• The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer

    The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer

    Monáe, Janelle

    Adult Fiction. “In this moving, triumphant collection, singer Monáe returns to the dystopian world of her Dirty Computer concept album and short film. These five sci-fi shorts, each written with a different coauthor, explore the consequences of a totalitarian regime that… monitors its citizens’ identities, thoughts, and relationships and scrubs clean the memories and personhoods of those who are labeled deviant. …Readers won’t need to be familiar with the album to marvel at the big ideas, riveting action, and hopeful message here.” – PW

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  • Riverman: An American Odyssey

    Riverman: An American Odyssey

    Mcgrath, Ben

    Adult Nonfiction. “For decades, Dick Conant lived a vagabond life holding a variety of jobs while traveling solo along major rivers and tributaries. McGrath wrote a piece about Conant for The New Yorker; then…he received a call from North Carolina officials because his phone number was found in the gear of a missing canoer. Conant's body never turned up, and he is presumed dead. Riverman honors a free-spirited American naturalist and modern-day explorer who shucked a conventional lifestyle for complete freedom, at significant personal cost. A masterpiece of narrative nonfiction.” – Booklist

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  • Sea of Tranquility

    Sea of Tranquility

    Mandel, Emily St. John

    Adult Fiction. “The author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel returns with a novel of art, time, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon five hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space. Hired to investigate the black-skied Night City, Detective Gaspery-Jacques Roberts discovers an anomaly in the North American Wilderness, where he encounters a strange group of individuals who have all glimpsed a chance to do something extraordinary that could disrupt the timeline of the universe.” – Publisher description

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  • Time Is A Mother

    Time Is A Mother

    Vuong, Ocean

    Adult Nonfiction. “’I was made to die but I'm here to stay,’ writes Vuong in his second collection. It's perhaps as fitting a theme as there is to be found in the collection, a work that seeks to tease beauty from violence, to find life in pain. Indeed, these intentional contradictions have proved lodestars in Vuong's work, but here he feels scraped rawer than ever, easily sliding between playfulness and acidity, his language both elliptical and meticulous. [W]ritten following the death of his eponymous parent in 2019-- Vuong's mother is as present as ever here, woven into poems that alternately reach back into memory and cast out toward the future.” – LJ.

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  • Young Mungo: A Novel

    Young Mungo: A Novel

    Stuart, Douglas

    Adult Fiction. “Mungo is a 15-year-old living in Glasgow, the youngest son of an alcoholic mother. Mungo would do anything ‘just to make other people feel better.’ He is a gentle soul living in an environment of toxic masculinity, sectarian violence, and drink, but… he has strong reserves of strength that he himself doesn't know he possesses. Love for another young man would be risky, but when Mungo, a Protestant, falls in love with James, a Catholic, the peril is immense. This is a searing, gorgeously written portrait of a young gay boy trying to be true to himself in a place and time that demands conformity to social and gender rules." – Booklist

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  • The Kaiju Preservation Society

    The Kaiju Preservation Society

    Scalzi, John

    Adult Fiction. “Without warning, just as the country is going into COVID-19 lockdown, Jamie Gray is fired from their job. Desperate for work, Jamie accepts an offer from someone they barely know to work for a company they’ve never heard of. It turns out to be the adventure of a lifetime. Scalzi’s latest is a wonderfully inventive take on the kaiju theme (the Japanese term for big, giant creatures: Godzilla, King Kong, Mothra). Jamie’s new employer, the Kaiju Preservation Society, has one mission: to keep Earth safe from these oversized critters, and to keep the kaiju safe from Earth.” – Booklist

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  • Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home

    Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home

    Kim, Eric

    Adult Nonfiction. “Eric Kim grew up in Atlanta, the son of two Korean immigrants. Food has always been central to his story, from Friday-night Korean barbecue with his family to hybridized Korean-ish meals for one– like Gochujang-Buttered Radish Toast and Caramelized-Kimchi Baked Potatoes– that he makes in his tiny New York City apartment. Playful, poignant, and vulnerable, Korean American also includes essays on subjects ranging from the life-changing act of leaving home and returning as an adult, to what Thanksgiving means to a first-generation family, complete with a full holiday menu.” PW,

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  • One Italian Summer: A Novel

    One Italian Summer: A Novel

    Serle, Rebecca

    Adult Fiction. “Katy is grieving for her mother, Carol, who has recently died of cancer. Unsure and adrift without her anchor, she questions her relationship with her husband and the normal world they live in. She and Carol were set to take a trip to Positano, Italy, so Katy decides to go there to find herself. There, she meets up with another Carol—a young woman, only thirty years old. Katy realizes immediately that she has met her own mother, and she must learn how to heal from her grief while also learning to understand her mother’s past decisions. The mouth-watering descriptions of Katy’s food and the lush Italian coast bring a strong, atmospheric sense of place.” – Booklist

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  • Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of A Coast Salish Punk

    Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of A Coast Salish Punk

    LaPointe, Sasha taqwšeblu

    Adult Nonfiction. “Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe has always longed for a sense of home. When she was a child, her family moved around frequently, often staying in barely habitable church attics and trailers, dangerous places for young Sasha. With little more to guide her than a passion for the thriving punk scene of the Pacific Northwest and a desire to live up to the responsibility of being the namesake of her beloved great-grandmother– a linguist who helped preserve her Indigenous language of Lushootseed– Sasha throws herself headlong into the world, determined to build a better future for herself and her people. Red Paint is an intersectional autobiography of lineage, resilience, and, above all, the ability to heal.” Publisher description

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  • Black Cake: A Novel

    Black Cake: A Novel

    Wilkerson, Charmaine

    Adult Fiction. “Estranged siblings Byron and Benny come together over their mother's death and their confusion regarding her final legacy: she's left them a traditional Caribbean black cake, made from a venerable family recipe, along with a voice recording sharing her story as a young swimmer who left her island home with suspicions of murder hanging over her head. But she doesn't tell her whole story, and Byron and Benny have more secrets to discover before they are done.”

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