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The Color of Air by Gail Tsukiyama

Redolent with the smells of mango trees, pineapple fields, market fish, and flowing lava, The Color of Air takes place in 1930s Hawaii, where sugarcane and pineapple plantations are owned by privileged white families, managed by Portuguese overseers, and worked by Japanese immigrants seeking a new life and a piece of the American Dream. A son of plantation workers and now a young doctor, Daniel finds himself navigating acceptance and forgiveness. Returning home scared and confused, he is reacquainted with the memories and stories of family and friends and learns how to let go and live. Tsukiyama does an artful job of telling the stories of each character and how they contribute to the heartbeat of the island and its community. — Jenny

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ISBN: 9780062976208
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Published: HarperVia - May 4th, 2021

The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser

Having just gotten divorced from her husband of fifteen years, Thea temporarily moves into the cottage her great-uncle has left her in rural Scotland and starts a job at the local bookstore. Charmed by village life, she makes friends quickly except with her standoffish boss, Edward, the estranged brother o the duke whose land her cottage sits on. But as her playful bickering with Edward gets more comfortable, staying in this cozy Scottish town starts to sound like a pretty good plan. — Celeste

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ISBN: 9780593355657
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 4th, 2021

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

It’s been a while since I’ve committed to a book this size, but Great Circle was compelling and absorbing enough to keep me turning the pages. The story moves from the last century to this one, tracing the life of stunt-loving, fiercely independent aviatrix Marian Graves as it affects the career of the claustrophobic, headstrong woman set to play her in a Hollywood biopic. With its complexity and range, atmosphere and characters, the book is one you will want to get lost in. — Chorel

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ISBN: 9780525656975
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Published: Knopf - May 4th, 2021

Monkey Boy by Francisco Goldman

In Goldman’s latest autobiographical novel, his protagonist Francisco Goldberg returns to Boston to visit his aging mother and a high school girlfriend. Within these five days is a deft yet delightful exploration of self, from his bullied childhood to his time as a reporter, his family’s troubled history and his own biracial identity as American and Guatemalan. Through it all, Goldman maintains such a light and intimate touch that one feels privileged just to be in the conversation. — Melinda

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ISBN: 9780802157676
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Published: Grove Press - May 3rd, 2021

Second Place by Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk’s new novel, Second Place, follows the expectations and consequences of a woman’s decision to invite a prominent artist to her family’s remote marshland farm. Cusk’s protagonist is full of dissatisfaction and a longing to find meaning in others’ art. When the artist arrives with an unexpected guest, the disquieting gap between reality and expectation sends ripples through everyone’s life. Laced with reflections on art, truth, and identity, this stirring and contemplative novel left me reflecting on myself and the world, long after the last page. — Brooks

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ISBN: 9780374279226
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 4th, 2021

First Person Singular: Stories by Haruki Murakami

Over the past several decades, Murakami has made an indelible mark on world literature by seamlessly blending the mundane with the surreal. Here, in a new collection of stories, Murakami broadens his already expansive territory as he follows characters who find themselves compelled by forces they don’t understand. A man in a sauna at a remote hotel is asked by a monkey if he’d like his back scrubbed. A music fan has a dream in which Charlie Parker offers his thoughts on the meaningless- ness of death. This collection is a mind-bending pleasure. — Rico

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ISBN: 9780593318072
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Published: Knopf - April 6th, 2021

Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Greenidge’s powerful new novel considers post- Reconstruction life for Black women as they struggle with issues of race, colorism, misogyny, and the meaning of freedom. Libertie is the daughter of one of the first female Black doctors in New York and is struggling between the expectations thrust upon her by her mother, her schoolmates who came to freedom from many directions, and her Haitian husband whose ideals about equality don’t live up to the reality of their life together. The novel’s depth of these still-relevant topics is matched only by its poetic prose. A beautiful addition to literature’s historical record. — Casey

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ISBN: 9781616207014
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 30th, 2021

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

I laughed out loud throughout this insightful, heartwarming coming-of-age story. Mary Jane is a sheltered 14-year-old girl living in 1975 suburban Baltimore. Her black-and-white life transforms into a riotous rainbow of color during a special summer. She becomes the nanny for 5-year-old Izzy in a family full of love and chaos completely unlike her own. Exposed to sex, drugs, and rock and roll, Mary Jane begins discovering who she wants to be. A great summer read! — Trey

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ISBN: 9780063052291
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Published: Custom House - May 11th, 2021

Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri

Known for her mastery of observation, Jhumpa Lahiri centers this novella on the quiet solitude of a middle-aged woman wandering through the streets of an unnamed Italian city. Lahiri’s first work to be translated from Italian by the author herself explores the nexus between solitude and depression, between connection and transformation. A spellbinding glimpse into one woman’s inner reckoning. — Casey

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ISBN: 9780593318317
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Published: Knopf - April 27th, 2021

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton

A compelling novel about being Black, a woman, a singer, and a performer in the music industry of the early ’70s. A story about the fallout of becoming a racial lightning rod. Opal and Nev are an unlikely pair, busy creating unexpected music. Opal is always pushing further, creating a provocative, extravagant show. The oral history format provides insightful perspectives through- out this slow-burn read. It’s entertaining and fun but also a serious exploration of issues of race and racism, both then and now. — Trey

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ISBN: 9781982140168
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Published: 37 Ink - March 30th, 2021


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