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Rise and fall of the dinosaurs, by Stephen Brusatte
Stephen Brusatte

A narrative scientific history of the dinosaur eras examines their origins, habitats, extinction, and living legacy, chronicling their evolution from small shadow dwellers through the emergence of prehistoric ancestors that became more than ten thousand modern bird species.

Pride and prometheus, by John Kessel
John Kessel

Pride and Prometheus fuses the gothic horror of Mary Shelley with the Regency romance of Jane Austen in an exciting novel that combines two age-old stories in a fresh and startling way.

 Akata Witch, by Nnedi Okorafor
Nnedi Okorafor

Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer.

Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms, by Richard A Fortey
Richard A. Fortey

From one of the world's leading natural scientists comes a fascinating chronicle of life's history told not through the fossil record but through the stories of organisms that have survived, almost unchanged, throughout time. Evolution, it seems, has not completely obliterated its tracks as more advanced organisms have evolved; the history of life on earth is far older – and odder – than many of us realize.

Kindred, by Octavia E. Butler
Octavia Butler

More than 35 years after its release, Kindred continues to draw in new readers with its deep exploration of the violence and loss of humanity caused by slavery in the United States, and its complex and lasting impact on the present day. This graphic novel powerfully renders Butler's mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century.

The Evolution of Beauty, by Richard O. Prum
Richard O. Prum

A major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, revealing how mating preferences – what Darwin termed "the taste for the beautiful" – create the extraordinary range of ornament in the animal world. In the great halls of science, dogma holds that Darwin's theory of natural selection explains every branch on the tree of life: which species thrive, which wither away to extinction, and what features each evolves. But can adaptation by natural selection really account for everything we see in nature?

Sycamore, by Bryn Chancellor
Bryn Chancellor

Out for a hike one scorching afternoon in Sycamore, Arizona, a woman stumbles across what appear to be human remains. As news of the discovery makes its way around town, longtime residents fear the bones may belong to a teenage girl who disappeared suddenly some eighteen years earlier. In the days it takes the authorities to make an identification, the residents rekindle stories, rumours, and recollections both painful and poignant as they revisit the girl's troubled history.

An Odyssey, by Daniel Mendelsohn
Daniel Mendelsohn

When eighty-one-year-old Jay Mendelsohn decides to enroll in the undergraduate Odyssey seminar his son teaches, the two find themselves on an adventure as profoundly emotional as it is intellectual. For Jay, a retired research scientist who sees the world through a mathematician's unforgiving eyes, this return to the classroom is his "one last chance" to learn the great literature he'd neglected in his youth – and, even more, a final opportunity to more fully understand his son, a writer and classicist. Rich with literary and emotional insight, An Odyssey is a renowned author-scholar's most triumphant entwining yet of personal narrative and literary exploration.

The book of dust, by Philip Pullman
Philip Pullman

When Malcolm finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust, he finds himself embroiled in a tale of intrigue featuring enforcement agents from the Magisterium, a woman with an evil monkey daemon, and a baby named Lyra.

And then you're dead, by Cody Cassidy
Cody Cassidy

A gleefully gruesome look at the actual science behind the most outlandish, cartoonish, and impossible deaths you can imagine. Paul Doherty, senior staff scientist at San Francisco's famed Exploratorium Museum, and writer Cody Cassidy explore the real science behind many fantastical scenarios, offering insights into physics, astronomy, anatomy, and more along the way. Is slipping on a banana peel really as hazardous to your health as the cartoons imply? Answer: Yes.

Freshwater, by Akwaeke Emezi
Akwaeke Emezi

Freshwater centres around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born "with one foot on the other side." Ada begins her life as a troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family.  When she comes of age and moves to America for college, the group of selves within her grows in power and agency.  As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves move into control, her life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction. Freshwater explores the metaphysics of identity and mental health, plunging the reader into the mystery of being and self.

Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race, by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Reni Eddo-Lodge

In 2014, the author wrote on her blog about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren't affected by it. Her words hit a nerve. The post went viral and comments flooded in from others desperate to speak up about their own experiences. Galvanised, she decided to dig into the source of these feelings. Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge has written a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary examination of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.

Real Friends, by Shannon Hale
Shannon Hale

Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends – and why it's worth the journey. When her best friend Adrienne starts hanging out with the most popular girl in class, Shannon questions whether she and Adrienne will stay friends, and if she is part of the clique.

The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui
Thi Bui

Thi Bui describes her experiences as a young Vietnamese immigrant, highlighting her family's move from their war-torn home to the United States in graphic novel format.

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.