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The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Set in a medieval Wales dripping with magic and fae, Mer, the last living water diviner, embarks on an impossible heist. Joined by a wide cast of characters, Mer endeavors to bring down a corrupt prince—but nothing is quite as it seems. Nested in a deeply melancholic and beautiful setting, The Drowned Woods is a novel about the choices that are taken from us, as well as those we still have the agency to make.



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ISBN: 9780759556317
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 16th, 2022

Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra

Finally, a new novel from the author of A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena! Mercury Pictures Presents is an intricately researched look at Mussolini's Italy and the government mandated Hollywood propaganda machine of WWII. Following a wide and alive cast of immigrants trying to reinvent themselves to fit in a sharp and changing world, this novel showcases Marra's profound sense of human nature in its beautiful and hilarious writing. —Zoe

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ISBN: 9780451495204
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Published: Hogarth - August 2nd, 2022

Hell Followed with Us by Andrew Joseph White

At the outset, 16-year-old Benji escapes the murderous doomsday cult he's been raised in, where his trans identity is not accepted, but not before they inject him with a biological weapon that will soon transform him into a monster. He lands at the Acheson LGBTQ+ Center in a nearby city, where he befriends a group of young queer survivors and together they make a plan to fight back. Not for the faint of heart, this novel is full of intense body horror, violence, and wonderful characters you will come to love.  —Zoe

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ISBN: 9781682633243
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Published: Peachtree Teen - June 7th, 2022

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven, delivers another page turner with Sea of Tranquility. After an anomaly in time tears through and connects multiple centuries, the reader is led through the lives of all affected. This novel pursues big questions on the very nature of reality while upholding important small moments that connect people through journeys, disasters, and plagues. It is a delight to follow so many distant pieces coming together throughout this story. —Zoe

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ISBN: 9780593321447
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Published: Knopf - April 5th, 2022

Loveless by Alice Oseman

This is the book I needed when I was a teenager. Loveless is the first novel to center on the experience of coming to terms with and coming out as asexual, and it hits every beat. Our protagonist starts college seeking romance––only to find that her experiences aren't matching up with stories, movies, and societal expectations she's been raised on. This book is groundbreaking for the asexual community, as well as a profound reflection on the value of non-romantic forms of love.—Zoe

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ISBN: 9781338751932
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 1st, 2022

Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

A violin teacher who has sold her soul to the devil, a transgender girl on the run from her abusive family, and an alien refugee of an intergalactic war who has recently purchased a donut shop––Light from Uncommon Stars begins with distant threads and weaves them delightfully together into a tale of found family and the power of music to heal and bring us together. This book left me feeling that the world was a slightly stranger and brighter place than I thought, and really craving a donut.—Zoe

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ISBN: 9781250789068
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Published: Tor Books - September 28th, 2021

Inseparable by Simone de Beauvoir

This previously unpublished novel by French feminist and existential philosopher Simone de Beauvoir is an intimate examination of what is, for most of us, our first experience of love beyond family—that of close childhood friendship. This novel follows fictive versions of de Beauvoir and her childhood friend “Zaza” as they come of age and come to terms with what it means to be a woman, to know God, and to establish themselves as individuals in early twentieth century France. Inseparable will resonate with anyone who's ever had a friend that seems to light up the room. —Zoe

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By Simone de Beauvoir, Sandra Smith (Translated by), Margaret Atwood (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780063075047
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Published: Ecco - September 7th, 2021

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