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Dragon hoops, by Gene Luen Yang
Gene Luen Yang

In this grapgic novel, Gene Luen Yang turns the spotlight on his life, his family, and the high school where he teaches especially the high school's basketball team, the Dragons.

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March: Book One, by John Lewis
John Lewis

The first book of John Lewis's autobiographical account of his lifelong battle for civil rights for all Americans.

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Followers, by Megan Angelo
Megan Angelo

A budding novelist stuck in a dead-end job meets a striving, wannabe A-lister who comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they dream about. This darkly funny story reminds us that even if we obsess over famous people we'll never meet, what we really crave is genuine human connection.

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One long river of song: notes on wonder, by Brian Doyle
Brian Doyle

When Brian Doyle passed away at the age of sixty after a bout with brain cancer, he left behind a cult-like following of devoted readers who regard his writing as one of the best-kept secrets of the twenty-first century. Doyle invites readers to experience joy and wonder in ordinary moments that become, under Doyle's rapturous and exuberant gaze, extraordinary.

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Know My Name : A Memoir, by Chanel Miller
Chanel Miller

After a sexual assault Chanel Miller reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words in this memoir of pain, resilience, and humor. Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life. 

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Bags (Or a Story Thereof), by Pat McHale & Gavin Fullerton
Pat McHale

In this surreal yet poignant graphic novel from the creator of Over the Garden Wall, an oddly drawn man ventures into his town and the surrounding woods to search for his lost dog, Beth. Over the course of his hero's journey, he encounters a whole host of untrustworthy strangers whose own plots are much more serious and sinister than his.

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The Scholar, by Dervla McTiernan
Dervla McTiernan

Set in Galway, Ireland this gripping and atmospheric follow-up to The Ruin, is expertly plotted, with a complex web of secrets that refuse to stay hidden.

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The Obsidian Murders, by Thomas King
Thomas King

Thumps DreadfulWater, the sly, wry, reluctant investigator of Cold Skies and A Matter of Malice, returns in another irresistible mystery that only Thomas King could create.

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The wagers, by Sean Michaels
Sean Michaels

A quiet, part-time comedian leaves his family grocery business to try his luck at what turns out to be two bizarre pursuits, in this wild and magical novel about what it means to not only chase luck, but find it. 

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To speak for the trees, by Diana Beresford-Kroeger
Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Canadian botanist, biochemist and visionary Diana Beresford-Kroeger's startling insights into the hidden life of trees have already sparked a quiet revolution in how we understand our relationship to forests. Now, in a captivating account of how her life led her to these illuminating and crucial ideas, she shows us how forests can not only heal us but save the planet. 

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Greenwood, by Michael Christie
Michael Christie

It is 2038. As the rest of humanity struggles through the environmental collapse known as the Great Withering, scientist Jake Greenwood is working as a tour guide on Greenwood Island, a remote oasis of thousand-year-old trees. From here, we gradually move backwards in time to the years before the First World War, encountering along the way the men and women in the family who came before Jake, and like the growth rings on a tree, each generation's connection to the forest.

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Good husbandry, by Kristin Kimball.
Kristin Kimball

From the celebrated author of the beloved bestseller The Dirty Life, Kristin Kimball describes the delicious highs and sometimes excruciating lows of life on Essex Farm – a 500-acre farm that produces a full diet for a community of 250 people. Good Husbandry is about animals and plants, farmers and food, friends and neighbors, love and marriage, births and deaths, and growth and abundance.

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Cassandra Darke, by Posy Simmonds
Posy Simmonds

In this graphic novel a dislikeable heroine is forced out of her rich enclave and onto the streets. Not those local London streets paved with gold and lit with festive glitter, but grimmer, darker places, where she must make the choice between self-sacrifice and running for her life.

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From the ashes, by Jesse Thistle
Jesse Thistle

 In this heartwarming and heartbreaking memoir, Jesse Thistle writes honestly and fearlessly about his painful experiences with abuse, uncovering the truth about his parents, and how he found his way back into the circle of his Indigenous culture and family through education. An eloquent exploration of what it means to live in a world surrounded by prejudice and racism and to be cast adrift.

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Imagine Me Gone, by Adam Haslett
Adam Haslett

When Margaret's fiancé, John, is hospitalized for depression, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him. What follows is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith. At the heart of it is their eldest son, Michael, a brilliant, anxious music fanatic, and the story of how his younger siblings struggle along with their mother to care for Michael's increasingly troubled existence.

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In the dream house: a memoir, by Carmen Maria Machado
Carmen Maria Machado

The author's account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.

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Cherry, by Nico Walker
Nico Walker

This breakneck-paced debut novel about love, war, bank robberies, and heroin marks the arrival of a raw, bleakly hilarious, and surprisingly poignant voice straight from the dark heart of America.

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The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, by Neil Martinez-Belkin
Neil Martinez-Belkin

Gucci Mane began writing his memoir in a maximum-security federal prison. Released in 2016, he emerged radically transformed. He was sober, smiling, focused, and positive – a far cry from the Gucci Mane of years past.  His name was made as a drug dealer first, rapper second. His mixtapes and street anthems helped pioneer the sound of trap music. He inspired and mentored a new generation of artists and producers. But Gucci Mane has changed, and he's decided to tell his story. He reflects on his career and in the process confronts his dark past – years behind bars, the murder charge, and drug addiction.

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 Antelope Woman, by Louise Erdrich
Louise Erdrich

This book ingeniously illuminates how history affects the contemporary descendants of  families who are the products of two cultures, Ojibwe and white, which sit in uneasy relationship to one another. This remarkable updated edition of award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich's 1998 novel now features fascinating new content, a new title, new cover art, and a new introductory note from the author.

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Every tool's a hammer, by Adam Savage
Adam Savage

Through stories from forty-plus years of making and molding, building and breaking, along with the lessons the author learned along the way, this book is meant to be a toolbox of problem solving, complete with a shop's worth of notes on the tools, techniques, and materials that he uses most often.  Savage hopes his book inspires you to build, make, invent, explore, and – most of all – enjoy the thrills of being a creator.

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Two for the Road, by Roddy Doyle
Roddy Doyle

Another round of two pints from the ever-brilliant, always hilarious imagination of Roddy Doyle. Two men meet for a pint – or three –  in a Dublin pub. They chew the fat, set the world to rights and mourn friends gone: David Bowie, Prince, Princess Leia and Young Frankenstein. Around them the world of Brexit, Trump, and referendums storm, but some things – good things – never change.

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A song for you, by Robyn Crawford
Robyn Crawford

Whitney Houston's best friend opens up in a new memoir with warmth, candor, and an impressive recall of detail, describing how the two met as teenagers in the 1980s. Deeply personal and heartfelt, this book is the vital, honest, and previously untold story that provides an understanding of the complex life of Whitney Houston. Finally, the person who knew her best sets the record straight.

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Good Talk: a memoir in conversations, by Mira Jacob
Mira Jacob

Like many six-year-olds, Mira's son has questions about everything. At first they are innocuous enough, but as tensions from the 2016 election spread from the media into his own family, they become much more complicated. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she's gotten her own answers. Written with humor and vulnerability, this deeply relatable graphic memoir is a love letter to the art of conversation – and to the hope that hovers in our most difficult questions.

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The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone By, by Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman

In Book 1 of this graphic novel series, police officer Rick Grimes is shot on the job and wakes up a month later to find that the world that he knows is gone. Zombies have taken over and are killing and eating those who are still alive. He sets out toward Atlanta in the hope that his family is still alive and endures many horrors along the way.

Caliban and the witch, by Silvia Federici
Silvia Federici

A history of the body in the transition to capitalism. Moving from the peasant revolts of the late Middle Ages to the witch-hunts and the rise of mechanical philosophy, Federici investigates the capitalist rationalization of social reproduction. She shows how the battle against the rebel body and the conflict between body and mind are essential conditions for the development of labor power and self-ownership, two central principles of modern social organization.