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Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

The story of Alice, a young American editor, and her relationship with the famous and much older writer Ezra Blazer contrasts with Amar, an Iraqi-American man who, on his way to visit his brother in Kurdistan, is detained by immigration officers. These two seemingly disparate stories gain resonance as their perspectives interact and overlap. Recommended by Rachel.


Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West

There are few times where I say, this book is wonderfully amazing and should be required reading for everyone, but this is one of those few times. This smart, deeply insightful, so, so personal and extremely well-narrated (by the author if you listen to audio, simply fabulous) book illuminates the raw feelings of another person, leaving you to examine your own preconceived notions concerning the bodies of those around you. It's also the perfect time to jump on the bandwagon with the advent of the television show starring Aidy Bryant in March of 2019 on Hulu. Recommended by Jill.


The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

In an often exuberant, sometimes heartbreaking journey, Boyne takes the reader through Ireland's history from 1945 to the present all through the eyes of adoptee Cyril Avery. A simply wonderful read. Recommended by Nancy.


Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang: Fifty Makers, Shakers and Heartbreakers from the Victoria Era by Kirsty Stonell Walker

With illustrations by Kingsley Nebechi this slim volume will excite the reader who likes their history in limited doses with lots of illustrations. Here you will find a host of women you have never heard of who, nonetheless, made history. Sit down for a few minutes or an hour, plenty to engage you. Love this illustrator! Recommended by Betty.


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Read this New-York-Times-bestselling YA fantasy before the movie appears. Magic once ran in the bloodlines of the people of Orïsha. Diviners, children born with white hair, were destined to become magic-weilding maji in their teenage years, until King Saran eradicated the bloodline through the slaughter of all adult maji. Those remaining suffered under restrictive laws. Now seventeen, diviner Zélie remembers the night her mother was killed and dreams of revenge and revolution. But without magic her people are powerless. Then she meets runaway princess Amari, who fled King Saran with an ancient relic that can restore magic. As they embark on a dangerous quest to unlock the relic’s potential, Amari’s conflicted brother Prince Inan pursues them with his father’s soldiers. Recommended by Krista.


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