This is a beautiful, moving book that chronicles the long fight for African-Americans’ right to vote. Told through the point of view of Lillian, a “very old lady” (to quote the book), walking up a very steep hill on her way to vote. As she climbs, she walks through the history of African-Americans in the United States, watching the ghosts of the past. Highly recommended.  –Flannery


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Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 Cover Image
By Jonah Winter, Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780385390286
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - July 14th, 2015

This is a really interesting book. Mixing primary sources, such as speeches and letters written by the presidents, with historical pieces written by a wide variety of children’s authors, it tells our nation’s history from the point of view of the White House and its residents. Filled with illustrations by some of the best children’s illustrators, this is a unique way of looking at American history, and a beautiful book in general.  –Flannery

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Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763646097
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 14th, 2010

Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States is one of the best books on U.S. history ever written. It tells our history in the most thorough way possible—by critically examining it, and by telling the stories of those ignored by other history books. This young adult edition is a great way to get kids interested in the many aspects of American history. It’s fascinating, and will teach them all about the people overlooked and suppressed in history. Perfect for middle school or early high school kids.  –Flannery

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A Young People's History of the United States: Columbus to the War on Terror Cover Image
ISBN: 9781583228692
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Published: Triangle Square - June 2nd, 2009

Poignant, intense, and immersive, Emma Cline’s The Girls is a debut novel that makes such a strong mark on its readers that you begin to understand that you’re watching a star in the next generation of writers begin to soar. Evie, a self-conscious and largely invisible girl living in the Bay Area in the 1970s, happens upon a cult whose free spirit masks a much darker reality of what it means to belong. The Girls speaks to us about the plight of girls to be seen and heard in a world that largely leaves them angry and invisible. Extraordinary.  —Casey

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ISBN: 9780812998603
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Published: Random House - June 14th, 2016

What a lovely, quiet yet spirited gem of a novel, impeccably small and expansive at the same time. Swift transports us to a singular day in March 1924 as it is offered up to the young lovers, Master Paul of Upleigh and Jane the orphaned maid of a neighboring estate. We both are mesmerized here and led forward into Jane’s blossoming future to find her looking back from her nineties with remarkable observation on youth, truth, secrets, and cherished moments that change everything.  —Melinda

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ISBN: 9781101947524
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 19th, 2016

Amazing! Homegoing is an epic narrative that is sure to become a treasured staple. Two sisters in Ghana are marked by tragedy; one is married off to an Englishman (and slave trader) and the other is sold to be enslaved in America. The storyline follows their descendants, generation by generation. It will break your heart over and over, impress you with the resilience of the human spirit and the amazing power of forgiveness, and leave you optimistic and in awe.  —Nici

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ISBN: 9781101947135
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 7th, 2016

In an imagined historical England where evil in one’s soul becomes visible, two friends uncover some disturbing secrets on holiday from their very creepy boarding school. With a lot of dark mystery and just enough of the fantastical, Smoke intriguingly digs into philosophical and moral questions about class, politics, and religion—when holiness translates not only into power but also wealth, righteousness becomes the justification for oppression.  —Julia

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ISBN: 9780385540162
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Published: Doubleday Books - May 24th, 2016

It’s amazing what can happen in a podunk town in upstate New York over the course of a few days, and Richard Russo’s splendid new novel explores it all with assured writing, hilarious (and true) observation, and characters that could not be more full of real life. Heartfelt comic genius at its best, a stand-alone sequel to Nobody’s Fool and a damn fine book—you deserve to enjoy this masterpiece of modern storytelling.  —Melinda

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ISBN: 9780307270641
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 3rd, 2016

After her mother’s death, Blanca is adrift. Her generous love and flawed friendships bring ease to an otherwise devastating time. Every word of this gorgeous novel is colored by grief, and the story twists and turns to avoid and simultaneously face that grief head on. This Too Shall Pass paints a vibrant picture of how life stops and yet marches on after a major loss. Amazing and cathartic.  —Ivy

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ISBN: 9781101903704
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Published: Hogarth - May 24th, 2016

Yes, friends, it’s here—the greatly anticipated new Laurie King book! I know the question you’re all asking: Is she going to kill off Mary Russell? I’m not going to tell you, but I will say that this is yet another wonderful book from our beloved local author. Not only are her books great mysteries, but each one is like a special visit with beloved friends, and The Murder of Mary Russell is no different.  —Flannery

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The Murder of Mary Russell: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804177900
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Published: Bantam - April 5th, 2016



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