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A Burning A novel by Majumdar, Megha. A Burning A novel

-- A Burning has the force of an epic while being so masterfully compressed it can be read in a single sitting. Majumdar writes with dazzling assurance at a breakneck pace on complex themes that read here as the components of a thriller: class, fate, corruption, justice, and what it feels like to face profound obstacles and yet nurture big dreams in a country spinning toward extremism. An extraordinary debut.

Sep 22, 2020
A Children's Bible- A Novel by Millet, Lydia. A Children's Bible- A Novel

-- -- Sweet Lamb of HeavenContemptuous of their parents, who pass their days in a stupor of liquor, drugs, and sex, the children feel neglected and suffocated at the same time. When a destructive storm descends on the summer estate, the group's ringleaders—including Eve, who narrates the story—decide to run away, leading the younger ones on a dangerous foray into the apocalyptic chaos outside. -- A Children's Bible is a prophetic, heartbreaking story of generational divide—and a haunting visio

Sep 22, 2020
A Traitor to His Species Henry Bergh and the Birth of the Animal Rights Movement by Freeberg, Ernest. A Traitor to His Species Henry Bergh and the Birth of the Animal Rights Movement

-- A Traitor to His Species Raucous and entertaining, A Traitor to His Species

Sep 22, 2020
Abe Abraham Lincoln in His Times by Reynolds, David S.. Abe Abraham Lincoln in His Times

-- Abe It was a country growing up and being pulled apart at the same time, with a democratic popular culture that reflected the country's contradictions. Lincoln's lineage was considered auspicious by Emerson, Whitman, and others who prophesied that a new man from the West would emerge to balance North and South. From New England Puritan stock on his father's side and Virginia Cavalier gentry on his mother's, Lincoln was linked by blood to the central conflict of the age. And an enduring theme

Sep 22, 2020
Adrianne Geffel- A Fiction by Hajdu, David. Adrianne Geffel- A Fiction

-- herDavid Hajdu cuts through the noise to tell, for the first time, the full story of Geffel's life and work, piecing it together through the memories of those who knew her, inspired her, and exploited her—her parents, teachers, best friend, manager, critics, and lovers. Adrianne Geffel made music so strange, so compelling, so utterly unique that it is simply not to be believed. Hajdu has us believing every note of it in this slyly entertaining work of fiction. -- Adrianne Geffel is a vividly

Sep 22, 2020
Alone Together Love, Grief, and Comfort During the Time of COVID-19 by Haupt, Jennifer. Alone Together Love, Grief, and Comfort During the Time of COVID-19

ALONE TOGETHER: Love, Grief, and Comfort During the Time of COVID-19ALONE TOGETHER, free of charge, to support struggling independent booksellers forced to close their doors. The roster of diverse voices includes Kwame Alexander, Jenna Blum, Andre Dubus III, Jamie Ford, Nikki Giovanni, Pam Houston, Jean Kwok, Major Jackson, Caroline Leavitt, Ada Limón, Dani Shapiro, David Sheff, Garth Stein, Luis Alberto Urrea, Steve Yarbrough, and Lidia Yuknavitch. ALONE TOGETHER is divided into five sections:

Sep 12, 2020
America for Americans A History of Xenophobia in the United States by Lee, Erika. America for Americans A History of Xenophobia in the United States

-- America for AmericansForcing us to confront this history, America for Americans explains how xenophobia works, why it has endured, and how it threatens America. It is a necessary corrective and spur to action for any concerned citizen.

Sep 22, 2020
Apple (Skin to the Core) by Gansworth, Eric. Apple (Skin to the Core)

How about a book that makes you barge into your boss's office to read a page of poetry from? That you dream of? That every movie, song, book, moment that follows continues to evoke in some way? The term "Apple" is a slur in Native communities across the country. It's for someone supposedly "red on the outside, white on the inside." Eric Gansworth is telling his story in Apple (Skin to the Core) Eric shatters that slur and reclaims it in verse and prose and imagery that truly lives up to the wo

Sep 22, 2020
Big Dirty Money The Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime by Taub, Jennifer. Big Dirty Money The Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime

-- Big Dirty Money details the scandalously common and concrete ways that ordinary Americans suffer when the well-heeled use white collar crime to gain and sustain wealth, social status, and political influence. Profiteers caused the mortgage meltdown and the prescription opioid crisis, they've evaded taxes and deprived communities of public funds for education, public health, and infrastructure. Taub goes beyond the headlines (of which there is no shortage) to track how we got here (essentially

Sep 22, 2020
Crossfire A Litany for Survival by Chin, Staceyann. Crossfire A Litany for Survival

WINNER OF THE AMERICAN BOOK AWARDPowerhouse, world-renowned LGBTQ poet and spoken-word artist Staceyann Chin curates the first full-length collection of her poems.CrossfireAccording to The New York Times, Chin is "sassy, rageful and sometimes softly self-mocking." The Advocate says that her poems, "combine hilarious one-liners with a refusal to conform" and note "Chin is out to confront more than just the straight world."

Sep 22, 2020
Cursed Objects by Christie, Jason. Cursed Objects

Now that we've sold ourselves to ourselves, shuffling letters and sounds around to hide the pain, how do we represent the uncanny valley in which we've set up shop? In Cursed Objects, Jason Christie recoils in horror at the thoroughness of his self, then begins to write toward a new understanding brokered between all the things that define him and who he thinks he should be and interrogates how we reduce people to words, especially online, turning them into objects.

Sep 22, 2020
Dead Man in a Ditch by Arnold, Luke. Dead Man in a Ditch

-- The Last Smile in Sunder CityThe name's Fetch Phillips -- what do you need? Cover a Gnome with a crossbow while he does a dodgy deal? Sure. Find out who killed Lance Niles, the big-shot businessman who just arrived in town? I'll give it shot. Help an old-lady Elf track down her husband's murderer? That's right up my alley. What I don't do, because it's impossible, is search for a way to bring the goddamn magic back. Rumors got out about what happened with the Professor, so now people keep ask

Sep 22, 2020
Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers Poems by Skeets Jake. Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers Poems

-- -- Sculptural, ambitious, and defiantly vulnerable, the poems of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers are coal that remains coal, despite the forces that conspire for diamond, for electricity.

Sep 22, 2020
Felon- Poems by Betts, Reginald Dwayne. Felon- Poems

-- Finalist for the 2019 -- FelonChallenging the complexities of language, Betts animates what it means to be a "felon."

Sep 22, 2020
Funeral for a Friend A Jonathan Stride Novel by Freeman, Brian. Funeral for a Friend A Jonathan Stride Novel

"You're safe, Stride. I found the body at the Deeps. I buried him."Did you kill him?Stride is obviously hiding things. He was the last person to see the reporter alive. And he admits lying to Maggie about that meeting, but won't tell her why. With suspicion in the murder pointing at him, Stride finds himself off the case and on leave from the Duluth Police.His only ally in clearing his name is his wife, Serena, who retraces the reporter's investigation into the explosive allegations. The clues a

Sep 22, 2020
Growing Up African in Australia by Unknown. Growing Up African in Australia

-- I never knew black people could be Muslim until I met my North African friends. -- Somalis use this term, "Dhaqan Celis". "Dhaqan" means culture and "Celis" means return. -- -- -- -- ‘A complex tapestry of stories specific in every thread and illuminating as a whole … The wonderful strength of this anthology lies in the easily understood and the never imagined.' — --

Sep 22, 2020
Her Night with the Duke A Novel by Quincy, Diana. Her Night with the Duke A Novel

Desire knows no reason... Leela and Hunt are determined to keep each other at arm's length, which should be easy enough for two intelligent adults with reputations to uphold. The problem is all logic is lost when it comes to a passion that refuses to be ignored.

Sep 22, 2020
His Very Best Jimmy Carter, a Life by Alter, Jonathan. His Very Best Jimmy Carter, a Life

From one of America Jonathan Alter tells the epic story of an enigmatic man of faith and his improbable journey from barefoot boy to global icon. Alter paints an intimate and surprising portrait of the only president since Thomas Jefferson who can fairly be called a Renaissance Man, a complex figure—ridiculed and later revered—with a piercing intelligence, prickly intensity, and biting wit beneath the patented smile. Here is a moral exemplar for our times, a flawed but underrated president of de

Sep 22, 2020
Homeland Elegies A Novel by Akhtar, Ayad. Homeland Elegies A Novel

-- Disgraced "Passionate, disturbing, unputdownable." -- Salman Rushdie A deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home. Ayad Akhtar forges a new narrative voice to capture a country in wh

Sep 22, 2020
How We Got to the Moon The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure by Rocco, John. How We Got to the Moon The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD This beautifully illustrated, oversized guide to the people and technology of the moon landing by award-winning author/illustrator John Rocco (illustrator of the Percy Jackson series) is a must-have for space fans, classrooms, and tech geeks. Everyone knows of Neil Armstrong's famous first steps on the moon. But what did it really take to get us there? The Moon landing is one of the most ambitious, thrilling, and dangerous ventures in human history. This

Sep 22, 2020