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Why Fish Don’t Exist A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life by Lulu Miller

Lulu Miller writes of chaos, of scientist David Starr Jordan, of the elegance that can come from putting everything in order (be it emotions, milestones in life, fish in jars). She intersperses her own story and personal reflections within history and true crime events, scientific discoveries and hidden horrors. I have raved about this book at multiple coworkers and added it to my small stack of “books I have hugged upon finishing.” It is dog-eared, something I never do (which I attribute to all the chaos in said book), and a book I’ll be recommending to as many folks as possible. 

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ISBN: 9781501160271
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 14th, 2020

The Language of Butterflies by Wendy Williams

Butterflies have entranced humans for hundreds of years. Why did this fascination begin? And what part do butterflies take in our ecosystem? Wendy Williams has carefully crafted a study about the fascinating history of humankind’s relationship with these delightful, colorful insects, as well as into butterflies’ evolution. A perfect addition to any naturalist’s collection and to that of the casual appreciaters of butterflies.

Down Days by Ilze Hugo

Topical for the COVID-19 era, this magical realist novel is inspired by the 1962 Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic and set in a fictional version of Cape Town, Ilze Hugo’s hometown. This time, the laughter never stopped; seven years later, everyone is wearing a mask, laughing is forbidden, taxi drivers are death collectors, and a little girl is trying to find her brother—who may or may not be a ghost. But when even the truth is up for debate, what is one to do but laugh?

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ISBN: 9781982121549
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Published: Skybound Books - May 5th, 2020

Waiting for Bojangles by Olivier Bourdeaut

A beautiful French novel exploring the difficult subject of mental illness. Written to the soundtrack of Nina Simone singing Mr. Bojangles, this is a magical love story. A young boy tells the story of watching his parents dance their way through life even as his mother descends into madness. This is a book that will make you laugh and cry. An international bestseller.

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By Olivier Bourdeaut, Regan Kramer (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781501175091
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 17th, 2020

The Hidden Girl and Other Stories by Ken Liu

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By Ken Liu
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ISBN: 9781982134037
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - February 25th, 2020

Ken Liu delivers a beautiful mix of speculative fiction and light fantasy in his second collection of short stories following The Paper Menagerie. Delving into the complexities of shared history, the impending reality of a virtual existence, and other thoughtful meditations on the ramifications of our social evolution, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories questions our idea of authenticity and consciousness—yet Liu always returns to the pervasive power of memory and the strength of human connection (even when it’s in 1s and 0s). —Tori


Downfall by Inio Asano

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ISBN: 9781974709366
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - February 18th, 2020

Inio Asano, renown manga author of Solanin and Goodnight Punpun, is back with his new publication Downfall. Known for his unique combination of ordinary, everyday events and psychological horror, Inio Asano is bound to deliver in this new manga centering on a failing mangaka in a deteriorating marriage. This is one of my most highly anticipated releases of 2020. —Brooks


Lie with Me by Philippe Besson

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By Philippe Besson, Molly Ringwald (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781501197888
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Published: Scribner - April 7th, 2020

Lie with Me is an exquisite, intimate novel presented as if a memoir. Author Phillipe Besson confides in the reader as if talking to an old friend. He recounts the seminal event of his life, the story of a secret love between two 17-year-old boys in 1984 provincial France. It's a remembrance of a brief powerful connection that reverberates for decades. The writing is beautiful and poignant, sparse and direct. This is a story that leaves hearts and minds both moved and transfixed.

—Trey


The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World by Amy Reed

A remarkably touching magical-realist young-adult novel about a boy and a girl (who are, refreshingly, not a couple but best friends!) that explores social issues such as race, sexuality, and class with humor, heart, a touch of magic, and a sprinkle of apocalypse. - Ksenia

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ISBN: 9781481481762
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Published: Simon Pulse - July 9th, 2019

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

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