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Good Talk: a memoir in conversations, by Mira Jacob
Mira Jacob

Like many six-year-olds, Mira's son has questions about everything. At first they are innocuous enough, but as tensions from the 2016 election spread from the media into his own family, they become much more complicated. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she's gotten her own answers. Written with humor and vulnerability, this deeply relatable graphic memoir is a love letter to the art of conversation – and to the hope that hovers in our most difficult questions.

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The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone By, by Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman

In Book 1 of this graphic novel series, police officer Rick Grimes is shot on the job and wakes up a month later to find that the world that he knows is gone. Zombies have taken over and are killing and eating those who are still alive. He sets out toward Atlanta in the hope that his family is still alive and endures many horrors along the way.

Caliban and the witch, by Silvia Federici
Silvia Federici

A history of the body in the transition to capitalism. Moving from the peasant revolts of the late Middle Ages to the witch-hunts and the rise of mechanical philosophy, Federici investigates the capitalist rationalization of social reproduction. She shows how the battle against the rebel body and the conflict between body and mind are essential conditions for the development of labor power and self-ownership, two central principles of modern social organization.

The Children Act, by Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan

A High Court judge in London presides over a complex case in family court involving a 17-year-old boy whose parents will not permit a lifesaving blood transfusion because it conflicts with their religious beliefs.  But the pressure to resolve the case tests the judge in ways that will keep readers thoroughly enthralled until the last stunning page.

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Sodom Road Exit, by Amber Dawn
Amber Dawn

It's the summer of 1990, and Crystal Beach in Ontario has lost its beloved, long-running amusement park, leaving the lakeside village a virtual ghost town. It is back to this fallen community that Bailey Martin must return to live with her overbearing mother after dropping out of university and racking up significant debt. But an economic downturn, mother-daughter drama, and Generation X disillusionment soon prove to be the least of Bailey's troubles: a mysterious and salacious force begins to dog her and soon enough, Bailey must confront the unresolved traumas that haunt Crystal Beach. 

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Nîtisânak, by Lindsay Nixon
Lindsay Nixon

A groundbreaking memoir spanning nations, prairie punk scenes, and queer love stories. It also explores despair and healing through community and family, and being torn apart by the same. Using cyclical narrative techniques and drawing on Nixon's Cree, Saulteaux, and Métis ancestral teachings, this work offers a compelling perspective on the connections that must be broken and the ones that heal.

This Accident of Being Lost, by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

A knife-sharp new collection of stories and songs from an award-winning Nishnaabeg storyteller and writer. Blending elements of science fiction, contemporary realism, and the lyric voice, these visionary pieces argue for the value of getting lost as a way to discover an inner strength more important than being found.

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Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family, by Priya Krishna
Priya Krishna

A young food writer's witty and irresistible celebration of her mom's Indian-ish cooking; with accessible and innovative Indian-American recipes.

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Because internet, by Gretchen McCullough
Gretchen McCullough

A linguistically informed look at how our digital world is transforming the English language. This book is essential reading for anyone who's ever puzzled over how to punctuate a text message or wondered where memes come from. It's the perfect book for understanding how the internet is changing the English language, why that's a good thing, and what our online interactions reveal about who we are.

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Crow winter, by Karen McBride
Karen McBride

Since coming home to Spirit Bear Point First Nation, Hazel Ellis has been dreaming of an old crow. He tells her he's here to help her, save her. From what, exactly? Sure, her dad's been dead for almost two years and she hasn't quite reconciled that grief, but is that worth the time of an Algonquin demigod? Soon Hazel learns that there's more at play than just her own sadness and doubt. The quarry that's been lying unsullied for over a century on her father's property is stirring the old magic that crosses the boundaries between this world and the next. With the aid of Nanabush, Hazel must unravel a web of deceit that, if left untouched, could destroy her family and her home on both sides of the Medicine Wheel.

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Found Audio, by N.J. Campbell
N.J. Campbell

A manuscript narrative of sound historian Amrapali Anna Singh who found herself in receipt of a strange set of audio tapes that originated in the Argentinian national research library. The tapes are the recorded narrative of a nameless travel journalist who explains his long quest for “the city of dreams,” an authentic experience of otherworldly extremity-in-place. But who is making the recordings and why does everyone who seeks to publicize the tapes suddenly go missing?

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New Minimalism, by Cary Telander Fortin
Cary Telander Fortin

The decluttering craze meets a passion for sustainable living and interior design in this gorgeous new book for readers of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

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The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead

In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

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How to Do Nothing, by Jenny Odell
Jenny Odell

When the technologies we use every day collapse our experiences into 24/7 availability, platforms for personal branding, and products to be monetized, nothing can be quite so radical as doing nothing. Here, Jenny Odell sends up a flare from the heart of Silicon Valley, delivering an action plan to resist capitalist narratives of productivity and techno-determinism, and to become more meaningfully connected in the process.

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Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home, by Nora Krug
Nora Krug

A graphic memoir by an award-winning artist tells the story of her attempt to confront the hidden truths of her family's wartime past in Nazi Germany and to comprehend the forces that have shaped her life, her generation and history.

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Ordinary people, by Diana Evans
Diana Evans

An intimate portrait of London and an exploration of modern relationships told through the lives of two couples in an immersive study of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and aging, and the fragile architecture of love. With its distinctive prose and addictive soundtrack, it is the story of our lives, and those moments that threaten to unravel us.

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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, by Lori Gottlieb
Lori Gottlieb

From a New York Times best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, a hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world – where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she).

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The Heart's Invisible Furies, by John Boyne
John Boyne

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do, if eccentric Dublin couple, Cyril is adrift in the world.  He will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his lifetime, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more. In this, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. 

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Buffy Sainte-Marie: An Authorized Biography, by Andrea Warner
Andrea Warner

Folk hero. Rock icon. Living legend. Buffy Sainte-Marie is all of these things.  For more than 50 years, she has made her voice heard through her music, art, and activism, establishing herself among the ranks of folk greats such as Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. She’s released more than twenty albums and ten singles, survived being blacklisted by two U.S. presidents, and has received countless accolades, including the only Academy Award ever to be won by a First Nations artist. This biography will weave a powerful, intimate look at the life of a beloved artist and everything that she has accomplished in her 76 years (and counting).

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Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey
Emma Healey

Maud writes a note to tell herself not to give up on her friend, whose house sits mysteriously empty down the street from her own. She can't understand why her daughter or her carer won't help. Her ongoing search for Elizabeth triggers an old and powerful memory of the unsolved disappearance of her own beloved sister. Maud begins to see reminders of and clues to her sister's disappearance everywhere.

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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Tayari Jones

Newlyweds, Celestial and Roy, are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is artist on the brink of an exciting career. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

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I Hope We Choose Love by Kai Cheng Thom
Kai Cheng Thom

What can we hope for at the end of the world? What can we trust in when community has broken our hearts? What would it mean to pursue justice without violence? How can we love in the absence of faith?
In a heartbreaking yet hopeful collection of personal essays and prose poems, blending the confessional, political, and literary, Kai Cheng Thom dives deep into the questions that haunt social movements today. With the author's characteristic eloquence and honesty, I Hope We Choose Love proposes heartfelt solutions on the topics of violence, complicity, family, vengeance, and forgiveness. Taking its cues from contemporary thought leaders in the transformative justice movement such as adrienne maree brown and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, this provocative book is a call for nuance in a time of political polarization, for healing in a time of justice, and for love in an apocalypse.

The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien
Tim O'Brien

Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness.

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Feel Free, by Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith

A collection of both previously unpublished works and classic essays including discussions of recent cultural and political events, social networking, libraries, and the failure to address global warming.

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Juliet Takes a Breath, by Gabby Rivera
Gabby Rivera

Juliet, a self-identified queer, Bronx-born Puerto Rican-American, comes out to her family to disastrous results the night before flying to Portland to intern with her feminist author icon – whom Juliet soon realizes has a problematic definition of feminism that excludes women of colour.