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Dual Citizens, by Alix Ohlin
Alix Ohlin

In this gripping, unforgettable novel about art, ambition, sisterhood, motherhood, and self-knowledge, Alix Ohlin traces the rich and complicated lives of two indelible women. Dazzlingly insightful and beautifully crafted, the book captures the unique language of sisters and makes visible the imperceptible strings that bind us to the ones we love for good.

Pale Horse Rider, by Mark Jacobson
Mark Jacobson

We are living in a time of unprecedented distrust in America. This book is about the greatest conspiracist of this generation and a man you may not have heard of. A former U.S. naval intelligence worker, Milton William Cooper published his first manifesto in 1991 and since then it has gone on to sell hundreds of thousands of copies, becoming the number-one bestseller in the American prison system. Cooper died in a shootout with Apache County police in 2001, one month after September 11, in the year in which he had predicted catastrophe.

The Orphan of Salt Winds, by Elizabeth Brooks
Elizabeth Brooks

England, 1939. Ten-year-old Virginia Wrathmell arrives at Salt Winds, a secluded house on the edge of a marsh, to meet her adoptive parents: practical, dependable Clem and glamorous, mercurial Lorna.  Virginia's new parents' marriage is full of secrets and tensions she doesn't quite understand, and their wealthy neighbor, Max Deering, drops by too often, taking an unwholesome interest in the family's affairs. War feels far away until the day a German fighter plane crashes into the marsh, and Clem ventures out to rescue the airman. What happens next sets into motion a crime so devastating it will haunt Virginia for the rest of her life. 

How to disappear, by Akiko Busch
Akiko Busch

Vivid, surprising, and utterly timely, this book explores the idea of invisibility in nature, art, and science, in search of a more joyful and peaceful way of living in today's increasingly surveilled and publicity-obsessed world. In our increasingly networked and image-saturated lives, the notion of disappearing has never been both more enchanting and yet fanciful.  A lifelong student and observer of the natural world, Busch sets out to explore her own uneasiness with this arrangement, and what she senses is a widespread desire for a less scrutinized way of life. How to disappear is a shimmering collage of poetry, cinema, memoir, myth, and much more, which overturns the dangerous modern assumption that somehow fame and visibility equate to success and happiness.

Aria, by Nazanine Hozar
Nazanine Hozar

This extraordinary, gripping debut is a rags-to-riches-to-revolution tale about an orphan girl's coming-of-age in Iran. It is the mid-1950s in a democratic but restless Iran, a country newly powerful with oil wealth but unsettled by class and religious divides and by the politics of a larger world hungry (especially the West) for its resources. One night, a humble driver in the Iranian army is walking through a rough area of Tehran when he comes upon a newborn baby abandoned by the side of the road. He snatches up the child – and forever alters his own destiny and that of the little girl, whom he names Aria. Thus begins a stunning and revelatory debut that takes us inside the Iranian revolution – but as seen like never before, through the eyes of an orphan girl. 

Away with words, by Joe Berkowitz
Joe Berkowitz

In this immersive ride into the subversive world of pun competitions, we meet punsters weird and wonderful and Berkowitz is our tour guide. Puns may show up in life in subtle ways sometimes, but once you start thinking in puns you discover they're everywhere. Berkowitz's search to discover who makes them the most, and why, leads him to the professional comedian competitors on @Midnight, a TV show with a pun competition built into it, the writing staff of Bob's Burgers, the punniest show on TV, and even a humor research conference.

The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett
Ann Patchett

At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. Cyril's son Danny and his older sister Maeve are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another.

Bluets, by Maggie Nelson
Maggie Nelson

Bluets is a meditation on love and grief; an exploration of loss; a reverie of blue. The propositions that compose Bluets were collected across three years of slowly dwindling sadness, as Nelson recovered from a heartbreak while caring for a close friend rendered quadriplegic.

River Road, by Carol Goodman
Carol Goodman

Wrongly accused in the hit-and-run accident that has killed a favorite student, a creative writing professor is shunned by the same community that once rallied around her when her own daughter was killed in an eerily similar accident six years earlier.

Beyond the body farm, by Bill Bass
Bill Bass

The forensic anthropologist author of Death's Acre tracks the field's increasing sophistication as reflected by a cross-section of cases throughout the writer's career, in an account that describes such newer technologies as DNA processing, electron microscopy, and MRI while reopening past cases in which new developments proved pivotal.

The Invited, by Jennifer McMahon
Jennifer McMahon

A chilling ghost story with a twist. In the woods of Vermont a husband and wife don't simply move into a haunted house, they start building one from scratch, without knowing it, until it's too late. In 1924, Hattie Breckenridge is hanged from a tree in her yard by the town mob, accused of a crime that was actually committed by her daughter. Nearly a century later, a young couple abandon the comforts of suburbia to begin building the house of their dreams on the same rural land where Hattie once lived. When they discover that the property has a dark and violent past, Helen, a former history teacher, becomes consumed by Hattie's story and the tragic legend of her descendants, three generations of "Breckenridge women," each of whom died amid suspicion, and who seem to still be seeking something elusive and dangerous in the present day.

The salt path, by Raynor Winn
Raynor Winn

Just days after Raynor Winn learns that Moth, her husband of thirty-two years, is terminally ill, their house and farm are taken away, along with their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, through Devon and Cornwall. Carrying only the essentials for survival on their backs, they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea, and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter, and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable and life-affirming journey.

A gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
Amor Towles

This book immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov, who, in 1922, is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count's endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

All the lives we ever lived, by Katharine Smyth
Katharine Smyth

An intimate work of memoir and literary criticism describes how the author found literary solace and insights in Virginia Woolf's To the lighthouse while mourning the death of her beloved father.

Amelia Westlake was Never Here, by Erin Gough
Erin Gough

Harriet Price, a prefect at elite Rosemead Grammar school, risks her perfect life by joining forces with bad-girl Will Everheart in a hoax to expose the school's many problems.

Parkland: Birth of a Movement, by Dave Cullen
Dave Cullen

An account of the extraordinary teenage survivors of Parkland who became activists and pushed back against the NRA and Congressional leaders, inspiring millions of Americans to join their grassroots #neveragain movement.

Extinctions, by Josephine Wilson
Josephine Wilson

Professor Frederick Lothian, widower and retired engineer, has quarantined himself in a place he hates: a retirement village.  His children have cut ties with him and though he knows, logically, that a structural engineer can devise a bridge for any situation, somehow his own troubled family is always just out of his reach. When a series of unfortunate incidents brings him and his spirited next-door neighbor Jan together, Frederick gets a chance to build something new in the life he has left. 

Gender: your guide, by Lee Airton
Lee Airton

An authentic and accessible guide to understanding today's gender conversation. Gender is changing, and this change is gaining momentum. We all want to do and say the right things in relation to gender diversity – whether at a job interview, at parent/teacher night, and around the table at family dinners. Guided by the author you will learn how gender works in everyday life, how to use accurate terminology to refer to transgender, non-binary, and/or gender non-conforming individuals, and how to ask when you aren't sure what to do or say.

Who is Vera Kelly?, by Rosalie Knecht
Rosalie Knecht

New York City, 1962. Vera Kelly is struggling to make rent and blend into the underground gay scene in Greenwich Village. She's working night shifts at a radio station when her quick wits, sharp tongue, and technical skills get her noticed by a recruiter for the CIA. Next thing she's in Argentina, wiretapping a congressman and infiltrating a group of student activists in Buenos Aires. When a betrayal leaves her stranded in the wake of a coup, Vera learns the Cold War makes for strange and unexpected bedfellows, and she's forced to take extreme measures to save herself. 

The New Analog: Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World, by Damon Krukowski
Damon Krukowski

Examines what has been lost as culture moved from the analog to the digital, using the production and consumption of music as a basis for a wider understanding of this transition.

American Spy, by Lauren Wilkinson
Lauren Wilkinson

It's 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She's brilliant but she's also a young black woman working in an old boys' club, and her career has stalled out; she's overlooked for every high profile squad, and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork. So when she's given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining the revolutionary president of Burkina Faso, whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention, she says yes. This novel knits together a gripping spy thriller, a heartbreaking family drama, and a passionate romance. 

Eating the Sun: Small Musings on a Vast Universe, by Ella Frances Sanders
Ella Frances Sanders

An illustrated exploration of the principles, laws, and wonders that rule our universe, our solar system, our world, and our daily lives from the bestselling creator of Lost in Translation.

Moon of The Crusted Snow, by Waubgeshig Rice
Waubgeshig Rice

With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused and panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council tries to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow. The community leadership loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve.  Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavor to restore order while grappling with a grave decision.

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, by Alexander Chee
Alexander Chee

From the author of The Queen of the Night, an essay collection exploring how we form our identities in life, in politics, and in art.

Charlie Savage, by Roddy Doyle
Roddy Doyle

Compiled here for the first time is a whole year's worth of Roddy Doyle's hilarious Charlie Savage series for the Irish Independent newspaper. Giving a unique voice to the everyday, he draws a portrait of a man – funny, loyal, somewhat bewildered – trying to keep pace with the modern world (if his knees don't give out first).