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Sex and the City and Us by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
The story of how a columnist, two gay men, and a writers’ room full of women used their own stories to launch a cultural phenomenon, and ignited a conversation about single women and sex in the process.
Nine Lives by Dan Baum
A multivoiced biography of New Orleans through the lives of nine characters over forty years and bracketed by two epic storms: Hurricane Betsy, which transformed the city in the 1960’s, and Katrina, which nearly destroyed it.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
It’s 1969 in New York City, and word has spread of the arrival of a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. Follow the four Gold children who hear prophecies that inform their next five decades.
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd.”
Academy Street by Mary Costello
A luminous portrait of a whole life following Tess from her girlhood in western Ireland through her relocation to America and her life there, concluding with a moving reencounter with her Irish family after forty years of exile.
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
The unforgettable story of the Binewskis, a circus-geek family whose matriarch and patriarch have bred their own exhibit of human oddities (with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes).
Different Hours by Stephen Dunn
The mysteries of Eros and Thanatos, the stubborn endurance of mind and body in the face of diminishment–these are the undercurrents of Stephen Dunn’s graceful eleventh volume.
American Creation by Joseph J. Ellis
From the first shots fired at Lexington to the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the negotiations for the Louisiana Purchase, Joseph J. Ellis guides us through the decisive issues of the nation’s founding.
The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
Identical twin sisters who couldn’t look more alike…or live more differently. Two beautiful islands only eleven miles apart. One unforgettable summer that will change their lives forever.
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
To win an impossible war Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general. Cheris’s career isn’t the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next.
Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce
Full of atmospheric and illuminating descriptions of Japan and its culture, this is an affecting exploration of home, identity, and the limits of forgiveness.
Snow by Roy McKie and P.D. Eastman
This classic Beginner Book edited by Dr. Seuss is a delightful ode to winter. From snowball fights and skiing to fort building and snowman-making, young readers will be eager for the kind of fun only a wintry-white day can bring.
Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan
Perched in the far corner of a run-down New England mall, the Red Lobster is closing. Manager Manny DeLeon still needs to navigate a tricky last shift–just four days before Christmas.
The Skin of the Sky by Elena Poniatowska
The fascinating and haunting story of the life of Lorenzo de Tena, a brilliant Mexican astronomer. A complex and contradictory man, Lorenzo strives to make his country a better place, especially for the disenfranchised.
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
A young woman lives tucked among the sprawling tunnels under the University, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries.
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
For a thousand years the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power, divinely invincible. Now a hopeful uprising depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine.
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
The only volume to tell America’s story from the point of view of—and in the words of—America’s women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.
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