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After Josie extracts herself from a long relationship with a deadbeat, loses her dental practice in a lawsuit, and assumes guilt in a young patient’s death, she escapes to Alaska. Trekking across desolate highways and sweeping landscapes in a rundown RV with her confused children, Josie (often hilariously) tries her best to keep it all together—her kids’ tempers, the facade of their weird “vacation,” her sanity, and her falling-apart heart. - Julia

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ISBN: 9781101974636
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Published: Vintage - June 27th, 2017

This book broke my heart, put it back together, then repeated the process, in the best way possible. Homegoing follows two sisters and their descendants for 200 years, from Ghana to the United States, with some of the most powerful writing in the last few years. - Karena

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Homegoing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

We all have something in our past that haunts us and steers our course in life: a missed opportunity, a tragic event, a lost love. Nathan Hill borrows an otherworldly creature  from Norwegian folklore—the nix—to embody this concept. Written with sharp wit and a mastery of language usually unseen in a debut novel, The Nix explores what happens  when the ghosts of our past suddenly come back to life. - Aric

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ISBN: 9781101970348
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

“The four of us together weren’t something they understood. They understood girls alone, folding their arms across their breasts, praying for invisibility,” says Jacqueline Woodson’s character, August, as she embarks upon her transformation from girlhood to womanhood with a cohort of friends in 1970’s Brooklyn. It is the poetic voice of these girls, bound and yet alone, that grounds the reader in the neighborhood, and in the class, race, and religious dynamics of that time and place but that ultimately speaks to all women whose memory of their youth continuously folds and unfolds into their identity. A powerful, beautiful novel. - Casey

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Another Brooklyn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062359995
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Published: Amistad Press - May 30th, 2017

I’m a huge fan of anything under 200 pages, and this story of Dr. Morayo Da Silva, a Nigerian woman living in San Francisco, fits the bill perfectly. Our 75-year-old protagonist is at an age that our culture inaccurately assumes is filled only with death and physical decline. While there are elements of both here, there is also a luminous and lively center upon which her story pivots; the narrative floats effortlessly between the bustling present and Da Silva’s nostalgia-worthy past. It’s a natural next read for fans of Fredrik Backman. - Louise

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Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781911115045
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Published: Cassava Republic Press - April 11th, 2017

Nine-year-old Alex and his superhero mom Valerie make their way across the country, comic-con by comic-con, toward a future of inevitable loss. They visit the fallen heroes, wise women, and wizards of pen and ink who have all shaped the story of their lives. Pushed and pulled by so many other people’s stories, can they learn to write their own? - Cat

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A Hundred Thousand Worlds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399562235
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Published: Penguin Books - June 6th, 2017

Nominally about horse racing and one man’s obsession to breed the next superhorse, this astounding novel is really about race, poverty, and wealth in America and the past’s stubborn refusal to disappear. Morgan is a superb prose stylist with a particular gift for setting and character, and her novel is gorgeous and unflinching. It’s a moral epic for our time. Think William Faulkner, think Cormac McCarthy. She’s that good. - Rico

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ISBN: 9781250131843
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Published: Picador USA - May 2nd, 2017

The lives of six children and their four parents are merged when an uninvited party guest sparks the dissolution of two marriages. So begins Ann Patchett’s ambitious suburban epic, tracing 50 years of secrets and resentments, loss and loyalty. Scenes across decades are dropped for the reader to gather—nonlinear, yet told in somehow perfect order. An impressionistic portrait that makes logical sense from afar but holds impeccable emotional realism and thoughtfulness in each stroke. - Julia

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Commonwealth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062491831
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 2nd, 2017

Humans have abandoned the toxic Earth for the stars, and in doing so have recreated themselves in some other, grotesque image. One woman, Christine, remembers Joan’s story through gorgeous tattoos. The Book of Joan is a tale of revolution, mystic power, love, and hate, and of how the Earth died. It will shake you and scorch you, and force you to reckon with just what humanity has created. - Jax

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ISBN: 9780062383273
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Published: Harper - April 18th, 2017

There is something delightful in growing to love a curmudgeon. Gail Honeyman has us see the world through Eleanor Oliphant’s eyes. Quirky, prudish, and filled with dry wit, the world seems a bit askew and awfully rigid as Eleanor moves through it. But a chance encounter in which she is forced into helping a stranger starts Eleanor on a journey of discovering the beauty in relationship. Honeyman slowly unveils the tragedy behind how Eleanor became Eleanor. This book had me intermittently laughing, cheering, and tearing. - S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9780735220683
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - May 9th, 2017

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