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Are you a parent? Do you want to be a parent? Do you have a uterus or know someone who does? Then I recommend this book for you.

 

Lucy Knisley's personal experiences are balanced by her research on obstetrics throughout history. I am fascinated by the anecdotes and myths perpetuated by science, politics, and well-meaning mothers and mother-in-laws, but most endearing are the illustrations of Knisley's rocky path to parenthood. She has a terrifying pregnancy experience, no doubt about it, but her story is warm and hopeful. 

Picked by Danielle

So, it’s like this: Mary Robison took a jackhammer to the English language. She cleared it of all the tired and old debris of overused everything in order to thrown down asphalt for a new, beautiful, literary road of her own making. Had I ever read anything before this book? I can’t remember. This book made reading new again and has, quite possibly, ruined me for all other works of fiction. Read it. Read it. Read it. And then, read it again.

Picked by Claire

Stories swirl from an ancient inn on the Thames, for this is what the Swan attracts, storytellers. Normally bursting with voices, The Swan goes dead silent, when a half-frozen stranger carrying a young girl enters. Although the girl is pronounced dead, this waif mysteriously revives, leaving the storytellers speechless. In time, plenty of stories surface to explain what the patrons witnessed. For those who love the flow of language, warm and unique characters and an undeniably intricate plot, this Setterfield treasure awaits your discovery!

Picked by Jane

On stage, reading in public for the first time in 25 years, 102 year old Fiona Skinner, still a famed poet in 2077, encounters a question from an insistent young girl who demands an answer. Compelled for some reason to respond, Fiona opens her life story to reveal who the real Luna in a famous poem is, and Luna who is the young girl's namesake. The audience is transported back to Bexley, New York, 1979, where a family loses its young father to a heart attack and its mother to depression. Switching from this stage in 2077 to her back story, Fiona offers readers incredible escapades and insights into the journeys of her siblings!

Picked by Jane

I wouldn't last 1 hour, incarcerated for a crime I hadn't committed, but Anthony Ray Hinton survived 30 years on death row! Ignoring all evidence of the contrary, the state of Alabama decreed Ray guilty of two murders. Determined to return home, innocent man that he was, Ray was supported by Mama, his friend, Lester, and God. Ray used his imagination to travel all over the world and managed to form a monthly book club to distract other death row inmates from thinking about their execution dates. Brian Stephenson from the EJI sparks hope, as he reopens this case and works ceaselessly towards Ray's eventual release. An amazing story of strength and resilience!

Picked by Jane

When I was 13 a cool older girl at school gave me a silk screened patch that said "RIOT NOT DIET". I promptly sewed it onto my backpack and never looked back. Reading this book is the literary equivalent of a cool older girl giving you that patch. 

Everyone needs to read this, particularly all the people who believe they don't need to. Trust me, you do.

Picked by Anje

It was the time of the Great Depression and soon after Prohibition's end, when law-keeping was on shaky ground, when the line between cop and robber blurred and, for some, disappeared completely--a time when a good man might be killed over scarce and valuable . . . butter? Egan recounts the 1935 Spokane creamery robberies and the murder of Town Marshall George Conff--employing some novelistic techniques--then draws out the story to its fascinating resolution in 1989 when a number of the suspects and witnesses are still alive and still sitting tight on their secrets.  Gripping, start to finish! 

Picked by Adam

You won't want to miss a single sentence, word, not even one comma of this magical adventure. Goddesses, librarians, lost cities, adventures, fantastical dreams--have I convinced you yet? No? Well, then let me just add that this was hands down one of the most beautifully-written and imaginative books I've read in years (and, hold on to your hats folks, because the sequel is even better!). Now, what are you still doing here reading this review? Grab the book and start dreaming--I mean, reading!

Picked by Claire

What if the Wind in the Willows was less of a warm-hearted tale about forest friends and more about a sinister plot to gaslight Mr. Toad? What if the Velveteen Rabbit was a cold-blooded sociopath intent on becoming Real, no matter the cost? The reimagined fairy tales in the Merry Spinster answer these questions and ones I didn't even know I had.

Picked by Sarah C.