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Spring Reading 2021 Fiction Recommendations

See the full list of great reading recommendations for Spring 2021 here.

Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

A novel told in prose and poetry, Noopiming is unlike anything I’ve ever read. Steeped in Anishaabeg culture, folklore, and storytelling traditions, it is a unique piece of literature that confronts colonization and does the work of unraveling its legacy. This book will ignite parts of your brain you didn’t even know were dark, and you’ll look at the world differently after reading it. A once-in-a-lifetime read. —Jess

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ISBN: 9781517911256
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - February 9th, 2021

The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen

I had high expectations for this book, and I was not disappointed. Thanh Nguyen is back with the dark wit, clever writing, and deeply flawed characters he’s so good at. Picking up where The Sympathizer left off, we follow our still nameless narrator to Paris, where he quickly begins a life of crime. Besieged by multiple personalities and haunted by ghosts from his past, our narrator is not necessarily reliable, but he is chock full of philosophical commentary. —Jade

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ISBN: 9780802157065
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Published: Grove Press - March 2nd, 2021

How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

American oil has come to Kosawa and it’s poisoning their water and their children. But, no one will listen. That is, until the resident madman speaks up at a regular meeting with the oil representatives and there’s no turning back. This is the West African eco-thriller I didn’t know I needed. The chapters take turns from the perspectives of different villagers, young and old, but all have been touched by the destruction of their land by the powers of exploitative and extractive colonization. —Celeste

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ISBN: 9780593132425
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House - March 9th, 2021

The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M. Masood

In this bold, provocative debut novel, the stories of two immigrants from war-torn Pakistan and Iraq converge in San Francisco. Anvar and Satwa/Azza followed very different paths to get here. Now they struggle to make sense of their Islamic identity in modern America. Syed Masood is a gifted storyteller who writes with clarity, irreverence, and delightful wit. His characters come to life as they grapple with questions of religion, love, and family. This is a great story, delivered with exceptional skill. —Trey

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ISBN: 9780385545259
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Published: Doubleday - February 2nd, 2021

Cowboy Graves: Three Novellas by Roberto Bolano

Three recently surfaced novellas from the enigmatic, seemingly immortal, Bolaño. This is a treasure for seasoned readers of Bolaño, but may be a rough introduction for the uninitiated. Bolaño’s unique voice is booming off the pages, but with a bit of a rough finish as these manuscripts were unpolished and unpublished. A great choice for Bolaño fans. — Edward

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By Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780735222885
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Published: Penguin Press - February 16th, 2021

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

A murder mystery set in a California coastal city, We Begin at the End carries equal parts suspense, tenderness, and social commentary about the communities that we call home. We meet Duchess Day Radley, a 13-year-old "outlaw" who tries valiantly to hold her family together while everything works to tear them apart. Radley and her community seer deep into the readers mind, making the outcome not only surprising, but filled with heart. —Casey

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ISBN: 9781250759665
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - March 2nd, 2021


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