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The Water Dancer: A Novel
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Language

English

Pages

401

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<b><b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?OPRAH鈥橲 BOOK CLUB PICK 鈥⒙?lt;/b>From the National Book Award鈥搘inning author of <i>Between the World and Me, </i>a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.<br /><br />鈥淭his potent book about America鈥檚 most disgraceful sin establishes [Ta-Nehisi Coates] as a first-rate novelist.鈥濃€?lt;i>San Francisco Chronicle</i><br /><br />NOMINATED FOR THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD 鈥?NAMED ONE OF <i>PASTE</i>鈥橲 BEST NOVELS OF THE DECADE 鈥?NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>Time </i>鈥?NPR 鈥⒙?lt;i>The Washington Post</i> 鈥?<i>Chicago Tribune</i> 鈥?<i>Vanity Fair</i> 鈥⒙?lt;i>Esquire </i>鈥?<i>Good Housekeeping </i>鈥?<i>Paste聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Town & Country聽</i>鈥?The New York Public Library 鈥⒙?lt;i>Kirkus Reviews </i>鈥?<i>Library Journal</i><br /><br />鈥淣early every paragraph is laced through with dense, gorgeously evocative descriptions of a vanished world and steeped in its own vivid vocabulary.鈥濃€?lt;i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /> <br />Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her鈥攂ut was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he鈥檚 ever known.<br /><br /> So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia鈥檚 proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as he鈥檚 enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram鈥檚 resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.<br /><br /> This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children鈥攖he violent and capricious separation of families鈥攁nd the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today鈥檚 most exciting thinkers and writers, <i>The Water Dancer </i>is<i> </i>a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen.<br /><br /><b>Praise for聽<i>The Water Dancer</i></b><br /><br />鈥淭a-Nehisi Coates is the most important essayist in a generation and a writer who changed the national political conversation about race with his 2015 memoir,聽<i>Between the World and Me</i>. So naturally his debut novel comes with slightly unrealistic expectations鈥攁nd then proceeds to exceed them.聽<i>The Water Dancer</i>聽. . . is a work of both staggering imagination and rich historical significance. . . . What鈥檚 most powerful is the way Coates enlists his notions of the fantastic, as well as his fluid prose, to probe a wound that never seems to heal. . . . Timeless聽and聽instantly canon-worthy.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Rolling Stone</i></b>
The Nickel Boys: A Novel
by Colson Whitehead

Language

English

Pages

210

Publication Date

July 16, 2019

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<b><b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</b><br /><br /><b>NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST</b><br /><br /><b>ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S 10 BEST FICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE</b><br /><br /><b>WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE</b><br /><br /><b>LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD </b><br /><br /><b>In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 </b><b><i>New York Times </i></b><b>bestseller </b><b><i>The Underground Railroad</i></b><b>, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.</b></b><br /><br />As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."<br />In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. <br />The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy.<br />Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, <i>The Nickel Boys</i> is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.
Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner)
by Bernardine Evaristo

Language

English

Pages

464

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<b>NATIONAL BESTSELLER<br />WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE</b><p></p><p><b>鈥淎 must-read about modern Britain and womanhood . . . An impressive, fierce novel about the lives of black British families, their struggles, pains, laughter, longings and loves . . . Her style is passionate, razor-sharp, brimming with energy and humor. There is never a single moment of dullness in this book and the pace does not allow you to turn away from its momentum.鈥濃€擝ooker Prize Judges</b></p><p>Bernardine Evaristo is the winner of the 2019 Booker Prize and the first black woman to receive this highest literary honor in the English language. <i>Girl, Woman, Other</i> is a magnificent portrayal of the intersections of identity and a moving and hopeful story of an interconnected group of Black British women that paints a vivid portrait of the state of contemporary Britain and looks back to the legacy of Britain鈥檚 colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean.</p><p>The twelve central characters of this multi-voiced novel lead vastly different lives: Amma is a newly acclaimed playwright whose work often explores her Black lesbian identity; her old friend Shirley is a teacher, jaded after decades of work in London鈥檚 funding-deprived schools; Carole, one of Shirley鈥檚 former students, is a successful investment banker; Carole鈥檚 mother Bummi works as a cleaner and worries about her daughter鈥檚 lack of rootedness despite her obvious achievements. From a nonbinary social media influencer to a 93-year-old woman living on a farm in Northern England, these unforgettable characters also intersect in shared aspects of their identities, from age to race to sexuality to class.</p><p>Sparklingly witty and filled with emotion, centering voices we often see othered, and written in an innovative fast-moving form that borrows technique from poetry, <i>Girl, Woman, Other</i> is a polyphonic and richly textured social novel that shows a side of Britain we rarely see, one that reminds us of all that connects us to our neighbors, even in times when we are encouraged to be split apart.</p>
The Rage of Dragons (The Burning Book 1)
by Evan Winter

Language

English

Pages

545

Publication Date

February 12, 2019

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<b><i>Game of Thrones</i> meets <i>Gladiator</i> in this blockbuster debut epic fantasy about a world caught in an eternal war, and the young man who will become his people's only hope for survival.</b><b><br /></b><b>Winner of the Reddit/Fantasy Award for Best Debut Fantasy Novel</b><b><br /></b>The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable war for almost two hundred years. The lucky ones are born gifted. One in every two thousand women has the power to call down dragons. One in every hundred men is able to magically transform himself into a bigger, stronger, faster killing machine.<br />Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in the endless war.<br />Young, gift-less Tau knows all this, but he has a plan of escape. He's going to get himself injured, get out early, and settle down to marriage, children, and land. Only, he doesn't get the chance. <br />Those closest to him are brutally murdered, and his grief swiftly turns to anger. Fixated on revenge, Tau dedicates himself to an unthinkable path. He'll become the greatest swordsman to ever live, a man willing to die a hundred thousand times for the chance to kill the three who betrayed him.<br /><i>The Rage of Dragons</i> launches a stunning and powerful debut epic fantasy series that readers are already calling "the best fantasy book in years."<br /><b>The Burning</b><i>The Rage of Dragons</i>
Hi Five (An IQ Novel Book 4)
by Joe Ide

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

January 28, 2020

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<b>One woman. Five personalities. Private investigator IQ is back to piece together a Newport Beach murder with an eyewitness who gives "people person" a whole new meaning.</b> <br /> Christiana is the daughter of the biggest arms dealer on the West Coast, Angus Byrne. She's also the sole witness and number one suspect in the murder of her boyfriend, found dead in her Newport Beach boutique. Isaiah Quintabe is coerced into taking the case to prove her innocence. If he can't, Angus will harm the brilliant PI's new girlfriend, ending her career. <br /> The catch: Christiana has multiple personalities. Among them, a na茂ve, beautiful shopkeeper, an obnoxious drummer in a rock band, and a wanton seductress. <br /> Isaiah's dilemma: no one personality saw the entire incident. To find out what really happened the night of the murder, Isaiah must piece together clues from each of the personalities . . . before the cops close in on him.
The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth Book 1)
by N. K. Jemisin

Language

English

Pages

512

Publication Date

August 04, 2015

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<b>At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this "intricate and extraordinary" Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution. <i>(The New York Times)</i></b><br />This is the way the world ends...for the last time.<br />It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. <br /><br /> This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy. <br /> <br /><b>Read the first book in the critically acclaimed, three-time Hugo award-winning trilogy by <i>NYT </i>bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.</b><br /><br /> For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:<br /><br /> <b>The Inheritance Trilogy </b><br /> <i>The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms</i><br /> <i>The Broken Kingdoms</i><br /> <i>The Kingdom of Gods</i><br /><br /> <i>The Inheritance Trilogy </i>(omnibus edition) <br /> <i>Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych</i> (e-only short fiction) <br /> <i>The Awakened Kingdom </i>(e-only novella) <br /><br /> <b>Dreamblood Duology</b><br /> <i>The Killing Moon</i><br /> <i>The Shadowed Sun</i><br /> <i><br /></i><b>The Broken Earth</b><i>The Fifth Season</i><i>The Obelisk Gate</i>
Red at the Bone: A Novel
by Jacqueline Woodson

Language

English

Pages

207

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<b><b>AN INSTANT<i> NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER<br /><br /><b>One of <i>OPRAH MAGAZINE鈥橲</i>聽"BEST BOOKS OF 2019"<br /><br /><b>A聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES聽</i>NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR</b></b><br /><br />"An exquisite tale of family legacy鈥?The power and poetry of Woodson鈥檚 writing conjures up Toni Morrison." 鈥?<i>People</i></b><br /> <b><i>聽</i></b><br /> <b>"In less than 200 sparsely filled pages, this book manages to encompass issues of class, education, ambition, racial prejudice, sexual desire and orientation, identity, mother-daughter relationships, parenthood and loss鈥?With聽<i>Red at the Bone,</i>聽Jacqueline Woodson has indeed risen 鈥?even further into the ranks of great literature." 鈥?NPR</b><br /> <b>聽</b><br /><b>"This poignant tale of choices and their aftermath, history and legacy, will resonate with mothers and daughters." 鈥揟ayari Jones, bestselling author of聽<i>An American Marriage</i>, in O Magazine</b><br /><br />An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes, and exposes the private hopes, disappointments, and longings that can bind or divide us from each other, from the聽<i>New York Times</i>-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of聽<i>Another Brooklyn</i>聽and聽<i>Brown Girl Dreaming</i>.聽</b><br /> <b>聽</b><br /> Moving forward and backward in time, Jacqueline Woodson's taut and powerful new novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of the new child.<br /><br /> As the book opens in 2001, it is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody's coming of age ceremony in her grandparents' Brooklyn brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the music of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress. But the event is not without poignancy. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured and sewn for a different wearer: Melody's mother, for her own ceremony-- a celebration that ultimately never took place.<br /><br /> Unfurling the history of Melody's parents and grandparents to show how they all arrived at this moment, Woodson considers not just their ambitions and successes but also the costs, the tolls they've paid for striving to overcome expectations and escape the pull of history. As it explores sexual desire and identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class and status, and the life-altering facts of parenthood,聽<i>Red at the Bone</i>聽most strikingly looks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives--even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.
The Invention of Wings: A Novel (Original Publisher's Edition-No ...
by Sue Monk Kidd

Language

English

Pages

450

Publication Date

January 07, 2014

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<p><b>From the celebrated author of<i>聽The Secret Life of Bees</i> and the forthcoming novel <i>The Book of Longings</i>聽about two unforgettable American women.</b><br /><br />Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.</p><p>Hetty 鈥淗andful鈥?Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke鈥檚 daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.</p><p>Kidd鈥檚 sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah鈥檚 eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other鈥檚 destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.</p><p>As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women鈥檚 rights movements.</p><p>Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful鈥檚 cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.</p><p>This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.</p>
American Spy: A Novel
by Lauren Wilkinson

Language

English

Pages

292

Publication Date

February 12, 2019

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<b><b><b>鈥?lt;i>American Spy</i>聽updates the espionage thriller with blazing originality.鈥濃€?lt;i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /><b>鈥淭here has never been anything like it.鈥濃€擬arlon James,聽<i>GQ</i></b><br /><b>鈥淪o much fun . . . Like the best of John le Carr茅, it鈥檚 extremely tough to put down.鈥濃€擭PR</b><br /><br /></b>NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>CHICAGO TRIBUNE聽</i>AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The New York Times Book Review </i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Time </i>鈥?NPR 鈥?<i>Entertainment Weekly</i> 鈥⒙?lt;i>Esquire </i>鈥?<i>BuzzFeed</i> 鈥⒙?lt;i>Vulture聽</i>鈥?<i>Real Simple</i> 鈥⒙?lt;i>Good Housekeeping </i>鈥?The New York Public Library<br /><br />What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love?聽</b><br /><br /> It鈥檚 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She鈥檚 brilliant, but she鈥檚 also a young black woman working in an old boys鈥?club. Her career has stalled out, she鈥檚 overlooked for every high-profile squad, and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork. So when she鈥檚 given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the charismatic revolutionary president of Burkina Faso whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention, she says yes. Yes, even though she secretly admires the work Sankara is doing for his country. Yes, even though she is still grieving the mysterious death of her sister, whose example led Marie to this career path in the first place. Yes, even though a furious part of her suspects she鈥檚 being offered the job because of her appearance and not her talent.<br /><br /> In the year that follows, Marie will observe Sankara, seduce him, and ultimately have a hand in the coup that will bring him down. But doing so will change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and a good American.<br /><br /> Inspired by true events鈥擳homas Sankara is known as 鈥淎frica鈥檚 Che Guevara鈥濃€?lt;i>American Spy</i> knits together a gripping spy thriller, a heartbreaking family drama, and a passionate romance. This is a face of the Cold War you鈥檝e never seen before, and it introduces a powerful new literary voice.<br /><b><br /><b>NOMINATED FOR THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD 鈥⒙?lt;/b>Shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize</b><br /><br />鈥淪py fiction plus allegory, and a splash of pan-Africanism. What could go wrong? As it happens, very little.聽Clever, bracing, darkly funny, and really, really good.鈥?lt;b>鈥擳a-Nehisi Coates</b><br /><br />鈥淚nspired by real events, this espionage thriller ticks all the right boxes, delivering a sexually charged interrogation of both politics and race.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Esquire</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淓choing the stoic cynicism of Hurston and Ellison, and the verve of Conan Doyle, <i>American Spy </i>lays our complicities鈥攑olitical, racial, and sexual鈥攂are. Packed with unforgettable characters, it鈥檚 a stunning book, timely as it is timeless.鈥?lt;b>鈥擯aul Beatty, Man Booker Prizewinning author of聽<i>The Sellout</i></b>
Have You Seen Luis Velez?
by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Language

English

Pages

315

Publication Date

May 21, 2019

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<p><b>An Amazon Charts and <i>Wall Street Journal</i> bestseller.</b></p><p><b><i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde brings heartwarming authenticity to the story of two strangers who find that kindness is a powerful antidote to fear.</b></p> <p>Raymond Jaffe feels like he doesn鈥檛 belong. Not with his mother鈥檚 new family. Not as a weekend guest with his father and his father鈥檚 wife. Not at school, where he鈥檚 an outcast. After his best friend moves away, Raymond has only two real connections: to the feral cat he鈥檚 tamed and to a blind ninety-two-year-old woman in his building who鈥檚 introduced herself with a curious question: <i>Have you seen Luis Velez?</i></p><p>Mildred Gutermann, a German Jew who narrowly escaped the Holocaust, has been alone since her caretaker disappeared. She turns to Raymond for help, and as he tries to track Luis down, a deep and unexpected friendship blossoms between the two.</p><p>Despondent at the loss of Luis, Mildred isolates herself further from a neighborhood devolving into bigotry and fear. Determined not to let her give up, Raymond helps her see that for every terrible act the world delivers, there is a mirror image of deep kindness, and Mildred helps Raymond see that there鈥檚 hope if you have someone to hold on to.</p>

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