In the not-so-distant future, a diverse cast of characters inherit a New York that has been flooded and overwhelmed as a result of the environmental, economic, and social disasters we are facing today. New York 2140 is timely and relevant and more realistic than the sci-fi I typically read. Significantly, it purposes a future in which ethics and moral reasoning are still being undermined by the status quo. I’d recommend reading it with friends! - Ashley

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ISBN: 9780316262347
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Published: Orbit - March 14th, 2017

Lindy West writes about difficult subjects with a hilarious, sharp style that may make you squirm, and is guaranteed to make you laugh—possibly quite loudly. Shrill is bursting with extraordinary insights into the social system that contains and ruins us, and ways to expand beyond what we’ve internalized (“We were all raised in the same f---ing septic tank,” she writes. “Real change is slow, hard, and imperceptible. It resists deconstruction.”). With a vulnerable (but again: hilarious) rendering of her own experiences, West gives the reader an inside look at what it means to be a brave, troll-fighting, fat feminist, and she somehow does so with simultaneous unapologetic intellectual passion and with a gorgeous empathy. Like me, you might find the packed-on layers of your assumptions soften and lift, your eyes widen in surprise as you come face to face not only with the ways in which you fold yourself to fit into an artificial system of self-hatred, but judge others on their failure to do so as well. West’s resounding concerns are fatphobia and feminism, but she is far from oblivious of the privilege she does possess, and in this way, Shrill also contains the kind of intersectional critique we need today. She also is a gifted writer with lovely, masterful sentences that are a pleasure to read. Be prepared to be more lit and awake through reading these essays! - Chorel

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ISBN: 9780316348461
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Published: Hachette Books - February 28th, 2017

Don't let the title fool you! I am a faithful follower of this method. Sarah thoughtfully, with only a little bit of tongue in cheek, provides useful advice on how to manage the stress in your life. There's even a handy flow chart and a budget. It's practical even while dropping multiple f bombs. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780316270724
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Published: Little Brown and Company - December 29th, 2015

I laughed slash sobbed reading this book. It's a hilariously written reflection on the life of average upper class white ladies which wasn't as bad as their less fortunate counterparts, but was still pretty horrifying, hence the sobbing. From the organ crushing corsets to the terrifying institutionalizing to the demonizing of their lady parts, this book covers it all. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780316357913
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 25th, 2016

A nostalgic look back, this book showcases some of the show's most memorable moments and reveals behind the scenes secrets you didn't know you needed to hear. If you miss seeing Jon Stewart's charming smirk on your television every evening, this book is for you. - Jade

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By Jon Stewart (Foreword by), Chris Smith
ISBN: 9781455565382
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 22nd, 2016

What I love most about this haunting and beautiful fairytale from Ivey is the way she evokes the wilderness as her setting. Alaska, in all its harsh and terrible beautiful, is as much a character as the elderly couple struggling to survive and the young girl who appears seemingly by magic into their lives. I lost myself in this story, in the best possible way. - Jax

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ISBN: 9780316175661
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - November 6th, 2012

When the world burns and you lose those you love, what do you do? Butler is one of the greatest American writers of science fiction we’ve ever known, and this is my favorite of her works – a dystopian future (before it was cool) where a young black woman on a post-apocalyptic road trip decides not just to survive, but thrive – and bring the rest of the world up with her. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780446675505
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 1st, 2000

Bendis began this story of a young (white) woman violently taking on corrupt police and politicians in 2010. It likely would be a different story had he waited just a couple more years. That said, this grey-area epic (with gorgeous art by Alex Maleev) of one average person taking matters into her own hands - because no one else will - cannot help but strike a chord today. - Jocelyn

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By Brian Michael Bendis (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Alex Maleev (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781302901523
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Published: Marvel Comics - August 2nd, 2016

When this book was published twenty years ago, the impact was so powerful we’re still feeling the reverberations today. The most flat-out brilliant book of the 1990s, by a mile, it offers amazing erudition, terrifically sympathetic characters, and a mind-bending structure. And footnotes—lots and lots of footnotes. It’s also the funniest book I’ve ever read. - Rico

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By David Foster Wallace, Tom Bissell (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780316306058
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 23rd, 2016

How do you live when everyone forgets you as soon as you're out of their presence? It started when Hope was a teenager and her parents forgot to set a place for her at the dinner table. Today she is a thief who can steal a necklace right off of someone's neck. This is a mesmerizing novel about an amazing character as well as a commentary about some of society's biggest fears. - Trey

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ISBN: 9780316335966
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Published: Redhook - January 24th, 2017



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