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Staff Picks


Our team of professional selectors work tirelessly to ensure that the diversity and cultural richness of Prince George's County is represented in our collections. Each month, we feature recent titles that we think will appeal to a wide cross section of our community, as well as those titles that perhaps fall a little under the radar. Discovery is our goal.

English-Language Picks

Fiction

Jackal

Jackal

by Erin E. Adams

A Black woman returning to her Rust Belt hometown for a wedding uncovers a sinister pattern of Black girls going missing from the area. When her friend's daughter disappears from the reception, leaving behind only a bloody piece of fabric, Liz Rocher must find the missing girl or be consumed by the evil creeping ever closer.

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A Quiet Teacher

A Quiet Teacher

by Adam Oyebanji

Foreign Language teacher Greg Abimbola is hiding secrets: he isn't a real teacher, and Greg isn't his actual name. When someone he cares about is accused of murdering a student's parent, Greg emerges from the shadows, putting himself in mortal danger to try to prove a friend's innocence.

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The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks

The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks

by Shauna Robinson

Banned from selling anything written this century, bookstore manager Maggie Banks starts an underground book club, inadvertently unearthing a town secret that could upend everything.

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 Non-fiction

Half American : the epic story of African Americans fighting World War II at home and abroad

Half American : The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad

by Matthew F. Delmont

Over one million Black men and women served in World War II. Black troops were at Normandy, Iwo Jima, and the Battle of the Bulge, serving in segregated units and performing unheralded but vital support jobs, only to be denied housing and educational opportunities on their return home. Without their crucial contributions to the war effort, the United States could not have won the war. And yet the stories of these Black veterans have long been ignored, cast aside in favor of the myth of the “Good War” fought by the “Greatest Generation.” To fill in some of those untaught gaps, Matthew Delmont provides American history as you’ve likely never read it before. In these pages are stories of Black heroes such as Thurgood Marshall, the chief lawyer for the NAACP, who investigated and publicized violence against Black troops and veterans; Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., leader of the Tuskegee Airmen, who was at the forefront of the years-long fight to open the Air Force to Black pilots; Ella Baker, the civil rights leader who advocated on the home front for Black soldiers, veterans, and their families; James Thompson, the 26-year-old whose letter to a newspaper laying bare the hypocrisy of fighting against fascism abroad when racism still reigned at home set in motion the Double Victory campaign; and poet Langston Hughes, who worked as a war correspondent for the Black press. Their bravery and patriotism in the face of unfathomable racism is both inspiring and galvanizing. In a time when the questions World War II raised regarding race and democracy in America remain troublingly relevant and still unanswered, this meticulously researched retelling makes for urgently necessary reading.

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The seed detective : uncovering the secret histories of remarkable vegetables

The Seed Detective : Uncovering the Secret Histories of Remarkable Vegetables

by Adam Alexander

Did you ever wonder how peas, kale, asparagus, beans, squash, and corn have ended up on our plates? Well, so did Adam Alexander. His passion for vegetables was ignited when he tasted an unusual sweet pepper with a fiery heart while on a filmmaking project in Ukraine. Smitten by its flavor, Adam began to seek out local growers of endangered heritage and heirloom varieties in a mission to bring home seeds to grow, share, and return so that he could enjoy their delicious taste—and save them from being lost forever. In The Seed Detective, Adam shares his own stories of seed hunting, with the origin stories behind many of our everyday food heroes. Taking us on a journey that began when we left the life of the hunter-gatherer to become farmers, he tells tales of globalization, political intrigue, colonization, and serendipity—describing how these vegetables and their travels have become embedded in our food cultures.

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Well of souls : uncovering the banjo's hidden history

Well of Souls: Uncovering the Banjo's Hidden History

by Kristina R. Gaddy

In an extraordinary story unfolding across two hundred years, Kristina Gaddy uncovers the banjo’s key role in Black spirituality, ritual, and rebellion. Through meticulous research in diaries, letters, archives, and art, she traces the banjo’s beginnings from the seventeenth century, when enslaved people of African descent created it from gourds or calabashes and wood. Gaddy shows how the enslaved carried this unique instrument as they were transported and sold by enslavers throughout the Americas, to Suriname, the Caribbean, and the colonies that became U.S. states, including Louisiana, South Carolina, Maryland, and New York. African Americans came together at rituals where the banjo played an essential part. White governments, rightfully afraid that the gatherings could instigate revolt, outlawed them without success. In the mid-nineteenth century, Blackface minstrels appropriated the instrument for their bands, spawning a craze. Eventually the banjo became part of jazz, bluegrass, and country, its deepest history forgotten.

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Selecciones de personal

La Resurrección de Fulgencio Ramirez: Una Novela

La Resurrección de Fulgencio Ramirez: Una Novela

Rudy Ruiz 

En la década de 1950, las tensiones en la ciudad de La Frontera son palpables. En medio de la discordia, el amor joven florece a primera vista entre Fulgencio Ramírez, hijo de inmigrantes empobrecidos, y Carolina Mendelssohn, la hija del farmacéutico local. Pero como pronto descubrirán, sus lazos serán deshechos por una fuerza más poderosa de lo que podrían haber imaginado.

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La fruta del borrachero (Fruit of the Drunken Tree)

La fruta del borrachero (Inglés: Fruit of the Drunken Tree)

Ingrid Rojas Contreras, traducción de Guillermo Arreola

La familia Santiago vive en una comunidad cerrada en Bogotá, a salvo de la inestabilidad política que aterroriza al país. Chula de siete años y su hermana mayor, Cassandra, disfrutan de una vida carente de preocupaciones, gracias a la burbuja protectora de su madre y su hogar en una comunidad cerrada. Sin embargo, la amenaza de secuestros, coches bomba y asesinatos se ciernen justo afuera de las fronteras límites de su vecindario, donde el dios de la droga, Pablo Escobar, sigue eludiendo a las autoridades y captando la atención de la nación.

Inspirado en la propia vida de la autora, La fruta del borrachero contrasta dos historias muy diferentes pero inextricables. En una prosa exuberante, Rojas Contreras arroja luz sobre las decisiones casi imposibles que enfrentan a menudo las mujeres frente a la violencia, y las conexiones inesperadas que pueden surgir a raíz de la desesperación.

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El hombre que movía las nubes (The Man Who Could Move Clouds)

El hombre que movía las nubes (Inglés: The Man Who Could Move Clouds)

Ingrid Rojas Contreras, traducción de Mercedes Guhl 

La autora de La fruta del borrachero nos entrega una deslumbrante historia caleidoscópica que recupera el legado místico de su familia.

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English-Language Picks

Fiction

Calling for a Blanket Dance

Calling for a Blanket Dance

by Oscar Hokeah

Guided by his Kiowa, Cherokee, and Mexican heritage, Ever Geimausaddle seeks safety and self-identity amid violence and instability. The author is a citizen of Cherokee Nation and the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma from his mother's side and has Mexican heritage through his father.

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Night of the Living Rez

Night of the Living Rez

by Morgan Talty

With searing humor, abiding compassion, and deep insight, Talty breathes life into tales of family and a community as they struggle with a painful past and an uncertain future. The author is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up.

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A Calm and Normal Heart

A Calm & Normal Heart

by Chelsea T. Hicks

This collection of short stories showcases modern-day adventurers seeking out new places to call their own inside a nation to which they do not entirely belong. The author is an enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation who belongs to Pawhuska District.

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Non-fiction

Indigenous continent: The Epic Contest For North America

Indigenous continent: The Epic Contest For North America

by Pekka Hämäläinen

This nation's history and self-understanding have long depended on the notion of a "colonial America," an epoch that supposedly laid the foundation for the modern United States. In Indigenous Continent, Pekka Hämäläinen overturns the traditional, Eurocentric narrative, demonstrating that, far from being weak and helpless "victims" of European colonialism, Indigenous peoples controlled North America well into the 19th century. From the Iroquois and Pueblos to the Lakotas and Comanches, Native empires frequently decimated white newcomers in battle, forcing them to accept and even adopt Native ways. Even as the white population skyrocketed and colonists' land greed become ever more extravagant, Indigenous peoples flourished due to sophisticated diplomacy and flexible leadership structures. As Hämäläinen ultimately contends, instead of "colonial America" we should speak of an "Indigenous America" that was only slowly and unevenly becoming colonial. In our myth-busting era, this restoration of Native Americans to their rightful place at the very center of American history will be seen as one of the most important correctives yet.

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A Picture Gallery of the Soul

A Picture Gallery of the Soul

by Howard Oransky (Editor)

A Picture Gallery of the Soul presents the work of more than one hundred Black American artists whose practice incorporates the photographic medium. Organized by the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota, this group exhibition samples a range of photographic expressions produced over three centuries, from traditional photography to mixed media and conceptual art. From the daguerreotypes made by Jules Lion in New Orleans in 1840 to the Instagram post of the Baltimore Uprising made by Devin Allen in 2015, photography has chronicled Black American life, and Black Americans have defined the possibilities of photography. Frederick Douglass recognized the quick, easy, and inexpensive reproducibility of photography and developed a theoretical framework for understanding its impact on public discourse, which he delivered as a series of four lectures during the Civil War. It has been widely acknowledged that Douglass, the subject of 160 photographic portraits and the most photographed American of the nineteenth century, anticipated that the history of American photography and the history of Black American culture and politics would be deeply intertwined. A Picture Gallery of the Soul honors the diverse visions of Blackness made manifest through the lens of photography. This is a vivid and moving celebration of the ways that Black Americans have shaped and been shaped by photography, from its inception to the present day.

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Try Not to Be Strange

Try Not to Be Strange: The Curious History of the Kingdom of Redonda

by Michael Hingston

In the middle of the Caribbean, there sits a small island called Redonda. But what at first appears to be an uninhabited rock turns out to also be the site of a fragmented, fiercely contested kingdom that dates back more than a century--a kingdom of writers, with little in common besides their shared allegiance to the Redondan throne. Now, Michael Hingston has assembled this unbelievable true story for the first time. Drawing on a cast of characters that includes forgotten sci-fi novelists, alcoholic poets, vegetarian publishers, and Nobel Prize frontrunners, Try Not to Be Strange: The Curious History of The Kingdom of Redonda is a rollicking literary history that blurs the line between fantasy and reality to the point that it may never be restored.

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Selecciones de personal

Mujer Sin Verguenza

Mujer sin vergüenza (Woman without Shame)

Sandra Cisneros, traducción del inglés de Liliana Valenzuela

Han pasado veintiocho años desde que Sandra Cisneros publicara un libro de poesía. Con decenas de poemas inéditos, Mujer sin vergüenza es una conmovedora colección de canciones, elegías y declaraciones que dan testimonio de su peregrinaje hacia un renacimiento y hacia el reconocimiento de su derecho como mujer artista. Estas meditaciones descarnadas y a menudo humorísticas sobre la memoria, el deseo y la naturaleza esencial del amor abren un camino hacia la autoconciencia. Para Cisneros, Mujer sin vergüenza es la culminación de la búsqueda de un hogar, en el México de sus antepasados y en su propio corazón.

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Llorando en el baño

Llorando en el baño (Crying in the Bathroom)

Erika L. Sánchez, traducción del inglés de Laura Lecuona

Hija de inmigrantes mexicanos y criada en Chicago en la década de los noventa, Erika L. Sánchez se ha descrito a sí misma como paria, inadaptada y un chasco: agitadora melancólica y malhablada que se pintaba las uñas de negro, pero también disfrutaba la comedia y tenía el sueño improbable de ser poeta. Veinticinco años más tarde se ha convertido en una galardonada novelista, poeta y ensayista, pero no ha perdido la risa incontrolable, su áspero ingenio y sus singulares poderes para percibir el mundo a su alrededor.

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A lo lejos (In the Distance)

A lo lejos (In the Distance)

Hernán Díaz, traducción del inglés de Jon Bilbao

Håkan Söderström, conocido como «el Halcón», un joven inmigrante sueco que llega a California en plena Fiebre del Oro, emprende una peregrinación imposible en dirección a Nueva York, sin hablar el idioma, en busca de su hermano Linus, a quien perdió cuando embarcaron a Europa. En su extraño viaje, Håkan se topará con un buscador de oro irlandés demente y con una mujer sin dientes que lo viste con un abrigo de terciopelo y zapatos con hebilla. Conocerá a varios personajes en su travesía incluyendo a un naturalista visionario. Será perseguido por un sheriff sádico y por un par de soldados depredadores de la guerra civil. Atrapará animales y buscará comida en el desierto, y finalmente se convertirá en un proscrito. Acabará retirándose a las montañas para subsistir durante años como trampero, en medio de la naturaleza indómita, sin ver a nadie ni hablar, en una suerte de destrucción planeada que es, al mismo tiempo, un renacimiento. Pero su mito crecerá y sus supuestas hazañas lo convertirán en una leyenda.

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English-Language Picks

Fiction

If I Survive You

If I Survive You

by Jonathan Escoffery

In the 1970s, Topper and Sanya flee to Miami as political violence consumes their native Kingston. But America, as the couple and their two children learn, is far from the promised land. Excluded from society as Black immigrants, the family pushes on through Hurricane Andrew and later the 2008 recession, living in a house so cursed that the pet fish launches itself out of its own tank rather than stay. But even as things fall apart, the family remains motivated, often to its own detriment, by what their younger son, Trelawny, calls "the exquisite, racking compulsion to survive."

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Daisy Darker

Daisy Darker

by Alice Feeney

Daisy Darker's entire family is assembling for Nana's 80th birthday party in Nana's crumbling gothic house on a tiny tidal island. Finally back together one last time, when the tide comes in, they will be cut off from the rest of the world for eight hours. The family arrives, each of them harboring secrets. Then at the stroke of midnight, as a storm rages, Nana is found dead. And an hour later, the next family member follows... With a wicked wink to Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None," "Daisy Darker's" unforgettable twists will leave readers reeling.

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Wash Day Diaries

Wash Day Diaries

by Jamila Rowser

"Wash Day Diaries" tells the story of four best friends through five connected short story comics that follow these young women through the ups and downs of their daily lives in the Bronx. From self-care to spilling the tea at an hours-long salon appointment to healing family rifts, the stories are brought to life through beautifully drawn characters and different color palettes reflecting the mood in each story. At times touching, quiet, triumphant, and laugh out loud funny, the stories of "Wash Day Diaries" pay a loving tribute to Black joy and the resilience of Black women.

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Non-fiction

Africa Is Not A Country: Notes On A Bright Continent

Africa Is Not A Country: Notes On A Bright Continent

by Dipo Faloyin

An exuberant, opinionated, stereotype-busting view of contemporary Africa in all its splendid diversity by one of its leading new writers. A lively and diverse continent of fifty-four countries, over two thousand languages, and 1.4 billion people, Africa has long been painted with a broad brush in Western literature, media, and culture, flattening it into a monolith. In Africa is Not a Country, the acclaimed journalist Dipo Faloyin boldly counters the stereotypes and highlights the realities of Africa's communities and histories. Starting with the complex urban life of Lagos, the largest city on the continent, Faloyin then traces the history of modern Africa, revealing how arbitrary boundaries drawn by colonizers led to tribal and cultural clashes, before telling the story of democracy in 10 dictatorships. He unravels the perils and ubiquity of the "white savior complex," explores the rivalries at the heart of the African Cup of Nations tournament, and joins the heated debate over which West African country makes the best jollof rice. And with an eye towards the future promise and potential of the continent, he speaks with local activists, artists, and writers who are defining Africa on their own terms. Witty and insightful, Africa is Not a Country is an idiosyncratic and entertaining exploration of a diverse continent that deserves to finally be understood, respected, and celebrated.

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Dancing Cockatoos And The Dead Man Test

Dancing Cockatoos And The Dead Man Test: How Behavior Evolves And Why It Matters

by Marlene Zuk

A lively exploration of animal behavior in all its glorious complexity, from tiny wasps to lumbering elephants-and humans. It's time to leave behind the tired nature-versus-nurture debate. In Dancing Cockatoos and the Dead Man Test, Marlene Zuk asks a more fascinating question: How does behavior evolve, and how is that process similar-and different-in people and animals? Drawing from a wealth of research, including her own on insects, she explores how genes and the environment work together to produce cockatoos that dance to rock music and ants that heal their injured companions. She follows the different paths cats and dogs took to living with humans, and asks whether bees are domestic animals. In exploring intelligence, mating behavior, and fighting disease, Zuk turns to smart spiders, silent crickets, and crafty crows. She shows how neither our behavior nor that of other animals is dictated solely by genes, and that animal behavior can be remarkably similar to human behavior and wonderfully complicated in its own right.

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Operation Pineapple Express: The Incredible Story of a Group of Americans Who Undertook One Last Mission and Honored a Promise in Afghanistan

Operation Pineapple Express: The Incredible Story of a Group of Americans Who Undertook One Last Mission and Honored a Promise in Afghanistan

by Lt. Col. Scott Mann (Ret.)

In April, an urgent call was placed from a Special Forces operator serving overseas. The message: Get Nezam out of Afghanistan now. Nezam was part of the Afghan National Army's first group of American-trained commandos. He passed through Fort Bragg's legendary Q course and served alongside the US Special Forces for over a decade. But Afghanistan's government and army are collapsing, and Nezam is getting threatening texts from the Taliban. The message reached Nezam's former commanding officer, retired Lt. Col. Scott Mann, who can't face the idea of losing another soldier in the long War on Terror. He sends out an SOS to a group of Afghan vets (Navy SEALs, Green Berets, CIA officers, USAID advisors). They all answer the call for one last mission and operating out of basements and garages, Task Force Pineapple organizes an escape route for Nezam and gets him into hiding in Taliban-controlled Kabul. After many tense days, he braves the enemy checkpoints and the crowds of thousands blocking the airport gates. He finally makes it through the wire and into the American-held airport thanks to the frantic efforts of the Pineapple express, a relentless Congressional aide, and a US embassy official. Nezam is safe, but calls are coming in from all directions requesting help for other Afghan soldiers, interpreters, and at-risk women and children. Task Force Pineapple begins all over again--and ends up rescuing 500 more Afghans from Kabul in the three chaotic days before the ISIS-K suicide bombing. Operation Pineapple Express is a thrilling, suspenseful tale of service and loyalty amidst the chaos of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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Selecciones de personal

Berta Isla

Berta Isla

escrito por Javier Marías, traducción de Margaret Jull Costa

Muy jóvenes se conocieron Berta Isla y Tomás Nevinson en Madrid, y muy pronta fue su determinación de pasar la vida juntos, sin sospechar que los aguardaba una convivencia intermitente y después una desaparición. Tomás, medio español y medio inglés, es un superdotado para las lenguas y los acentos, y eso hace que, durante sus estudios en Oxford, la Corona ponga sus ojos en él. Un día cualquiera, «un día estúpido» que se podría haber ahorrado, condicionará el resto de su existencia, así como la de su mujer. Berta Isla es la envolvente y apasionante historia de una espera y de una evolución, la de su protagonista. También de la fragilidad y la tenacidad de una relación amorosa condenada al secreto y a la ocultación, al fingimiento y a la conjetura, y en última instancia al resentimiento mezclado con la lealtad.

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Una vez fui tu

Una vez fui tú: Memorias (Once I Was You)

escrito por María Hinojosa; traducción del inglés por Angélica Ramírez

María Hinojosa es una periodista galardonada que ha colaborado con las cadenas más respetadas y se ha distinguido por realizar reportajes con un toque humano. En estas memorias escritas con gran belleza, nos relata la historia de la política de inmigración de los EE.UU. que nos ha llevado al punto en que estamos hoy, al mismo tiempo que nos comparte su historia profundamente personal. Estas memorias honestas y estremecedoras crean un vívido retrato de co?mo llegamos aquí y lo que significa ser una superviviente, una feminista, una ciudadana y una periodista que hace valer su propia voz mientras lucha por la verdad. Una vez fui tú es un llamado urgente a los compatriotas estadounidenses para que abran los ojos a la crisis de la inmigración y entiendan que nos afecta a todos.

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La otra chica negra (The Other Black Girl)

La otra chica negra (The Other Black Girl)

escrito por Zakiya Dalila Harris; traducción del inglés por Eva González Rosales

La joven asistente editorial Nella Rogers está cansada de ser la única empleada negra en Wagner Books. Harta del aislamiento y las pequeñas ofensas, no puede evitar entusiasmarse cuando una nueva compañera negra, nacida y criada en Harlem, empieza a trabajar en el cubículo de al lado. Sin embargo, pronto una serie de incómodos acontecimientos convierten a Hazel en la predilecta de la oficina, y Nella es relegada a un segundo plano. Entonces empiezan a aparecer notas amenazantes en la mesa de Nella: «VETE DE WAGNER. AHORA.» Es difícil creer que Hazel esté detrás de esos mensajes hostiles. Pero cuando Nella empieza a obsesionarse con las siniestras fuerzas del juego, pronto se da cuenta de que está en riesgo mucho más que su carrera. Un thriller inteligente y dinámico, y una astuta crónica social, perfecta para cualquiera que alguna vez se haya sentido manipulado, amenazado o ignorado en el puesto de trabajo. Esta obra te mantendrá en vilo hasta la última página.

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English-Language Picks

Fiction

Our Gen

Our Gen

by Diane McKinney-Whetstone

Residents of an active-living retirement community revert to lives of youthful indulgence, even as time-bomb secrets of their pasts tick toward explosion. BookPage calls Our Gen "a beach read with strong writing and emotional heft."

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The Woman in the Library

The Woman in the Library

by Sulari Gentill

The silence in the Boston Public Library is interrupted one morning by a woman's terrified scream. As security guards assess the threat, four strangers start a conversation and quickly become friendly. They each have their own reasons for being in the library's reading room that morning--and one of those reasons may turn out to be murder.

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Husband Material

Husband Material

by Alexis Hall

In Boyfriend Material, Luc and Oliver met, pretended to fall in love, fell in love for real, dealt with heartbreak and disappointment and family and friends...and somehow figured out a way to make it work. Now it seems like everyone around them is getting married, and Luc's feeling the social pressure to propose. But it'll take more than four weddings, a funeral, and a hotly contested rainbow balloon arch to get these two from "I don't know what I'm doing" to "I do."

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Non-fiction

100 animals that can f*cking end you

100 animals that can f*cking end you

by Mamadou Ndiaye

Ever wonder how to tell if a moose is about to subtract you? Curious why you should be terrified of cassowaries, the ?velociraptor that time forgot?? Questioning whether that cute baby hippo is actually a homicidal maniac in the making? Yea, so was Mamadou Ndiaye . . . and now he's got your answers.

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Black folk could fly

Black folk could fly

by Randall Kenan

A personal, social, and intellectual self-portrait of the beloved and enormously influential late Randall Kenan, a master of both fiction and nonfiction. Virtuosic in his use of literary forms, nurtured and unbounded by his identities as a Black man, a gay man, an intellectual, and a Southerner, Randall Kenan was known for his groundbreaking fiction. Less visible were his extraordinary nonfiction essays, published as introductions to anthologies and in small journals, revealing countless facets of Kenan's life and work. Flying under the radar, these writings were his most personal and autobiographical. This powerful collection is a testament to a great mind, a great soul, and a great writer from whom readers will always wish to have more to read.

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The sewing girl's tale : a story of the crime and consequences in revolutionary America

The sewing girl's tale : A story of the crime and consequences in revolutionary America

by John Wood Sweet

Summer, 1793. A crime was committed in the back room of a New York brothel-- the kind of crime that even victims usually kept secret. Instead, seventeen-year-old seamstress Lanah Sawyer charged a gentleman with rape. Her accusation sparked a raw courtroom drama and a relentless struggle for vindication that threatened both Lanah's and her assailant's lives. The trial exposed a predatory sexual underworld, sparked riots in the streets, and ignited a vigorous debate about class privilege and sexual double standards. Sweet takes us from a chance encounter in the street, and shows that if our laws and our culture were changed by a persistent young woman and the power of words two hundred years ago, they can be changed again.

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Páradais  (Inglés: Paradais)

Páradais

escrito por Fernanda Melchor, traduccíon de Sophie Hughes

En un conjunto residencial de lujo, dos adolescentes inadaptados se reúnen por las noches para embriagarse a escondidas y compartir sus descabelladas fantasías. Ante la imposibilidad de conseguir lo que cada uno cree merecer, Franco y Polo maquinarán un plan tan pueril como macabro.

Páradais, escrita por una de las escritoras mexicanas más destacadas de la actualidad, explora la facilidad con la que el deseo puede convertirse en obsesión y, más aún, en violencia, al tiempo que narra la alianza entre los polos opuestos de la sociedad mexicana contemporánea.

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La Casa de Los Espiritus (Ingles: The House of the Spirits)

La Casa de Los Espiritus (Inglés: The House of the Spirits)

escrito por Isabel Allende, traduccíon de Magda Bogin

El despótico patriarca Esteban Trueba ha construido con mano de hierro un imperio privado que empieza a tambalearse con el paso del tiempo y un entorno social explosivo. Finalmente, la decadencia personal del patriarca arrastrará a los Trueba a una dolorosa desintegración. Atrapados en unas dramáticas relaciones familiares, los personajes de esta poderosa novela encarnan las tensiones sociales y espirituales de una época que abarca gran parte del siglo XX.

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Cien años de soledad

Cien Años de Soledad (Inglés: One Hundred Years of Solitude)

Edited by Gabriel García Márquez, traduccíon de Gregory Rabassa

"Muchos años después, frente al pelotón de fusilamiento, el coronel Aureliano Buendía había de recordar aquella tarde remota en que su padre lo llevó a conocer el hielo."

Con estas palabras empieza una novela ya legendaria en los registros de la literatura universal, una de las aventuras literarias más fascinantes del siglo xx.

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On Rotation

On Rotation

by Shirlene Obuobi

Angie, a Ghanaian-American med student, has spent her life being the Perfect Immigrant Daughter. She has always faced her problems by working twice as hard to get half as far. Then she meets artist Ricky Gutiérrez, and suddenly Angie begins to question everything. When will she allow herself to live the fulfilling life that is best for her?

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The Gatekeeper

The Gatekeeper

by David Koepp

Dez, a retired mercenary and amateur musician, is enjoying the California sun when the hotel he's at comes under attack. Foiling a kidnapping attempt, Dez is drawn into a dangerous conspiracy involving media manipulation, militias, an armed coup and an attempt to fracture the very country in which we live.

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The Boardwalk Bookshop

The Boardwalk Bookshop

by Susan Mallery

Bree, Mikki, and Ashley have opened a bookshop on the California coast, and business is thriving. Their personal lives - not so much. At sunset every Friday, they share a champagne toast, challenging one another to become the best versions of themselves and giving each other courage to start over. Kirkus Reviews calls this "A book begging to be read on the beach, with the sun warming the sand and salt in the air: pure escapism."

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Riding Jane Crow

Riding Jane Crow: African American Women on the American Railroad

by Miriam Thaggert

As Jim Crow laws became more prevalent and forced Black Americans to "ride Jim Crow" on the rails, the train compartment became a contested space of leisure and work. Black women's experiences on or near the railroad illustrate how American technological progress has often meant their ejection or displacement and thus, it is the Black woman who most fully measures the success of American freedom and privilege, or "progress," through her travel experiences.

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The Earth Is All That Lasts: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the Last Stand of the Great Sioux Nation

The Earth Is All That Lasts: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the Last Stand of the Great Sioux Nation

by Mark Lee Gardner

Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull: Their names are iconic, their significance in American history undeniable and together, these two Lakota chiefs, one a fabled warrior and the other a revered holy man, crushed George Armstrong Custer's vaunted Seventh Cavalry. Their legendary victory at the Little Big Horn has overshadowed the rest of their rich and complex lives but now, based on years of research and drawing on a wealth of previously ignored primary sources, award-winning author Mark Lee Gardner delivers the definitive chronicle, thrillingly told, of these extraordinary Indigenous leaders.

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The Education of Betsey Stockton: An Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom

The Education of Betsey Stockton: An Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom

Gregory Nobles

Betsey Stockton's Odyssey is a remarkable saga of one woman's journey from slavery to freedom--and to leadership. Once the property of Princeton University president Ashbel Green, Stockton embarked on a remarkable life after Green emancipated her. She traveled as far as the Sandwich Islands as a missionary and teacher, eventually returning to Princeton in those roles, helping to found both the First Presbyterian Church of Colour and the town's public school for black children, where she taught for nearly thirty years.

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Violeta

Violeta

escrito por Isabel Allende, traducción de Frances Riddle

Violeta viene al mundo un tormentoso di?a de 1920, siendo la primera nin?a de una familia de cinco bulliciosos hermanos. Desde el principio, su vida es marcada por acontecimientos extraordinarios, pues todavi?a se sienten las ondas expansivas de la Gran Guerra, hasta cuando la gripe espan?ola llega a las orillas de su pai?s sudamericano natal, casi en el momento exacto de su nacimiento. Gracias a la clarividencia del padre, la familia saldra? indemne de esta crisis para darse de bruces con una nueva, cuando la Gran Depresio?n altera la elegante vida urbana que Violeta ha conocido hasta ahora. Su familia lo perdera? todo y se vera? obligada a retirarse a una regio?n salvaje y remota del pai?s. Alli? Violeta alcanzara? la mayori?a de edad y tendra? su primer pretendiente... En una carta dirigida a una persona a la que ama por encima de todas las dema?s, Violeta recuerda devastadores desengan?os amorosos y romances apasionados, momentos de pobreza y tambie?n de prosperidad, pe?rdidas terribles e inmensas alegri?as. Moldeara?n su vida algunos de los grandes sucesos de la historia: la lucha por los derechos de la mujer, el auge y cai?da de tiranos y, en u?ltima instancia, no una, sino dos pandemias.

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La fugitiva

La fugitiva

escrito por Sergio Ramírez

Rebeldía, pasión por la literatura, feminismo y libertad sexual. La historia de una mujer singular. Sergio Ramírez investiga la historia de una mujer costarricense, Amanda Solano, que publicó una única novela y que nunca obtuvo el reconocimiento de sus paisanos. "La maldición de Amanda fue su genialidad. Hizo todo lo que pudo como mujer para disimular su condición de ángel." Tres voces femeninas nos relatan la vida dramática de una mujer que eligió el oficio maldito de escribir en una sociedad cerrada y provinciana. Tres voces, tres maneras de concebir la vida, la amistad y el amor, pero todas con un denominador común: contarnos quién fue la deseada y envidiada Amanda Solano. Estas voces, cada una con su propio registro, nos devolverán a la Costa Rica de la primera mitad del siglo pasado, y así descubriremos a un personaje marcado por su belleza y su genio, por su desafiante sentido de la libertad, y por la mayor de sus debilidades: los hombres. En una convulsa época en que a las mujeres les era denegada la elección de sus opciones en la vida, a Amanda Solano no le quedó otro camino que el exilio, dentro y fuera de su propio país. Sergio Ramírez asume el reto de poner voz a tres personajes femeninos dispares, y lo hace con un estilo sencillo y emotivo que nos hará cómplices de la historia de esta mujer singular que vivió de su leyenda y murió sintiéndose olvidada por todos. Aún hoy, su tumba sigue marcada apenas por un número.

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Resistencia: poems of protest and revolution

Resistencia: poems of protest and revolution

Edited by Mark Eisner & Tina Escaja with an introduction by Julia Alvarez

En esta colección de poemas, escritores que representan a todos los países latinoamericanos exploran temas feministas, queer, indígenas, urbanos y ecológicos junto con protestas históricamente destacadas contra el imperialismo, las dictaduras y la desigualdad económica. Cada poema se presenta en una traducción al inglés junto con el texto original. Los idiomas originales representados incluyen español, francés, portugués, kaqchikel, mapudungun, miskito y quechua. Estos cincuenta y cuatro poemas nos inspiran a todos a abrazarnos a nosotros mismos y unirnos contra todas las formas de tiranía y opresión.

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By Her Own Design

By Her Own Design

by Piper Huguley

The incredible untold story of how Ann Lowe, a Black woman and granddaughter of enslaved people, rose above personal struggles and racial prejudice to design and create one of America's most famous wedding dresses of all time for Jackie Kennedy.

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Aurora

Aurora

by David Koepp

From the author of "Cold Storage" comes a riveting, eerily plausible thriller in which a worldwide cataclysm plays out in the lives of one complicated Midwestern family.

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Nightcrawling

Nightcrawling

by Leila Mottley

When a drunken altercation with a stranger turns into a job she desperately needs, Kiara, who supports her brother and an abandoned 9-year-old boy, starts nightcrawling. Then her name surfaces in an investigation exposing her as a key witness in a massive scandal within the Oakland Police Department.

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The New Black West: Photographs from America's Only Touring Black Rodeo

The New Black West: Photographs from America's Only Touring Black Rodeo

by Gabriela Hasbun, foreword by Jeff Douvel

Held annually in cities across the United States, the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo (BPIR) honors the historic accomplishments of Black cowboys and fosters a vibrant community dedicated to continuing that legacy; Bay Area photographer Gabriela Hasbun has spent more than a decade photographing this beloved event in the Oakland hills, capturing the joy and excitement of performers and audience members, showcasing the daring feats, spectacular outfits, and welcoming atmosphere that make the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo an unmissable experience.

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Undelivered: the never-heard speeches that would have rewritten history

Undelivered: the never-heard speeches that would have rewritten history

by Jeff Nussbaum

In Undelivered, political speechwriter Jeff Nussbaum presents the most notable speeches the public never heard, from Dwight Eisenhower's apology for a D-Day failure to Richard Nixon's refusal to resign the presidency, and even Hillary Clinton's acceptance for a 2016 victory--the latter never seen until now; examining the content of these speeches and the context of the historic moments that almost came to be, Nussbaum considers not only what they tell us about the past, but also what they can inform us about our present.

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 Miss Chloe : a memoir of a literary friendship with Toni Morrison

Miss Chloe : a memoir of a literary friendship with Toni Morrison

A. J. Verdelle

Toni Morrison, born Chloe A Wofford, was a towering figure in the world of literature when she entered A.J. Verdelle's life and their literary friendship was a young writer's dream--simultaneously exhilarating, intimidating, fulfilling, and challenging; Verdelle chronicles her grief at Morrison's passing, and finds comfort in Morrison's astute advice--wisdom Verdelle didn't always recognize at the time as this book honors Morrison among the cultural greats, while illuminating and celebrating the power of language, legacy, and genius.

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Invencible : Cómo Descubrí Mi Fuerza a Través del Amor Y La Pérdida (Inglés: Unstoppable: How I Found My Strength Through Love and Loss))

Invencible : Cómo Descubrí Mi Fuerza a Través del Amor Y La Pérdida (Inglés: Unstoppable: How I Found My Strength Through Love and Loss))

escrito por Chiquis Rivera

Un nuevo libro de memorias de la cantante ganadora del Latin Grammy y autora bestseller del New York Times, Chiquis Rivera, quien comparte sus triunfos, desafíos y lecciones de vida tras la muerte de su madre, Jenni Rivera. Su filosofía de vida lo dice todo: “O gano o aprendo.” Lleno de revelaciones afirmativas, Chiquis comparte su mayor regalo con sus fans: las lecciones inspiradoras y accesibles que la han hecho invencible.

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El Miedo Nos Hizo Fuertes

El Miedo Nos Hizo Fuertes

escrito por Alexis Valdés

Alexis Valdés es un artista polifacético con casi cuarenta años de carrera que se ha destacado como actor, comediante, presentador, escritor de teatro, guionista de cine y director de cine y teatro. Además, es músico, cantante, compositor y productor musical, nominado tres veces al premio Grammy Latino.

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One-Shot Harry

One-Shot Harry

by Gary Phillips

When an army buddy’s death is ruled an accident, Korean War veteran and news photographer Harry Ingram discovers that his photographs show otherwise. Putting his life on the line amidst the racial tensions of Los Angeles in 1963, Harry seeks to learn what really happened to his friend.

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Remarkably Bright Creatures

Remarkably Bright Creatures

by Shelby Van Pelt

Widow Tova Sullivan works at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, where she befriends a giant Pacific octopus named Marcellus. Marcellus is a sharp observer of humans (and his comments to the reader throughout the story are a hoot). He even knows something about the disappearance of Tova's son over thirty years ago - but how can he communicate his knowledge to Tova?

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The Romantic Agenda

The Romantic Agenda

by Claire Kann

When Joy starts fake-dating her friend Fox to make her secret crush Malcolm jealous, both Joy and Fox discover that pretense can bloom into genuine feelings. A slow-burn, friends-to-lovers romance with an ace protagonist.

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The Man Who Invented Motion Pictures: A True Tale of Obsession, Murder, and the Movies

The Man Who Invented Motion Pictures: A True Tale of Obsession, Murder, and the Movies

by Paul Fischer

The Man Who Invented Motion Pictures pulls back the curtain and reveals the riveting story of both Louis Le Prince's life and work, dispelling the secrets that shroud each. This captivating, impeccably researched work presents the never before told history of the motion picture and sheds light on the unsolved mystery of Le Prince's disappearance.

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From the Hood to the Holler

From the Hood to the Holler: A Story of Separate Worlds, Shared Dreams, and the Fight for America's Future

by Charles Booker

Kentucky state representative Charles Booker tells the improbable story of his journey from one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country to a political career forging new alliances among forgotten communities across the New South and beyond.

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Mama Phife Represents: A Memoir

Mama Phife Represents: A Memoir

by Cheryl Boyce-Taylor

Award-winning poet Cheryl Boyce-Taylor pays tribute to her departed son Malik 'Phife Dawg' Taylor of the legendary hip-hop trio A Tribe Called Quest in this intimate collection.

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Mi Lenguaje Roto

Mi Lenguaje Roto (Inglés: My Broken Life)

escrito por Quiara Alegría Hudes, traducción de Daniel Esparza

Quiara Alegri?a Hudes era la nin?a de ojos penetrantes que permaneci?a resguardada en las escaleras de la casa de su abuela en el norte de Filadelfia mientras observaba a su familia bailar en su estrecha cocina. Estaba asombrada por sus ti?as, ti?os y primos, pero vivi?a aterrada por los secretos de la familia y las historias ocultas del barrio--todo esto mientras intentaba encontrar su propia voz entre el mar de lenguajes que la rodeaban, tanto en el habla como por escrito: ingle?s y espan?ol, cuerpos y libros, arte occidental y altares sagrados. Su familia se convirtio? en su panteo?n privado, un ci?rculo de poderosas mujeres parecidas a orishas con tra?gicas heridas del mundo real, y se comprometio? a contar sus historias, pero primero tendri?a que bajarse de las escaleras y unirse al baile. Tendri?a que encontrar su propio lenguaje. Tejiendo el amor de Hudes por los libros con las historias de su familia, las lecciones aprendidas en el norte de Filadelfia y aquellas adquiridas en la universidad de Yale, esta es una exploracio?n del hogar, la memoria y la pertenencia, narrada por una nin?a obsesionada que lucho? por convertirse en artista para poder capturar el mundo que amaba en toda su belleza, delicada y salvaje.

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Velorio

Velorio

escrito por Xavier Navarro Aquino, traducción de Aurora Lauzardo Ugarte

Es septiembre de 2017 y el huracán María acaba de arrasar con Puerto Rico. Camila se siente perturbada por la muerte de su hermana, Marisol. Todo empezó cuando le arrancó un pedacito del meñique que sobresalía del fango, tras el deslizamiento de tierra que se la llevó. Incapaz de desprenderse de ella, Camila carga con el cuerpo de su hermana hasta llegar al supuesto paraíso perdido llamado «Memoria». Urayoán, el profeta soñador pero peligroso de Memoria, tiene planes para su nueva sociedad: aspira a un nuevo orden tras el abandono del Gobierno. El paraíso que predica seduce a jóvenes de toda la isla, entre ellos a Pescao, Moriviví y Banto. Todos ellos tendrán que navegar el ascenso entre llamas del tirano Urayoán y enfrentarse a sus impulsos macabros para poder reclamar su hogar, una isla estremecida tanto por el paso impetuoso de María como por la violencia humana.

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Queen of Urban Prophecy

Queen of Urban Prophecy

by Aya De León

A young female rap superstar takes on the misogyny of the music industry.

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Mickey7

Mickey7

by Edward Ashton

The Martian meets Dark Matter in Edward Ashton's science fiction thriller, in which Mickey7, an expendable, refuses to let his replacement clone Mickey8 take his place.

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Nobody's Magic

Nobody's Magic

by Destiny O. Birdsong

Three Black women with albinism fight to live life on their terms in a world that rarely looks past their appearance. Each portrait is distinct from the others, reminding us that there is more than a single story for any group of people.

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The impossible city: a Hong Kong memoir

The Impossible City: a Hong Kong Memoir

by Karen Cheung

Hong Kong has long been known as a city of extremes: a former colony of the United Kingdom that today exists at the margins of an authoritarian, ascendant China; a city rocked by mass protests, where residents take to the streets to rally against encroaching threats on their democracy and freedoms. But it is also misunderstood and often romanticized, its history and politics oversimplified in Western headlines. Drawing richly from her own experience, as well as countless interviews with the artists, protestors, students, and writers who have made Hong Kong their home, journalist Karen Cheung gives us an insider's view of this remarkable city, making the case along the way that we should look to Hong Kong as a warning sign for what lies ahead for other global democracies.

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Breath better spent: living Black girlhood

Breath Better Spent: Living Black Girlhood

by DaMaris B. Hill

Through the eyes and stories of prominent Black female figures from Zora Neale Hurston to Riley Curry and Michelle Obama, and with an homage to Toni Morrison's Beloved, Breath Better Spent beautifully and trenchantly captures the culture of Black girlhood and its changing relationship to American culture, exploring the highly visible and invisible spaces that Black girls occupy, from school, to home, to others' imaginations, and proceeds to question the disappearance - metaphorically and literally - of Black girls from the American imagination. Powerfully drawing on both history and her own experiences, Hill brings to life the vitality, creativity, and strength of Black girlhood while shining a light on a crisis we cannot ignore.

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The dark queens: the bloody rivalry that forged the medieval world

The Dark Queens: The Bloody Tivalry That Forged The Medieval World

by Shelley Puhak

The remarkable, little-known story of two trailblazing women in the Early Middle Ages who wielded immense power, only to be vilified for daring to rule. Brunhild was a foreign princess, raised to be married off for the sake of alliance-building. Her sister-in-law Fredegund started out as a lowly palace slave. And yet, in sixth-century Merovingian France, where women were excluded from noble succession and royal politics was a blood sport, these two iron-willed strategists reigned over vast realms, changing the face of Europe.

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Neruda: El Llamado del Poeta (Inglés: Neruda: The Poet's Calling)

Neruda: El Llamado del Poeta (Inglés: Neruda: The Poet's Calling)

escrito por Mark Eisner, traducción, Pedro Gómez, Daniel Jándula, Eloida Viegas

Un convincente retrato biográfico de una de las figuras más fascinantes e influyentes en la historia de América Latina, Pablo Neruda.

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Proyecto Hail Mary (Inglés: Project Hail Mary)

Antología General

escrito por Pablo Neruda

Un original itinerario cronológico por los escritos de Neruda, que entrelaza la prosa con la poesía, las cartas con los artículos periodísticos, y estos con las crónicas de viajes, hasta conformar una biografía vital y literaria del poeta a través de su obra.

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Los peligros de fumar en la cama (inglés: The Dangers of Smoking in Bed)

Veinte Poemas de Amor Y Una Cancion Desesperada (Inglés: Twenty Love Poems: And a Song of Despair)

escrito por Pablo Neruda, traducción en inglés, W.S. Merwin

Una de las más célebres obras del poeta chileno Pablo Neruda (1904-1973). Publicado en 1924, el poemario lanzó a su autor a la fama con apenas 19 años de edad, y es una de las obras literarias de mayor renombre del siglo XX en la lengua castellana.

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Wahala

Wahala

by Nikki May

Boo, Simi and Ronke, three Nigerian British best friends, find their close friendship starting to crack as the lethally glamorous Isobel wreaks havoc on their lives.

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

by André Lewis Carter

In the early 1970s, Ce?sar Alvarez enlists in the Navy to escape a life of crime; while the decision saves him from the streets, it also lands him amid volatile racial tensions at a crucial moment in US history.

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Olga Dies Dreaming

Olga Dies Dreaming

by Tracy Brown

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Olga, the tony wedding planner for Manhattan’s power brokers, must confront the effects of long-held family secrets when she falls in love with Matteo, while other family members must weather their own storms.

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Just Pursuit: A Black Prosecutor's Fight for Fairness

Just Pursuit: A Black Prosecutor's Fight for Fairness

by Laura Coates

A powerful true story and groundbreaking account of bias in the courtroom from CNN senior legal analyst Laura Coates, recounting her time as a Black female prosecutor for the US Department of Justice.

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Lorraine Hansberry: The Life Behind A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry: The Life Behind A Raisin in the Sun

by Charles J. Shields

This authoritative biography of one of the 20th century’s most admired playwrights examines the parts of her life that have escaped public knowledge, including her struggle with class, sexuality and race.

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Miss Me with That: Hot Takes, Helpful Tidbits, and a Few Hard Truths

Miss Me with That: Hot Takes, Helpful Tidbits, and a Few Hard Truths

by Rachel Lindsay

Rachel Lindsay rose to prominence as The Bachelor's first Black Bachelorette and has since become one of the franchise's most well-known figures--and outspoken critics. But there has always been more to Lindsay than meets the eye, and in this book, she finally tells her own story, in her own words.

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Los peligros de fumar en la cama (inglés: The Dangers of Smoking in Bed)

Los peligros de fumar en la cama (inglés: The Dangers of Smoking in Bed)

escrito por Mariana Enriquez, traducción en inglés, Megan McDowell

Doce cuentos en los que lo terrorí?co se in?ltra en lo cotidiano. Doce historias perturbadoras que llevan el género de terror a una nueva dimensión.

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Distancia de rescate (Inglés: Fever Dream)

Distancia de rescate (Inglés: Fever Dream)

escrito por Samanta Schweblin, traducción en inglés, Megan McDowell

El campo ha cambiado frente a nuestros ojos sin que nadie se diera cuenta. Y quiza? no se trate solo de sequi?as y herbicidas, quiza? se trate del hilo vital y filoso que nos ata a nuestros hijos, y del veneno que echamos sobre ellos. Nada es un cliche? cuando finalmente sucede. Distancia de rescate sigue esta vertiginosa fatalidad haciéndose siempre las mismas preguntas: ¿hay acaso algu?n apocalipsis que no sea personal? ¿Cua?l es el punto exacto en el que, sin saberlo, se da el paso en falso que finalmente nos condena?

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Proyecto Hail Mary (Inglés: Project Hail Mary)

Proyecto Hail Mary (Inglés: Project Hail Mary)

escrito por Andy Weir, versión español traducido por Javier Guerrero Gimeno

Ryland Grace es el único superviviente en una misión desesperada. Es la última oportunidad y, si fracasa, la humanidad y la Tierra misma perecerán.

Claro que, de momento, él no lo sabe. Ni siquiera puede recordar su propio nombre, y mucho menos la naturaleza de su misión o cómo llevarla a cabo.

La nueva novela del autor de El marciano, que se convertirá en una película protagonizada y producida por Ryan Gosling.

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New York, My Village

New York, My Village

by Uwem Akpan

A Nigerian editor comes to New York on a fellowship and encounters the wonders of Times Square; the horrors of bedbugs; and racism, American style. A daring satire for fans of Colson Whitehead, James McBride, and Mark Twain.

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The Fastest Way to Fall

The Fastest Way to Fall

by Denise Williams

A conflict of interest looms when a fitness coach finds himself attracted to a client, who is secretly reviewing his fitness app for her next writing assignment. Perfect for readers who appreciate romance stories with strong women, cinnamon-roll heroes, and body positivity.

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Single Black Female

Single Black Female

by Tracy Brown

From the author of "White Lines" comes a story of four friends trying to affirm their own priorities in the face of difficult relationships and society's expectations.

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Entertaining Race: Performing Blackness in America

Entertaining Race: Performing Blackness in America

by Michael Eric Dyson

The distinguished public intellectual and best-selling author of "Tears We Cannot Stop" returns with a look at the outsized impact of African American culture and politics on this country.

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Carefree Black Girls: A Celebration of Black Women in Popular Culture

Carefree Black Girls: A Celebration of Black Women in Popular Culture

by Zeba Blay

A film and culture critic, who was one of the first people to coin the viral term #carefreeblackgirls on Twitter, presents essays in which she expands on this initial idea by delving into the work and lasting achievements of influential Black women in American culture.

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I'm Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream

I'm Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream

by Richard Antoine White

From the streets of Baltimore to the halls of the New Mexico Philharmonic, a professor, mentor and motivational speaker shares the extraordinary story of how he unexpectedly discovered a talent for music and a sense of purpose that led him to where he is today.

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Como agua para chocolate

Como agua para chocolate (Inglés: Like Water for Chocolate)

escrito por Laura Esquivel, traduccio?n en inglés, Carol Christensen and Thomas Christensen

La clásica historia de amor se sitúa en el rancho De la Garza, mientras la dueña tiránica Mamá Elena corta cebolla en la mesa de cocina durante sus últimos días de embarazo. Aún dentro del útero de su madre, la futura hija llora tan violentamente que causa un parto prematuro y la pequeña Tita nace entre las especies para preparar sopa de fideos. Este temprano encuentro con la comida pronto se convierte en una forma de vida. Tita se convierte en una chef maestra y, a lo largo de la historia, comparte puntos especiales de sus recetas favoritas con los lectores.

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Dominicana

Dominicana

escrito por Angie Cruz, versión español traducido por Kianny N. Antigua

El ultimo dia de 1964, la quinceanera Ana Cancion se casa con Juan Ruiz, un hombre veinte anos mayor que ella, en el campo dominicano. Al dia siguiente se vuelve Ana Ruiz, una esposa confinada a un apartamento de un cuarto en Washington Heights. Juan la engana, abusa y controla, hasta le prohibe aprender ingles. Despues de un intento fallido de fuga, Ana se entera de que esta embarazada. Su madre y su esposo comparan su embarazo a ganar la loteria, su nina tendra ciudadania estadounidense. Juan vuelve a la Republica Dominicana cuando la guerra civil comienza, dejando a Cesar, su hermano, cuidando a Ana. Durante ese descanso del confinamiento ella se enamora genuinamente, lo cual despierta su voluntad de pelear por independizarse de su abusador y por su derecho de permanecer en su patria adoptiva. Un retrato atemporal de feminidad y ciudadania, que sigue vigente en esta epoca de migracion forzada.

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Nos llamaron enemigo

Nos llamaron enemigo (Inglés: They Called Us Enemy)

escrito por George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott ; ilustrado por Harmony Becker; versión español traducido por Lawrence Schimel

George Takei ha capturado corazones y mentes en todo el mundo con su cautivadora presencia en el escena y su compromiso incondicional con la igualdad de derechos. Pero, mucho antes de alcanzar nuevas fronteras en Star Trek, se desperto de nino, a los cuatro anos, para encontrar a su pais natal en guerra con el de su padre ... y a su familia entera forzada a abandonar su hogar, rumbo a un futuro incierto. En 1942, bajo ordenes del presidente Franklin D. Roosevelt, cada persona de ascendencia japonesa en la costa oeste fue capturada y enviada a uno de diez 'centros de reubicacion, ' a cientos o miles de millas de sus hogares, donde permanecerian durante anos bajo vigilancia armada. Nos llamaron enemigo es la historia en primera persona de Takei sobre esos anos detras de una alambrada de puas, las alegrias y terrores de crecer bajo un racismo legalizado, las difi?ciles elecciones de su madre, la fe inquebrantable de su padre en la democracia y como estas experiencias sembraron las semillas de su asombroso futuro.

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How We Can Win: Race, History and Changing the Money Game That's Rigged

How We Can Win: Race, History and Changing the Money Game That's Rigged

by Kimberly Jones

Activist and YA novelist Jones (I'm Not Dying with You Tonight) expands in this searing look at racial inequality on a 2020 viral video in which she compared the impact of white supremacy on Black Americans' socioeconomic status to a fixed Monopoly game. This book expands on the video's theory and suggests policies to redress the economic imbalance.

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The Rise: Kobe Bryant and the Pursuit of Immortality

The Rise: Kobe Bryant and the Pursuit of Immortality

by  Mike Seilski

The shocking accidental death of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant in January 2020 remains one of those moments when time seemed to stand still. Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Sielski (Fading Echoes) presents a riveting chronicle of the life of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant (1978-2020) from his youth up to when "great things" were just beginning to happen.

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Let's Get Physical: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World

Let's Get Physical: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World

by Danielle Friedman

Danielle Friedman is an award-winning journalist whose feature writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Cut, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, Health, and other publications. Expanding on her viral article in New York Magazine's the Cut, Friedman offers an overview of how the now-hot women's exercise culture emerged, particularly in the United States.

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They Can't Take Your Name

They Can't Take Your Name

by Robert Justice

Wrongly convicted of the gruesome Mother’s Day Massacre, Langston Brown prepares to face his death while his daughter, in a desperate bid to find freedom for him, goes up against a crooked detective who will do anything to stop her.

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The Ballerinas

The Ballerinas

by Rachel Kapelke-Dale

This thriller set in the world of the ballet explores the complexities of female friendship, the dark drive towards physical perfection in the name of artistic expression, the double-edged sword of ambition and passion, and the sublimated rage that so many women hold inside--all culminating in a twist you won't see coming, with magnetic characters you won't soon forget.

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True Crime Story

True Crime Story

by Joseph Knox

Knox inserts himself into his own novel about a university student's sudden disappearance, the woman who became obsessed with her case, and the crime writer ("Joseph Knox") who uncovered the chilling truth about what happened.

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Mujeres del alma mi?a

Mujeres del alma mi?a : sobre el amor impaciente, la vida larga y las brujas buenas

escrito por Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende bucea en su memoria y nos ofrece un emocionante libro sobre su relacion con el feminismo y el hecho de ser mujer, al tiempo que reivindica que la vida adulta hay que vivirla, sentirla y gozarla con plena intensidad. En Mujeres del alma mia la gran autora chilena nos invita a acompañarla en este viaje personal y emocional donde repasa su vinculacion con el feminismo desde la infancia hasta hoy. Recuerda a algunas mujeres imprescindibles en su vida, como sus anoradas Panchita, Paula o la agente Carmen Balcells; a escritoras relevantes como Virginia Woolf o Margaret Atwood; a jovenes artistas que aglutinan la rebeldia de su generacion o, entre otras muchas, a esas mujeres anonimas que han sufrido la violencia y que llenas de dignidad y coraje se levantan y avanzan... Ellas son las que tanto le inspiran y tanto le han acompanado a lo largo de su vida: sus mujeres del alma. Finalmente, reflexiona tambien sobre el movimiento #MeToo --que apoya y celebra--, sobre las recientes revueltas sociales en su pais de origen y, como no, sobre la nueva situacion que globalmente estamos viviendo con la pandemia. Todo ello sin perder esa inconfundible pasion por la vida y por insistir en que, mas alla de la edad, siempre hay tiempo para el amor.

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Call Us What We Carry: Poems

Call Us What We Carry: Poems

by Amanda Gorman

In Call Us What We Carry, Gorman, #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet, explores history, language, identity, and erasure through an imaginative and intimate collage. Harnessing the collective grief of a global pandemic, these poems shine a light on a moment of reckoning and reveal that Gorman has become our messenger from the past, our voice for the future.

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Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home

Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home

by Charlie Warzel and Anne Helen Petersen

Journalists Warzel and Petersen (Can't Even) refer to their proposal as a "work renovation project" that encompasses four concepts: flexibility, culture, technologies of the office, and community. The pandemic and remote-work chaos heightened awareness of the need for change, the return to work now occurring provides the opportunity, and this book provides a roadmap.

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A Killer by Design: Murderers, Mindhunters, and My Quest to Decipher the Criminal Mind

A Killer by Design: Murderers, Mindhunters, and My Quest to Decipher the Criminal Mind

by Ann Wolbert Burgess and Steven Matthew Constantine

Forensic and psychiatric nurse Burgess debuts with an affecting memoir about her crucial if largely unknown role in helping the FBI develop criminal profiling tools. In a revelatory book that is brimming with the fascinating coupled with the macabre, Burgess details the inner workings of the depraved mind. A Killer by Design shows how the BSU's evolving work has forever changed the law enforcement landscape.

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All Her Little Secrets

All Her Little Secrets

by Wanda M. Morris

Ellice Littlejohn is the sole Black female attorney at her company. When she finds her white boss, and lover, shot to death, she leaves the scene - she has too many secrets to protect and can't afford to be implicated in a possible murder!

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The Matzah Ball

The Matzah Ball

by Jean Meltzer

When her publisher insists that she write a Hanukkah romance, Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt, a Jewish woman with a secret career as a Christmas romance novelist, unexpectedly finds inspiration when she encounters a childhood acquaintance at the Matzah Ball.

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Mango, Mambo, and Murder

Mango, Mambo, and Murder

by Raquel V. Reyes

Moving from New York to Miami, food anthropologist Miriam gets a short-term job as a Caribbean cooking expert on a Spanish-language morning TV show. Then folks start dying around her and she adds murder investigation to her to-do list! Yes, this food mystery includes recipes, so dig right in.

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Gótico

Gótico

escrito por Silvia Moreno-Garcia, traduccio?n, Alexander Pa?ez Garcia

Tras recibir una extraña carta de su prima recién casada, Noemí Taboada se dirige a High Place, una casa en el campo en México, sin saber qué encontrará allí. Noemí no parece tener dotes de salvadora: es glamurosa, más acostumbrada a asistir a cócteles que a las tareas de detective. Pero también es fuerte, inteligente y no tiene miedo: ni del nuevo marido de su prima, un inglés amenazante y seductor; ni de su padre, el antiguo patriarca que parece fascinado por Noemí; ni de la casa, que empieza a invadir los sueños de Noemí con visiones de sangre y fatalidad. El único amigo que Noemí encontrará es el hijo menor de la familia, quien también da la impresión de estar tapando secretos oscuros. Porque hay muchos secretos escondidos en las pareces de High Place, como descubrirá Noemí cuando empiece a desenterrar historias de violencia y locura. Cautivada por este mundo aterrador a la par que seductor, a Noemí le resultará difícil salvar a su prima... O incluso escapar de esa enigmática casa.

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Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo (bilingüe)

Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo (bilingüe)

escrito por Sandra Cisneros, versión español traducido por Liliana Valenzuela

Cuando era joven, Corina deja a su familia mexicana en Chicago para perseguir su sueño de convertirse en escritora en los cafés de París. En cambio, pasa su breve tiempo en la Ciudad de la Luz quedándose sin dinero y haciendo cola con otros inmigrantes para llamar a casa desde un teléfono público roto. Pero los meses de amistad con artistas mendigando en el metro, durmiendo en pisos atestados, y bailando el tango en fiestas subterráneas reciben un brillo duradero por su intensa amistad con Martita y Paola. A lo largo de los años, las tres mujeres se dispersan a tres continentes, cayendo fuera de contacto y fuera de la mente, hasta que una carta redescubierta trae los días de Corina en París con una inmediatez impresionante.

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Tiempos recios

Tiempos recios

escrito por Mario Vargas Llosa

Guatemala, 1954. El golpe militar perpetrado por Carlos Castillo Armas y auspiciado por Estados Unidos a través de la CIA derroca el gobierno de Jacobo Árbenz. Detrás de este acto violento se encuentra una mentira que pasó por verdad y que cambió el devenir de América Latina: la acusación por parte del gobierno de Eisenhower de que Árbenz alentaba la entrada del comunismo soviético en el continente. Tiempos recios es una historia de conspiraciones internacionales e intereses encontrados, en los años de la Guerra Fría, cuyos ecos resuenan hasta la actualidad. Una historia que involucró a varios países y en la que algunos verdugos acabaron convirtiéndose en víctimas de la misma trama que habían ayudado a construir.

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Tiger King: The Official Tell-All Memoir

Tiger King: The Official Tell-All Memoir

by Joe Exotic

Joe Exotic, star of the Netflix original documentary that "consumed the pop-cultural imagination" (The Atlantic) and transfixed a nation in the midst of a global crisis, opens up about his outlandish journey from Midwestern farmer to infamous Tiger King, and finally, to federal inmate

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Rebel Homemaker: Food, Family, Life

Rebel Homemaker: Food, Family, Life

by Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore has always done things in her own unique way--including how she cooks, lives, and finds happiness at home. In her first lifestyle and cookbook, Drew shares recipes, stories from her life, and personal photos that show how she lives a healthy, delicious, and joyful life through her own rebellious brand of homemaking.

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Sis, Don't Settle: How to Stay Smart in Matters of the Heart

Sis, Don't Settle: How to Stay Smart in Matters of the Heart

by Faith Jenkins

By day, Faith Jenkins is the host of the nationally syndicated TV show Divorce Court; by night, she's a happily married newlywed who navigated these dating streets for years before learning how to attract the love of her dreams. When she turned 35 without a wedding ring in sight, like most women, she started getting tons of questions about not being married. But she made a decision: I. Will. Not. Settle.

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Sankofa

Sankofa

by Chibundu Onuzo

Raised in England, Anna Graham learns that the father she never met is the retired dictator of a (fictional) country in West Africa. She sets off to find him, embarking on a sometimes funny, sometimes painful journey. Kirkus Reviews says that the father is "a fantastic, charismatic character, and every scene he's in crackles with energy."

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A Holly Jolly Diwali

A Holly Jolly Diwali

by Sonya Lalli

Practical, straightlaced Niki Randhawa attends a friend’s wedding in India, arriving in time to celebrate Diwali. She meets a free-spirited London musician who helps her get in touch with her passionate and creative side.

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When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky

When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky

by Margaret Verble

After disaster strikes during one of her shows, Two Feathers, a young Cherokee horse-diver, must get to the bottom of a mystery that spans centuries.

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Act Like You Got Some Sense: And Other Things My Daughters Taught Me

Act Like You Got Some Sense: And Other Things My Daughters Taught Me

by Jaimee Foxx

In this debut full of genuine reflection and heartfelt humor, actor and comedian Foxx riffs on parenting and the life experiences that gradually helped shape him as a father. Fans and parents alike will get a kick out of this.

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Not All Diamonds and Rosé

Not All Diamonds and Rosé

by Gabrielle Union

Welcome to the ultimate Real Housewives reunion! Not All Diamonds and Rosé is the definitive oral history of the hit television franchise, from its unlikely start in the gated communities of Orange County to the pop culture behemoth it has become.

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Taste: My Life Through Food

Taste: My Life Through Food

by Stanley Tucci

Through food and scenes of family life, Stanley Tucci shares both his personal story and his celebration of all-things taste. Come hungry for the food, the cocktails, the gossip and the fun. Just never, ever, cut up your spaghetti.

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Harlem Shuffle

Harlem Shuffle

by Colson Whitehead

The author of "The Underground Railroad" and "The Nickel Boys" brings us a crime caper story set in 1960s Harlem. Ray Carney owns a furniture business, and manages to stay (mostly) inside the law. But then cousin Freddie comes along with his (totally) outside the law schemes, and Ray is sucked in. If you enjoyed "Deacon King Kong" by James McBride, try this exuberant heist novel.

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The Matrix

The Matrix

by Lauren Groff

Cast out of the royal court, 17-year-old Marie de France, born the last in a long line of women warriors, is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey, its nuns on the brink of starvation and beset by disease. Tempted at first to run away, Marie instead rolls up her sleeves and vows to transform the nunnery into a true sanctuary for its residents.

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Clark and Division

Clark and Division

by Naomi Hirahara

It is 1944, and Aki Ito and her parents are being resettled from incarceration at Manzanar to a Japanese American neighborhood in Chicago. Eager to reunite with her sister, Rose, Aki is horrified to hear that Rose threw herself under a subway train. Aki knows her sister too well to believe that she killed herself, and she resolves to learn the truth.

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Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law<

Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law

by Mary Roach

Join "America's funniest science writer" (Peter Carlson, Washington Post) Mary Roach on an irresistible investigation into the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet. What's to be done about a jaywalking moose? A grizzly bear caught breaking and entering? A murderous tree?

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You Got Anything Stronger? Stories

You Got Anything Stronger? Stories

by Gabrielle Union

In depictions of motherhood, Hollywood, and even the most devastating realities, Union keeps a remarkably steady hand; she speaks with the warmth of a late night phone call.

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Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty

Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty

by Anderson Cooper

The TV anchor and scion of the dynasty examines his family's checkered past. A sturdy family history that also serves as a pointed lesson in how to lose a fortune.

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Sisters in Arms

Sisters in Arms

by Kaia Alderson

This historical novel is based on the true story of the Six Triple Eight, the only all-Black battalion of the Women Army Corps, who made the dangerous voyage to Europe to ensure that American servicemen received word from their loved ones during World War II.

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Falling

Dear Falling

by T. J. Newman

Thirty minutes before a flight to New York, the family of the pilot is kidnapped. In order for them to live, explains the kidnapper, the pilot must crash the plane, allowing himself and all the passengers to die. The pilot is determined to accept neither choice. The author is a former flight attendant.

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Holdout

Holdout

by Jeffrey Kluger

Risking her career in an effort to bring attention to environmental and cultural destruction in the Amazon, an astronaut caught on the International Space Station after an accident refuses to leave.

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Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law<

Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law

by Mary Roach

Join "America's funniest science writer" (Peter Carlson, Washington Post) Mary Roach on an irresistible investigation into the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet. What's to be done about a jaywalking moose? A grizzly bear caught breaking and entering? A murderous tree?

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You Got Anything Stronger? Stories

You Got Anything Stronger? Stories

by Gabrielle Union

In depictions of motherhood, Hollywood, and even the most devastating realities, Union keeps a remarkably steady hand; she speaks with the warmth of a late night phone call.

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Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty

Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty

by Anderson Cooper

The TV anchor and scion of the dynasty examines his family's checkered past. A sturdy family history that also serves as a pointed lesson in how to lose a fortune.

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Sisters in Arms

Sisters in Arms

by Kaia Alderson

This historical novel is based on the true story of the Six Triple Eight, the only all-Black battalion of the Women Army Corps, who made the dangerous voyage to Europe to ensure that American servicemen received word from their loved ones during World War II.

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Falling

Dear Falling

by T. J. Newman

Thirty minutes before a flight to New York, the family of the pilot is kidnapped. In order for them to live, explains the kidnapper, the pilot must crash the plane, allowing himself and all the passengers to die. The pilot is determined to accept neither choice. The author is a former flight attendant.

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Holdout

Holdout

by Jeffrey Kluger

Risking her career in an effort to bring attention to environmental and cultural destruction in the Amazon, an astronaut caught on the International Space Station after an accident refuses to leave.

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All In: An Autobiography

All In: An Autobiography

by Billie Jean King

A tennis legend tells all. In a candid, vividly detailed memoir, co-authored by journalists Howard and Vollers, King (b. 1943) recounts her dazzling 30-year career, from her discovery of tennis when she was 10 to her amazing fame as the top player in the U.S., winner of 39 Grand Slam and 20 Wimbledon titles.

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Every Minute Is a Day

Every Minute Is a Day: A Doctor, an Emergency Room, and a City Under Siege

by Robert Meyer and Dan Koeppel

Meyer, an emergency room physician, teams up with his cousin, New York Times journalist Koeppel, to create a dramatic first-person account of the doctor's experience during the first six months of the pandemic at Montefiore, the largest hospital in one of America's poorest urban counties, the Bronx.

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Ladyparts: A Memoir

Ladyparts: A Memoir

by Deborah Copaken

In a candid, confessional voice, photojournalist and writer Copaken (Shutterbabe) chronicles her turbulent journey into situational poverty without health care after leaving a dysfunctional marriage. “Ladyparts” contextualizes soured marriage, solo parenting, and dating while ill with the substandard treatment of women by U.S. health care.

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The Personal Librarian

The Personal Librarian

by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

A woman passing as white is hired to be J. P. Morgan's personal librarian and becomes one of the most powerful people in the art and book world of the early 1900s.

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Dear Miss Metropolitan

Dear Miss Metropolitan

by Carolyn Ferrell

Fern seeks refuge from her mother's pill-popping and boyfriends via Soul Train; Gwin finds salvation in the music of Prince much to her congregation's dismay; and Jesenia, miles ahead of her classmates at her gifted and talented high school, is a brainy and precocious enigma. None of this matters to Boss Man, the monster who abducts them and holds them captive in a dilapidated house in Queens.

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Razorblade Tears

Razorblade Tears

by S. A. Cosby

Two ex-cons with little else in common other than a criminal past and a love for their dead sons band together in their desperate desire for revenge.

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The Icepick Surgeon

The Icepick Surgeon: Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science

by Sam Kean

Unflinching, and exhilarating to the last page, The Icepick Surgeon fuses the drama of scientific discovery with the illicit thrill of a true-crime tale.

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This Is Your Mind on Plants

This Is Your Mind on Plants

by Michael Pollan

Pollan examines and experiences these plants, opium, caffeine, and mescaline, from several very different angles and contexts, and shines a fresh light on a subject that is all too often treated reductively--as a drug, whether licit or illicit.

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Love People, Use Things: Because the Opposite Never Works

Love People, Use Things: Because the Opposite Never Works

by Joshua Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus

Millburn and Nicodemus move past simple decluttering to show how minimalism makes room to reevaluate and heal the seven essential relationships in our lives: stuff, truth, self, money, values, creativity, and people.

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The Other Black Girl

The Other Black Girl

by Zakiya Dalila Harris

When you're the only Black person in your company, you would normally welcome a new Black employee with open arms. So why is Nella getting the sneaking suspicion that new hire Hazel is an enemy rather than an ally? And who is leaving threatening notes warning Nella to leave the company, now?

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One Last Stop

One Last Stop

by Casey McQuiston

A subway commute becomes a portal to magic and romance when cynical August Landry spots Jane Su on the train one day and develops a crush. To her horror, she learns that Jane is displaced in time, stuck on the Q line forever unless August can figure out a way to save her.

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Dead of Winter

Dead of Winter

by Stephen Mack Jones

Detroit ex-cop August Snow must fight for both his life and the soul of Mexicantown itself when a local family business is targeted by a net of ruthless billionaire developers. This is the third in the "August Snow" series, great for fans of Walter Mosley and Joe Ide.

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Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir

Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir

by Ashley C. Ford

A potent coming-of-age memoir from a popular podcaster and BuzzFeed host. Ford debuts with a blistering yet tender account of growing up with an incarcerated father. This remarkable, heart-wrenching story of loss, hardship, and self-acceptance astounds.

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She Memes Well: Essays

She Memes Well: Essays

by Quinta Brunson

From comedian Quinta Brunson comes a deeply personal and funny collection of essays about trying to make it when you're broke, overcoming self-doubt and depression, and how she's used humor to navigate her career in unusual directions

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House of Sticks: A Memoir

House of Sticks: A Memoir

by Ly Tran

An intimate, beautifully written coming-of-age memoir recounting a young girl’s journey from war-torn Vietnam to Ridgewood, Queens, and her struggle to find her voice amid clashing cultural expectations. Readers who loved Tara Westover's Educated (2018) will find a similarly compelling memoir of resilience in a not-often-seen America.

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Summer on the Bluffs

Summer on the Bluffs

by Sunny Hostin

At 71, Amelia Vaux Tanner is moving to France to reunite with an old flame and wants to give her house to one of her goddaughters. All three are invited to spend the summer with her in Oak Bluffs, an affluent Black community on Martha's Vineyard. Their secrets may keep them from getting her house.

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Dial A for Aunties

Dial A for Aunties

by Jesse Q. Sutanto

A dead body, a big wedding, and four meddling aunties leads to chaos in this mystery/romcom starring a Chinese-Indonesian family of strong women.

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Project Hail Mary

Project Hail Mary

by Andy Weir

The author of The Martian raises the stakes. In this thriller, an astronaut wakes from a coma to find his two crew members dead and his memory impaired. Alone, he must use his ingenuity and scientific know-how to prevent an extinction-level threat to humanity and the Earth.

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