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Hassan Blasim, author of the haunting book The Corpse Exhibition, has assembled science fiction stories from Iraqi writers, all set 100 years after the U.S. occupation of Iraq. These stories demonstrate how Iraq's past will influence its future by blending history with fantastical technology. The defiance to imagine the future so creatively when at times even the arrival of the next day is uncertain is the spirit of this collection. - Louise

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Iraq + 100: The First Anthology of Science Fiction to Have Emerged from Iraq Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250161321
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Published: Tor Books - September 12th, 2017

The year is 2044, and a performance enhancing drug is causing people to work themselves to death. Tractor Jack, a female drug pirate with a submarine, embarks upon a mission to stop the spread of the deadly drug before it becomes an epidemic. An unlikely man-robot love affair sweetens an otherwise dystopian storyline. The political undertone (a pharmaceutical big bad, human and A.I. trafficking) echoes Margaret Atwood. This is my early pick for best Sci-Fi book of the year. - Jason

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Autonomous Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765392077
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Published: Tor Books - September 19th, 2017

It’s hard to imagine a memoir about one heartbroken single-ish mother’s struggle through the medical system to save her infant daughter being warm and joyful, and yet this book is exactly that. Harpham writes with such grace, honesty and humor, it is easy to follow her through the harrowing moments of her journey with her daughter Gracie and to discover with her the many different ways love and support can manifest and lead to outright joy. - Melinda

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Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250131560
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - August 1st, 2017

Kassabova returns to the land of her childhood, Bulgaria, to explore the complex Balkan borderlands it shares with Turkey and Greece. Through extensive research, interviews with townsfolk, and personal reflection, she examines the forces that continue to shape this intriguing region. Lyrical and rich with stories, this book is travelogue, political history, and folklore all in one. - Natalie

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Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977863
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

Joyce Maynard (bestselling of author of At Home in the World) has written a touching and sincere book about finding strength and life in the midst of hardship. In their late 50’s, Joyce and her soon-to-be husband, Jim, met for the first time. Each had been married, had children, and also then subsequently divorced. Neither Jim nor Joyce was particularly looking for love again, but there was a deep connection between the two, that neither could ignore. Maynard writes their story of reclaiming love and romance, getting married, and then dealing with the blow of Jim’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Praised by Anne Lamott for being full of “the tears and joy of life,” Maynard coveys with such clarity not just the honesty about the ugliness of illness, but also the unparalleled bond of intimacy and awareness that springs forth when life is on the line. - S.M.C.

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The Best of Us: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635570342
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Published: Bloomsbury UK - September 5th, 2017

A customer recommended this book to me, and I’m so glad she did! Horwitz and his wisecracking, alcoholic friend follow the same course as the legendary sailor Captain James Cook. Horwitz’s journey helps him strike a balance between admiration for Cook’s achievements, and an acknowledgement of the irreversible catastrophes he unintentionally wrought on the native cultures he encountered whilst circumnavigating the globe. - Jade

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Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312422608
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Published: Picador USA - August 1st, 2003

Grief has a powerful influence over art. When Tom Hart lost his daughter at a young age, he poured out a gorgeous attempt at healing. Rosalie struck like lightning as her name implies and the following thunder will reverberate in Hart forever. This book got me through a really tough time and opened up much needed flood gates to cry. Have tissues handy. - Ivy

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Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250049940
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 12th, 2016

This is a spirograph of a story, with genres, storylines, and people weaving in and out with no obvious path in mind. True crime, philosophy, history, poetry: this cannot be contained in a single genre. And then the book ends, loose ends connecting, and you are left with something gorgeous and confusing that needs pondering and admiration in the softest of ways. - Rachel

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At the End of the World: A True Story of Murder in the Arctic Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250111401
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - January 17th, 2017

This might be one of the strangest--and best written--memoirs I've ever read. It tells the story of Michael's aunt Harriet, who, along with her husband Irving, are very successful screenwriters. (They wrote Norma Rae, among other big movies). Because Aunt Harriet has no children of her own, and because she senses "great potential" in Michael, she steals him (emotionally speaking) from his own family. Much awkwardness ensues. - Rico

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The Mighty Franks: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374210120
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 16th, 2017

Guy Delisle is a master of the graphic novel form and this is no exception. When a man working for Doctors Without Borders is kidnapped in Chechnya, what follows is a harrowing tale of solitary confinement. Beautifully rendered, this story breaks down what it means to be human. In my opinion, this volume will be listed among the classics in no time. - Ivy

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Hostage Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781770462793
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - April 25th, 2017

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