February 2021

Rabbit & Robot

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Rabbit & Robot By Andrew Smith Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534422216
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 24th, 2019

I’ve loved Andrew Smith’s work since I was a teen and this book was no different. Rabbit & Robot is fiercely human, and fiercely funny. It will certainly tug at you heartstrings just as much as it makes you laugh. A clever mix of absurdity and raw observation of the human condition— highly recommend!


Passage West

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ISBN: 9780060898793
Published: Ecco - April 21st, 2020

Love for Rishi Reddi is something my mom and I share (since Rishi Reddi grew up in Kansas, where my parents currently live and currently lives in Cambridge (where I live)). Passage West is a beautiful, rich narrative of the immigrant experience and follows a family of Indian sharecroppers at the start of WWII. It examines the various experiences of immigrants who settled in California, and the rising tensions of living in the west as anti-immigrant sentiment grew among white Americans.


Light Boxes

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Light Boxes: A Novel By Shane Jones Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143117780
Availability: Available to Order from Supplier: Arrives at Store in a Week(ish)
Published: Penguin Books - May 25th, 2010

Dark humor, tenacious characters, and a bleak backdrop combine to make a horror-movie-like world that you can't look away from because it is both beautiful and twisted. If you like speculative fiction that makes you go "What the heck did I just read?", Melville, and Midsommar, you will love this novel.


No Heaven for Good Boys

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No Heaven for Good Boys: A Novel By Keisha Bush Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399591969
Published: Random House - January 26th, 2021

A beautifully wrenching story: when my hands were not frantically turning pages they were likely to be covering my mouth or my heart. It asks, where has mankind’s humanity gone? And yet it answers that it lives right beside the darkness, in pockets as small as a package of peanuts and as vast as a mother’s fortitude. Debut author Keisha Bush wrote this novel after years spent in Dakar, Senegal, but she grew up right here in Boston.


Spoiler Alert

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Spoiler Alert: A Novel By Olivia Dade Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063005549
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Published: Avon - October 6th, 2020

Marcus is the star of the world's hottest fantasy TV show--but in private, he's Book!AeneasWouldNever, an anonymous fanfiction writer grappling with the show's shortcomings in his stories. When Marcus wades into an online spat to defend a cosplayer getting flack for her weight, he doesn't realize he's flirting with none other than his fandom bestie, Unapologetic Lavinia Stan (aka April Whittier, a gorgeous, no-nonsense geologist). It only takes one feel-good publicity date to spark some serious IRL chemistry, but what will happen when the secrets come out? Adorable and super fun!


A Story About Afiya

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A Story about Afiya By James Berry, Anna Cunha (Illustrator) Cover Image
By James Berry, Anna Cunha (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781911373339
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Published: Lantana Publishing - April 7th, 2020

Afiya is a beautifully illustrated story about Afiya, whose dress records memories of her childhood. It is written by award-winning Jamaican poet, James Bery. Every night, her adventures of the day are imprinted on the dress. Every morning, her dress is white again, ready for a new adventure. I wish I had a dress that could hold memories like these! But, at least, I can have this book!



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