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Company Town, by Madeline Ashby
Madeline Ashby

A bodyguard, self-defense expert, and fighter living aboard a city-sized oil rig off the Canadian Maritimes is hired to train and protect the youngest child of a rich and powerful family from death threats coming from another timeline.

McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld, by Misha Glenny
Misha Glenny

In this powerful and groundbreaking work, Misha Glenny takes us on a journey through the new world of international organized crime. Tracing the history of the shadow economy over the last twenty years, he exposes the nexus of crime, politics, and money that has come to shape and inform the post-Cold War era. From gun runners in the Ukraine to money launderers in Dubai, cyber criminals in Brazil, racketeers in Japan, and the booming marijuana industry in western Canada, McMafia builds a breathtaking picture of a secret and bloody business that now accounts for 20 percent of the world's GDP.

Modern Gods, by Nick Laird
Nick Laird

Alison Donnelly is stuck in the small Northern Irish town where she was born, while her sister Liz, a fiercely independent college professor who lives in New York City, is about to return to Ulster for Alison's second wedding before heading to an island off the coast of Papua New Guinea to make a TV show about the world’s newest religion. As Modern Gods ingeniously interweaves the stories of the sisters, it becomes clear that both must learn how to negotiate with the past, with the sins of fanaticism, and decide just what the living owe to the dead.

Inner life of animals, by Peter Wohlleben
Peter Wohlleben

Through vivid stories of devoted pigs, two-timing magpies, and scheming roosters, this book weaves a wealth of personal experience observing nature in forests and fields with the latest scientific research into how animals interact with the world. Horses feel shame, deer grieve, and goats discipline their kids. Ravens call their friends by name, rats regret bad choices, and butterflies choose the very best places for their children to grow up. Wohlleben follows the hugely successful The Hidden Life of Trees with insightful stories into the emotions, thoughts, and intelligence of animals around us.

The ruined house, by Ruby Namdar.
Ruby Namdar

Andrew P. Cohen, a successful NYU professor of comparative culture, is suddenly plagued with strange and inexplicable visions of an ancient religious ritual. As his superficially perfect world begins to unravel, he is forced to question his beliefs. Interspersed throughout the novel are pages from an ancient (pseudo) Talmudic text, harking back to the golden age of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Hidden in this frenzied, semi-opaque other narrative lies the mysterious key to understanding the drama of Andrew's life.

How to be a Muslim : an American story, by Haroon Moghul
Haroon Moghul

Haroon Moghul was thrust into the spotlight after 9/11, becoming an undergraduate leader at New York University's Islamic Center forced into appearances everywhere: on TV, before interfaith audiences, in print. His book reveals a young man coping with the crushing pressure of a world that fears Muslims, struggling with his faith and searching for intellectual forebears, and suffering the onset of bipolar disorder. This is the story of the second-generation immigrant, of what it's like to lose yourself between cultures and how to pick up the pieces.

A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers
Becky Chambers

When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, it offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past. But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for – the crew are offered the job of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet. But Rosemary isn't the only person on board with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.

Dear Data, by Giorgia Lupi
Giorgia Lupi

In their year-long visual correspondence project, Giorgia Lupi, an Italian woman living in New York, and Stefanie Posavec, an American woman living in London, capture the inherent poetry of that subjective selectivity. Each week, they jointly selected one aspect of daily life and depicted their respective experience of it in a hand-drawn visualization on the back of a postcard, then mailed it to the other.
Equal parts mail art, data visualization, and affectionate correspondence, Dear Data celebrates the infinitesimal, incomplete, imperfect, yet exquisitely human details of life.

Darktown, by Thomas Mullen
Thomas Mullen

The award-winning author of The Last Town on Earth delivers a riveting and elegant police procedural set in 1948 Atlanta, exploring a murder, corrupt police, and strained race relations that feels ripped from today's headlines. Among shady moonshiners, duplicitous madams, crooked lawmen, and the constant restrictions of Jim Crow, police officers will risk their new jobs, and their lives, while navigating a dangerous world – a world on the cusp of great change. Set in the postwar and pre-civil rights South that explores the timely issues of race, law enforcement, and the uneven scales of justice.

White Trash, by Nancy Isenberg
Nancy Isenberg

The wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics – a widely popular movement embraced by Theodore Roosevelt that targeted poor whites for sterilization. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and LBJ's Great Society and they now haunt us in reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty. Marginalized as a class, white trash have always been at or near the center of major political debates over the character of the American identity.

Pashmina, by Nidhi Chanani
Nidhi Chanani

Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But her mom avoids these questions and the topic of India is permanently closed. For Pri, her mother's homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film.

The Science of Mind, by Ernest Holmes
Ernest Holmes

The founder of the United Church of Religious Science, an international religious movement, presents his basic spiritual tenets, showing readers how to get in touch with nature's forces and God's healing power.

 Solo, by Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander

Seventeen-year-old Blade endeavors to resolve painful issues from his past and navigate the challenges of his former rockstar father's addictions, scathing tabloid rumors, and a protected secret that threatens his own identity.

Night Sky with Exit Wounds, by Ocean Vuong
Ocean Vuong

A haunting collection of poems that draws from personal traumas to offer observations on such themes as violence, poverty, depression, and queer sexuality. The poetry is simultaneously dreamlike and visceral, vulnerable and redemptive, and risks the painful rewards of emotional honesty.

Ragged Company, by Richard Wagamese
Richard Wagamese

Four chronically homeless people seek refuge in a warm movie theatre. This temporary refuge transfixes them. They fall in love with this new world, and continue their trips to the cinema. On one of these outings they meet Granite, a jaded and lonely journalist  and an unlikely friendship is struck. A found cigarette package with a lottery ticket changes the fortune of this struggling set – they have won $13.5 million – but none of them can claim the money for lack of proper identification. Enlisting the help of Granite, their lives and fortunes become forever changed.

The 57 Bus, by Dashka Slater
Dashka Slater

Documents the true story of two Oakland high school students, a white girl from a privileged private school and a black youth from a school overshadowed by crime, whose fateful interaction triggered devastating consequences for both, garnering national attention and raising awareness about hate.

The Woman Who Wouldn't Die / Colin Cotterill
Colin Cotterill

When a murdered woman suddenly reappears in her Lao village home with clairvoyant powers and is enlisted by a ghost to help find his remains at the bottom of a river, national coroner Siri Paiboun oversees the excavation.

The Almost Nearly Perfect People, by Michael Booth
Michael Booth

Who are the almost nearly perfect people? And why? In this thought-provoking, often humorous book, Michael Booth embarks on a journey through all five Nordic countries: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland, to discover who these people are, the secrets of their success, and what they think of each other.

Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler
Octavia Butler

In 2025 California, an eighteen-year-old African American woman, suffering from a hereditary trait that causes her to feel others' pain as well as her own, flees northward from her small community and its desperate savages. This is a dystopian tale of survival and a poignant account of growing up sane in a disintegrating world not too far in the future.

Bull, by David Elliott
David Elliott

A funny retelling of the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Readers hear from the classic characters of Poseidon, Minos, Daedalus, Pasiphae, Asterion, and Ariadne. After an argument, Poseidon curses Minos's wife, Pasiphae, with a foul trick that ends with a child different from the rest. Clever and dark comedy for teens and adults.

Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki, by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Kevin Crossley-Holland

A collection of tales of Norse mythology featuring the powerful Odin, Thor and his hammer, Mjolnir, Loki, the final battle of Ragnarok, and power stuggles among the figures.

The snow child, by Eowyn Ivey
Eowyn Ivey

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart and In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone – but they glimpse a young girl running through the trees. As they struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about her will transform them all.

Ripples in Spacetime, by Govert Schilling
Govert Schilling

Einstein predicted tiny ripples in the fabric of spacetime nearly a hundred years ago, but they were never perceived directly until now. Decades in the making, this momentous discovery has given scientists a new understanding of the cataclysmic events that shape the universe and a new confirmation of Einstein's theory of general relativity. This book is an engaging account of the international effort to complete Einstein's project, capture his elusive ripples, and launch an era of gravitational-wave astronomy that promises to explain, more vividly than ever before, our universe's structure and origin.

The Room, by Jonas Karlsson
Jonas Karlsson

Bjorn is a compulsive, meticulous bureaucrat who discovers a secret room at the government office where he works – a secret room that no one else in his office will acknowledge. When Bjorn is in his room, what his co-workers see is him standing by the wall and staring off into space looking dazed, relaxed, and decidedly creepy. Bjorn's bizarre behavior eventually leads his co-workers to try and have him fired, but Bjorn will turn the tables on them with help from his secret room.

#NotYourPrincess, by Lisa Charleyboy
Lisa Charleyboy

Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming in Indian, this book presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being an Indigenous woman. Sometimes angry, often reflective, but always strong, the women in this book will give teen readers insight into the lives of women who, for so long, have been virtually invisible.