Posted on: September 11, 2020

Towers Falling

Towers Falling

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Fifth grade student Dèja is starting the year at a new school in Brooklyn after her family moves into a shelter. Although the first day is filled with challenges, it is also filled with promise: a teacher who connects to her student...

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Posted on: September 11, 2020

Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir

Memorial Drive

by Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey is a former U.S. Poet Laureate and a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She earned her M.F.A. at UMass Amherst. Memorial Drive is her first book that is not poetry. This memoir was written because, in the aut...

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Posted on: August 28, 2020

One Crazy Summer (One Crazy Summer Series, Book 1)

One Crazy Summer

by Rita Garcia Williams

One Crazy Summer follows the three Gaither sisters as they travel from Brooklyn to Oakland in the summer of 1968, where they hope to get to know the mother who left them. Delphine, the oldest sister, takes on many roles in her famil...

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Posted on: August 21, 2020

Brother Robert: Growing Up with Robert Johnson

Brother Robert by Annye C. Anderson - An intimate memoir by blues legend Robert Johnson’s stepsister

by Annye C. Anderson with Preston Lauterbach; foreword by Elijah Wald

We are excited to offer this new weekly feature and to share a wide array of books about Black lives in America. It seems appropriate to begin with a new book by a well-known Amherst res...

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Posted on: August 21, 2020

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America

Gordon Parks

by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Jamey Christoph

This picture book biography introduces readers to the life and work of multi-talented artist Gordon Parks. It traces Parks’ path to becoming one of the most important photographers of the 20th ce...

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Posted on: August 21, 2020

March: Book 1, 2, and 3

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by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illustrated by Nate Powell

The nation is mourning the death of a civil rights hero and “conscience of the Congress,” Representative John Lewis. Adults and young adults wanting to know more about Lewis and the civil rights mo...

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Posted on: August 21, 2020

This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope

This Is Major

by Shayla Lawson

Writing in a fierce and humorous voice, Shayla Lawson provides a memoir in essays that is also a celebration of black women’s lives and culture. She knows the richness and resilience of black girl culture (its irony and rebellion!) and the...

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Posted on: August 21, 2020

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Stamped

by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

In this 2020 YA remix of Ibram X. Kendi’s work (2016’s Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America), Jason Reynolds is quick to point out that this isn’t a history book. That said, he d...

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Posted on: August 21, 2020

Horace Pippin, American Modern

Horace Pippin

by Anne Monahan

Horace Pippin, sometimes described as an American Henri Rousseau, was a disabled veteran (WWI) without formal art training who began painting in his 40s and soon became famous in the art world. His works depict WWI, black families, Abraham ...

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Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life

Freedom Over Me

by Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan's poetic portraits, inspired by an original estate-appraisal document from 1828, give voices to 11 enslaved individuals by imagining not only their daily lives but their hopes for the future. Bryan is as prolific as he...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life

The Playbook

by Kwame Alexander

This short book weaves together inspirational quotes, bios, and poetry to talk about life and its challenges through sports metaphors. While it's not entirely about basketball (Kwame talks about his own experience playing tennis...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

The Women Who Caught the Babies: A Story of African American Midwives

The Women Who Caught the Babies

by Eloise Greenfield; illustrated by Daniel Minter

In this story in verse, Eloise Greenfield paints a vivid portrait of Black midwives across hundreds of years. Paired with artwork by Daniel Minter, readers follow the history of midwifery, including Greenf...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks

A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks

by Alice Faye Duncan; illustrated by Xia Gordon

This biography in verse introduces us to the brilliant poet Gwendolyn Brooks. Author (and school librarian!) Alice Faye Duncan weaves her own poetry with poems by Brooks to paint a picture of childhood on the...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

Words With Wings

Words with Wings

by Nikki Grimes

Words With Wings is a captivating, beautifully written work of fiction by Nikki Grimes that conveys an entire novel’s worth of events, emotions, and milestones through a series of short illuminating poems. In this novel, daydreame...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

The Black Flamingo

The Black Flamingo

by Dean Atta

This coming of age novel, told in verse, tells the story of Michael Angeli as he navigates his cultural identity as well as his emerging sexuality. Throughout the course of this inspiring quick read, Michael enters college and discovers the Dr...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

Punching the Air

Punching the Air

by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

A beautiful and gnawing narrative poem written in verse, Punching the Air is the personal perspective of Amal Shahid, an artist and a poet, who is tried as an adult and wrongfully convicted of a crime at the age of sixteen.

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

Long Way Down

Long Way Down

by Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is one of those authors whose every word is placed precisely where it needs to be. Long Way Down is the kind of story you feel in your chest the whole way through, packaged in a simple, elegant, perfect frame narrative. You...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

Every Body Looking

Every Body Looking

by Candice Iloh

Candice Iloh tells the story of a girl we know as Ada — a mixed race dancer in contemporary America. As a semi-autobiographical work, Iloh's story focuses on Ada's internal processing as she deals with the troubl...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

A Wreath For Emmett Till

A Wreath for Emmett Till

by Marilyn Nelson; illustrated by Philippe Lardy

A Wreath for Emmett Till is a collection of fourteen interlinked sonnets; the last line of one becomes the first line of the next. The author creates a wreath of remembrance of suffering while celebrating li...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

Never Forgotten

Never Forgotten

by Patricia McKissack; artwork by Leo & Diane Dillon

Presented in verse poems accompanied by powerful illustrations, Never Forgotten tells the story of a Mende blacksmith who raises his son with love and the help of the four elements — Earth,...

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Loving

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Back

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Beloved

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant

by Gail Honeyman

Reviewed by Janet:Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine, thank you very much. She is quite settled and safe in her routine, keeping herself to herself, moving from work to home and back, with 2 bottles of vodka on the weekend. Yet her carefu...

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Posted on: January 22, 2020

Call Me American: A Memoir

Call Me American

by Abdi Nor Iftin

Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.S. marines lan...

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Posted on: December 16, 2019

Normal People

Normal People

by Sally Rooney

At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He's popular and well-adjusted, star of the school football team, while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her job at...

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Posted on: November 19, 2019

Out of Darkness, Shining Light

Out of Darkness, Shining Light

by Petina Gappah

The captivating story of the loyal men and women who ensured explorer and missionary Dr. Livingstone's remains, papers, and maps could be returned home to England.

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Posted on: October 15, 2019

The Limits of the World

Limits of the World

by Jennifer Acker

Reviewed by Linda:Jennifer Acker of Amherst College is editor of the school's literary magazine The Common and organizer of LitFest, which brings distinguished writers to campus each spring. This elegantly written and thought-provoking no...

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Posted on: September 19, 2019

Five-Carat Soul

Five-Carat Soul

by James McBride

An antiques dealer discovers that a legendary toy commissioned by Civil War General Robert E. Lee now sits in the home of a black minister in Queens. Five strangers find themselves thrown together and face unexpected judgment. An American ...

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Posted on: August 9, 2019

There There

There There

by Tommy Orange

Reviewed by Janet:

This powerful novel begins as a series of loosely connected short stories, but turns into something so much more in this exploration of the plight of the urban Native American. Each of the characters follows their own path...

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Posted on: July 18, 2019

Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste Ng

Reviewed by Janet:

When things don’t go to plan in the planned community of Shaker Heights, Elena Richardson finds herself struggling to make sense of it all. The secrets she uncovers about her tenants Mia and Pearl threaten to disrupt her own...

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Posted on: June 24, 2019

The Friend

The Friend

by Sigrid Nunez

Reviewed by Linda:Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, this novel is for and about writers, teachers of writing, and those who love fine writing. The narrator is a woman who loses her beloved literary mentor to suicide and finds h...

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Posted on: May 17, 2019

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir

All You Can Ever Know

by Nicole Chung

Chung investigates the mysteries and complexities of her transracial adoption in this chronicle of unexpected family for anyone who has struggled to figure out where they belong.

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Posted on: April 12, 2019

The Mothers

The Mothers

by Brit Bennett

This dazzling debut novel tells a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community — and the things that ultimately haunt us most.

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Posted on: March 20, 2019

Asymmetry

Asymmetry

by Lisa Halliday

A first novel by an award-winning writer explores the imbalances that spark and sustain dramatic human relations, tracing the overlapping stories of a young American editor's relationship with a famous older writer, an unexpected New York ...

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Posted on: February 19, 2019

Small Fry

Small Fry

by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

A frank, smart and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Born on a farm and named in a field by her parents — artist Chrisann Brennan and Steve Jobs — Lisa Brennan-Jobs's childhood unfolded...

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Posted on: January 25, 2019

A Place for Us

A Place for Us

by Fatima Farheen Mirza

A Place for Us is a deeply moving and resonant story of love, identity, and belonging. As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the choices their children have made. There is Hadi...

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Posted on: December 21, 2018

The Locals

The Locals

by Jonathan Dee

Mark Firth is a home builder in Howland, Massachusetts in the early 2000s who, after being swindled by a finanical advisor, feels opportunity passing him by. In the paranoid days after 9/11, a New York money manager, Philip Hadi, moves his ...

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Posted on: November 9, 2018

They May Not Mean To, But They Do

They May Not Mean To, But They Do

by Cathleen Schine

Joy Bergman is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would prefer. She won't take their advice, and she won't take an antidepressant. Her marriage to their father, Aaron, has lasted through health...

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Posted on: October 12, 2018

Moonglow

Moonglow

by Michael Chabon

A man bears witness to his grandfather's deathbed confessions, which reveal his family's long-buried history and his involvement in a mail-order novelty company, World War II, and the space program.

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Posted on: September 20, 2018

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing

by Jesmyn Ward

Reviewed by Linda:

Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, this novel follows three generations of an African American family in Mississippi over the course of a few days. Ward, a two-time winner of the NBA, writes powerfully of how p...

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Posted on: August 10, 2018

Future Home of the Living God

Future Home of the Living God

by Louise Erdrich

A tale set in a world of reversing evolution and a growing police state follows pregnant thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, who investigates her biological family while awaiting the birth of a child who may emerge as a member of a ...

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Posted on: July 24, 2018

The Music Shop

The Music Shop

by Rachel Joyce

It's 1988. The CD has arrived. Sales of the shiny new disks are soaring on high streets in cities across the country. Meanwhile, down a dead-end street, Frank's music shop stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind...

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

Walking Lions

Waking Lions

by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

After neurosurgeon Eitan Green hits and kills an African migrant while driving on a deserted road late at night, the victim's wife tracks him down and confronts him, and her price for silence shatters his safe existence.

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Posted on: May 11, 2018

All Grown Up

All Grown Up

by Jami Attenberg

Hiding the truth about her unhappiness and struggles with anxiety from everyone including her family, best friend, and therapist, Andrea Bern joins her loved ones in a reevaluation of family strength in the wake of her newborn niece's hea...

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

When Breath Becomes Air

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by Paul Kalanithi

Reviewed by Janet:

Paul Kalanithi was a promising young neurosurgeon on the verge of completing his residency. A talented doctor, he sought to connect with his patients as individuals, not merely problems to be fixed in surgery. Yet a diag...

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

News of the World

News of the World

by Paulette Jiles

In the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower and itinerant news reader, is offered fifty dollars to bring an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, from Wichita Falls back to her ...

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Posted on: February 12, 2018

Home Fire

Home Fire

by Kamila Shamsie

From an internationally acclaimed novelist, the suspenseful and heartbreaking story of a family ripped apart by secrets and driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences. Isma is free. After years of watching out for h...

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Posted on: December 20, 2017

The Locals

The Locals

by Jonathan Dee

Reviewed by Linda:

I once met a librarian from the Berkshires who told me that many of the new houses in his hometown have helicopter pads in the backyards. I thought of him as I devoured Jonathan Dee’s new novel about a small Berk...

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Posted on: December 26, 2017

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

by Jill Lepore

This cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character's creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story.

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Posted on: November 9, 2017

Pachinko

Pachinko

by Min Jin Lee

Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is sav...

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Posted on: November 10, 2017

Be Frank with Me

Be Frank with Me

by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Reclusive literary legend M. M. 'Mimi' Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme, she's flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time ...

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Posted on: September 15, 2017

Strangers in Their Own Land

Strangers in Their Own Land

by Arlie Russell Hochschild

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country – a stronghold of th...

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Posted on: August 11, 2017

Man at the Helm

Man at the Helm

by Nina Stibbe

When her charmed life is shattered by her father's abandonment, young Lizzie is forced to move to a gossipy, disapproving village where her sister and she resolve to find a new man for their dysfunctional mother.

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Posted on: July 14, 2017

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

by Chris Cleave

Shocking her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort in 1939 London, socialite Mary teaches evacuated and marginalized children and bonds with her employer, Tom, before their romance is challenged by a painful love tri...

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between

The Return

by Hisham Matar

In 2012, after the overthrow of Qaddafi, the acclaimed novelist Hisham Matar journeyed to his native Libya after an absence of thirty years. When he was twelve, Matar and his family went into political exile. Eight years later Matar&rsq...

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

Lab Girl

Lab Girl

by Hope Jahren

This debut memoir by an award-winning paleobiologist traces her childhood in her father's laboratory, her longtime relationship with a brilliant but wounded colleague, and the remarkable discoveries they have made both in the lab and during ...

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Posted on: January 19, 2017

My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend

by Elena Ferrante

The story begins in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets, the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow — and as their paths ...

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

The Summer Before the War

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by Helen Simonson

Arriving in the village of Rye, England, in 1914, Beatrice Nash, a young woman of good family, becomes the first female teacher of Latin at the local school and falls in love with her sponsor's nephew.

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Posted on: November 16, 2016

The State We're In: Maine Stories

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by Ann Beattie

An award-winning short story master presents a collection of new, linked tales that impart the diverse perspectives of women orbiting around a disaffected teen who is staying with relatives while attending summer school.

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Posted on: October 17, 2016

The Marriage of Opposites

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by Alice Hoffman

Dreaming of an exotic life in Paris while coming of age in a St. Thomas refugee community, young Rachel is forced to marry a widower before falling scandalously in love and becoming the mother of Impressionist master Camille Pissarro.

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Posted on: September 14, 2016

Nora Webster

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by Colm Tóibín

Set in Wexford, Ireland, Colm Tóibín's superb seventh novel introduces the formidable, memorable, and deeply moving Nora Webster. Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man...

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

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by Kate Andersen Brower

An intimate account of White House life from the perspectives of the service staff from the Kennedys through the Obamas details their friendships, marriages, everyday activities, and elaborate state dinners.

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Dimestore: A Memoir

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by Lee Smith

In her first work of nonfiction, an author recounts her early days in the small coal town of Grundy, Virginia — and beyond.

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Three Strong Women

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by Marie NDiaye; translated by John Fletcher

The U.S. release of a Prix Goncourt-winning novel follows the intertwined stories of three women who discover the power of saying no, including a French-born lawyer who must save a victim of her tyrannical fathe...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Euphoria

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by Lily King

Frustrated by his research efforts and depressed over the death of his brothers, Andre Banson runs into two fellow anthropologists, a married couple, in 1930s New Guinea and begins a tumultuous relationship with them.

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

A Strangeness in My Mind

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by Orhan Pamuk

Selling Turkish spirits on the street and dreaming of becoming rich in a rapidly developing Istanbul, street youth Melvut Karatas elopes with the wrong woman and builds a family over decades marked by a series of dead-end jobs and an endurin...

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Posted on: March 17, 2016

Alice in Bed

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by Judith Hooper

Reviewed by Linda:

In Amherst author Judith Hooper’s fascinating work of historical fiction it wasn’t hysteria that kept the brilliant Alice James trapped in bed. Sister to the famous writer Henry and psychologist William, she suffered as m...

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

Deep South

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by Paul Theroux

One of the most acclaimed travel writers of our time turns his unflinching eye on an American South too often overlooked. Paul Theroux has spent fifty years crossing the globe, adventuring in the exotic, seeking the rich history and folklor...

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Posted on: December 24, 2015

Delicious

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by Ruth Reichl

Working as a public relations hotline consultant for a once-prestigious culinary magazine, Billie Breslin unexpectedly enters a world of New York restaurateurs and artisanal purveyors while reading World War II letters exchanged between a pl...

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Posted on: December 24, 2015

The Hilltop

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by Assaf Gavron

Life in a West Bank settlement from one of Israel's most acclaimed young novelists, skewering the complex, often absurd reality of life in Israel, the West Bank settlers, and the nation's relationship to the United States.

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Posted on: November 13, 2015

Dear Life

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by Alice Munro

This collection of stories illuminates moments that shape a life, from a dream or a sexual act to simple twists of fate that turn a person out of his or her accustomed path and into another way of being. Set in the countryside and towns of L...

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Some Luck

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by Jane Smiley

An epic novel that spans thirty years in the lives of a farm family in Iowa, telling a parallel story of the changes taking place in America from 1920 through the early 1950s.

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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by Yuval Noah Harari

Reviewed by Linda:This gripping history of human beings begins 70,000 years ago by asking why we sapiens are the only species of human — there were at least six that scientists know of so far — still in existence. T...

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Posted on: January 29, 2021

Full Mouth: Poems about Food

Full Mouth

by Sara Eddy

“Amid the many delicious feasts contained in Full Mouth — ranging from caviar and oysters to donuts and dumplings — you’ll find the “sweet improbable globes” of oranges, and the batte...

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Posted on: January 5, 2021

Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide

Spying on the South

by Tony Horwitz

The author retraces Frederick Law Olmsted's journey across the American South in the 1850s, on the eve of the Civil War. Olmsted roamed eleven states and six thousand miles, and the New York Times published his dispatches about slavery and ...

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Posted on: December 11, 2020

The Man Who Invented Christmas (streaming video)

The Man Who Invented Christmas

directed by Bharat Nalluri

A film about the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim, and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real-life inspirations with h...

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Posted on: October 29, 2020

A Long Petal of the Sea

A Long Petal of the Sea

by Isabel Allende

In the late 1930s, civil war gripped Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them...

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Posted on: October 13, 2020

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II

Woman of No Importance

by Sonia Purnell

Reviewed by Linda:Open this book and meet a truly remarkable woman, one who was instrumental in liberating France from the Nazis. Virginia Hall was considered a most unlikely candidate to be a spy: a socialite from Baltimore who had a pros...

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

The Warmth of Other Suns

by Isabel WilkersonIn this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern an...

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Posted on: August 11, 2020

My Afternoons with Margueritte (Le Tête en Friche) (streaming video)

My Afternoons with Margueritte

directed by Jean BeckerThis film stars Gerard Depardieu who plays Germain, a 45-year-old, illiterate handyman. Margueritte is a lovely 95-year-old lady who loves any good book to share with others. The two meet in the afternoons where Margueritte reads an...

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Posted on: July 7, 2020

Becoming Astrid (streaming video)

Becoming Astrid

directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen

This film follows the early life of the Swedish children author, Astrid Lindgren. She is considered to be the world’s third most-translated children’s author. She has written more than a 100 titl...

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Posted on: June 9, 2020

1985 (streaming video)

1985 - Directed by Yen Tan

directed by Yen Tan

This film is shot on black-and-white super 16mm film and centers on a pivotal time in America during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Adrian returns to Texas to celebrate Christmas and reconnect with his family. Unresolved issues forc...

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Posted on: May 21, 2020

A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove

by Fredrik Backman

In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

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Posted on: May 21, 2020

Elephant Company

Elephant Company

by Vicki Croke

The remarkable story of James Howard "Billy" Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the world’s largest land animals transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill.

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Posted on: February 27, 2020

Call Me American: A Memoir

Call Me American

by Abdi Nor Iftin

Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.S. marines lan...

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Posted on: January 27, 2020

The Improvisatore

The Improvisatore

by Hans Christian Andersen; translated by Frank Hugus

This semi-autobiographical novel, inspired by Andersen’s travels in Italy, was recently translated by Frank Hugus, Amherst resident and UMass Professor of German & Scandinavian Studies.

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Posted on: January 9, 2020

The Rosie Project

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by Graeme Simsion

Reviewed by Janet:Don Tillman is a socially challenged professor who decides it is time to marry. Being a researcher, he decides to use a specially designed questionnaire for the Wife Project, as he calls it. However, things go contrary t...

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Posted on: November 25, 2019

The Battle for Christmas

The Battle for Christmas

by Stephen Nissenbaum

In 1659 the Massachusetts Bay General Court declared the celebration of Christmas to be a criminal offense. What the Puritans were trying to suppress was a holiday marked by boisterous invasions of the homes of the wealthy. As recentl...

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Posted on: October 28, 2019

The End of American Childhood

The End of American Childhood by Paula S. Fass

by Paula S. Fass

A sweeping look at the history of American childhood and parenting, from the nation's founding to the present day. Renowned historian Paula Fass shows how, since the beginning of the American republic, independence, self-definition, and in...

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Posted on: September 27, 2019

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation

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by Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts's number one New York Times bestseller, We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, examined the nature of women's roles throughout history and led USA Today to praise her as a "custodian of time-honored values." Her second best...

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Posted on: August 23, 2019

Sisters In Law

Sisters In Law

by Linda Hirshman

The relationship between Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg — Republican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, western rancher's daughter and Brooklyn girl — transcends party, religion, region, and culture. Strengt...

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties

Coming of Age

by Madeleine May Kunin

Many readers are already familiar with Madeleine Kunin, the former three-term governor of Vermont, who served as the deputy secretary of education and ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton. The topic of this — her mo...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Born a Crime

by Trevor Noah

Noah's path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at the time such a union was punishable by five years in prison. As he struggl...

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Posted on: May 3, 2019

The Hidden Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees

by Peter Wohlleben

A forester's fascinating stories, supported by the latest scientific research, reveal the extraordinary world of forests and illustrate how trees communicate and care for each other.

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Posted on: March 20, 2019

Just Mercy

Just Mercy

by Bryan Stevenson

The executive director of a social advocacy group for prisoners tells the story of Walter McMillian, a man condemned to death row for a murder he didn't commit — and explains why justice and mercy must go hand-in-hand.

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Posted on: March 8, 2019

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West

American Wolf

by Nate Blakeslee

The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her. Before men ruled the earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hu...

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Posted on: January 25, 2019

The Locals

The Locals

by Jonathan Dee

Reviewed by Linda:I once met a librarian from the Berkshires who told me that many of the new houses in his hometown have helicopter pads in the backyards. I thought of him as I devoured Jonathan Dee’s new novel about a small Berk...

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Posted on: December 21, 2018

Becoming

Becoming

by Michelle Obama

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive Whit...

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Posted on: December 13, 2018

RGB

RBG

directed and produced by Betsy West & Julie Cohen

At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the na...

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Posted on: October 25, 2018

The Library Book

The Library Book

by Susan Orlean

Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metro...

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Posted on: October 11, 2018

Revolution Song: A Story of Freedom

Revolution Song

by Russell Shorto

In his epic new book, Russell Shorto takes us back to the founding of the American nation, drawing on diaries, letters and autobiographies to flesh out six lives that cast the era in a fresh new light. They include an African man who free...

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Posted on: August 31, 2018

Let's Take the Long Way Home

EDITED - Lets Take the Long Way Home

by Gail Caldwell

In this moving memoir, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gail Caldwell reflects on her own coming-of-age in midlife, as she learns to open herself to the power and healing of sharing her life with a best friend.

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Posted on: May 4, 2018

The Hanging Judge

Hanging Judge by Michael Ponsor

by Michael Ponsor

When a drive-by shooting in Holyoke, Massachusetts, claims the lives of a Puerto Rican drug dealer and a hockey mom volunteering at an inner-city clinic, the police arrest a rival gang member. With no death penalty in Massachusetts, the U...

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Posted on: April 6, 2018

Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia

Ramp Hollow

by Steven Stoll

An original investigation into the rise of the Appalachian homestead explores the impact of coal mining, timber and other industries on victimizing and marginalizing the region, sharing insights into how Appalachia became wrongly associated...

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Posted on: February 27, 2018

The Stranger in the Woods

The Stranger in the Woods

by Michael Finkel

For readers of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude — the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from...

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Posted on: February 6, 2018

Moloka'i

Moloka'i

by Alan Brennert

Seven-year-old Rachel is forcibly removed from her family's 1890s Honolulu home when she contracts leprosy and is placed in a settlement, where she loses a series of new friends before new medical discoveries enable her to reenter the worl...

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Posted on: January 5, 2018

Saints for All Occasions

Saints for All Occasions

by J. Courtney Sullivan

A sweeping novel about two sisters — one the matriarch of a boisterous Irish Catholic family, the other a cloistered nun, hidden from the world — and the secret that drove them apart.

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Posted on: November 17, 2017

News of the World

News of the World

by Paulette Jiles

In the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower and itinerant news reader, is offered fifty dollars to bring an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, from Wichita Falls back to her ...

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Posted on: October 25, 2017

Mr. and Mrs. Prince

Mr. and Mrs. Prince

by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

This dual portrait of a pioneering African-American poet and her Revolutionary War veteran husband describes their groundbreaking court battle to retain their land in Vermont and Massachusetts when bigoted neighbors attempted t...

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Posted on: September 25, 2017

Austin and Mabel

Austin and Mabel

by Polly Longsworth

The romance between Mabel Loomis Todd and Austin Dickinson, the brother of the poet Emily Dickinson, is portrayed in a selection of letters.

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Posted on: July 12, 2017

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

by Jill Lepore

This cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character's creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story.

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Posted on: May 25, 2017

The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

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by Kate Andersen Brower

America's first families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and hea...

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Posted on: March 16, 2017

Strangers in Their Own Land

Strangers in Their Own Land

by Arlie Russell Hochschild

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country – a stronghold of the conserva...

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Posted on: January 19, 2017

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

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by J.D. Vance

Provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction i...

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Posted on: December 15, 2016

Born on a Blue Day

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by Daniel Tammet

An autistic savant with genius-level mathematical talents describes how he was shunned by his classmates in spite of his super-human capacity for math and language and offers insight into how he experiences the world.

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Posted on: December 5, 2016

Love, Loss, and What I Wore

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by Ilene Beckerman

In a volume originally intended just for friends, the author reflects on her fortunes and misfortunes through the clothes she has worn, clothes that have expressed her hopes and dreams — from her Brownie uniform to her first maternity dr...

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Posted on: January 19, 2017

The Sixth Extinction

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by Elizabeth Kolbert

Provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extin...

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Posted on: October 28, 2016

The Nightingale

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by Kristin Hannah

Reunited when the elder's husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways.

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Fates and Furies

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by Lauren Groff

An exhilarating novel about marriage, creativity, art, and perception.

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop

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by Steve Osborne

A retired NYPD lieutenant shares the most entertaining and engrossing true stories from his two decades on the beat, including when he mistook a dentist as an armed robbery suspect and a strange request made by the mother of a suspected cr...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

An Unmarked Grave

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by Charles Todd

When battlefield nurse Bess Crawford, while contending with wounded soldiers and influenza patients, stumbles upon the body of an officer and family friend who has been murdered, she – using her father's connections in the military – search...

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Posted on: March 23, 2016

All the Light We Cannot See

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by Anthony Doerr

A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with their respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.

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Posted on: February 24, 2016

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

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by Atul Gawande

Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Gawande asserts that medicine can comfort and enhanc...

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (DVD)

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directed by John Madden

When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to 'outsource' their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways.

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Posted on: December 31, 2015

Mr. Holmes (DVD)

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directed by Bill Condon

In 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holm...

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Posted on: November 25, 2015

Strangers in Good Company (DVD)

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directed by Cynthia Scott

Seven elderly women and their bus driver band together to survive when their bus breaks down in the Quebec countryside. As they draw closer, the women begin to share stories from their pasts.

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Posted on: November 25, 2015

Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility

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by Ellen J. Langer

If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically? For more than thirty years, award-winning social psychologist Ellen Langer has studied this provocative question, and now, in Counter Clockwise, she ...

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Posted on: January 22, 2020

Foundryside

Foundryside

by Robert Jackson Bennett

Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne’s docks, is nothing her unique abilities can’t handle. But unbeknownst to her, Sancia’s been...

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Posted on: December 6, 2019

The City of Brass

The City of Brass

by S. A. Chakraborty

A brilliantly imagined historical fantasy in which a young con artist in eighteenth century Cairo discovers she's the last descendant of a powerful family of djinn healers. With the help of an outcast immortal warrior and a rebellious ...

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Posted on: November 19, 2019

A Natural History of Dragons

A Natural History of Dragons

by Marie Brennan

Isabella, Lady Trent, known as the world's preeminent dragon naturalist, writes her memoir detailing how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of...

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Posted on: October 15, 2019

Green Rider

Green Rider

by Kristen Britain

After being expelled from school, spoilt Karigan G'ladheon meets a rider dying from an arrow wound who gives her a magic brooch and a message for his king. So begins a life of adventure which transforms Karigan into an exemplary heroine....

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Posted on: September 6, 2019

The Tethered Mage

The Tethered Mage

by Melissa Caruso

CONTROL THE MAGIC, CONTROL THE WORLD. In the Raverran Empire, magic is scarce and those born with power are strictly controlled — taken as children and conscripted into the Falcon Army. Zaira has lived her life on the streets to...

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Posted on: August 9, 2019

The Immortals

The Immortals

by Jordanna Max Brodsky

A high quality contemporary fantasy novel that will appeal to a wide range of readers from fans of American Gods to kids who grew up reading Percy Jackson. The Relentless One, the Bearer of the Bow, the Untamed... those are only a f...

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Posted on: July 18, 2019

Going Postal

Going Postal

by Terry Pratchett

Arch-swindler Moist Van Lipwig never believed his confidence crimes were hanging offenses — until he found himself with a noose tightly around his neck, dropping through a trapdoor, and falling into — a government job...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Existence

Existence

by David Brin

In a future world dominated by a neural-link web where people can tune into live events and revolutions can be instantly sparked, an active alien communication device is discovered in orbit around the Earth, triggering an international upheav...

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Posted on: May 17, 2019

Storm Front

Storm Front

by Jim Butcher

A modern-day mage and consultant to the police finds his stale life suddenly enlivened by the presence of a rival in the black arts.

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Posted on: March 27, 2019

The Year’s Best Science Fiction (32nd Annual Collection)

The Year's Best Science Fiction - 32nd Annual Collection

edited by Gardner Dozois

A selection of thirty-six of the best science fiction stories of the year from such authors as Nancy Kress, Cory Doctorow, Elizabeth Bear, Ian McDonald, Lauren Beukes, Michael Stanwick, Peter Watts, Alastair Reynolds, and Ken Liu.

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Posted on: February 19, 2019

The Belgariad (Volume 1)

The Belgariad Volume 1

by David Eddings

The Orb protecting the West from the evil god Torak has been stolen and must be reclaimed in this fast-paced and dramatic epic fantasy series. At the center of these banter-filled stories of good and evil, Gods and Kings, monsters and prop...

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Posted on: January 25, 2019

Wool

Wool

by Hugh Howey

In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. In a society full of regulations meant to protect the community, Sheriff Holston unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: he asks...

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Posted on: November 9, 2018

Age of Myth

Age of Myth

by Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan's trailblazing career began with the breakout success of his Riyria series: full-bodied, spellbinding fantasy adventures whose imaginative scope and sympathetic characters won a devoted readership and comparisons to fan...

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Posted on: October 12, 2018

The Light of Other Days

The Light of Other Days

by Arthur C. Clarke

A breakthrough in quantum physics allows all human beings to spy on each other and to look back into the past, but the human race may not be ready to handle all the ramifications of the scientific innovation.

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Posted on: September 13, 2018

River of Stars

River of Stars

by Guy Gavriel Kay

Ren Daiyan was just a boy when he took the lives of seven men while guarding an imperial magistrate of Kitai. That moment on a lonely road changed his life — in entirely unexpected ways, sending him into the forests of Kitai am...

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Posted on: August 10, 2018

The Handmaid’s Tale

Handmaid's Tale

by Margaret Atwood

Offred, a Handmaid, describes life in what was once the United States, now the Republic of Gilead, a shockingly repressive and intolerant monotheocracy, in this dystopian tour de force set in the near future.

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Posted on: July 24, 2018

Poison Study

Poison Study

by Maria V. Snyder

After she is given a reprieve from her death sentence, Yelena faces mounting disasters as rebels plot to seize Ixia, her life is once again threatened, and the chief of security is attempting to poison her.

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Posted on: June 8, 2018

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

by Robert A. Heinlein

A one-armed computer technician, a radical blonde bombshell, an aging academic, and a sentient all-knowing computer lead the lunar population in a revolution against Earth's colonial rule.

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Posted on: May 4, 2018

Ship of Magic

Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb

by Robin Hobb

Expecting to inherit her family's Liveship, Althea Vestrit now must defend this animate, intelligent treasure from both her scheming brother-in-law, who plans to use it as a slave ship, and a nation of ruthless pirates led by Captain Kennit.

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Posted on: April 6, 2018

Blue Remembered Earth

Blue Remembered Earth

by Alistair Reynolds

In a future where crime, war, and disease have been eradicated, Geoffrey Akinya must travel to the Moon in an attempt to protect his family's name and businesses from dangerous secrets his late grandmother left behind.

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

A Crown for Cold Silver

A Crown for Cold Silver

by Alex Marshall

Twenty years ago, feared general Cobalt Zosia led her five villainous captains and mercenary army into battle, wrestling monsters and toppling an empire. When there were no more titles to win and no more worlds to conquer, she retired and ...

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Posted on: February 12, 2018

The Birthday of the World

Birthday of the World

by Ursula K. Le Guin

A collection of stories that are filled with love, lust, sex, marriage, gender, and other annoying problems that people must deal with no matter where they reside in the universe.

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Posted on: January 19, 2018

The Dirty Streets of Heaven

Dirty Streets of Heaven

by Tad Williams

Bobby Dollar, an angel who has taken part in the long battle between Heaven and Hell, must figure out why there are suddenly an unprecedented number of souls missing from both sides and who summoned a Babylonian demon to kill him.

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Posted on: December 8, 2017

A Fire Upon the Deep

A Fire Upon the Deep

by Vernor Vinge

A Fire Upon the Deep is the big, breakout book that fulfills the promise of Vinge's career to date: a gripping tale of galactic war told on a cosmic scale. Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind's potential is ...

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Posted on: November 9, 2017

Acacia

Acacia

by David Anthony Durham

Leodan Akaran, the powerful ruler of an idyllic empire, hides the dark realities of their prosperity from his four children, until an assassin from the Mein — a race exiled to an ice-locked stronghold in the north &mda...

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Posted on: October 4, 2017

Proxima

Proxima

by Stephen Baxter

Mankind's future in this galaxy could be all but infinite. There are hundreds of billions of red dwarf stars, lasting trillions of years — and their planets can be habitable for humans. Such is the world of Proxima Centauri. And...

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Posted on: September 8, 2017

Half a King

Half a King

by Joe Abercrombie

Heir to the throne Yarvi, prompted by the murder of his father, embarks on a kingdom-transforming journey to regain the throne, even though having only one good hand means he cannot wield a weapon.

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles

by Ray Bradbury

The tranquility of Mars is disrupted by the earthmen who have come to conquer space, colonize the planet, and escape a doomed Earth.

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

Mage's Blood

Mage's Blood

by David Hair

The first book in an epic fantasy quartet about the struggle for mastery in a world ruled by magic.

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Posted on: May 25, 2017

Welcome to the Monkey House

Welcome to the Monkey House

by Kurt Vonnegut

A collection of twenty-five short works written between 1950 and 1968 and originally printed in a wide range of publications including The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, and Ladies’ Home Journal.

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Posted on: April 6, 2017

The Night Circus

The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

A circus, titled Le Cirque des Reve, comes to town out of the blue and without warning. Within its tents, young magicians Celia and Marco compete to be the best, having done so since childhood. However, under the backdrop of their inten...

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Posted on: March 8, 2017

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

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by Mary Roach

The author of Stiff and Gulp explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity.

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Posted on: February 13, 2017

The Black Prism

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by Brent Weeks

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to liv...

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Posted on: January 5, 2017

The Sparrow

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by Mary Doria Russell

The sole survivor of a crew sent to explore a new planet, Jesuit priest Emilio Sandoz discovers an alien civilization that raises questions about the very essence of humanity – an encounter that leads Sandoz to a public inqu...

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

A Wizard of Earthsea

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by Ursula K. Le Guin

A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

Contact

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by Carl Sagan

Astrophysicist Dr. Rebecca Blake deciphers a message from outer space and finds that it contains directions for the construction of a complicated machine.

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

The Warded Man

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by Peter V. Brett

As darkness falls each night, the corelings rise, demons who well up from the ground like a hellish steam, and when young Arlen decides to brave the night roads and face the demons, he attempts something not dreamt of since ancient times:...

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick

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with an introduction by Jonathan Lethem

This collection of stories by the master of science fiction includes "The Minority Report," about the creator of an innovative crime prevention system who himself falls victim to his own invention.

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Posted on: August 4, 2016

Sorcerer to the Crown

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by Zen Cho

While trying to discover why England's magical stocks are drying up, Zacharias Wythe, freed slave and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers, meets an unusual woman whose power could alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain.

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Red Rising

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by Pierce Brown

This tale set in a bleak future society torn by class divisions follows the experiences of secret revolutionary Darrow, who after witnessing his wife's execution by an oppressive government joins a revolutionary cell and attempts to infiltr...

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Watership Down

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by Richard Adams

An allegorical tale of survival about a band of wild rabbits who leave their ancestral home to build a more humane society, Watership Down chronicles their adventures as they search for a safe place to establish a new warren where they can...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Foreigner

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by C. J. Cherryh

Two hundred years after a group of humans had lost a war to the atevi, Bren Cameron, the only human allowed into the atevi society, realizes he must forge a bond between the two seemingly incompatible species.

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Theft of Swords

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by Michael J. Sullivani

Two thieves in the wrong place at the wrong time are on the run in this fast-paced adventure fantasy.

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Posted on: March 17, 2016

Redshirts

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by John Scalzi

Enjoying his assignment with the xenobiology lab on board the prestigious Intrepid, ensign Andrew Dahl worries about casualties suffered by low-ranking officers during away missions before making a shocking discovery about the starship's act...

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

Legends: Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy

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edited by Robert Silverberg

A collection of original short novels by such acclaimed authors as Stephen King, Robert Jordan, Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. Le Guin, Orson Scott Card, and Terry Goodkind returns each to his own special fantasy world for a new and ...

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

Embassytown

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by China Miéville

Retaining a tenuous peace on a distant planet in the far future, humans and aliens work together through a mutually beneficial economic arrangement that is threatened by the arrival of a new group of humans that destabilizes th...

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Posted on: November 13, 2015

The Name of the Wind

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by Patrick Rothfuss

The story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend. So begin...

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Goblin Emperor

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by Katherine Addison

The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an "...

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Posted on: February 18, 2021

The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man’s Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America

The Elephant in the Room

by Tommy Tomlinson

A searing, honest, and candid exploration of what it's like to live as a fat man, from acclaimed journalist Tommy Tomlinson, who decided he had to change his life as he neared the age of fifty weighing in at 460 pounds.

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

The Help

The Help

by Kathryn Stockett

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women — black and...

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Posted on: February 18, 2020

Becoming

Becoming

by Michelle Obama

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive Whit...

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Posted on: January 22, 2020

Call Me American: A Memoir

Call Me American

by Abdi Nor Iftin

Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.S. marines lan...

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Posted on: December 16, 2019

Americanah

Americanah

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi

A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected.

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Posted on: November 19, 2019

There There

There There

by Tommy Orange

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This powerful novel begins as a series of loosely connected short stories, but turns into something so much more in this exploration of the plight of the urban Native American. Each of the characters follows their own path...

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Posted on: October 18, 2019

If a Tree Falls: A Family’s Quest to Hear and Be Heard

If a Tree Falls

by Jennifer Rosner

This revelatory memoir explores family, silence, and what it means to be heard. When her daughters are born deaf, Rosner is stunned. Then she discovers a hidden history of deafness in her family, going back generations to the Jewish encl...

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Posted on: September 19, 2019

So You Want to Talk about Race

So You Want to Talk About Race

by Ijeoma Oluo

A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today's racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that readers of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide.

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Posted on: July 18, 2019

Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances

Chasing Space

by Leland Melvin

A memoir by the former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver traces his personal journey from the gridiron to the stars, examining the intersecting roles of community, perseverance, and grace that create opportunities for success.

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Posted on: June 24, 2019

Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey

Have Dog Will Travel

by Stephen Kuusisto

A blind poet describes his relationship with his first guide dog and how it changed his life and gave him a newfound appreciation for travel and independence.

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Posted on: May 29, 2019

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of he...

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Posted on: April 12, 2019

The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life

The Far Away Brothers

by Lauren Markham

The deeply reported story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador's violence to build new lives in California — fighting to survive, to stay, and to belong. Growing up in rural El Salvador in the wake of the civil war,...

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Posted on: March 20, 2019

Make Trouble

Make Trouble

by Cecile Richards

From the president of Planned Parenthood, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, and featured speaker at the Women's March on Washington, comes a story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for wome...

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Posted on: February 19, 2019

When They Call You a Terrorist

When They Call You a Terrorist

by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele

A memoir by the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement explains the movement's position of love, humanity, and justice, challenging perspectives that have negatively labeled the movement's activists while ...

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Posted on: January 25, 2019

News of the World

News of the World

by Paulette Jiles

In the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower and itinerant news reader, is offered fifty dollars to bring an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, from Wichita Falls back to her ...

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Posted on: December 18, 2018

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

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by J.D. Vance

Provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction i...

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Posted on: November 17, 2018

I am Malala

I Am Malala

by Malala Yousafzai

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the u...

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Posted on: October 12, 2018

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Born a Crime

by Trevor Noah

Noah's path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at the time such a union was punishable by five years in prison. As he struggl...

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Posted on: September 13, 2018

Homegoing

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by Yaa Gyasi

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Half-sisters Effia and Esi were born in different villages in 18th century Ghana, and they never know each other. Alternating chapters trace the generations of Effia’s descendants in Ghana and Esi’s in the...

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Posted on: August 16, 2018

The Book of Joy

The Book of Joy

by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Two leading spiritual masters share their wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity, sharing personal stories and teachings about the science of profound happiness and the daily pr...

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Posted on: July 24, 2018

The Lovers: Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet

The Lovers

by Rod Nordland

An astonishingly powerful and profoundly moving story of a young couple willing to risk everything for love that puts a human face on the ongoing debate about women's rights in the Muslim world. Zakia and Ali were from different tribes, but...

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

This Is How It Always Is

This Is How It Always Is

by Laurie Frankel

When Rosie and Penn and their four boys welcome the newest member of their family, no one is surprised it's another baby boy. At least their large, loving, chaotic family knows what to expect. But Claude is not like his brothers. One day ...

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Posted on: May 11, 2018

The Windfall

Windfall

by Diksha Basu

Moving to a wealthy community after the lucrative sale of their website, Mr. And Mrs. Jha, formerly of East Delhi, struggle with cultural changes while their son, studying in America, pursues romance and wonders how his parents' new status w...

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Strangers in Their Own Land

by Arlie Russell Hochschild 

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A renowned sociologist from Berkeley spends months getting to know conservatives in Louisiana bayou country. She wants to understand the feelings that drive their politics, the “deep story&a...

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Posted on: January 18, 2018

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

by Jill Lepore

A cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character's creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story. This book examines the life of ...

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Posted on: December 13, 2017

And the Mountains Echoed

And the Mountains Echoed

by Khaled Hosseini

Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and step-mother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters....

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Posted on: November 17, 2017

Their Eyes Were Watching God

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by Zora Neale Hurston

When Janie Starks returns to her rural Florida home, her small black community is overwhelmed with curiosity about her relationship with a younger man.

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Posted on: October 13, 2017

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

You're Never Weird on the Internet

by Felicia Day

From the online entertainment pioneer, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day, comes a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to internet stardom, and embracing her weirdness to find her p...

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Posted on: September 13, 2017

Just Mercy

Just Mercy

by Bryan Stevenson

The executive director of a social advocacy group for prisoners tells the story of Walter McMillian, a man condemned to death row for a murder he didn't commit — and explains why justice and mercy must go hand-in-hand.

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr

A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance-tracker struggle with their respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.

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Posted on: July 14, 2017

Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening

Switched On

by John Elder Robison

Shocked by the teenage violence she witnessed during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, Erin Gruwell became a teacher at a high school rampant with hostility and racial intolerance. For many of these students - whose ranks included...

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

Freedom Writers Diary

Freedom Writers Diary

by the Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell

Shocked by the teenage violence she witnessed during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, Erin Gruwell became a teacher at a high school rampant with hostility and racial intolerance. For many of these students &am...

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

Mom & Me & Mom

Mom and Me and Mom

by Maya Angelou

The celebrated author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings shares the intimate story of her relationship with her mother, an officer in the Merchant Marines and a purveyor of a gambling business and rooming house, relating the events that pro...

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Posted on: April 6, 2017

All I Love and Know

All I Love and Know

by Judith Frank

For years, Matthew Greene and Daniel Rosen have enjoyed a quiet domestic life together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Opposites in many ways, they have grown together and made their relationship work. But when they learn that Daniel's twin ...

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Posted on: March 19, 2017

Strength in What Remains

Strength in What Remains

by Tracy Kidder

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder returns with the extraordinary true story of Deo, a young man who arrives in America from Burundi in search of a new life. After surviving a civil war and genocide, he ekes out a precarious exi...

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Posted on: January 19, 2017

The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

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by Kate Andersen Brower

America's first families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and hea...

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Posted on: January 19, 2017

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

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by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the indigenous peoples was genocidal and imperialist, designed to crush the original inhabitants.

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

The House on Mango Street

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by Sandra Cisneros

For Esperanza, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, life is an endless landscape of concrete and run-down tenements, and she tries to rise above the hopelessness.

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

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by Kay Redfield Jamison

The personal story of a manic depressive and a world-renowned authority on the subject describes the onset of the illness during her teenage years and her determined journey through the realm of available treatments.

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Posted on: December 15, 2016

Between the World and Me

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by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a black father for his son, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present...

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Posted on: September 14, 2016

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking

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by Susan Cain

A former Wall Street attorney and business coach demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in today's culture, charting the rise of "the extrovert ideal" while sharing anecdotal examples to counsel reader...

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

On the Move: A Life

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by Oliver Sacks

Recounts the author's life and career, sharing his experiences as a neurologist in the early 1960s, his obsession with motorcycles and speed, and finding a long-forgotten illness in the wards of a New York chronic hospital.

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir

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by Alan Cumming

In his unique and engaging voice, the acclaimed actor of stage and screen shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career.

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Posted on: June 23, 2016

God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine

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by Victoria Sweet

This portrait of America's last surviving almshouse describes the author's long-time practice at Laguna Honda Hospital, explaining how its extraordinary patients and low-tech focus on "attentive medicine" transformed her views a...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Giovanni's Room

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by James Baldwin

An American, separated from his fiancee, becomes involved in an intense relationship with a young Italian bartender while in Paris.

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux

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by Black Elk and John G. Neihardt

Reveals the life of Lakota healer Nicholas Black Elk as he led his tribe's battle against white settlers who threatened their homes and buffalo herds, and describes the victories and tragedies at Little Bighorn and Wounded...

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Posted on: March 17, 2016

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

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by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

A Pulitzer Prize-winning husband-and-wife team speaks out against the oppression of women in the developing world, sharing example stories about victims and survivors who are working to raise awareness, counter ab...

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

Say What You Will

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by Cammie McGovern

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, an...

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Posted on: December 24, 2015

How to Be Black

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by Baratunde Thurston

An editor at The Onion presents a tongue-in-cheek guide to being black that pokes fun at the so-called experts, purists, and racists who think they know what black people believe, do, stand for, and like.

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Posted on: December 24, 2015

The Things They Carried

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by Tim O'Brien

The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O'Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the...

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Posted on: November 25, 2015

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation

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by Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts's number one New York Times bestseller, We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, examined the nature of women's roles throughout history and led USA Today to praise her as a "custodian of time-honored values." Her second best...

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Blindsight

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directed by Lucy Walker

The gripping true-life adventure of six blind Tibetan teenagers on a climbing expedition up formidable Mount Everest.

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

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by Michelle Alexander

Law professor Alexander argues that the War on Drugs and policies that deny convicted felons equal access to employment, housing, education, and public benefits create a permanent under caste based largely on race. As the United State...

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Wonder

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R.J. Palacio

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and...

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Voices of Our Time

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by Studs Terkel

From the 1950s through 1997, Louis "Studs" Terkel, bestselling author of Hard Times, Working, The Great War, Coming of Age, and eight other books, hosted a daily one-hour show on WFMT Radio in Chicago. This nationally syndicated, ...

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Limbo

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by Alfred Lubrano

In Limbo, award-winning journalist Alfred Lubrano identifies and describes an overlooked cultural phenomenon: the internal conflict within individuals raised in blue-collar homes, now living white-collar lives.

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

The Fault in Our Stars

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by John Green

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Moving Violations

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by John Hockenberry

A memoir that is both funny and furious from a nationally known radio and TV reporter who is paralyzed from the chest down.

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Posted on: December 15, 2016

White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son

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by Tim Wise

White Like Me is part memoir, part polemical essay collection. It is a personal examination of the way in which racial privilege shapes the daily lives of white Americans in every realm: employment, education, housing, criminal justice, and els...

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Posted on: December 15, 2016

Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People

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by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald

In this accessible and groundbreaking look at the science of prejudice, Banaji and Greenwald show that prejudice and unconscious biases toward others are a fundamental part of the human psyche.

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Posted on: May 4, 2018

Nimona

Nimona

by Noelle Stevenson

Lord Blackheart, a villain with a vendetta, and his sidekick, Nimona, an impulsive young shapeshifter, must prove to the kingdom that Sir Goldenloin and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks th...

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Posted on: April 6, 2018

Hamilton and Peggy!

Hamilton and Peggy!

by L.M. Elliott

In the throes of the Revolutionary War, Peggy Schuyler finds herself a central figure amid Loyalists and Patriots, spies and traitors, friends and family. Among those friends, she develops a relationship with Alexander Hamilton, who becomes...

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

Ms. Marvel

Ms Marvel

by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she's suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel ...

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Posted on: February 5, 2018

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

#NotYourPrincess

edited by Lisa Charleyboy & Mary Beth Leatherdale

Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming i...

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Posted on: January 19, 2018

Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down

by John Green

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a yo...

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Posted on: December 13, 2017

The Language of Thorns

The Language of Thorns

by Leigh Bardugo

Travel to Grishnaverse, a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestru...

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Posted on: October 13, 2017

Eliza and Her Monsters

Eliza and Her Monsters

by Francesca Zappia

Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she's worked for begins to crumble.

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Posted on: September 15, 2017

Tell Me Something Real

Tell Me Something Real

by Calla Devlin

The three Babcock sisters must travel to a Mexican clinic across the border so their mother, ill with leukemia, can receive alternative treatments. The sisters' world is about to shatter under the weight of an incomprehensible betrayal &...

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr


A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance-tracker struggle with their respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.

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Posted on: July 14, 2017

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Escape from Mr Lemoncello's Library

by Chris Grabenstein

Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, which was designed by his hero: the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello. When morning comes, he and his friends must solve puzzles in order to escape.

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of he...

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

History Is All You Left Me

History is All You Left Me

by Adam Silvera


Secrets are revealed as OCD-afflicted Griffin grieves for his first love, Theo, who died in a drowning accident.

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Posted on: April 6, 2017

The Passion of Dolssa

The Passion of Dolssa

by Julie Berry


Buried deep within the archives of a convent in medieval France is an untold story of love, loss, and wonder and the two girls at the heart of it all.

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Posted on: March 7, 2017

Spontaneous

Spontaneous

by Aaron Starmer


A darkly funny and spectacularly original exploration of friendship, goodbyes – and spontaneous combustion.

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The Oxford English Dictionary: 'Nothing Else Comes Close'

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The Oxford English Dictionary.

It calls itself "the definitive record of the English Language," and rightly so. If you’re a writer, a poet, or just a "word-lover" (first documented usage in 1857, says the OED), you might lose ...

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Posted on: October 17, 2018

A Valentine for the Jones Library!

Dear Public Library from Oprah Magazine

The November issue of Oprah Magazine includes a very sweet valentine to the Jones Library written by local author Catherine Newman. You can read "Dear Public Library" at www.oprahmag.com or here (PDF). Thank you, Catherine!

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Posted on: June 9, 2017

Jones Library ESL Program Receives Grant

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From the Amherst Bulletin (bottom of 'Around Amherst' section):

"The English as Second Language Center at the Jones Library recently received a $1,000 grant to help new immigrants achieve English literacy and proficiency.

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Posted on: June 9, 2017

Jones Library Recognized by Human Rights Commission

Human Rights Heroes Awards

We are honored to have been recognized by the Amherst Human Rights Commission.

Excerpted from their press release entitled "Amherst Human Rights Commission announces Recipients of 13th Annual Human Rights Heroes Awards":

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Posted on: January 4, 2021

Call Me American: A Memoir

Call Me American

by Abdi Nor Iftin

Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.S. marines lan...

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Posted on: January 4, 2021

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous

by Ocean Vuong

Reviewed by Linda:A faculty member in the UMass MFA Program and recently named a 2019 MacArthur Fellow, Ocean Vuong earned comparisons to Emily Dickinson with his first book, a collection of poetry. For his second, he turned to autobiographi...

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Posted on: January 4, 2021

Becoming: A Memoir

Becoming

by Michelle Obama

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive Whit...

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Posted on: January 4, 2021

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

by Amor Towles

Reviewed by Linda:An utterly charming and moving tale of a Russian count, one Alexander Ilyich Rostov, who is called before a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922 for having written an incendiary poem, and is sentenced to house arrest at the Metropol,...

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Posted on: January 4, 2021

Educated: A Memoir

Educated

by Tara Westover

Reviewed by Linda:The author of this remarkable book was raised by survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, where she and her six siblings prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling food. Born at home, Tara had no birth certificate; n...

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Posted on: January 4, 2021

The Overstory

Overstory

by Richard Powers

Reviewed by Linda:This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, although perhaps overly long, is a profound and insightful look at our understanding of trees. Joining The Secret Lives of Trees and other recent works, it causes the reader to re-evalu...

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Posted on: January 4, 2021

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

The Warmth of Other Suns

by Isabel WilkersonIn this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern an...

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A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II

Woman of No Importance

by Sonia Purnell

Reviewed by Linda:Open this book and meet a truly remarkable woman, one who was instrumental in liberating France from the Nazis. Virginia Hall was considered a most unlikely candidate to be a spy: a socialite from Baltimore who had a pros...

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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants

braiding sweetgrass

by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Reviewed by Linda:Robin Wall Kimmerer has written a very personal book about plants and our relationship to them and the natural world. She is both a biologist and a Native American who is steeped in traditional knowledge. Her book h...

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The Water Dancer

Water Dancer

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Reviewed by Janet:This Oprah’s Book Club pick takes us to Virginia, where the elevated white culture based on the tobacco crop is eroding as the fields produce less and less. Hiram, who Tasks on the Lockless plantation, cannot remember ...

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The History of the Town of Amherst (1731 - 1896)

The History of the Town of Amherst (1731 - 1896)

Compiled and published by Carpenter & Morehouse in 1896. Digitized by UMass Amherst Libraries. Hosted by Archive.org.

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Posted on: October 23, 2017

Guide to the Robert Frost Trail (PDF)

Guide to the Robert Frost Trail

Fourth edition. Created by the Amherst Conversation Department and the Amherst Area Trails Committee in 2004. Hosted by Amherstma.gov.

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Historic Homes of Amherst

Historic Homes of Amherst

By Alice M. Walker. Published under the auspices of the Amherst Historical Society in 1905. Digitized by UMass Amherst Libraries. Hosted by Archive.org.

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Encyclopedia of Small Business (2017)

Encyclopedia of Small Business

This encyclopedia provides entrepreneurs with how-to information that they can apply to their own business. It features revised and expanded coverage to reflect the most current small business topics.

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Small Business Sourcebook: The Entrepreneur's Resource (2017)

Small Business Sourcebook

This book is designed to facilitate the start-up, development, and growth of specific small businesses. Listings for general small business topics and relevant state and federal government agencies are also included.

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Encyclopedia of Business and Finance (2014)

Encyclopedia of Business and Finance

Designed for the nonspecialist, the Encyclopedia of Business and Finance is a 2-volume complete reference covering five general areas: finance and banking; accounting; marketing; management; and information systems. Drawing on practical professional exper...

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Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans (2017)

Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans

Provides comprehensive information on sources of education-related financial aid sponsored and administered by private organizations and companies.


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The College Blue Book (2017)

The College Blue Book

Guide to thousands of 2-year and 4-year schools in the U.S. and Canada. Covers the expected listings and detailed descriptions, degree programs offered, scholarships, and occupational education programs.

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Posted on: October 21, 2015

Career Information Center (2014)

Career Information Center

Provides the most current information available on careers in the United States and Canada to people of all ages and all stages of career development. Each volume covers a career cluster and its common career pathways. Job profiles cover the following: jo...

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Career and Technical Education (2014)

Career and Technical Education

Explores the issues surrounding career and technical education.


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Business Plans Handbook (2014)

Business Plans Handbook

Actual business plans compiled by – and aimed at – entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. Presents sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail, and service industries which serve as examples of how to approach, structure, ...

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Posted on: October 21, 2015

Encyclopedia of Business and Finance (2014)

Encyclopedia of Business and Finance

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Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations (2017)

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations

This encyclopedia presents easy-to-understand information on more than 200 countries and dependencies from around the world. Entries discuss a variety of topics in detail, from banking and securities to climate, from government data to demographic statist...

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Posted on: May 10, 2017

The Gale Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Food Labels (2017)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Food Labels (2017)

This encyclopedia provides information on food, nutrition, food labels, and associated legislation, organizations, and diseases and conditions.


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Posted on: May 12, 2017

Encyclopedia of Small Business (2017)

Encyclopedia of Small Business

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The Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology (2016)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology (2016)

This encyclopedia provides comprehensive coverage of the field of psychology – including notable people, theories and terms, landmark case studies and experiments, applications of psychology in advertising, medicine, and sports, and career information.

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The Gale Encyclopedia of Pregnancy and Childbirth (2017)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Pregnancy and Childbirth (2017)

This encyclopedia presents authoritative medical information related to pregnancy and childbirth – including common and rare diseases and medical conditions, immunizations and drugs, procedures, and developmental issues.

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Posted on: May 10, 2017

The Gale Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Food Labels (2017)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Food Labels (2017)

This encyclopedia provides information on food, nutrition, food labels, and associated legislation, organizations, and diseases and conditions.


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Posted on: May 10, 2017

The Gale Encyclopedia of Dermatology (2017)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Dermatology (2017)

This encyclopedia provides in-depth coverage of various issues related to skin, hair, and nails – including dermatological diagnoses and procedures, treatment options, and medications.

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The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders (2016)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders (2016)

This encyclopedia provides clear, complete information on genetic disorders – including conditions, tests, procedures, treatments, and therapies – in articles that are both comprehensive and easy to understand.

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The Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology (2016)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology (2016)

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The Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health: Infancy through Adolescence (2016)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health - Infancy through Adolescence (2016)

This encyclopedia provides in-depth coverage of pediatric diseases and disorders, along with issues related to physical, cognitive, and behavioral development.

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Posted on: September 25, 2015

The Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests (2014)

Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests

This encyclopedia provides coverage of numerous surgical procedures, medical tests, and related topics – such as anesthetics, common lab test and procedures, medications, and postoperative care. Entries for medical tests and surgical procedures include: d...

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Posted on: September 25, 2015

The Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health (2015)

Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health

This encyclopedia covers various issues related to one’s aging body, how diseases affect it, and treatment options, including medications.


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Posted on: September 25, 2015

The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine (2014)

Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

This encyclopedia covers all aspects of the subject including therapies, conditions/diseases, herbs/plants, and people. Identifies numerous types of alternative medicine being practiced today, including reflexology, acupressure, acupuncture, chelation the...

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Posted on: September 29, 2015

The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health (2013)

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health

This encyclopedia provides detailed information on mental disorders and conditions. It also features entries for prescription, alternative, and over-the-counter drugs, as well as various therapies.

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Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations (2017)

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations

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The Great American Mosaic: An Exploration of Diversity in Primary Documents (2014)

The Great American Mosaic - An Exploration of Diversity in Primary Documents

This collection is a comprehensive source of documents that give voice to those who comprise the American mosaic, illustrating the experiences of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. Each volume focuses on a major racial/ethnic group: Africa...

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Proud Heritage: People, Issues, and Documents of the LGBT Experience (2015)

Proud Heritage - People, Issues, and Documents of the LGBT Experience

This three-volume reference traces the roots and development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights and issues in the United States from the pre-colonial period to the present day.

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Race and Racism in the United States: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic (2014)

Race and Racism in the United States - An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic

How is race defined and perceived in America today, and how do these definitions and perceptions compare to attitudes 100 years ago, or 200 years ago? This four-volume set addresses many topics related to race in the United States.

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St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (2013)

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

This encyclopedia includes more than 3,000 signed essays, written or reviewed by subject experts. Entries cover topics and people in major areas of popular culture: film, music, print culture, social life, sports, television and radio, and art and perform...

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The Age of Exploration (2013)

The Age of Exploration

This volume in Lucent's World History series tells the story of the Age of Exploration, beginning with the efforts of Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal in the 15th century, and covering major discoveries and expeditions through the late 17th century....

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Women Civil Rights Leaders (2013)

Women Civil Rights Leaders

The Lucent Library of Black History places important topics in context so that readers will understand the connection between black history and the sweep of America's story. This volume covers African American women civil rights workers. Search the index

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Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America (2014)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America

This encyclopedia includes 23 new ethnic groups and contains 152 revised ethnic entries on specific minority groups in the United States, with an emphasis on culture (religions, holidays, customs, language) in addition to information on historical backgro...

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Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America (2014)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America

This encyclopedia includes 23 new ethnic groups and contains 152 revised ethnic entries on specific minority groups in the United States, with an emphasis on culture (religions, holidays, customs, language) in addition to information on historical backgro...

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St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (2013)

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

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The Age of Exploration (2013)

The Age of Exploration

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Women Civil Rights Leaders (2013)

Women Civil Rights Leaders

The Lucent Library of Black History places important topics in context so that readers will understand the connection between black history and the sweep of America's story. This volume covers African American women civil rights workers. Search the index

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Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia (2003)

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia

A completely revised and updated version of the original work published in Germany in 1960, this edition incorporates recent developments in the animal world as noted by prominent advisors and contributors from the scientific community. Search the index t...

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Achieving Sustainability (2014)

Achieving Sustainability

This book is aimed at readers who are not experts in the field and the material is relevant to courses in natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. It presents and analyzes the underpinnings of the multi-disciplinary concept of sustainability...

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UXL Sustainable Living (2016)

UXL Sustainable Living (2016)

This encyclopedia helps students and general readers understand the economic, social, and environmental issues humans face today. It addresses sustainability challenges and opportunities – from air pollution to natural resources to zero waste.

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Posted on: October 6, 2015

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia (2003)

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia

A completely revised and updated version of the original work published in Germany in 1960, this edition incorporates recent developments in the animal world as noted by prominent advisors and contributors from the scientific community. Search the index t...

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Achieving Sustainability (2014)

Achieving Sustainability

This book is aimed at readers who are not experts in the field and the material is relevant to courses in natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. It presents and analyzes the underpinnings of the multi-disciplinary concept of sustainability...

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The Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health (2015)

Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health

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Posted on: May 10, 2017

The Gale Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Food Labels (2017)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Food Labels (2017)

This encyclopedia provides information on food, nutrition, food labels, and associated legislation, organizations, and diseases and conditions.


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Posted on: May 10, 2017

The Gale Encyclopedia of Dermatology (2017)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Dermatology (2017)

This encyclopedia provides in-depth coverage of various issues related to skin, hair, and nails – including dermatological diagnoses and procedures, treatment options, and medications.

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Posted on: September 25, 2015

The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine (2014)

Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

This encyclopedia covers all aspects of the subject including therapies, conditions/diseases, herbs/plants, and people. Identifies numerous types of alternative medicine being practiced today, including reflexology, acupressure, acupuncture, chelation the...

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Posted on: September 29, 2015

The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health (2013)

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health

This encyclopedia provides detailed information on mental disorders and conditions. It also features entries for prescription, alternative, and over-the-counter drugs, as well as various therapies.

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The Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests (2014)

Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests

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You Can Keep That to Yourself

You Can Keep That to Yourself

A Comprehensive List of What Not to Say to Black People, for Well-Intentioned People of Pallorby Adam Smyer

An eye-opening and humorous little book about a serious topic: the many ways that white people too often offend their black coworkers in conversatio...

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Posted on: June 10, 2020

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

When They Call You a Terrorist

by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandel

The authors, leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement, have been called terrorists but in truth are women seeking justice for those victimized by the powerful.

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They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement

They Can't Kill Us All

by Wesley Lowery

A deeply reported book about the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray.

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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

The New Jim Crow

by Michelle Alexander

A book by a legal scholar which opened the eyes of Americans to the broken state of the American legal system.

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How to Be an Antiracist

How to Be an Antiracist

by Ibram X. Kendi

The opposite of “racist” isn’t “not racist.” A new approach to race, justice, and equality.

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The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time

by James Baldwin

The classic that galvanized the country when it was first published in the early days of the civil rights movement.

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The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race

The Fire This Time

edited by Jesmyn Ward

A bestseller that continues Baldwin’s conversation with new essays and poems.

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Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction is an eloquent and heartbreaking memoir in the form of a letter to the author’s teenage son.

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Citizen: An American Lyric

Citizen

by Claudia Rankine

Award-winning poetry that addresses race and racism.

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From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century

From Here to Equality

by William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen

The most comprehensive case to date for economic reparations; co-author Darity is an Amherst native.

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Posted on: June 10, 2020

When They Come for You: How Police & Government Are Trampling Our Liberties & How to Take Them Back

When They Come for You

by David Kirby

An argument that basic constitutional rights and equal protection under the law are being threatened.

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Posted on: June 10, 2020

The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crime, Racism, and Injustice in American Law Enforcement

The Black and the Blue

by Matthew Horace

An African-American police officer with 28 years of experience writes powerfully about the racism inside American police departments.

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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Stamped

by Jason Reynolds

A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism — and antiracism — in America. This is NOT a history book. This is a book about the here and now. A book to help us better understand why we are where we are. A b...

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Because They Marched: The People's Campaign for Voting Rights that Changed America

Because They Marched

by Russell Freedman

In the early 1960s, tired of reprisals for attempting to register to vote, Selma’s black community began to protest. The struggle received nationwide attention when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a voting rights march in Janu...

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We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide

We Are Not Yet Equal

by Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson’s White Rage took the world by storm, landing on the New York Times bestseller list and best book of the year lists from New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Chicago Review of Books. It launched her ...

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Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice

Just Mercy

by Bryan Stevenson

In this young adult adaptation of the acclaimed bestseller Just Mercy, which the New York Times calls "as compelling as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so," Bryan Stevenson delves deep into the broken U.S. justice ...

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Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America

Black Enough

edited by Ibi Zoboi

A collection of short stories explore what it is like to be young and black, centering on the experiences of black teenagers and emphasizing that one person’s experiences, reality, and personal identity are different than some...

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All American Boys

All American Boys

by Jason Reynolds

In an unforgettable new novel from award-winning authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, two teens — one black, one white — grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their commu...

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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of he...

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Dear Martin

Dear Martin

by Nic Stone

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning New York Times bestselling debut, a William C. Morris Award Finalist.Jus...

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Piecing Me Together

Piecing Me Together

by Renee Watson

Acclaimed author Renee Watson offers a powerful story about a girl striving for success in a world that too often seems like it’s trying to break her.Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she’s ever ...

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Pet

Pet

by Akwaeke Emezi

The highly-anticipated, genre-defying new novel by award-winning author Akwaeke Emezi that explores themes of identity and justice. Pet is here to hunt a monster. Are you brave enough to look? There are no monsters anymore, or so the child...

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This Book is Anti-Racist

This Book is Anti-Racist

by Tiffany Jewell; illustrated by Aurélia Durand

This book is written for the young person who doesn’t know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life. For the 14 year old who sees injustice at school and isn’t able t...

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Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.Only the living can make the world better. Live and make it better....

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Genesis Begins Again

Genesis Begins Again

by Alicia Williams

This deeply sensitive and powerful debut novel tells the story of a thirteen-year-old who must overcome internalized racism and a verbally abusive family to finally learn to love herself.There are ninety-six things Genesis hates about he...

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New Kid

New Kid

by Jerry Craft

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is ...

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Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming

by Jacqueline Woodson

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her ...

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One Crazy Summer (One Crazy Summer Series, Book 1)

One Crazy Summer

by Rita Garcia Williams

In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them. "This vibrant and moving awa...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

Ghost

Ghost

by Jason Reynolds

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school ...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

by Mildred D. Taylor

Winner of the Newbery Medal, this remarkably moving novel has impressed the hearts and minds of millions of readers.Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family’s struggle to maintain th...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

by Christopher Paul Curtis

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree about a hilarious family on a road-trip at one of the most important times in America’s history. This special edition makes a perfect gift an...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

The Stars Beneath Our Feet

The Stars Beneath Our Feet

by David Barclay Moore

"The right story at the right time. . . . It’s not just a narrative; it’s an experience. It’s the novel we’ve been waiting for." —The New York TimesA New York Times Notable ...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

Blended

Blended

by Sharon Draper

Eleven-year-old Isabella’s blended family is more divided than ever in this "timely but genuine" (Publishers Weekly) story about divorce and racial identity from the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author o...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

A Good Kind of Trouble

A Good Kind of Trouble

by Lisa Moore Ramée

From debut author Lisa Moore Ramée comes this funny and bighearted debut middle grade novel about friendship, family, and standing up for what’s right, perfect for fans of of Angie Thomas’s The ...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

Harbor Me

Harbor Me

by Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s LiteratureA NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!Jacqueline Woodson’s first middle-grade novel since National Book Award winner Brown Girl Dreaming ce...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

Midnight without a Moon

Midnight Without a Moon

by Linda Williams Jackson

Washington Post 2017 KidsPost Summer Book Club selection!It’s Mississippi in the summer of 1955, and Rose Lee Carter can’t wait to move north. But for now, she’s living with her sharecropper grandpare...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

Betty Before X

Betty Before X

by Ilyasah Shabazz & Renée Watson

A New York Public Library Best Children’s Book of 2018A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2018A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018In Detroit, 1945, eleven-year-old Betty’s h...

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

The Undefeated

The Undefeated

by Kwame Alexander; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Winner of the 2020 Caldecott MedalA 2020 Newbery Honor BookWinner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Illustrator AwardThe Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover pens an ode to black American triumph and tr...

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

The Day You Begin

The Day You Begin

by Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by Rafael López

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s LiteratureA #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belp...

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

Sugar Hill: Harlem’s Historic Neighborhood

Sugar Hill

by Carolel Boston Weatherford; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

An Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for Early Readers Honor BookTake a walk through Harlem’s Sugar Hill and meet all the amazing people who made this neighborhood legendary. With upbeat r...

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

I Have a Dream

I Have a Dream

by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; paintings by Kadir Nelson

From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King: "My father’s dream continues to live on from generation to generation, and this beautiful and powerful illus...

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America

Gordon Parks

by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Jamey Christoph

Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Literary WorkGordon Parks is most famous for being the first black director in Hollywood. But before he made movies and wrote ...

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America

Hand in Hand

by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney

Hand in Hand presents the stories of ten men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day. The stories are accessible, fully-drawn narrative...

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Little Leaders

by Vashti Harrison

Based on her popular Instagram posts, debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison shares the stories of 40 bold African American women who shaped historyAmong these women, you’ll find heroes, role models, and everyday women who di...

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Posted on: May 12, 2021

Interior Chinatown

Interior Chinatown

by Charles Yu

Reviewed by Linda:This satirical look at racism in American culture won the National Book Award for Fiction. Written as the script of a TV show, the novel develops over 7 acts and features Willis Wu, an actor aspiring to move beyond being cas...

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Posted on: May 5, 2021

Klara and the Sun

Klara and the Sun

by Kazuo Ishiguro

Reviewed by Janet:When fourteen-year-old Josie chooses Klara to be her AF (Artificial Friend), Klara uses her acute powers of observation and empathy to become the friend that lonely Josie needs. Reliant on solar power herself, Klara make...

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Posted on: April 28, 2021

We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence

We Keep the Dead Close

by Becky Cooper

Reviewed by Linda:Becky Cooper first hears the stories about the murder when she is a Harvard student. A female graduate student was said to have been killed decades earlier by her archaeology professor with whom she was having an affair. T...

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Posted on: April 21, 2021

The Kitchen Front

Kitchen Front

by Jennifer Ryan

Reviewed by Janet:From the author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir comes another heartwarming story from a small village in England during World War II. Just two years into the war, food rationing is a daily challenge in most househ...

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Posted on: April 14, 2021

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

Minor Feelings

by Cathy Park Hong

Reviewed by Linda:A Korean-American poet powerfully exposes the racism confronting Asian Americans. Growing up facing suspicion from the larger community and subsequently feeling shame, Hong probes the emotions that arise when you discov...

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Posted on: April 7, 2021

The Lions of Fifth Avenue

Lions of Fifth Avenue

by Fiona Davis

Reviewed by Janet:The perfect novel for book lovers and library aficionados! In 1913, Laura and her family live in an apartment in the New York Public Library, where her husband is the building superintendent while writing his first novel in...

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Posted on: March 31, 2021

Simon the Fiddler

Simon the Fiddler

by Paulette Jiles

Reviewed by Linda:Poet and novelist Paulette Jiles, author of News of the World, has written another stunning tale set in Texas in the lawless era at the end of the Civil War. Simon Boudlin is 23 years old, a talented fiddler, and accusto...

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Posted on: March 24, 2021

A Million Aunties

Million Aunties

by Alecia McKenzie

Reviewed by Janet:This short but thoroughly enjoyable novel immerses the reader in a neighborhood in rural Jamaica when Christopher, an American artist, retreats to the home of Auntie Della after a personal tragedy. A wonderful range of ...

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Posted on: March 17, 2021

COVID-19: The Pandemic that Should Never Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One

COVID 19

by Debora MacKenzie

Reviewed by Linda:Author MacKenzie is a distinguished British science journalist. She gives a broad overview of how the pandemic began in China and spread throughout the world. Her writing is clear for readers without a science backgrou...

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Posted on: March 10, 2021

Blue Ticket

Blue Ticket

by Sophie Mackintosh

Reviewed by Janet:From the author of The Water Cure comes a stark tale of a society where the color of a ticket drawn by girls on the day of their first bleed determines the rest of their life. From the moment Calla draws that blue tic...

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Posted on: March 3, 2021

Doomsday Book

Doomsday Book

by Connie Willis

Reviewed by Linda:I picked up this beloved sci fi classic because I thought 2020 might provide a unique opportunity for comprehending the experience of the Black Death that spread across Europe, Asia, and North Africa in the fourteenth cen...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

His Only Wife

His Only Wife

by Peace Adzo Medie

Reviewed by Janet:When Afi is convinced by her mother to marry Elikem, the son of an important local family, she isn’t quite sure how things will turn out. After all, he doesn’t even show up for the traditional weddi...

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Posted on: February 17, 2021

Deacon King Kong

Deacon King Kong

by James McBride

Reviewed by Linda:One of the New York Times’s 10 best books of 2020, and most recently, a Carnegie Medal Winner, this novel furthers the author’s outstanding literary reputation. In 1969, the unlikely hero, a cranky, of...

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Posted on: February 10, 2021

Last Tang Standing

Last Tang Standing

by Lauren Ho

Reviewed by Janet:Andrea finds that the family gatherings for this Chinese New Year have become a complete obstacle course, as she tries to avoid the aunties and their pointed questions about her marital status (still single!) and how her moth...

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Posted on: February 3, 2021

How to Be an Antiracist

How to be an antiracist

by Ibram X. Kendi

Reviewed by Linda:This important book is receiving much well-deserved attention. The author is one of the country’s foremost historians and a leading voice on combatting racism. Here he combines an analysis of racism in America and the po...

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Posted on: January 27, 2021

We Ride Upon Sticks

We Ride Upon Sticks

by Quan Barry

Reviewed by Janet:This novel will take you back to the 80s, for a story of the Danvers High School field hockey team and Emilio Estevez – or at least, a notebook with his image on the cover. With their hearts set on making it to the...

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

You Again

You Again

by Debra Jo Immergut

Reviewed by Linda:Valley author Debra Jo Immergut follows up her Edgar-nominated novel The Captives with a page-turner that is also a meditation on life as an artist, on balancing family and finances with creating new work. Abby Willar...

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Posted on: January 13, 2021

The Jane Austen Society

Jane Austen Society

by Natalie Jenner

Reviewed by Janet:The perfect read for Jane Austen fans! This novel takes us to Chawton, England where another group of Jane Austen fans gradually find each other and mobilize to preserve the property of their favorite author. Immersing u...

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Posted on: January 6, 2021

Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results

Atomic Habits

by James Clear

Reviewed by Linda:This bestseller looks at the science of how we form and maintain habits. The author provides lots of fascinating details about human nature as it relates to habits, and stories about how tiny changes in behavior can bring b...

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Posted on: December 30, 2020

The Guest List

Guest List

by Lucy Foley

Reviewed by Janet:This feels like an Agatha Christie mystery at first, with a wedding being celebrated on a small island off the coast of Ireland, accessible only by boat. As a handful of characters take turns narrating the story, it becomes ...

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Posted on: December 23, 2020

The Exiles

Exiles

by Christina Baker Kline

A special holiday two-fer from Janet and Linda!

Reviewed by Janet:Falsely accused of theft and left pregnant after being seduced by her employer’s son, Evangeline loses her post as a governess and is sentenced to 14 years&...

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Posted on: December 16, 2020

The Love Story of Missy Carmichael

Love Story of Missy Carmichael

by Beth Morrey

Reviewed by Linda:  Millicent Carmichael, a retired librarian living in London, is at loose ends after the death of her husband and the departure of her two adult children from her life (her beloved son moving with his fami...

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Posted on: December 9, 2020

Chosen Ones

Chosen Ones

by Veronica Roth

Reviewed by Janet:From the bestselling author of the Divergent series comes a sci-fi/fantasy/thriller for adults. Ten years ago, Sloane Andrews and four other teens, called the Chosen Ones, defeated the Dark One, who was wreaking havoc in ...

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Posted on: December 3, 2020

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants

braiding sweetgrass

by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Reviewed by Linda:Robin Wall Kimmerer has written a very personal book about plants and our relationship to them and the natural world. She is both a biologist and a Native American who is steeped in traditional knowledge. Her book h...

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Posted on: November 25, 2020

You Had Me at Hola

You Had Me at Hola

by Alexis Daria

Reviewed by Janet:This new rom-com series for ScreenFlix could be just what Jasmine needs as the next step in her Leading Lady Plan. It could also be a career boost out of telenovelas for the secretive new leading man, Ashton. Yet their pro...

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Know My Name: A Memoir

Know My Name

by Chanel Miller

Reviewed by Linda:This powerful book was just named the non-fiction winner of the 2020 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Three years ago, the Internet lit up with the story of Jane Doe, a young woman who was raped while unconscious by a Stanfor...

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Posted on: November 11, 2020

All Adults Here

All Adults Here

by Emma Straub

Reviewed by Janet:Astrid lives in a picturesque small town in upstate New York, and finds her world off-kilter after witnessing an acquaintance get struck by a local school bus. This event serves as a catalyst for Astrid, causing her to look...

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Posted on: November 4, 2020

The Glass Hotel

Glass Hotel

by Emily St. John Mandel

Reviewed by Linda:The author of Station Eleven has written a new bestseller entitled The Glass Hotel. This superbly written book looks at the insecurity of modern life, and how easy it is to lose one's moral compass when t...

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Posted on: October 28, 2020

Afterlife

Afterlife

by Julia Alvarez

Reviewed by Janet:Antonia is a retired professor from a Vermont liberal arts college, and the first anniversary of her husband’s death is approaching. Still struggling to find her “afterlife” following both of...

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Posted on: October 21, 2020

Will He Go? Trump and the Looming Election Meltdown in 2020

Will He Go

by Lawrence Douglas

Reviewed by Linda:Amherst College professor Lawrence Douglas has written a very timely book for all who are concerned about the upcoming presidential election. He assesses the likelihood of mayhem if Trump loses a close election or if t...

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Posted on: October 14, 2020

The Happy Ever After Playlist

Happy Ever After Playlist

by Abby Jimenez

Reviewed by Janet:This fun follow-up to The Friend Zone catches readers up with artist Sloan Monroe, a couple years after the end of the previous book. Witty and irreverent, this look at love, friendship, grieving, and being true to yoursel...

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Posted on: October 7, 2020

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family

Hidden Valley Road

by Robert Kolker

Reviewed by Linda:What an astonishing true story! The Galvin Family of Colorado was always exceptional owing to its size (10 sons and 2 daughters). Six of the sons were tragically hit with schizophrenia as each reached adulthood. Little wa...

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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Conjure Women

Conjure Women

by Afia Atakora

Reviewed by Janet:Rue is a healer and midwife on Marse Charles’ plantation, having learned her skills from her mother, May Belle. Varina is Marse Charles’ daughter, and being the same age as Rue, has been both playmate a...

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Posted on: September 23, 2020

The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House

World As It Is

by Ben Rhodes

Reviewed by Linda:An Amherst College alum, Ben Rhodes was twenty-nine when he went to work for the Obama presidential campaign. For the next decade, he worked as a speechwriter, national security advisor, and aide to the President, with whom ...

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Posted on: September 16, 2020

The Dutch House

Dutch House

by Ann Patchett

Reviewed by Linda:A stunning Pennsylvania mansion called the “Dutch House” is more than just the setting in this novel by beloved author Ann Patchett. It remains vivid in the minds of family and staff who have lived and ...

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Posted on: September 9, 2020

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Bookish Life of Nina Hill

by Abbi Waxman

Reviewed by Janet:The perfect fun read for book lovers, trivia buffs, and fans of quirky novels! Nina Hill is quite content with her life – her job at an independent bookshop, her kick-butt trivia team, her cat Phil, and her perfec...

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Posted on: September 2, 2020

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11

Only Plane in the Sky

by Garrett M. Graff

Reviewed by Linda:This book tells the story of 9/11 from the perspective of the people who lived it. Everyone is included, from those who escaped the towers and the Pentagon and the families of the survivors and of those who perished, t...

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Posted on: August 26, 2020

These Ghosts Are Family

These Ghosts Are Family

by Maisy Card

Reviewed by Janet:When his childhood friend is killed in a London dockside accident in 1970, Abel Paisley decides to assume Solomon’s identity, and permanently abandon his wife and family back in Jamaica. As Solomon, he begins a new...

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Posted on: August 19, 2020

Such a Fun Age

Such a Fun Age

by Kiley Reid

Reviewed by Linda:This spring title, a selection of Reese’s Book Club, was soaring in popularity with many holds when the coronavirus hit. I was lucky enough to score a copy of the audiobook through Libby/Overdrive. It is a fascinat...

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Posted on: August 12, 2020

Master Class

Master Class

by Christina Dalcher

Reviewed by Janet:From the author of Vox comes another gripping and haunting novel, set in a near future that will seem eerily possible. Imagine that education reform has created a tiered system of schools, where monthly testing determ...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

Say Nothing

by Patrick Radden Keefe

Reviewed by Linda:This history of the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland is so gripping that, at times, it reads like a thriller. The author focuses on a devastating cold case from the 1970s, involving a widowed mother of ten ...

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Posted on: July 29, 2020

You Again

You Again by Debra Jo Immergut

by Debra Jo Immergut

Reviewed by Linda:Valley author Debra Jo Immergut follows up her Edgar-nominated novel The Captives with a page-turner that is also a meditation on life as an artist, on balancing family and finances with creating new work. Abby Willar...

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Posted on: July 22, 2020

House of Trelawney

House of Trelawney

by Hannah Rothschild

Reviewed by Janet:After 800 years, the fortunes of the Scott family have disintegrated, as has Trelawney Castle. Kitto, the future earl, spends his days in London as chairman of a bank. Jane, his wife, holds hearth and home together wi...

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Posted on: July 15, 2020

Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss

Late Migrations

by Margaret Renkl

Reviewed by Linda:Margaret Renkl, whose column appears weekly in the New York Times, has written a soaring collection of essays about the natural world outside her door in Nashville. She reveals surprises, beauty, and heartache in the liv...

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Posted on: July 8, 2020

Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators

Catch and Kill

by Ronan Farrow

Reviewed by Linda:I am in awe of Ronan Farrow for accomplishing what numerous other talented journalists tried and failed to do, to expose the dangerous predator Harvey Weinstein and the powerful interests that sought to protect him and oth...

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

The Music Book

The Music Book

by Karen Osborn

Reviewed by Linda:Local novelist Karen Osborn’s newest work looks back to the 1950s and the life of a gifted female musician at a time when few were allowed entry into the male world of professional classical musicians. Newly grad...

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Posted on: June 24, 2020

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations

Good Talk

by Mira Jacob

Reviewed by Linda:Thank you to the colleague who recommended this graphic novel and said it was a very fast read. I’d seen it on multiple best of 2019 lists, and it fully deserves those spots. Mira Jacob writes of being an American ...

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Posted on: June 17, 2020

On Beauty

On Beauty

by Wally Swist

Reviewed by Cyndi:Amherst author Wally Swist is a prolific writer who easily crosses genres, as is evident in his latest publication that incorporates four types of writing not often seen side-by-side. The preface provides a guide to the who...

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Posted on: June 10, 2020

The Yellow House

Yellow House

by Sarah M. Broom

Reviewed by Linda: Sarah Broom’s first book has made quite an impression, winning the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction and being named one of the New York Times’s 10 Best Books of the Year for 2019. The...

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Posted on: June 3, 2020

The Last Train to London

Last Train to London

by Meg Waite Clayton

Reviewed by Janet:While most Jews fleeing Hitler’s Nazi regime in the late 1930s had increasingly fewer places that would receive them, Jewish children fared a little better. The parallel stories in this novel – of ...

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Hyper Education: Why Good Schools, Good Grades, and Good Behavior Are Not Enough

hyper education

by Pawan Dhingra

Reviewed by Linda:Pawan Dhingra, a sociologist at Amherst College, has written an up-close look at the education arms race of after-school learning, academic competitions, and the perceived failure of even our best schools to educate child...

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Posted on: May 20, 2020

Just Breathe

just breathe

by Cammie McGovern

Reviewed by Linda:This moving novel may remind readers of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, both for its realistic portrayal of teens up against serious medical challenges and for its very sympathetic characters. David, the ...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

The Giver of Stars

Giver of Stars

by Jojo Moyes

Reviewed by Linda:Library lovers will rejoice in popular British novelist Moyes’s latest work. She has turned her focus across the Atlantic to the Appalachian Mountains during the Great Depression and introduces the pack horse libra...

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

Oona Out of Order

Oona Out of Order

by Margarita Montimore

Reviewed by Janet:Nineteen-year-old Oona is ready to celebrate her birthday on the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Her life lies before her, as does a crucial decision. Yet after the clock strikes twelve, Oona finds h...

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Posted on: April 29, 2020

Battle Dress: Poems

Battle Dress

by Karen Skolfield

Reviewed by Cyndi:With beautiful language and imagery, Karen Skolfield engages with the best and worst of humanity through the lens of her unique experiences as a female U.S. Army veteran. Her way with language is particularly noticeable...

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Posted on: April 22, 2020

The 100% Solution: A Plan for Solving Climate Change

100 solution

by Solomon Goldstein-Rose

Reviewed by Linda:This very eye-opening book should be read by all concerned citizens, scientists, engineers, public officials, activists, donors, farmers, and educators. Written by a well-known local activist, it makes clear how ...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

How to Love a Country: Poems

How to Love a Country

by Richard Blanco

Reviewed by Cyndi:This new volume from Richard Blanco, the Presidential Inaugural Poet for Barack Obama, wrestles with complex and challenging aspects of our nation. He tackles issues such as immigration, gender, race, and sexuality by gr...

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Posted on: April 8, 2020

These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson

These Fevered Days

by Martha Ackmann

Reviewed by Cyndi:Even if you’re not a fan of Emily Dickinson, Martha Ackmann’s beautiful prose and vivid descriptions are certain to delight you. For Dickinson fans, These Fevered Days provides new insights into the l...

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

The Yellow Bird Sings

Yellow Bird Sings

by Jennifer Rosner

Reviewed by Linda:Jennifer Rosner, formerly of Leverett and now living on the other side of the river, is known to many in the community. It is very exciting to see the publication of her debut novel (and second adult book). The book is ...

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

The Floating Feldmans

Floating Feldmans

by Elyssa Friedland

Reviewed by Linda:Three generations of a family embark on a cruise to celebrate the imposing matriarch’s seventieth birthday. As it has been over a decade since they spent more than 24 hours under the same roof, togetherness d...

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

The Starless Sea

Starless Sea

by Erin Morgenstern

Reviewed by Janet:Calling all lovers of words, stories, tales, and books! From the author of The Night Circus comes this amazingly constructed book, which weaves the narrative of Zachary Ezra Rawlins with other stories and tales, creati...

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Posted on: March 11, 2020

The Turn of the Key

Turn of the Key

by Ruth Ware

Reviewed by Linda:Another delightfully creepy Gothic novel from Ruth Ware. Our narrator, who is keeping a big secret from us, is a young woman who moves from London to an isolated Scottish mansion to be a nanny to four girls, ranging in age fr...

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Posted on: March 4, 2020

A Ladder to the Sky

Ladder to the Sky

by John Boyne

Reviewed by Amy:Ambitious yet talent-less Maurice is deadly focused on getting published and being a famous author. He endears himself to one very famous writer, who shares a tip with Maurice: wherever there is a secret, you will find a good ...

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Posted on: February 26, 2020

Out of Darkness, Shining Light

Out of Darkness, Shining Light

by Petina Gappah

Reviewed by Linda:Out of the darkness of Africa in the late nineteenth century was brought a shining light, explorer and missionary David Livingstone, his body carried by the faithful members of his final expedition. The Scottish traveler ...

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Posted on: February 19, 2020

Five-Carat Soul

Five-Carat Soul

by James McBride

Reviewed by Linda:One of the pleasures of a book group is that it introduces you to books you would not otherwise have read. In this way, I discovered this collection of short stories by the National Book Award-winning author of The Good L...

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Posted on: February 12, 2020

Red at the Bone

Red at the Bone

by Jacqueline Woodson

Reviewed by Janet:Pivoting around the occasion of Melody’s coming-of-age ceremony, this novel takes us back and forth in time as it explores the history and community that have influenced the decisions, actions, and relation...

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Posted on: February 5, 2020

The Guest Book

Guest Book

by Sarah Blake

Reviewed by Linda:If you have ever known and loved a beautiful place, particularly one where extended family went together, you will sympathize with Evie Milton who is distraught at the idea of selling the family’s summer island in...

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Posted on: January 29, 2020

Olive, Again

Olive Again

by Elizabeth Strout

Reviewed by Janet:We return to Crosby, Maine and the outspoken Olive Kitteridge in this most recent book by Elizabeth Strout. Each chapter immerses us briefly – yet intensely - into Olive’s own narrative or the life ...

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Posted on: January 22, 2020

Once More We Saw Stars

Once More We Saw Stars

by Jayson Greene

Reviewed by Linda:This exquisitely written memoir takes readers into one of the saddest experiences imaginable, the loss of a young child. The author, a Brooklyn resident and writer, shares openly and honestly the story of the death of his...

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Posted on: January 15, 2020

A Door in the Earth

A Door in the Earth

by Amy Waldman

Reviewed by Janet:The author, a former New York Times reporter covering Afghanistan, immerses us in a small village in northern Afghanistan. Inspired by a book recounting another American’s work to build a women’s clinic,...

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Posted on: January 8, 2020

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II

Woman of No Importance

by Sonia Purnell

Reviewed by Linda:Open this book and meet a truly remarkable woman, one who was instrumental in liberating France from the Nazis. Virginia Hall was considered a most unlikely candidate to be a spy: a socialite from Baltimore who had a pros...

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Posted on: January 1, 2020

The Water Dancer

Water Dancer

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Reviewed by Janet:This Oprah’s Book Club pick takes us to Virginia, where the elevated white culture based on the tobacco crop is eroding as the fields produce less and less. Hiram, who Tasks on the Lockless plantation, cannot...

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Posted on: December 25, 2019

I Owe You One

I Owe You One

by Sophie Kinsella

Reviewed by Linda:I relished listening to this latest novel by Sophie Kinsella, the queen of Chick lit. Fixie Farr is devoted to her late father’s housewares shop and has a monumental crush on her childhood friend Ryan. Both br...

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Posted on: December 18, 2019

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

by Delia Owens

Reviewed by Janet:Just in case you haven’t read this one yet, add it to your list! This evocative novel creates a wonderful sense of place in the marshes of the North Carolina coast, where Kya lives as one with the nature that surr...

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Posted on: December 11, 2019

Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners

Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners

by Gretchen Anthony

Reviewed by Linda:This satire of those obnoxious newsy holidays letters is a fun read any time of the year. With a gentle touch, the author pokes fun at Violet Baumgartner, a formidable Midwestern matriarch who writes glowing family upd...

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Posted on: December 4, 2019

The Secrets We Kept

Secrets We Kept

by Lara Prescott

Reviewed by Janet:An engrossing tale of the Cold War, told as parallel stories from the East and from the West. Olga is Boris Pasternak’s mistress, and is sent to the Gulag by Stalin for not revealing the plot of Dr. Zhivago whil...

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Posted on: November 27, 2019

The Mother-in-Law

Mother in Law

by Sally Hepworth

Reviewed by Linda:I spent a recent long car trip happily listening to the audio version of this novel. A work of domestic suspense that rivals those of Liane Moriarty, this novel is also set in Australia (the audio reader has a charming a...

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Posted on: November 20, 2019

Searching for Sylvie Lee

Searching for Sylvie Lee

by Jean Kwok

Reviewed by Janet:Amy’s immigrant parents work very hard, and she gets temp office work when she can, but the family is struggling. When Grandma, who lives near Amsterdam with Ma’s cousin, is dying, only Sylvie, Amy&rsq...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss

Professor Chandra

by Rajeev Balasubramanyam

Reviewed by Linda:This entertaining spoof of academia features a distinguished professor of economics at Cambridge, who in the opening scene has the media camped outside his door waiting to see if he wins the Nobel Prize. He may b...

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Posted on: November 6, 2019

The Rosie Result

Rosie Result

by Graeme Simsion

Reviewed by Janet:Now back in Australia for the final book in this trilogy, Don and Rosie are adjusting to their jobs while their 11-year-old son Hudson adjusts to his new school. When the school calls about some issues that have arisen, ...

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Posted on: October 30, 2019

The Cactus

Cactus

by Sarah Haywood

Reviewed by Linda:This novel is for anyone who loved Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. A British woman in her mid-40s, Susan Green has no patience for messy emotions. Her life is completely orderly, with a one-bedroom flat, a job that d...

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Posted on: October 23, 2019

The Nickel Boys

Nickel Boys

by Colson Whitehead

Reviewed by Janet:This short novel takes us to the Jim Crow South in the 1960s, where Elwood, a hardworking and intelligent young man, has been raised by his grandmother. On the verge of finishing high school and heading to college, Elw...

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Posted on: October 16, 2019

Lost Children Archive

Lost Children Archive

by Valeria Luiselli

Reviewed by Linda:This brilliant novel can be difficult to read because it explores two painful topics: the tragedy at the US-Mexico border as it affects children and the break-up of a blended family from New York City with two very bri...

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Posted on: October 9, 2019

The Lager Queen of Minnesota

Lager Queen of Minnesota

by J. Ryan Stradal

Reviewed by Janet:Edith has worked hard all her life, in part because her sister Ruth inherited the family farm while Edith got nothing. However, when the pies Edith bakes at the nursing home are named the third best in the state of Minn...

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Posted on: October 2, 2019

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous

by Ocean Vuong

Reviewed by Linda:A faculty member in the UMass MFA Program and recently named a 2019 MacArthur Fellow, Ocean Vuong earned comparisons to Emily Dickinson with his first book, a collection of poetry. For his second, he turned to autobiographi...

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Posted on: September 25, 2019

City of Girls

City of Girls

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Reviewed by Janet:It all begins in 1940, when Vivian Morris flunks out of Vassar. Her wealthy parents send her to New York City to live with her Aunt Peg, owner of a neighborhood theater in Midtown. Vivian immerses herself in this unco...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know about Domestic Violence Can Kill Us

No Visible Bruises

by Rachel Louise Snyder

Reviewed by Linda:Finally, a book that does for domestic violence what Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow did for racism in the criminal justice system, i.e., shine a bright light on it. A powerful and insightful book, ...

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Posted on: September 11, 2019

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters

Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters

by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Reviewed by Janet:Obeying their mother’s dying wish, sisters Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina have set aside their daily lives to undertake a journey to India, following through with the opportunities of service and remembrance so...

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Posted on: September 4, 2019

The Mothers

The Mothers

by Brit Bennett

Reviewed by Linda:Welcome to Upper Room Chapel, an African American church in Southern California. The elderly women of that congregation act as a Greek chorus throughout this gripping first novel. They cast their eyes—sometimes l...

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Posted on: August 28, 2019

The Flight Portfolio

Flight Portfolio

by Julie Orringer

Reviewed by Janet:Immerse yourself in 1940 Marseille, where Varian Fry has come to do the work of the Emergency Rescue Committee by helping threatened artists and writers escape the grasp of Vichy France and the Nazis. Accustomed to keepi...

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Posted on: August 21, 2019

Hearth and Soul: A History of the Jones Library at One Hundred

Hearth and Soul

by Bruce Watson

Reviewed by Linda:To celebrate our centennial, the Jones Library decided to commission a history of the library. Not an academic, dry tome, but a short, entertaining book by an author who frequently writes for Smithsonian and who for years ...

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Posted on: August 14, 2019

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

by Kim Michele Richardson

Reviewed by Janet:Cussy loves her job as a librarian for the Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, bringing books via mule to the folks in the hollers. Many patrons eagerly await her visits, yet some people are suspicious of this g...

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Posted on: August 7, 2019

The Limits of the World

Limits of the World

by Jennifer Acker

Reviewed by Linda:Jennifer Acker of Amherst College is editor of the school’s literary magazine The Common and organizer of LitFest, which brings distinguished writers to campus each spring. This elegantly written and thought-pr...

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Posted on: July 31, 2019

The Farm

The Farm

by Joanne Ramos

Reviewed by Janet:Golden Oaks is a lovely retreat nestled in the Hudson Valley, offering every luxury to its residents – organic food, personal trainers, massages – who go through a thorough application and vetting proce...

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Posted on: July 24, 2019

The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers

World According to Fannie Davis

by Bridgett M. Davis

Reviewed by Linda:As some of you know, I love to read accounts of inspiring mothers. This book was an outstanding example of this genre. Fannie Davis ran a Numbers racket in the city of Detroit for decades. The granddaughter of slaves,...

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Posted on: July 17, 2019

The Library of Lost and Found

Library of Lost and Found

by Phaedra Patrick

Reviewed by Janet:After caring for her ailing parents for 15 years, Martha is accustomed to being helpful. Her house is crammed with projects and favors she has undertaken to do for others, including friends and patrons from the library ...

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Posted on: July 10, 2019

The Overstory

Overstory

by Richard Powers

Reviewed by Linda:This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, although perhaps overly long, is a profound and insightful look at our understanding of trees. Joining The Secret Lives of Trees and other recent works, it causes the reader to re-evalu...

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Posted on: July 3, 2019

The Huntress

The Huntress

by Kate Quinn

Reviewed by Janet:After World War II, Ian Graham dedicated his life to tracking down Nazis who have been able to escape the consequences of their wartime deeds. A particular target is The Huntress, who was responsible for killing his brother....

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Posted on: June 26, 2019

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life after Warming

Uninhabitable Earth

by David Wallace-Wells

Reviewed by Linda:I’ve been waiting for a book to be published that will rouse Americans to confront the issue of climate change (as Uncle Tom’s Cabin did for slavery). This may be that book. The author, a journal...

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Posted on: June 19, 2019

Lost and Wanted

Lost and Wanted

by Nell Freudenberger

Reviewed by Janet:Nell teaches physics at MIT, and her best friend from college was working in Hollywood when she hears of Charlie’s death. Grieving the loss of her friend and regretting the distance between them (both physi...

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Posted on: June 12, 2019

The Friend

The Friend

by Sigrid Nunez

Reviewed by Linda:Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, this novel is for and about writers, teachers of writing, and those who love fine writing. The narrator is a woman who loses her beloved literary mentor to suicide and finds h...

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Posted on: June 5, 2019

The Lost Girls of Paris

Lost Girls of Paris

by Pam Jenoff

Reviewed by Janet:Running late for work in 1946, Grace literally stumbles over a suitcase in Grand Central Station, and finds some photos of women in uniform. Wanting to return them – and the suitcase – to the rightful own...

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Posted on: May 29, 2019

Small Fry: A Memoir

Small Fry

by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Reviewed by Linda:Named one of the New York Times’s ten best books of 2018, this memoir by the eldest daughter of Steve Jobs is a powerful and painful account of her childhood. The founder of Apple was a master manipulator as...

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Posted on: May 22, 2019

Chronicles of a Radical Hag

Chronicles of a Radical Hag

by Lorna Landvik

Reviewed by Janet:After columnist Haze Evans suffers a massive stroke, Susan McGrath, the editor of the local paper, decides to re-run some of her old columns in the interim. As selections from 50 years’ worth of work is republis...

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Posted on: May 15, 2019

Unsheltered

Unsheltered

by Barbara Kingsolver

Reviewed by Linda:Find an audiobook (on CD, a Playaway, or a digital download through Libby/Overdrive) and hear the author doing an exquisite reading of her latest novel. She addresses crucial themes from today like how the gypsy life...

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Posted on: May 8, 2019

The River

River

by Peter Heller

Reviewed by Janet:Fishing. Wild blueberries. Northern lights. Canoeing. Camping. Whitewater rapids. Missing person. Forest fire. Wilderness survival. College friends Wynn and Jack plan a relaxed canoe trip in northern Canada, but things don...

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Posted on: May 1, 2019

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

by Kevin Kwan

Reviewed by Linda:It’s always more rewarding when you can read the book before seeing the movie. And it is always fun to read a book that mocks the ultra-rich wherever in the world they might live. This novel imagines a young Americ...

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Posted on: April 24, 2019

The Water Cure

Water Cure

by Sophie Mackintosh

Reviewed by Janet:Grace, Lia, and Sky have grown up on an island, protected by their parents and their rituals from the greatest contamination from outside – men. Over the years, other women have sought refuge there from the ...

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Posted on: April 17, 2019

My Ex-Life

My Ex Life

by Stephen McCauley

Reviewed by Linda:I’m sad to have finished listening to this novel and to be leaving the company of its quirky, funny characters. David and Julie were married briefly years ago and parted mostly amicably when David realized he...

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Posted on: April 10, 2019

Once Upon a River

Once Upon a River

by Diane Setterfield

Reviewed by Janet:In an inn by the river, a seeming miracle occurs on the winter solstice, which creates a stir in the lives of a number of local residents. As tributaries flow into a greater river, each of their stories contributes to...

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Posted on: April 3, 2019

Nine Perfect Strangers

Nine Perfect Strangers

by Liane Moriarty

Reviewed by Linda:Reading novelist Moriarty is like having a funny best friend in Australia. In her latest romp, she describes what happens when nine people meet at a remote health resort, all hoping to bring about major changes in their ...

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Posted on: March 27, 2019

The Weight of Ink

Weight of Ink

by Rachel Kadish 

Reviewed by Cyndi:Kadish seamlessly weaves together the lives of two remarkable women – one from the 17th century and one from the 21st – in a sophisticated story. Ester Velasquez is a 17th century Jewish woma...

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Posted on: March 20, 2019

The Paragon Hotel

Paragon Hotel

by Lyndsay Faye

Reviewed by Janet:Fleeing from the New York Mafia during Prohibition, Alice James arrives in Portland with a fresh bullet wound and suitcase full of money. Brought to the Paragon Hotel by the Pullman porter for medical care on the down low,...

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Posted on: March 13, 2019

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Travelling Cat Chronicles

by Hiro Arikawa

Reviewed by Linda:A bestseller in Japan and now in the United States, this novel is narrated by Nana, a once stray cat with a resourceful outlook on life. Satoru, Nana’s owner, takes him on a road trip to visit three of his deares...

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Posted on: March 6, 2019

Night of Miracles

Night of Miracles

by Elizabeth Berg

Reviewed by Janet:In this heartwarming and bittersweet novel, we return to Mason, Missouri and the characters we met in The Story of Arthur Truluv. Lucille has a new assistant for her baking classes (Iris) and new neighbors in the house n...

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Posted on: February 27, 2019

The Female Persuasion

Female Persuasion

by Meg Wolitzer

Reviewed by Linda:This highly reviewed novel explores the new wave of feminism in the United States. College student Greer Kadetsky is enraged when the administration declines to punish the male student who has sexually harassed her and man...

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Posted on: February 20, 2019

If They Come for Us: Poems

If They Come for Us

by Fatimah Asghar

Reviewed by CyndiA powerful and important read, this book provides us with poems that are vulnerable, compassionate, and bear both anguish and joy. Asghar, as a young Pakistani Muslim woman in contemporary America, shares her unique under...

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Posted on: February 13, 2019

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Transcription

by Kate Atkinson

Reviewed by Janet:Juliet’s job at the BBC producing children’s programming is much less exciting than working for MI5 during the war. When she spots someone on the street from her wartime operation and he denies knowing...

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Posted on: February 6, 2019

They May Not Mean To, But They Do

They May Not Mean To, But They Do

by Cathleen Schine

Reviewed by Linda:The Contemporary Book Club recently enjoyed discussing this book, whose author is sometimes compared to Jane Austen. The Bergman clan of New York City is confronting the aging of its two senior members. With compassion ...

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Posted on: January 30, 2019

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

7 and a half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

by Stuart Turton

Reviewed by Janet:Reading this book was like being caught in a mash-up of the classic board game Clue, an Agatha Christie mystery, and the 2014 movie “The Edge of Tomorrow”. Aiden Bishop finds himself at a classic Engli...

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Posted on: January 23, 2019

Meet Me at the Museum

Meet Me at the Museum

by Anne Youngson

Reviewed by CyndiThis epistolary novel brings together two people with very different lives that form a deep friendship that begins with their shared fascination with the Tollund Man. Through their letters, and growing friendship, they are...

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Posted on: January 16, 2019

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

Dopesick

by Beth Macy

Reviewed by Linda:If you would like to understand how the opioid crisis that is gripping America came about, then this is the book for you. Journalist Beth Macy had an insider’s view of the epidemic’s arrival in her communi...

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Posted on: January 9, 2019

Never Stop Walking

Never Stop Walking

by Christina Rickardsson

Reviewed by Lynne:A heartrending story of survival told from the point of view of a homeless child in a Brazilian favela. It begins with a recounting of shocking poverty, hunger, and unfathomable violence, followed by a jarring cul...

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Posted on: January 2, 2019

Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet's Journey

Have Dog, Will Travel

by Stephen Kuusisto

Reviewed by Linda:If you are fascinated by the dog/human relationship, then you will want to add this powerful true story to your reading list. The author grew up in a family that was ashamed of his poor vision, and so he spent decades ...

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Posted on: December 26, 2018

Washington Black

Washington Black

by Esi Edugyan

Reviewed by Janet:When the new master arrived after the old master’s death, the slaves on Faith Plantation didn’t know what to expect. For 11-year-old Washington Black, becoming the protégé of the ma...

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Posted on: December 19, 2018

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Death of Mrs. Westaway

by Ruth Ware

Reviewed by Linda:Ruth Ware is being called a modern-day Agatha Christie. The menacing tone and many plot twists in her psychological suspense will keep you up late to find out what really happened. Harriet (“Hal”) is a yo...

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Posted on: December 12, 2018

The Garden Party

Garden Party

by Grace Dane Mazur

Reviewed by Janet:Celia Cohen is in her Brookline garden, preparing for her son’s wedding rehearsal dinner, contemplating this merging of families. The Cohens are academics, activists, and artists, while the Barlows are lawyer...

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Posted on: December 5, 2018

Force of Nature

Force of Nature

by Jane Harper

Reviewed by Linda:Five female coworkers walk into the Australian bushland on a corporate leadership retreat. Days later four emerge from the isolated wilderness battered and bruised. Agent Aaron Falk has a special reason for wanting to find ...

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Posted on: November 28, 2018

Number One Chinese Restaurant

Number One Chinese Restaurant

by Lillian Li

Reviewed by Janet:When Jimmie Han inherited the Beijing Duck House from his father, he inherited his father’s vision of a Chinese restaurant in the United States, as well as the staff, the menu, and the décor. Yet as Jimm...

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Posted on: November 21, 2018

The Incomplete Book of Running

Incomplete Book of Running

by Peter Sagal

Reviewed by Linda:This oddly engaging book is recommended for runners and people looking for inspiration to start running and for fans of NPR’s beloved quiz show "Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!" which is hosted by...

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Posted on: November 14, 2018

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

by Sarah Bird

Reviewed by Janet:From slave to Buffalo Soldier, this novel sweeps the reader along on an adventure of determination and survival, from the last year of the Civil War to the late 1860s. After her master’s plantation is burned by Gen...

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Posted on: November 7, 2018

Circe

Circe

by Madeline Miller

Reviewed by Linda:Circe, the sorceress of ancient Greek mythology, appeared in tales about the Minotaur, Daedalus and Icarus, and Odysseus, but at last she is at the center of her own tale. This spellbinding novel will keep readers rapt ...

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Posted on: October 31, 2018

Memento Park

Memento Park

by Mark Sarvas

Reviewed by Janet:A B-list Hollywood actor, Matt is amazed to learn that a painting owned by his Hungarian relatives before the Nazis invaded Budapest could be restituted to him, if the courts approve the case. This process shakes up his rel...

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Posted on: October 24, 2018

The Shakespeare Requirement

Shakespeare Requirement

by Julie Schumacher

Reviewed by Linda:Good news for all who love wicked satires of academia: Jason Fitger, the hapless English professor at Payne University (last seen in the uproariously funny Dear Committee Members) is back! Now he is Chair of the Englis...

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Posted on: October 17, 2018

Vox

Vox

by Christina Dalcher

Reviewed by Janet:Imagine you are allowed to speak only 100 words each day – a wrist counter keeps track. And something bad happens when this number is exceeded. In this futuristic United States, women have lost the right to ...

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Posted on: October 10, 2018

The Wreckage of Eden

Wreckage of Eden

by Norman Lock

Reviewed by Linda:This eloquently written novel depicts the breakdown of the social fabric of antebellum America, as observed by an army chaplain who served in the Mexican War and the Mormon Rebellion. Robert Winters (a fictitious character)...

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Posted on: October 3, 2018

There There

There There

by Tommy Orange

Reviewed by Janet:This powerful novel begins as a series of loosely connected short stories, but turns into something so much more in this exploration of the plight of the urban Native American. Each of the characters follows their own path...

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Posted on: September 26, 2018

Warlight

Warlight

by Michael Ondaatje

Reviewed by Linda:Fans of the author’s novel The English Patient and of the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante will welcome this coming-of-age mystery. At the close of World War II, 14-year-old Nathaniel and his olde...

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Posted on: September 19, 2018

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Reviewed by Janet:Seven year old Chula and her older sister live safely in a gated community in Bogotá, Colombia during Pablo Escobar’s reign of terror. Petrona, the family’s young housemaid, who has...

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Posted on: September 12, 2018

Waking Lions

Waking Lions

by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen 

Reviewed by Linda:This New York Times Notable Book by Israeli novelist Gundar-Goshen is a riveting moral thriller. A neurosurgeon living with his wife and young children in southern Israel finds his life changes in an inst...

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Posted on: September 5, 2018

How Hard Can It Be?

How Hard Can It Be

by Allison Pearson 

Enjoy this week’s special double review!

Reviewed by Linda:Sisters, if you are in the "Sandwich Generation" and need a hearty laugh, check out this hilarious and very smart novel about a London woman with two...

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Posted on: August 29, 2018

Dear Mrs. Bird

Dear Mrs Bird

by A. J. Pearce

Reviewed by Janet:Emmeline Lake aspires to be a Lady War Correspondent, so when she spots a job advertisement placed by the publishers of the London Evening Chronicle, it seems meant to be. However, the dream job actually consists of typing...

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Posted on: August 22, 2018

Persons Unknown

Persons Unknown

by Susie Steiner

Reviewed by Linda:A British cop, five months pregnant, fights against the racism of the justice system and she seeks to absolve her teenage son of murder charges. The second in a series (but it can be read as a stand alone), it has dark hu...

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Posted on: August 15, 2018

The Missing Guests of the Magic Grove Hotel

Missing Guests of the Magic Grove Hotel

by David Casarett 

Reviewed by Janet:Armchair travelers will enjoy northern Thailand as they immerse themselves in this unique mystery series, of which this is book two. Nurse ethicist Ladarat Patalung oversees ethical care for the patients at her...

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Posted on: August 8, 2018

Tangerine

Tangerine

by Christine Mangan

Reviewed by Linda:Film rights have already been sold for this debut novel. Smart, stylish, and oh-so-creepy, it begs for a master like Alfred Hitchcock to produce it. In the novel, two young women--former college roommates--meet up in T...

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

Other People’s Houses

Other Peoples Houses

by Abbi Waxman

Reviewed by Janet:When Frances walks into her neighbor’s house after driving the carpool to school, she discovers Anne enjoying the company of someone not her husband. She backs out of the house discretely, but events have been set...

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