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The Silence of Bone

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$14.39
ISBN: 9781250229557
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - April 21st, 2020

I loved this haunting historical mystery set in 1800s Joseon Korea, and can't wait to see more from debut author June Hur. I love a teen girl protagonist who won't stop asking questions and follows her own moral compass even when it means breaking the rules. Your heart will be in your mouth as you accompany Seol on her search for the truth!

Sacha, Writer in Residence for Young Readers


Real Life

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$20.80
ISBN: 9780525538882
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 18th, 2020

 

Real Life begins when Wallace, a graduate student at a predominantly white Midwestern University, decides to join his friends for an outing at the lake. Hyperobservant, intelligent, and depressed, Wallace has entered academia to earn a PhD in biochemistry—and to erase his past as a queer, black child in the rural south. Instead, over the course of a weekend, Wallace’s life unravels with the urgency and horror of a social thriller. Told with precision and nuance, Real Life,portrays the looming forces of racism and academic isolation alongside the sharpness of hidden personal trauma.

 

Justin, Writer in Residence for Adults


Bluets

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ISBN: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

 

Bluets, an essay of sorts told through 240 loosely-linked prose poems, is an intricate and dreamlike reading experience. At its core, the writing focuses on the author’s attraction to the color blue, the end of a romantic relationship, and the care of a friend who becomes quadriplegic after an accident. These intensely personal experiences—presented alongside the ideas of other writers, artists, and philosophers—create new ways of thinking about perception and personal suffering.

Justin, Writer in Residence for Adults


The Emissary

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By Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811227629
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Published: New Directions - April 24th, 2018

 

The Emissary, one of the strangest and most inventive stories that I’ve read, follows a day in the lives of a Japanese grandfather and grandson after an unnamed environmental catastrophe. In this dystopian world, children are born frail and sickly while the elderly remain healthy and strong. Due to the pollution, most animals and plants have gone extinct, everyone changes sex at least once in their lives, and old holidays have been replaced with new ones like “Being Alive is Enough Day”. Translated from its original Japanese, this short novel pushes the boundary of both language and visions of the future.

Justin, Writer in Residence for Adults


BECOMING EVE

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ISBN: 9781580059169
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Published: Seal Press - November 12th, 2019

Abby Stein’s memoir is an engaging story of growing up as a queer person (a trans woman, specifically) in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. Funny, heartbreaking, and always compassionate, this is a great read for anyone interested in trans life stories, intersections between queerness and religion, or communal responses to trauma.

 

Sacha Lamb, Writer in Residence for Young Readers


Weather

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ISBN: 9780385351102
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Published: Knopf - February 11th, 2020

Described as “the perfect worry novel”, Jenny Offill’s latest work is about the weather (mainly the looming threat of climate change) but it also speaks to weathering smaller anxieties (politics, marriage, interfamily relationships, a failure to live up to expectations). Told through narrative fragments and wry observations, Weather offers a kaleidoscopic and tender experience of being alive during uncertain times. 

 

Justin, Writer in Residence for Adults


Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

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By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525541332
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 13th, 2019

 

What is the best way to live in a cruel and barbaric world? How should we value the lives of animals compared to those of humans? Who is worthy of a voice? These are the questions confronting Janina—an elderly astrologist living in a rural Polish village. Translated from its original Polish in 2018, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead is a dark fable with a complicated morality and eccentric humor fit for our contemporary predicaments. 

 

Justin, Writer in Residence for Adults 


The Inquisitor's Apprentice

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ISBN: 9780547850849
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - February 26th, 2013

 

In this fun and touching historical fantasy, 1910s New York is full of immigrant magic and predatory millionaires. When 13 year old Sacha Kessler finds out he can see magic he is forced to work for the NYPD Inquisitors to help support his family, gets himself in a whole lot of trouble, and even meets Harry Houdini. This is one of my favorite books ever, and it isn’t just because the protagonist has my name! ;)

Sacha, Writer in Residence for Young Readers 


Severance

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By Ling Ma
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ISBN: 9781250214997
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Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019

 

Candace Chen, one of the last people alive in New York City after a fungal infection spreads across the world, spends her days as the sole employee of a defunct publishing company. Darkly and dryly humorous, the novel is a zombie horror story, an office satire, a coming of age narrative, an immigrant saga, and a mediation on the perils and pleasures of nostalgia. 

Justin, Writer in Residence for Adults


Lullabies for Little Criminals

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ISBN: 9780062468475
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 5th, 2016

 

Twelve-year-old Baby, the daughter of a young heroin addict, lives mostly on the streets of Montreal. Her story is gritty, tender, funny, disturbing, and unexpectedly hopeful. Also, Baby’s voice is unlike anything else I’ve read.  A stunning coming-of-age novel.

Catherine, Writer in Residence for Adults


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