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The Art of Prophecy by Wesley Chu

Jian, child of Prophecy, is destined to save the realm from the evil Khan. I loved this book. I appreciated that it’s concerned with the disillusionment of blind faith. It asks one fundamental question: what instead happens if the prophecy is wrong? Imagine believing you are effectively life’s main character, humbled, then forced to decide what kind of person you have to be. —Morgan

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The Art of Prophecy: A Novel (The War Arts Saga #1) By Wesley Chu Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593237632
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Published: Del Rey - August 9th, 2022

The Awakened Brain by Lisa Miller

As a person who doesn’t read a lot of nonfiction—or science books for that matter—I just want to say that I loved The Awakened Brain! In part nearly a mystery novel, and in other ways a memoir with a healthy dose of bite-sized, digestible science, it makes you feel like you’re standing next to Miller as she explains the union between spirituality and science in front of her peers; and as she joins psychiatric ward patients in prayer.—Morgan

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The Awakened Brain: The New Science of Spirituality and Our Quest for an Inspired Life By Lisa Miller Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984855626
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Published: Random House - August 17th, 2021

Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America by Eyal Press

“Cheaply run prisons were a lot like cheaply run wars.” This book sheds light in the darkest corners in America—prison, Silicon Valley, slaughterhouses—revealing what people do when they have to. Unsurprisingly, insight drips onto every page because Dirty Work is unafraid to show cold, candid truths and a heavy hand of nastiness. The book is morally compromised but that’s no fault. It’s complex in that it presents the perspective of those that engage in these activities, and those that suffer. I recommend this for anyone who is interested in the shades of gray that hide in plain sight. —Morgan

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ISBN: 9780374140182
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 17th, 2021

Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Shards of Earth has the politics, usurping madness, power grabs, cultists—all the things you want in a space opera. You follow Idris, a war hero, make a discovery that sets the anticipation and fear for the rest of the book. It’s intellectually challenging, but the payoff is fulfilling and philosophical. I crossed into dark places reading this. I wondered if people deserve the chance to save their world from destruction! —Morgan

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Shards of Earth (The Final Architecture #1) By Adrian Tchaikovsky Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316705851
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Published: Orbit - August 3rd, 2021

Out by Natsuo Kirino

Out is the story of four women working a drab and monotonous graveyard shift at a bento factory in Japan. Kirino explores the desire to escape one’s circumstances and live a truthful life, good or bad, through some seriously twisted, but very human feelings. Follow these characters into the dark—from murder to scattering dismembered body parts to outmaneuvering Yakuza.

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Out: A Thriller (Vintage International) By Natsuo Kirino Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400078370
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Published: Vintage - January 4th, 2005

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