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The Stars and the Blackness Between Them, by Junauda Petrus
Junauda Petrus

Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, Junauda Petrus's bold and lyrical debut is the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.
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Jubilee : Recipes from two centuries of African American cooking, by Toni Tipton-Martin
Toni Tipton-Martin

More than 100 recipes that paint a rich, varied picture of the true history of African American cooking – from a James Beard Award-winning food writer.

Beautiful, by Massimo Cuomo
Massimo Cuomo

A magical tale of love and rivalry between two brothers set in Mexico.

One Mighty and Irresistible Tide, by Jia Lynn Yang
Jia Lynn Yang

A sweeping history of the legislative battle to reform American immigration laws that set the stage for the immigration debates roiling America today.

A Conspiracy in Belgravia, by Sherry Thomas
Sherry Thomas

Being shunned by society gives Charlotte Holmes the time and freedom to put her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. As "Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective," aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, she's had great success helping with all manner of inquiries, but she's not prepared for the new client who arrives at her Upper Baker Street office.

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How I Broke Up with My Colon, by Nick Seluk
Nick Seluk

Mysterious illnesses. Freakish injuries. X-rays revealing something weird that got stuck in your foot. These strange but true stories are among the 24 medical tales illustrated in hilarious fashion by New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Nick Seluk in this graphic novel.

Shadow king, by Maaza Mengiste
Maaza Mengiste

With the threat of Mussolini's army looming in Ethiopia, Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid in Kidane and his wife Aster's household. Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie's army, rushes to mobilize his strongest men before the Italians invade. His initial kindness to Hirut shifts into a flinty cruelty when she resists his advances, and Hirut finds herself in a new world. Meanwhile, Mussolini's army prepares for an easy victory. 

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In good relation, by Sarah Nickel ed.
Sarah Nickel (ed)

This collection brings into conversation new voices of Indigenous feminist theory, knowledge, and experience. Taking a broad and critical interpretation of Indigenous feminism, it depicts how an emerging generation of artists, activists, and scholars are envisioning and invigorating the strength and power of Indigenous women.

Dragon hoops, by Gene Luen Yang
Gene Luen Yang

In this grapgic novel, Gene Luen Yang turns the spotlight on his life, his family, and the high school where he teaches especially the high school's basketball team, the Dragons.

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March: Book One, by John Lewis
John Lewis

The first book of John Lewis's autobiographical account of his lifelong battle for civil rights for all Americans.

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Followers, by Megan Angelo
Megan Angelo

A budding novelist stuck in a dead-end job meets a striving, wannabe A-lister who comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they dream about. This darkly funny story reminds us that even if we obsess over famous people we'll never meet, what we really crave is genuine human connection.

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One long river of song: notes on wonder, by Brian Doyle
Brian Doyle

When Brian Doyle passed away at the age of sixty after a bout with brain cancer, he left behind a cult-like following of devoted readers who regard his writing as one of the best-kept secrets of the twenty-first century. Doyle invites readers to experience joy and wonder in ordinary moments that become, under Doyle's rapturous and exuberant gaze, extraordinary.

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Know My Name : A Memoir, by Chanel Miller
Chanel Miller

After a sexual assault Chanel Miller reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words in this memoir of pain, resilience, and humor. Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life. 

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Bags (Or a Story Thereof), by Pat McHale & Gavin Fullerton
Pat McHale

In this surreal yet poignant graphic novel from the creator of Over the Garden Wall, an oddly drawn man ventures into his town and the surrounding woods to search for his lost dog, Beth. Over the course of his hero's journey, he encounters a whole host of untrustworthy strangers whose own plots are much more serious and sinister than his.

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The Scholar, by Dervla McTiernan
Dervla McTiernan

Set in Galway, Ireland this gripping and atmospheric follow-up to The Ruin, is expertly plotted, with a complex web of secrets that refuse to stay hidden.

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The Obsidian Murders, by Thomas King
Thomas King

Thumps DreadfulWater, the sly, wry, reluctant investigator of Cold Skies and A Matter of Malice, returns in another irresistible mystery that only Thomas King could create.

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The wagers, by Sean Michaels
Sean Michaels

A quiet, part-time comedian leaves his family grocery business to try his luck at what turns out to be two bizarre pursuits, in this wild and magical novel about what it means to not only chase luck, but find it. 

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To speak for the trees, by Diana Beresford-Kroeger
Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Canadian botanist, biochemist and visionary Diana Beresford-Kroeger's startling insights into the hidden life of trees have already sparked a quiet revolution in how we understand our relationship to forests. Now, in a captivating account of how her life led her to these illuminating and crucial ideas, she shows us how forests can not only heal us but save the planet. 

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Greenwood, by Michael Christie
Michael Christie

It is 2038. As the rest of humanity struggles through the environmental collapse known as the Great Withering, scientist Jake Greenwood is working as a tour guide on Greenwood Island, a remote oasis of thousand-year-old trees. From here, we gradually move backwards in time to the years before the First World War, encountering along the way the men and women in the family who came before Jake, and like the growth rings on a tree, each generation's connection to the forest.

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Good husbandry, by Kristin Kimball.
Kristin Kimball

From the celebrated author of the beloved bestseller The Dirty Life, Kristin Kimball describes the delicious highs and sometimes excruciating lows of life on Essex Farm – a 500-acre farm that produces a full diet for a community of 250 people. Good Husbandry is about animals and plants, farmers and food, friends and neighbors, love and marriage, births and deaths, and growth and abundance.

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Cassandra Darke, by Posy Simmonds
Posy Simmonds

In this graphic novel a dislikeable heroine is forced out of her rich enclave and onto the streets. Not those local London streets paved with gold and lit with festive glitter, but grimmer, darker places, where she must make the choice between self-sacrifice and running for her life.

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From the ashes, by Jesse Thistle
Jesse Thistle

 In this heartwarming and heartbreaking memoir, Jesse Thistle writes honestly and fearlessly about his painful experiences with abuse, uncovering the truth about his parents, and how he found his way back into the circle of his Indigenous culture and family through education. An eloquent exploration of what it means to live in a world surrounded by prejudice and racism and to be cast adrift.

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Imagine Me Gone, by Adam Haslett
Adam Haslett

When Margaret's fiancé, John, is hospitalized for depression, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him. What follows is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith. At the heart of it is their eldest son, Michael, a brilliant, anxious music fanatic, and the story of how his younger siblings struggle along with their mother to care for Michael's increasingly troubled existence.

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In the dream house: a memoir, by Carmen Maria Machado
Carmen Maria Machado

The author's account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.

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Cherry, by Nico Walker
Nico Walker

This breakneck-paced debut novel about love, war, bank robberies, and heroin marks the arrival of a raw, bleakly hilarious, and surprisingly poignant voice straight from the dark heart of America.

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