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I Am Every Good Thing By Derrick Barnes

With a beautiful spirit, the Black boys in this stunning picture book declare their truth: they are a myriad of good things. The Caldecott medal-winning team of Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James creates a perfect harmony of poetic words and lively illustrations that show the breadth of creativity, talent, curiosity, bravery, and hope in each child. A timely message of Black Lives Matter, these boys declare to readers: “I am worthy to be loved.” Can’t get any clearer than that. —Noreen

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By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525518778
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

Jabari Tries by Gaia Cornwall

Jabari’s back! After conquering the diving board, Jabari focuses on flight next. The art is fun and expressive as it chronicles each attempt through which he learns something new and builds on his knowledge. My favorite part, however, is Jabari’s supportive family as he struggles: a great reminder that success comes with mishaps and the loving belief of those around us. This is the perfect book for fans of Rosie Revere and anyone looking for a little inspiration. —Ivy

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By Gaia Cornwall, Gaia Cornwall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536207163
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Published: Candlewick - September 8th, 2020

The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story By Tina Cho

The line work! The colors! While the drawings in this story would be enough, we are also gifted an inspiring story of a young girl facing her fears. She begins learning from her grandmother, a haenyeo, which translates from Korean to English as “sea women”: a tradition of iron-willed women who deep-sea dive for a living in the Jeju province in Korea. This book is perfect for sea lovers or anyone looking for courage in their own lives. —MJ

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By Tina Cho, Jess X. Snow (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781984814869
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Published: Kokila - August 4th, 2020

Our Lady of Perpetual Hunger: A Memoir by Lisa Donovan

Award-winning southern pastry chef Lisa Donovan earned wide praise for her talents, but still struggled to make a living in an industry dominated by men (whose careers were very often built on the culinary contributions of female cooks and cooks of color). In her fantastic memoir, she follows the advice of culinary icon Diana Kennedy who once told her to “stop letting men tell your story,” and tells her own. With passion and pragmatism (and a good bit of humor), she writes about her career, mixed-race heritage, experiences with abuse, and making a life. An empowering read.  —S.B.

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ISBN: 9780525560944
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Published: Penguin Press - August 4th, 2020

Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller

Chanel Miller doesn’t remember being sexually assaulted by Brock Turner because she was unconscious at the time. She does, however, remember all that ensued in the aftermath and in Know My Name she recounts every eviscerating detail. Miller’s story is deeply personal, but it is not unique. She writes beautifully and courageously about the ugly processes that follow her assault: medical exams, trials, therapy, and the struggle she faces to simply get through each day. Constantly barraged with the repercussions of her assault, Miller is unable to forget an event she doesn’t even remember. In revealing her identity—she was previously referred to simply as “Emily Doe”—Miller owns her narrative and proves that victimhood does not make a person powerless.  —Jade

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ISBN: 9780735223721
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Published: Penguin Books - August 18th, 2020

A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

Strap in, kids, this one is a wild ride. With a slow-burn horror, Lovecraftian beginning, you won't be able to put this one down. Part family drama, part spine tingling spookiness, the Turner family and their woes will make any horror fan happy. —Jae

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ISBN: 9780525563921
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Published: Vintage - August 4th, 2020

The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo

A delightful whodunit that features one of the most charming detectives I have come across in the mystery genre, The Honjin Murders is the perfect book to relax with on a chilly fall day. The story begins when a wealthy newlywed couple is murdered on the eve of their wedding. Shortly after their shocking murder, the small town the couple lived in is buzzing with gossip as several characters are exposed for hiding potential grudges and concealing incriminating evidence. The setting of the book is atmospheric due to the honjin, an inn that caters to well to do clientele, which creates an intimate, conspiratorial reading experience. I felt immersed in the world of the honjin as I eagerly anticipated the unveiling of the culprit. —K.L.

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By Seishi Yokomizo, Louise Heal Kawai (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781782275008
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Published: Pushkin Vertigo - August 4th, 2020

Aria by Nazanine Hozar

Hozar’s debut novel is a sprawling, historical delight. Aria is an orphaned girl, abandoned on the streets of Tehran just before the 1953 coup and subsequent regime change. Her journey weaves through the myriad socio-political upheavals that characterized Iran in the latter half of the 20th century, culminating in the explosive Revolution of 1979. With a robust cast of characters that include Communists, religious fanatics, paupers, and elites, Aria is a deeply moving meditation on belonging. This is a must-read for fans of family sagas and intertwining life stories. —Travis

This book is part of our Fall Reading Challenge. Read more here.

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ISBN: 9781524749033
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Published: Pantheon - August 25th, 2020

Three Apples Fell from the Sky by Narine Abgaryan

Translated from the Russian, Three Apples is a story of an isolated, close-knit village community in the Armenian mountains, where all younger people have long since left or were lost to the famine and war, and only the older folks remain—until a budding romance between the only two single residents shakes everything up and breathes new life into this dying village. Soul-warming and endlessly charming, this fable-like novel is a trip to the countryside unreservedly worth taking. —Ksenia

This book is part of our Fall Reading Challenge. Read more here.

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By Narine Abgaryan, Lisa C. Hayden (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781786077301
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Published: Oneworld Publications - August 4th, 2020

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

In the Nigeria of this story, to be one’s true self can be ostracizing. The story itself is simple but the implications of Vivek’s death are the real tragedy. It is about family, friendship, and authenticity. This book asks us to question what we assume are infallible beliefs, and embrace the beauty of the true self. —Celeste

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ISBN: 9780525541608
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 4th, 2020


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