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Clear: A Novel By Carys Davies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668030660
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Scribner - April 2nd, 2024

Presbyterian minister John has broken off from the Scottish church.  He needs money and takes a job from a wealthy landowner to clear the only inhabitant off a remote Scottish Island. Ivar is the last of his family and his community to try and eke out a living on the island.  Forced together, the two men without common background or language forge a friendship.  Spare, beautiful and big hearted, this is one of my favorite books so far this year.

Review by Charlotte

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Stay True: A Memoir By Hua Hsu Cover Image
By Hua Hsu
ISBN: 9780385547772
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Doubleday - September 27th, 2022

Hua Hsu spent 20 years writing this book as an homage to a friend, Ken, who was randomly murdered in a carjacking one night after a college party. The first half details their friends' lives in college at Berkeley in the 90s, and the sense of infinitute you feel when you're young. The second half is a completely arresting tribute to Ken and their friendship as Hsu struggles to process the grief of losing Ken, and the guilt of surviving without him. I can't put into words how good this is -- just read it for yourself and let Hsu tell you how much he loved Ken.

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Go with the Flow By Karen Schneemann, Lily Williams Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250143174
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: First Second - January 14th, 2020

This is a wonderfully shameless story that I wish was around when I was in school. Period. 

The characters are relatable and diverse, the social situations are true to life, and the use of social media formats to share facts from women's history is clever and well done. Schneemann opens up an important discussion here, in many shades of red, and I can't wait to see how her characters will continue to inspire change. 

Review by Katelynn