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Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) By Bernardine Evaristo Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802156983
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - November 5th, 2019

This novel is both the stories of twelve women and a sweeping history of the Black British experience. With poetic prose, dazzling characters, and intricate details, it is impossible not to get lost in Evaristo's work.



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To Keep the Sun Alive: A Novel By Rabeah Ghaffari Cover Image
$16.95
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ISBN: 9781948226769
Published: Catapult - January 21st, 2020

It is 1979, and the Islamic Revolution is at the doorstep of one family's fruit orchard in Northeastern Iran. The simplicity of family life becomes more difficult to maintain as each character's path becomes more complex by the risk of losing love, duty, traditions, and their safety. Not necessarily a light read, but a rich, lyrical story. 

 



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The Book of Lost Saints: A Cuban American Family Saga of Love, Betrayal, and Revolution By Daniel José Older Cover Image
$26.99
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ISBN: 9781250185815
Published: Imprint - November 5th, 2019

I could not put this book down. Marisol's spirit visits her nephew Ramon in modern-day New Jersey and prompts him to unearth painful family history and discover what happened to her after she disappeared during the Cuban Revolution. This story is many things - funny, heart-warming, captivating - and it is one of the few books that can make me laugh and cry while reading the same page.



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The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel By Akwaeke Emezi Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525541622
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Riverhead Books - May 25th, 2021

In the wake of beloved outcast Vivek's death, their friends and family, as well as those only tenuously connected to their life, spill forth details both intimate and insignificant to build a complete character taken from the world before they could truly bloom. Emezi's talents shine brightest when they delicately  dance around genres, from crime noir to multigenerational tale to supernatural, and some of the most heart-squeezing moments occur when Vivek speaks briefly from beyond the grave, letting their voice be heard above the din.


Review by Sarah C.

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Sisters: A Novel By Daisy Johnson Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593188965
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 24th, 2021

I always come back to one word when it comes to Daisy Johnson's writing: feral. It's coated in muck and nettles, and moves like wounded animal still hungry for a hunt - desperate and disjointed as it builds up momentum until the frenetic moment when the words bite down with bloody fangs and send everything reeling. I texted my friend immediately after closing Johnson's newest sibling psychological horror with a single excited phrase - Sisters just punched me in the gut.


Review by Sarah C.

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My Brother's Husband, Volume 1 (Pantheon Graphic Library) By Gengoroh Tagame, Anne Ishii (Translated by) Cover Image
By Gengoroh Tagame, Anne Ishii (Translated by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781101871515
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Pantheon - May 2nd, 2017

I don't do 'cute' and I don't let my books get water damaged. Needless to say my copy of this affecting story about kinship and acceptance is thoroughly dampened with tears. Read it. Now.



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Lights All Night Long: A Novel By Lydia Fitzpatrick Cover Image
$17.00
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ISBN: 9780525558750
Published: Penguin Books - February 4th, 2020

Exchange student Ilya has just arrived in the balmy heat of Louisiana from the frozen tundra of Russia. Smart, hardworking, and thoughtful his journey was to be the opportunity of a lifetime. But he can’t seem leave his home behind, or the brother he would do anything to save. In Lights all Night Long, Lydia Fitzpatrick juggles a coming of age tale; a murder mystery; and social commentary on addiction, drug use, and corruption. And it works. Beautifully. She somehow manages to avoid all the predictable tropes of each to create this sparkling world full of hope, friendship, and the power of family in all its forms.


Review by Erin

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Belzebubs By JP Ahonen Cover Image
$14.99
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ISBN: 9781603094429
Published: Top Shelf Productions - March 19th, 2019

You don't have to be a metalhead to fall in love with this adorably dark family of loons. Sweetly subversive a la The Adams Family, this book make me cackle aloud approximately 666 times. 



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All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir By Nicole Chung Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781948226370
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Catapult - October 15th, 2019

An incredibly touching memoir that explores family and race through the eyes of a Korean American adoptee on the brink of motherhood. Nicole Chung has written a geniune account of adoption and what it means to be a mother, a daughter, and a sister in a complicated family full of secrets. This is a beautiful, emotional book that would be great to share with a family member.


Review by Kalani

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The House of Broken Angels By Luis Alberto Urrea Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316154895
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Published: Back Bay Books - March 5th, 2019

Focused on the intertwined lives of a Mexican-American family and the final birthday of their dying but defiant patriarch, Urrea's story of the Mexican diaspora is both heartbreaking and hopeful. 


Review by Sarah C.

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