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The Death of Vivek Oji by Awaeke Emezi

Set in Nigeria, this beautiful and heartbreaking exploration of sexuality and gender identity is a story of family secrets, love, and grief. Vivek Oji is dead, found wrapped in cloth on his mother's doorstep. How this came to be is a riveting tale that Emezi tells with simple, evocative, profound prose. A rich, emotionally rewarding read, I found this difficult to put down. - Trey

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ISBN: 9780525541622
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 25th, 2021

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

When it comes to the classics, none is more lighthearted and clever than the tome of all tomes, Don Quixote. However, many readers are turned off by the first modern novel’s incredible girth. Fortunately, its intimidating length is balanced by its short, digestible chapters, which are perfect for today’s social-media-addled attention spans. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780142437230
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 25th, 2003

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Hailed as one of the original detective novels, this whodunit is full of satire and social commentary. The gift and subsequent theft of the fabulously valuable (but possibly cursed) Moonstone diamond sits at the heart of this twisting and turning caper. Despite some less than sympathetic colonial representations of Indian people, this book is host to many memorable characters. - Celeste

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ISBN: 9780140434088
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Published: Penguin Classics - June 1st, 1999

Intimations: Six Essays by

These little essays about life during Covid contain so many nuggets of graceful wisdom. Smith writes about the embarrassment of having family members fully witness how we spend our days during quarantine; about menopause and the guy who hoverboards in the park; flowers in a garden and the way boys are indoctrinated by the toxic masculinity of our culture. She contains multitudes, and so does Intimations. - Jess

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ISBN: 9780593297612
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Published: Penguin Books - July 28th, 2020

The Museum of Whales You'll Never See by A. Kendra Greene

If I had a passing interest in Iceland before, after this book, I'm ready to book the plane. What a delightful mix of natural history, sociology, and myth of a unique and special island. The musings on the nature of museums and collections is clever and broadens the scope of the piece. The museums all have some sort of fantastic origin story and capture the essence of something purely Icelandic. - Celeste

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ISBN: 9780143135463
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Published: Penguin Books - May 12th, 2020

A Room Called Earth by Madeline Ryan

This immersive dive into our protagonist's psyche while she’s at a party reveals a judgmental, self-aware, and acerbically observant woman. This book of contradictions pulls you in and alters your awareness. A fantastic addition to the growing canon of autistic characters by autistic writers, it pushed the margins of my comfort zone and left a deep impression. - Celeste

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ISBN: 9780143135456
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Published: Penguin Books - August 18th, 2020

The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans

These stories make you audibly gasp and say, “wait, I’ve BEEN there.” This novel approaches complex topics of race, internalized capitalism, coming of age, and family dynamics with a dash of nonsensical style. For instance, a lying, cheating artist gets pushed into a lava-filled volcano to his death by his ex-lover. The author kept me laughing, crying, and filled with surprise. - Charlotte

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ISBN: 9781594487330
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2020

The Zoologist’s Guide to the Galaxy by Arik Kershenbaum

Common conception is that the discovery of alien life (beyond microbes) is unlikely, a one-in-a-trillion chance. But zoologist Arik Kershenbaum is here to dispel that belief, with science! If varying and intelligent life can exist here on Earth, why not on other planets? In his engaging manner, Kershenbaum breaks down the components necessary for intelligent life and explains how and why this process is also possible on other planets, even those with vastly different ecosystems. I found myself reassessing my understanding of evolution and humanity and of my place in space. Instead of asking ourselves if humans are alone in the universe, the more accurate question might be “Are we unique?” A truly fascinating read. — Jade

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ISBN: 9781984881960
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Published: Penguin Press - March 16th, 2021

War and Millie McGonigle by Karen Cushman

Newbery Award winner Karen Cushman brings us another wonderful book of historical fiction. Fall in love with Millie as she attempts to find joy on the beaches of San Diego in 1941 but worries about a world where Hitler’s military rages through Europe and the Japanese are about to bomb Pearl Harbor. Millie feels caught in the middle of it all. This hopeful take on a difficult time is excellent for readers who might be struggling with difficulties of their own. — Kathy

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ISBN: 9781984850102
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 6th, 2021

This Is Ruby Written by Sara O’Leary Illustrated by Alea Marley

Ruby likes an awful lot of things, and that’s the delight of this book. We are the fortunate ones; we hear her ruminations as she goes back and forth in time to imagine dinosaurs and her parents’ first meet-up, and we see the crazy antics the future may hold. For this second outing, This Is Sadie author Sara O’Leary has teamed up with illustrator Alea Markey, who shows us wildly colorful glimpses of Barbados, her childhood home. Meet Ruby! — Michelle

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By Sara O'Leary, Alea Marley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780735263611
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Published: Tundra Books - May 25th, 2021


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