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Dunbar tells the compelling story of Ona Judge, a dower slave of George and Martha Washington, who courageously escapes Philadelphia to Portsmouth, NH near the end of Washington’s second term as President, successfully evading Washington’s continued attempts to recapture her. A fascinating portrait of Washington as slaveholder and the lives of those he enslaved.
A collection of short stories, exploring cataclysm in its many forms, from the personal to the global--and often both together. The title piece of the book is a literal set of 100 tiny stories, each touching on apocalyptic themes in its own way. A playful, absorbing series of experiments; if Kelly Link and Lydia Davis wrote a book together, the result might be something like this.
This a powerful career spanning collection by a poet who was tortured and jailed for eight years for his political activism in Morocco. The poetry is dark and unsettling but also beautiful and uplifting. Laabi’s voice is one of proud, even exuberant defiance. This collection is a punch to jaw, but the kind of punch that lets you know you’re ready to fight.
Homicide detective Casey tries to escape her past by moving to Rockton, a mysterious village in the Canadian wilderness where people with something to hide go to start new lives. Plus: a grouchy but attractive police chief, a manipulative best friend with secrets of her own, and a whole world of people who live off the grid in a very cold place.
Lincoln! Walt Whitman! Boss Tweed! John Wilkes Booth! Riots! Political shenanigans! All sorts of shenanigans! A fascinating, roiling period, beautifully documented. (Martin Scorcese's Gangs of New York covers some of the same era.)
In the depths of a Russian winter, Vasilia must ally with a winter demon to counter the evil forces that threaten her family and village. This beautifully written debut novel is steeped in Russian folklore and history. Pick up if you loved Uprooted!
Silence is one of those books that grabs your soul and squeezes. In it, Endo explores the depths of human spirituality and psychology, both in their strengths and utter weaknesses. Producing a different response every time I revisit it, this book deserves to be read and reread. I will continue to be moved by it for years to come.
Technology and emotion weave together in startling ways in this surprising and moving story, a sci-fi graphic novel about romance and the difficulties in getting over someone.
There aren't many books about skiing, or books about skiing by a female author. Enter Unbound! Jagger goes on an amazing journey of snow-filled landscapes and sexual freedom. If you're a fan of Wild you'll like this.
This collection of essays by Moran is read by the author. As each essay is the length of a podcast, this is a great audiobook for shorter drives, walks, or chores. Moran's columns span the intense to the funny, so you're sure to find a segment for any mood.
Click here for the digital audio edition.
Ma, the Japanese concept of the silence between sounds, is always there, if you know where to look.
This book is Shakespeare-inspired, funny, thoughtful, filled with scenes showing cheerleading as a hardcore sport -- and the story of how one teenager and her community deal with rape.