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The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt by Ken Krimstein

Recommended by Marjorie P: My introduction to the world of graphic literature could not have come at a better time. Ken Krimstein’s graphic biography of political theorist and Holocaust survivor Hannah Arendt compels the reader to think deeply about speaking truth to power and commit wholeheartedly to fighting the good fight. The memoir as Mr. Krimstein presents it, reminds us of the many contributions of Arendt and her…

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My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Recommended by Chloe N: I literally finished this book in one day. My Sister, the Serial Killer was one of the most dark and intriguing explorations of loyalty and sibling relationships that I’ve read in a long time. It’s an original, witty, and engaging read that I’m certain most people (especially siblings, and especially older sisters like myself) will be able to relate to.

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The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Recommended by Libby V: Four children visit a woman who tells them their death dates. In the ensuing four sections of the book, we follow each child’s journey through life into adulthood. Lots of sadness and loss occurs and each character is developed in touching, relatable ways. The book…

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They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib

Recommended by Chloe N: This is what I would call absolutely essential reading. Having lived in Columbus for almost 18 years, I’m so glad to have a voice like Hanif Abdurraqib’s representing our city. What strikes me is how remarkably different our paths and experiences are, despite being connected by a hometown and common themes of music, life & death…

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The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

Recommended by Libby V: I love stories about dogs and human love for dogs. And I love stories about single women. This book is the 2018 National Book Award winner for Fiction for good reason. Nunez has a distinct writing style in this novel, where all characters go unnamed except for the dog around…

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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Recommendation by Marjorie P: When I heard on NPR that Elizabeth Acevedo’s novel The Poet X was a 2018 National Book Award winner, I immediately felt a true sense of joy that there was a real voice for not only young Latinas but for young writers who may think they do not have a story…

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The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Recommendation from Libby V: This book will hit home. I’m not a poetry lover in the least, but I can’t stop raving about both this book and Kaur’s first book, Milk and Honey. This book moved me to tears at the emotional and absolutely, undeniably real portrayals of the universal experiences of nearly all women.

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Recommendation from Daniel K

What goes on in the mind of a killer? How can the average person reconcile with the reasoning of a monster? in I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, you can join Michelle McNamara in her obsessive hunt for reason and justice as she tries to uncover the identity of the Golden State Killer.

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Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Recommendation from Marjorie P: What I love about Anne Tyler’s family fiction is how immediately her characters come into your life and often stay there for a bit even after the last page is turned. Clock Dance, Tyler’s 22nd novel, is no different….

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Circe by Madeline Miller

Recommendation from Riley F: I've always been obsessed with Ancient Greek/Roman mythology, but it's actually my adoration of the gorgeous golden cover design that got me reading this book. Miller's style is very easy and smooth and I can't help but love the subject.

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Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Recommendation from Daniel K: Grounded, yet hallucinatory, and pioneering yet simple, Underground Railroad blends the lines between genres and tells a powerful and memorable story. Through this unique piece of fiction, Colson Whitehead creates what could prove to be a modern masterpiece out of a cruel history….

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Have Dog, Will Travel by Stephen Kuusisto

Recommendation from Libby V: If you like dogs, peacefully powerful writing, or experiencing the world from a different point of view, you’ll love Have Dog, Will Travel.  In this memoir, Kuusisto writes on coming to terms with his lifetime of blindness, his decision to get a guide dog at 38, and the ensuing love between…

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