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Because internet, by Gretchen McCullough
Gretchen McCullough

A linguistically informed look at how our digital world is transforming the English language. This book is essential reading for anyone who's ever puzzled over how to punctuate a text message or wondered where memes come from. It's the perfect book for understanding how the internet is changing the English language, why that's a good thing, and what our online interactions reveal about who we are.

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Crow winter, by Karen McBride
Karen McBride

Since coming home to Spirit Bear Point First Nation, Hazel Ellis has been dreaming of an old crow. He tells her he's here to help her, save her. From what, exactly? Sure, her dad's been dead for almost two years and she hasn't quite reconciled that grief, but is that worth the time of an Algonquin demigod? Soon Hazel learns that there's more at play than just her own sadness and doubt. The quarry that's been lying unsullied for over a century on her father's property is stirring the old magic that crosses the boundaries between this world and the next. With the aid of Nanabush, Hazel must unravel a web of deceit that, if left untouched, could destroy her family and her home on both sides of the Medicine Wheel.

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Found Audio, by N.J. Campbell
N.J. Campbell

A manuscript narrative of sound historian Amrapali Anna Singh who found herself in receipt of a strange set of audio tapes that originated in the Argentinian national research library. The tapes are the recorded narrative of a nameless travel journalist who explains his long quest for “the city of dreams,” an authentic experience of otherworldly extremity-in-place. But who is making the recordings and why does everyone who seeks to publicize the tapes suddenly go missing?

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New Minimalism, by Cary Telander Fortin
Cary Telander Fortin

The decluttering craze meets a passion for sustainable living and interior design in this gorgeous new book for readers of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

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The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead

In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

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How to Do Nothing, by Jenny Odell
Jenny Odell

When the technologies we use every day collapse our experiences into 24/7 availability, platforms for personal branding, and products to be monetized, nothing can be quite so radical as doing nothing. Here, Jenny Odell sends up a flare from the heart of Silicon Valley, delivering an action plan to resist capitalist narratives of productivity and techno-determinism, and to become more meaningfully connected in the process.

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Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home, by Nora Krug
Nora Krug

A graphic memoir by an award-winning artist tells the story of her attempt to confront the hidden truths of her family's wartime past in Nazi Germany and to comprehend the forces that have shaped her life, her generation and history.

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Ordinary people, by Diana Evans
Diana Evans

An intimate portrait of London and an exploration of modern relationships told through the lives of two couples in an immersive study of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and aging, and the fragile architecture of love. With its distinctive prose and addictive soundtrack, it is the story of our lives, and those moments that threaten to unravel us.

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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, by Lori Gottlieb
Lori Gottlieb

From a New York Times best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, a hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world – where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she).

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The Heart's Invisible Furies, by John Boyne
John Boyne

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do, if eccentric Dublin couple, Cyril is adrift in the world.  He will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his lifetime, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more. In this, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. 

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Buffy Sainte-Marie: An Authorized Biography, by Andrea Warner
Andrea Warner

Folk hero. Rock icon. Living legend. Buffy Sainte-Marie is all of these things.  For more than 50 years, she has made her voice heard through her music, art, and activism, establishing herself among the ranks of folk greats such as Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. She’s released more than twenty albums and ten singles, survived being blacklisted by two U.S. presidents, and has received countless accolades, including the only Academy Award ever to be won by a First Nations artist. This biography will weave a powerful, intimate look at the life of a beloved artist and everything that she has accomplished in her 76 years (and counting).

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Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey
Emma Healey

Maud writes a note to tell herself not to give up on her friend, whose house sits mysteriously empty down the street from her own. She can't understand why her daughter or her carer won't help. Her ongoing search for Elizabeth triggers an old and powerful memory of the unsolved disappearance of her own beloved sister. Maud begins to see reminders of and clues to her sister's disappearance everywhere.

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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Tayari Jones

Newlyweds, Celestial and Roy, are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is artist on the brink of an exciting career. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

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I Hope We Choose Love by Kai Cheng Thom
Kai Cheng Thom

What can we hope for at the end of the world? What can we trust in when community has broken our hearts? What would it mean to pursue justice without violence? How can we love in the absence of faith?
In a heartbreaking yet hopeful collection of personal essays and prose poems, blending the confessional, political, and literary, Kai Cheng Thom dives deep into the questions that haunt social movements today. With the author's characteristic eloquence and honesty, I Hope We Choose Love proposes heartfelt solutions on the topics of violence, complicity, family, vengeance, and forgiveness. Taking its cues from contemporary thought leaders in the transformative justice movement such as adrienne maree brown and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, this provocative book is a call for nuance in a time of political polarization, for healing in a time of justice, and for love in an apocalypse.

The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien
Tim O'Brien

Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness.

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Feel Free, by Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith

A collection of both previously unpublished works and classic essays including discussions of recent cultural and political events, social networking, libraries, and the failure to address global warming.

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Juliet Takes a Breath, by Gabby Rivera
Gabby Rivera

Juliet, a self-identified queer, Bronx-born Puerto Rican-American, comes out to her family to disastrous results the night before flying to Portland to intern with her feminist author icon – whom Juliet soon realizes has a problematic definition of feminism that excludes women of colour.

The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black
Holly Black

This is a heady blend of Faerie lore, high fantasy, and high school drama, dripping with description that brings the dangerous but tempting world of Faerie to life.

The Hunger, by Alma Katsu
Alma Katsu

A tense and gripping reimagining of one of America's most haunting human disasters: the Donner Party with a supernatural turn.

in Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan

Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues, but the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists. Looking at what science does and does not know about diet and health, he proposes a new way to think about what to eat, informed by ecology and tradition rather than by the nutrient-by-nutrient approach.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin
Gabrielle Zevin

When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.

The Diary of a Bookseller, by Shaun Bythell
Shaun Bythell

A cranky Scottish bookseller records a year in the life of his shop. This entertaining and dryly humorous memoir covers one year in the life of the Bookshop, Bythell's used-bookstore in a drafty, leaky stone house in Wigtown, Scotland.

Be My Love, by Kit Pearson
Kit Pearson

The pains and joys of friendship and family play out over a summer on Kingfisher Island, where young Maisie may finally discover the strength she needs to find the same peace that the island has brought her during all the previous summers she has spent there.

The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu, by Joshua Hammer
Joshua Hammer

Hammer describes how a group of Timbuktu librarians enacted a daring plan to smuggle the city's great collection of rare Islamic manuscripts away from the threat of destruction at the hands of Al Quaeda militants to the safety of southern Mali.

The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller
Madeline Miller

Patroclus, an awkward young prince, follows Achilles into the Trojan war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned, everything they hold dear. And that, before he is ready, he will be forced to surrender his friend to the hands of Fate.