Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

This is a young adult coming of age novel that follows to Mexican-American teenagers: Aristotle “Ari” Mendoza and Dante Quintana. Ari and Dante are unlikely best friends who each struggle with their racial and ethnic identities, their family relationships and their...

Miracle Country by Kendra Atleework

Atleework grew up in the dry desert lands of the Eastern Sierra Nevada in California. Swall Meadows is beautiful, but prone to extreme weather conditions, such as wildfires and blizzards. Atleework and her two siblings love the outdoors and peaceful nature of the...

The Troop by Nick Cutter

The fiction book focuses on the tales of Scoutmaster Tim Riggs and five boys in Troop 52 as they spend a weekend camping trip on Falstaff Island off the coast of Prince Edward Island, Canada. This is a trip the Scoutmaster has taken for years, but this trip is like no...

Crossings by Alex Landragin

This is a fascinating, genre-bending book that takes place over 150 years and seven lifetimes. It also is designed to be read in two different directions – from front to back, or by using the “Baroness sequence,” which is outlined in a note to the reader and with an...

Maus by Art Spiegelman

This is the true story of Spiegelman’s father, Vladek, and his experiences as a Polish Jew during World War II who survived the Holocaust. The black-and-white frames depict conversations Spiegelman has with his father as he tries to better understand him and their...

The Searcher by Tana French

Cal Hooper is a retired and divorced Chicago cop who moves to rural Ireland and buys a decrepit farmhouse to renovate. Trey Reddy is a thirteen-year-old from a local outcast family desperate to learn the fate of the nineteen-year-old brother who disappeared some...

The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

What would your life look like if you had made a different decision and taken a radically different path? Dawn, the heroine of The Book of Two Ways, was a PhD candidate in Egyptology in love with a fellow student when her mother became terminally ill with cancer back...

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

If you wondered, when reading The Handmaid’s Tale, how Gilead came to be, Atwood provides some answers in this novel from the point of view of Aunt Lydia, the most powerful Aunt of all. Atwood connects Lydia’s story with the stories of two other young women: a girl...

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

The Vanishing Half follows the lives of two twin girls, both light-skinned Black girls, who run away from home at the age of sixteen. Desiree marries a dark-skinned Black man and has a child, while Stella lives her life passing as white. The book tracks their lives...

The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

In Dublin in 1918, the war is still raging in Europe and the city is confronting the dangerous new flu pandemic. Nurse Julia Powell presides over a tiny maternity ward set aside for pregnant women who have contracted the flu. In this understaffed ward, new life and...
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