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You know what would make most westerns better? Ghosts, magic, and smashing the patriarchy. Aster and her sisters are on a journey to find freedom, and they're going to take their revenge on every man that has ever taken advantage on them or the other "Good Luck Girls" sold to Welcome Houses. As thrilling as any old Western with bandits and gunslingers and chases on horseback, but with a much more modern look at gender, sexuality, and class. I couldn't put it down.
I haven't read much YA the past few years- it takes something special for me to pick up a YA novel. But the audio of You Should See Me in a Crown gave me the equivalent of driveway moments on my runs (okay, I just kept running so I could listen more). With dynamic, multifaceted characters, a distinctive voice, and a swoon-worthy prom love story, this novel has it all. Better yet? The strong friendships, family relationships, and romances are both quirkily real and heartwarming.
Felix Ever After is a joy. Read it and dream of spending these hot summer days in Brooklyn with its lovable cast of young queer artists. This is a heartfelt exploration of love and identity, with enough drama to keep you compulsively reading. What can I say? This book just made me happy!
Hannah is a witch—a real Elemental witch who can control the four elements—but even though she lives in Salem, MA, she has to keep her magic a closely guarded secret. But her life is upended when it seems that a blood witch has come to town and is threatening her coven—and she'll have to team up with her ex-girlfriend to investigate it. As the threats to the coven grow, the story becomes a fast-paced mystery with a side of romance. This was the perfect blend of sweet romance (and queerness), complex friendships, and thrilling mystery. And the second one's out now, so you can keep reading as soon as you're done—I promise you'll want to.
Author, Brandy Colbert, does such a wonderful job at getting at the importance of voting, the barriers that get in the way, and navigating difficult racial conversations that needs to be addressed at any age. Marva Sheridan was the best friend I needed in high school because the importance of voting was lost on me as a teenager!
Stephen Graham Jones draws on Blackfeet culture (and the myriad ways in which indigenous culture exists in the modern United States) to create a masterful horror novel about guilt, grief, and revenge. These characters are haunted, both figuratively and literally, by both tradition and the ways they've broken from it. And the prose is just gorgeous (and gory--this is the most beautiful book I've ever read that also made me cringe, set it aside, and sleep with the lights on. I'm wary around motorcycles now!).
Cambridge resident Clare Walker Leslie’s latest book is a selection from the nature journals she has kept for many years arranged to follow our year-long journey around our Sun. With her keen eye for observation and delightful sketches and watercolors she inspires us to slow down enough to savor the world around us.
First, I was arrested by the cover; seriously, what a beautiful cover. Then I was taken in by the story, a relatively simple plot of smuggling contraband from point A to point B, but the addition of the nun Guet Imm to the smuggling party led by Lau Fung Cheung (but really by his second, Tet Sang), unravels the simple plot spectacularly. Because then the novella sneaks up on you with commentary on gender, honor, religion, and, ultimately, love. A genuinely fun and immersive read.
As England puts itself back together after World War II, two friends open a marriage bureau -- which quickly becomes a detective agency as well.
In a day and age where millions can be thrown at any exiting idea, is success the only difference between a visionary and a fraud?
Strange, visceral, and unsettling. I listened to the audiobook over a year ago and still think about it often.
A tangled story of dark folklore, wobbly truths, and girl power. The release date for this title was pushed way back, and I have been so excited to recommend it for months. The time is finally here!
The way these characters and this family unfold around you is both exhilarating and tender. There's a feeling of both incredible momentum and a peaceful stillness that should be at odds with each other in one book, yet they dovetail together to celebrate the mingled beauty and terror of life and mortality, in particular one life: that of the unique and wonderful and tragic Vivek Oji.
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