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Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken

Recommended by Marjorie P. After reading this novel I am determined to read everything McCracken has written. I am always drawn to family sagas that have wonderfully crafted characters that capture your attention in ways that make you feel a variety of emotions. Bertha Truitt is endearing in her own way, but the reader will also admire how she fiercely takes control of her life and the town of Salford, Massachusetts…

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Dan Brewster
Semiosis by Sue Burke

Recommended by Daniel K: Like most science fiction, Semiosis is about a lot of things. This gripping story follows successive generations of human colonists on the distant and mysterious planet Pox, while meditating on hope, survival, and human nature. In their search for a better life on war-torn Earth, the colonists slowly begin to realize they aren’t the only intelligent species on the planet. Naturally, this complicates things…

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Recommended by Riley F: Zélie is a girl who must deal with oppression and trauma, battling her own emotions in order to escape a prince who wants her dead. She’s the one person who might being back magic! I love how action-packed it is and how ferocious and passionate Zélie is (she reminded me of Tris from the Divergent series).

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Severance by Ling Ma

Recommended by Chloe N: Severance is the ultimate millennial novel—so many of the themes in this book resonated with me. Candace was such a brilliantly fleshed out, deeply relatable character. Her experiences as a first-generation immigrant provide a twist on the redundant office worker narrative, bringing her own unique qualities and storyline to the table.

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Sounds Like Titanic by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman

Recommended by Dan B: I’ve always loved stories about amateur musicians. Being one my whole life, there are so many relatable experiences and instrumental quirks that I enjoy reading about. The author’s experiences with The Composer and her struggles to become a musician are remarkable and ring true, and I found her voice to be a perfect fit…

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Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Recommended by Libby V: Murata makes you feel as though you are the protagonist of this book. Keiko has trouble understanding human interactions, but can perfectly imitate them and “pass as normal.” Our look inside her mind reveals that she is possibly autistic, asexual, and aromantic. As an aromantic person myself…

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How to Date Men When You Hate Men

Recommended by Chloe N: I think I identified with this book and Blythe Roberson on a spiritual level. SERIOUSLY, every five minutes I would interrupt my friends to read them a hilarious passage or all-too-relatable moment. Her stories are immensely creative, funny, and validating (even men can read and enjoy it)!

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The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison

Recommended by Marjorie P: I began reading Toni Morrison when I was in college in the 80s. Her fictional works captivated me and I am thankful to my professors at Ohio State for making a few of them required reading. This opportunity to read her essays, speeches, and meditations,…

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Dan Brewster
The Dark Dark by Samantha Hunt

Recommended by Daniel K: It’s difficult to capture all of life’s complexities in writing. Our world is harsh and hostile, but it’s equally beautiful and nurturing. Samantha Hunt masterfully walks the line between horrific and whimsical in these short stories with an ease that exposes…

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Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright

Recommended by Riley F: Easy to read and shockingly relevant! So many people throw around the word ‘fascist’ without (probably) fully understanding its power and importance. Read this personal and simplified history/explanation of fascists in the last 100 years to gain perspective on the word’s origin.

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Broad Band by Claire L. Evans

Recommended by Dan B: Do you think you know the story of early computing and the Internet? Think again! This brilliantly told narrative explores the contributions of women to many areas, from mainframes and networking to the earliest online communities. It opened my eyes to a whole new chapter of history.

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American Prison by Shane Bauer

Recommended by Marjorie P: This eye-opening account by Shane Bauer of the for-profit prison system in the U.S. left me with a feeling of sadness as well as anger. Bauer ties together the history of slave labor with the continued practice of seeing prisons as corporations rather than as places for restorative justice.

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As You Wish by Cary Elwes

Recommended by Libby V: The Man in Black himself wrote a book on the making of the now famous film The Princess Bride. The Princess Bride is my favorite film of all time and this book is 100% as charming as the movie. After I read it, I had the pleasure of re-watching the film (as if I needed…

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