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Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh
BIOGRAPHY SMARSH 09/18
Traces the author's turbulent childhood on a Kansas farm in the 1980s and 1990s to reveal her firsthand experiences with cyclical poverty and the corrosive impact of intergenerational poverty on individuals, families and communities.
The Dutch House: A Novel by Ann Patchett
PATCHETT 09/19
Ann Patchett, the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, returns with her most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.
Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
REID 03/19
A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup.
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
SF OKORAFOR 09/16
Binti is a supreme read about a sexy, edgy Afropolitan in space! It's a wondrous combination of extra-terrestrial adventure and age-old African diplomacy. Available as a Book Club in a Bag.
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
BIOGRAPHY ROGERS 08/18
The definitive biography of Fred Rogers, children's television pioneer and American cultural icon, an instant New York Times Bestseller.
The Grammarians: A Novel by Cathleen Schine
SCHINE 09/19
From the author compared to Nora Ephron and Nancy Mitford, not to mention Jane Austen, comes a new novel celebrating the beauty, mischief, and occasional treachery of language.
The Hearts of Men
BUTLER 03/17
An epic novel of intertwining friendships and families set in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at a beloved Boy Scout summer camp—from the bestselling author of Shotgun Lovesongs.
Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea
SOCSCI DEM 10/17
In a stunning work of investigation, Barbara Demick removes North Korea’s mask to reveal what lies beneath its media censorship and repressive dictatorship.
The Water Dancer
COATES 09/19
A boldly imagined work of magic and adventure from the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me.
Exhalation: Stories
SF CHIANG 05/19
In this fantastical and elegant collection, Ted Chiang wrestles with the oldest questions on earth—What is the nature of the universe? What does it mean to be human?—and ones that no one else has even imagined.
Ask Again, Yes
KEANE 05/19
A family saga about two Irish American families in a New York suburb, the love between two of their children, and the tragedies that threaten to tear them apart and destroy their futures.
Another Brooklyn
WOODSON 08/16
Jacqueline Woodson's Another Brooklyn heartbreakingly illuminates the formative time when childhood gives way to adulthood-the promise and peril of growing up-and exquisitely renders a powerful, indelible, and fleeting friendship that united four young lives.
Nickel Boys
WHITEHEAD 08/19
"In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida."--
Refugee
J GRATZ
Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy livng in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together. Available as a Book Club in a Bag.
The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
HISTORY CANADA DEF 02/19
When thirty-eight jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001, due to the closing of United States airspace, the citizens of this small community were called upon to come to the aid of more than six thousand displaced travelers. Available as a Book Club in a Bag.
Cheaper by the Dozen
BIOGRAPHY GILBRETH
The classic American memoir of twelve kids, two parents, and a world of laughter and love Translated into more than fifty languages and adapted into two classic motion pictures, Cheaper by the Dozen is the unforgettable story of the Gilbreth clan as told by two of its members.