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Here's to You, Jesusa!
PONIATOWSKA 07/19
Based on a series of interviews by the author, Here's to You, Jesusa! is the story of an extremely poor and illiterate woman whose remarkable life coincided with some of the most important events in Mexican history. Poniatowska gives voice to not only her friend, Jesusa, but to everyone whose been marginalized and cast aside. Available as a Book Club in a Bag.
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
VUONG 10/19
A letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born— a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam— and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation.
Bluebird, Bluebird
MYS LOCKE
Forced by duty to return to his racially divided East Texas hometown, an African-American Texas Ranger risks his job and reputation to investigate a highly charged double murder case involving a black Chicago lawyer and a local white woman. Available as a Book Club in a Bag.
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
TYLER
Soulful and redemptive—full of heartbreak and hope—this portrait of a family will remind you why Anne Tyler is one of the most beloved writers working today.
Selected works / Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz ; translated by Edith Grossman ; introduction by Julia Alvarez.
LITERATURE POETRY JUA
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1651 - 1695) was a feminist and a woman ahead of her time. This self-taught intellectual rose to the height of fame as a writer in Mexico City during the Spanish Golden Age, and she continues to provoke and inspire centuries later.
Sister Outsider
SOCSCI LGBT LOR
At once a searing indictment of a racist, patriarchal society and a manual for claiming an intersectional identity, Sister Outsider is a comprehensive collection of the lauded poet and writer Audre Lorde's most famous and influential works of nonfiction prose.
Uncanny Valley
BIOGRAPHY WIENER
The story of Anna Wiener's time spent working in Silicon Valley as the tech industry went through monumental changes.
Inheritance : A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
BIOGRAPHY SHAPIRO
The acclaimed and beloved author of Hourglass now gives us a new memoir about identity, paternity, and family secrets--a real-time exploration of the staggering discovery she made last year about her father, and her struggle to piece together the hidden the story of her own life"--
Banned Book Club
BIOGRPAHY GRAPHIC TEEN KIM
In this autobiography of a South Korean woman's student days under an authoritarian regime, Hyun Sook shares a dramatic true story of political division, fear-mongering, anti-intellectualism, the death of democratic institutions, and the relentless rebellion of reading.
SOCSCI MOO
Antipoverty activist Moore (The Other Wes Moore) presents an illuminating portrait of Baltimore in the aftermath of the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray.
STAGE
Shirley Jackson meets The Shining in this richly atmospheric and thrillingly tense new novel from the acclaimed author of the "deliciously creepy" debut Baby Teeth.
WES WILLIAMS
In the 1870s, Will Andrews, fired up by Emerson to seek "an original relation to nature," drops out of Harvard and heads west. He washes up in Butcher's Crossing, a small Kansas town full of restless men looking for ways to make money and ways to waste it.
SF TOBEY
Five best friends in a high school computer club get sucked into an underground hacker's game run by a mysterious A.I. that thinks it's God; as the Game pits them against each other, it offers the ultimate promise--win and learn the meaning of life or die.
How Much of These Hills is Gold
ZHANG
An electric debut novel set against the twilight of the American gold rush, two siblings are on the run in an unforgiving landscape—trying not just to survive but to find a home.
Mr. Mercedes
HORROR KING
Months after a crazed hit-and-run driver kills several attendees at a Midwestern job fair, a depressed retired cop and two unlikely allies join forces to find and stop the killer, who has sent a letter threatening another attack.
Bud, Not Buddy
NEWBERY J CURTIS
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls
BIOGRAPHY MADDEN
With unflinching honesty and lyrical prose, spanning from 1960s Hawai'i to the present-day struggle of a young woman mourning the loss of a father while unearthing truths that reframe her reality, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is equal parts eulogy and love letter. It’s a story about trauma and forgiveness, about families of blood and affinity, both lost and found, unmade and rebuilt, crooked and beautiful.
Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing as We Age
SOCSCI PSYCH PIP
From the New York Times bestselling author of Reviving Ophelia, a guide to wisdom, authenticity, and bliss for women as they age.