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The Tower by Flora Carr

The heart of The Tower is the friendships that develop between Mary Queen of Scots and her attendants as they grow even closer during the dangerous and politically fraught final weeks of her imprisonment. The vivid, present tense narrative feels authentic, immersive and so real that even though you know how it’s going to end, you find yourself believing there’s a chance it could turn out differently. For fans of Maggie O'Farrell's The Wedding Portrait.


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ISBN: 9780385550185
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Published: Doubleday - March 5th, 2024

Mona of the Manor by Armistead Maupin

Even further Tales of the City! In this 1990’s-set follow up to Armistead Maupin’s classic queer soap opera, Mona Ramsey (formerly of Barbary Lane), has inherited a manor house in the English Countryside where she builds her new logical family. Ten years ago, I sobbed through the last few pages of The Days of Anna Madrigal convinced that it was the last Tales book, so Mona of the Manor was an unexpected and oh-so-welcome treat.


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ISBN: 9780062973597
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Published: Harper - March 5th, 2024

The Great White Bard: How to Love Shakespeare While Talking About Race by Farah Karim-Cooper

This book is part of our 2023 Fall Reading Challenge. Read more about the challenge here.

I love Shakespeare, even though elements of his work are, as the kids say, cringe. But don’t worry! Shakespeare scholar Farah Karim-Cooper makes the case that we can enjoy the plays and still acknowledge and engage with the issues of racism, misogyny, and othering implicit in them which often go ignored or even cut from productions. The Great White Bard is topical, accessible, and easily one of my favorite books this year.


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ISBN: 9780593489376
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Published: Viking - August 15th, 2023

The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

John Scalzi wastes no time putting us into the shoes of Jamie Gray: a wholly relatable point-of-view schlub who trades our bleak, present day dystopia of gig economies, crushing rents, and corporate villainy for an equally lethal world of mountain-sized monsters, conspiracies, and callous corporate villainy. The Kaiju Preservation Society is the print equivalent of a big, fast-paced, sci-fi action movie with a genuinely fresh take on the kaiju genre (that’s Japanese giant monster movies for the uninitiated).


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ISBN: 9781250878533
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Published: Tor Books - January 24th, 2023

Killing Gravity by Corey J. White

Corey J. White’s Killing Gravity draws from sci-fi inspirations as diverse as Aliens, Anne McCaffrey’s The Rowan and even a little Firefly while still managing to create a unique world all its own. Gender-fluid characters and a strong female protagonist make it relevant and timely while the tight-pacing is a welcome change for genre fans tired of 2000-page opuses that collapse under the weight of info dumps and world building. While this is the first entry in White’s The Void Witch Saga, this instalment is more invitation than commitment.

— Aaron

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ISBN: 9780765396310
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Published: Tordotcom - May 9th, 2017

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