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 Weather, by Jenny Offill
Jenny Offill

A darkly funny and urgent tour de force about a family, and a nation, in crisis. 

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Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon through North America's Stolen Land, by Álvarez, Noé
Noé Álvarez

At nineteen, Noé Álvarez learned about a Native American/First Nations movement called the Peace and Dignity Journeys, epic marathons meant to renew cultural connections across North America. By Running through mountains, deserts, and cities, and through the Mexican territory his parents left behind, Álvarez forges a new relationship with the land.

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The Shepherd's Hut, by Tim Winton
Tim Winton

Jaxie Clackton flees from the scene of his father's violent death and strikes out for the vast wilds of Western Australia. All he carries with him is a rifle and a waterjug, but surviving in the harsh saltlands alone is a savage business, and once he discovers he's not alone out there, all his plans go awry. He meets a fellow exile, the ruined priest Fintan MacGillis, a man he's never certain he can trust, but on whom his life will soon depend.

Stamped : racism, anti-racism, and you, by Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds

The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. Racist ideas are woven into the fabric of this country, and the first step to building an antiracist America is acknowledging America's racist past and present. This book takes you on that journey, showing how racist ideas started and were spread, and how they can be discredited.

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Loveboat, Taipei, by Abigail Hing Wen

Ever Wong's summer takes an unexpected turn. Gone is Chien Tan, the strict educational program in Taiwan that Ever was expecting. In its place, she finds Loveboat: a summer-long free-for-all where hookups abound, adults turn a blind eye, snake-blood sake flows abundantly, and the nightlife runs nonstop.

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The salt path, by Raynor Winn
Raynor Winn

Just days after Raynor Winn learns that her husband of thirty-two years is terminally ill, their house and farm are taken away, along with their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, through Devon and Cornwall. Carrying only the essentials for survival on their backs, they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea, and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter, and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable and life-affirming journey.

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His only wife, by Peace Medie
Peace Medie

An intelligent and funny debut about a relatable, indomitable heroine: a young seamstress in Ghana who agrees to an arranged marriage, only to realize that some compromises are too extreme to accept, illuminating what it means to be a woman in a rapidly changing world.

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Bouncing back, by Linda Graham
Linda Graham

Includes advice, exercises, and examples to help readers increase their clarity, connection, competence, calm, and courage, from a clinical therapist, mindfulness teacher, and expert on the neuroscience of relationships.

Three, by Dror Mishani
Dror Mishani

Three tells the stories of three women in this psychological thriller. Slowly but surely, you see the danger each woman walks into. What you won't see is the trap being laid – until it snaps shut.

Frayed Atlantic edge, by David Gange
David Gange

Over the course of a year, David Gange kayaked the weather-ravaged coasts of Atlantic Britain and Ireland from north to south.  Drawing on the archives of islands and coastal towns, as well as their vast poetic literatures in many languages, he shows that the neglected histories of these stunning regions are of real importance in understanding both the past and future of the whole archipelago. It is a history of Britain and Ireland like no other.

Patron Saints of Nothing, by Randy Ribay
Randy Ribay

When seventeen-year-old Jay Reguero learns his Filipino cousin and former best friend, Jun, was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, he flies to the Philippines to learn more.

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The Heart and Other Monsters: a memoir, by Rose Andersen
Rose Andersen

A riveting, deeply personal exploration of the opioid crisis in an empathic memoir infused with hints of true crime. This debut is a potent, profoundly original journey into and out of loss.

 Autonomous, by Annalee Newitz
Annalee Newitz

Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can't otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane. Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin.

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The Feather Thief, by Kirk W. Johnson
Kirk W. Johnson

On a cool June evening in 2009, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist grabbed hundreds of bird skins – some collected 150 years earlier– and escaped into the darkness. Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? This is the gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice.

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Elatsoe, by Darcie Little Badger
Darcie Little Badger

Elatsoe is a 17-year-old Lipan Apache girl, raised with her family's secret knowledge of ghost-calling, in this novel blending Indigenous myths, modern-day technology, and the supernatural, to build a fast-paced murder mystery. 

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Paying the Land, by Joe Sacco
Joe Sacco

Against a vast and gorgeous landscape that dwarfs all human scale, this graphic novel (non-fiction) lends an ear to trappers and chiefs, activists and priests, to tell a sweeping story about money, dependency, loss, and culture-recounted in stunning visual detail by one of the greatest cartoonists alive.

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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