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Raina Telgemeier

Eleven-year-old Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after a trip-and-fall mishap, she injures her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, corrective surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached.

Julia Kaye

Instead of a traditional written diary, Julia Kaye has always turned to art as a means of self-reflection. So when she began her gender transition in 2016, she decided to use her popular webcomic, Up and Out, to process her journey and help others with similar struggles realize they weren't alone.

A Study in Scarlet Women, by Sherry Thomas
Sherry Thomas

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She'll have help from friends, but in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society's expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.

Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann
David Grann

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals.

Dear Mrs. Bird: a novel, by A.J. Pearce
A.J.Pearce

Miss Emmeline Lake, living in London during the Blitz, applies to a job advertisement at the London Evening Chronicle. She is disappointed to find that the job is for a typist to the intimidating Henrietta Bird, the paper's advice columnist. Mrs. Bird has firm rules about which letters are suitable for publication. Unable to resist, Emmy starts to secretly answer some of the letters herself. A hilarious and heartwarming look at wartime London through the eyes of a young woman.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, by Caitlin Doughty
Caitlin Doughty

The blogger behind the popular Web series Ask a Mortician describes her experiences working at a crematory. In spite of the morbid subject, there’s much to enjoy in this thoughtful, unflinching and highly entertaining memoir.

Jade City, by Fonda Lee
Fonda Lee

Stylish and action-packed, full of ambitious families and guilt-ridden loves, Jade City is an epic drama reminiscent of the best classic Hong Kong gangster films but set in a fantasy metropolis so gritty and well-imagined that you'll forget you're reading a book.

Rage becomes her: the power of women's anger, by Soraya Chemaly
Soraya Chemaly

This is a new, conversation-shifting book that encourages women to own their anger and use it as a tool for positive change, written by one of today's most influential feminist thinkers.

The Original Face, by Guillaume Morisette
Guillaume Morisette

A novel about the gig economy featuring an under-employed internet artist, modern love and a culture obsessed with the instantaneous satisfaction of selfies and self-identity.

What to Read and Why, by Francine Prose
Francine Prose

In an age defined by hyper-connectivity and constant stimulation, Francine Prose makes a compelling case for the solitary act of reading and the great enjoyment it brings. Prose considers why the works of literary masters such as Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Jane Austen have endured, and shares intriguing insights about modern authors whose words stimulate our minds and enlarge our lives. Written with her sharp critical analysis, wit, and enthusiasm, this book is a celebration of literature that will give readers a new appreciation for the power and beauty of the written word.

Kyoko Okazaki

In this graphic novel, Yumiko moonlights as a call girl because her day job doesn't pay enough to feed her pet, Croc. Haru, an aspiring writer who has nothing to say, sleeps with a woman his mother's age not just for the money but to work on his 'powers of observation'. So when Yumi's step-mom turns out to be Haru's sugar-mommy, it is time for shenanigans. A little bit of drinking, a little bit of blackmail and a visit with Croc is enough to change lives and maybe add some color to a comfortable but bland life.

Doing harm, by Maya Dusenbery
Maya Dusenbery

In this shocking, hard-hitting expose in the tradition of Naomi Klein and Barbara Ehrenreich, the editorial director of Feministing.com, reveals how gender bias infects every level of medicine and healthcare today – leading to inadequate, inappropriate, and even dangerous treatment that threatens women's lives and well-being.

Experimental Film, by Gemma Files
Gemma Files

In this contemporary ghost story, former Canadian film history teacher, Lois Cairns – jobless and depressed in the wake of her son's autism diagnosis – accidentally discovers the existence of lost filmmaker Macalla Whitcomb. By deciding to investigate how Mrs. Whitcomb's obsessions might have led to her mysterious disappearance, Lois unwittingly invites the forces which literally haunt Mrs. Whitcomb's films into her life, eventually putting her son, her husband and herself in danger.

Living with Leonardo, by Martin Kemp
Martin Kemp

Approaching the 500th anniversary of Leonardo's death, the world-renowned da Vinci expert recounts his fifty year journey with the work of the world's most famous artist. We learn of his encounters with the vast population that surrounds Leonardo: great and lesser academics, collectors and curators, and devious dealers and unctuous auctioneers. Kemp leads us through his thinking on the Last Supper and the Mona Lisa, retells his part in the identification of the stolen Buccleuch Madonna and explains his involvement with and his theories on, the two recent, major Leonardo discoveries.

Conclave, by Robert Harris
Robert Harris

The pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on Earth.

Her majesty's spymaster, by Stephen Budiansky
Stephen Budiansky

A dramatic narrative of the career of Queen Elizabeth I's intelligence operative documents how he helped the monarch to outmaneuver Catholic Spain and France by pioneering techniques that served to expose double agents, spread disinformation, and decipher codes. 

All the Little Children, by Jo Furniss
Jo Furniss

Struggling with working-mother guilt, Marlene Greene hopes a camping trip in the forest will provide quality time with her three young children – until they see fires in the distance. Overnight, all communication with the outside world is lost. Knowing something terrible has happened, Marlene suspects that the isolation of the remote campsite is all that's protecting her family. But the arrival of a lost boy reveals they are not alone in the woods, and as the unfolding disaster ravages the land, more youngsters seek refuge under her wing. 

Haunted Nights: A Horror Writer's Anthology/ by Ellen Datlow (ed)
Ellen Datlow (editor)

Sixteen never-before-published chilling tales that explore every aspect of our darkest holiday, Halloween.

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.