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Out of Darkness, Shining Light by Petina Gappah

Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah has written an astonishing novel that looks smartly sideways at the history of British colonialism through the death of 19th-century explorer Dr. David Livingstone and the richly rendered funeral group who endeavors to deliver his body across Africa, sending it home. Two within his entourage, his loyal cook Halima and the Christian freed slave Jacob, narrate this journey through their own complicated perspectives, painting a broader, more nuanced understanding of slavery and colonialism, all while telling an engaging, atmospheric story. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9781982110338
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Published: Scribner - September 10th, 2019

The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

I cannot get over the beauty of this book. It may be one of my favorite depictions of World War II since Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See. This is a book that is hard to review. It starts in Berlin in 1941. There is a golem, a heron, heartbreak, and wrenching loss. There are breathtaking scenes of love and loyalty. There is stunning detail of real and vivid scenery set against the sweeping backdrop of unveiled history and visionary magical realism. Since finishing it, I have gone to it again and again. There is always one book each season that strikes to the core, and this is that book. It is a gift like no other. - S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9781501137570
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 24th, 2019

The Siberian Dilemma by Martin Cruz Smith

From the award-winning, bestselling author of Gorky Park comes a new Arkady Renko story set against the harsh and forbidding landscape of Siberia. Investigator Renko must fight against his own demons as well as the larger global threat posed by Russian spies when he travels to find missing journalist Tatiana Petrovna. “A stellar spy novel that provides an authentic view of contemporary Russia.”—Publishers Weekly

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ISBN: 9781439140253
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 5th, 2019

The Deep by Rivers Solomon

Rivers Solomon seems to consistently bring something fresh and completely unprecedented to the genre in a most magnificent way. I’ll let you read the back of the book for the plot, as there’s so much going on—from the Middle Passage to magical mer-people to shared memories and the strength of one young person to save her people. Solomon pulls it all off with aplomb. It’s a little book that packs a lot of punch about historical trauma and the ways we integrate our history into our lives, and helps us think about what history we are responsible for carrying. I can’t stop thinking about this one. - Jax

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ISBN: 9781534439863
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - November 5th, 2019

How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones

Saeed Jones has written a memorable, powerful coming-of-age memoir, with his keen awareness of the intersection of multiple identities: to be black, to be gay, to know that being both of these can be deadly in this world. It is as much a testament to surviving the world as it is to surviving one’s own self, as Jones demonstrates with his compelling writing. Even more, it is an ode to single motherhood, an account of the determination it takes to change one’s life, and what one’s life can look like after being changed. - Billy

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ISBN: 9781501132735
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 8th, 2019

On Fire by Naomi Klein

From the bestselling author of The Shock Doctrine comes a detailed blueprint for a Green New Deal. Inspired by the millions of children protesting their governments, the book’s title emerged from a quote by young activist Greta Thunberg: “I want you to act as if your house is on fire—because it is.” Naomi Klein wrote this book to help us put the fire out. - Jason

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ISBN: 9781982129910
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 17th, 2019

Civilized to Death by Christopher Ryan

In this engaging analysis by Christopher Ryan, one of the coauthors of the bestselling book Sex at Dawn and the host of the podcast Tangentially Speaking, Ryan poses the question: With all of the health problems inherent in modern society, was the lifestyle of prehistoric humans worse than that of today or was it in a way more suited to the human race? In these imperiled times, Ryan impels readers to examine the myth of the savage, the positive effects of psychedelics, and the real price of progress. - Aric

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ISBN: 9781451659108
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 2019

We Are Indivisible by Leah Greenberg & Ezra Levin

If you are a progressive looking toward 2020, pick this up. Congressional staffers Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin posted the Indivisible Guide in 2016, starting the grassroots Indivisible movement. We Are Indivisible is part memoir, celebrating victories and taking lessons from failures since, and part road map, analyzing how we got to “Trump’s America” and what steps must be taken to save U.S. democracy. Inspiring, educational, and galvanizing, this will give you actionable efforts and hope. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781982129972
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Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - November 5th, 2019

The Zookeepers' War by J.W. Mohnhaupt

An unconventional angle to a familiar history of the Cold War, The Zookeepers’ War chronicles the quirky and often comical strategies of two dueling zoos: one in West Berlin and one in East Berlin. The story of Berlin’s zoos, whose exotic animal stockpiling rivaled the pace of the nuclear arms race, exposes untold complexities through humorous anecdotes and intricate plays of political power. Originally published in German, The Zookeepers’ War quickly became an international bestseller and has now been translated into English. - Charlotte

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By J.W. Mohnhaupt, Shelley Frisch (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781501188497
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 12th, 2019

Embrace Your Weird by Felicia Day

Felicia Day, geek goddess extraordinaire, is on a mission of creativity, specifically to help each of us unlock our imagination and finally work on that project we’ve been putting off. Personally, I am a professional procrastinator. I tend to think up great, crazy ideas and then do absolutely nothing with them. This book gave me permission and the tools I needed to start making them a reality. Take this book and get to work (but, like, in a fun way). - Ivy

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ISBN: 9781982113223
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Published: Gallery Books - October 1st, 2019

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