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The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

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ISBN: 9780525521143
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Published: Knopf - March 24th, 2020

The distinctive writing style of Emily St. John Mandel (Station Eleven) is unmistakable in her new novel—a haunting, immersive story of ambition, greed, and guilt, and a cautionary tale about the far-reaching consequences of crossing moral lines. Quite apropos to our current times. The book starts at the end, builds intricate threads back and forth across two decades, then returns to the end. A remote island hotel, a Ponzi scheme, a container ship, and a cast of complex characters are woven together to create a remarkable dreamlike read. —Trey


Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington

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ISBN: 9780525533689
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 17th, 2020

Washington’s debut collection of short stories would be an inhalation of brisk air, except the diverse neighborhoods of Houston are so fully realized that the experience is also steamy and thick with atmosphere. Lot is an all-encompassing read, seeking unapologetic truths, following those often forced to society’s margins; here they are centered, not as problems or issues or heartstrings to be pulled, but as people living their own messy, inconsequential, uniquely essential lives. The writing is real, gritty, and can be a challenge, but there is also a lightness to it, a palpable joy, and Washington’s evident intelligence and open gaze at what humanizes a story makes for necessary reading. —Melinda


City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

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ISBN: 9781594634741
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 7th, 2020

Seeing few examples in literature, Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love; The Signature of All Things) set out to write a book about promiscuous girls “whose lives are not destroyed by their sexual desires.” Meet Vivian Morris, a naïve 19-year-old, dropped into the middle of the New York City theater scene in the 1940s. The drama, energy, and spirit of the city weaves into the unfolding of her identity. You’ll never forget this cast of characters or the ways in which Vivian struggles to claim her life as her own.  —Casey

 


Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) by Jeff Tweedy

Highly readable, hilarious, and at times even philosophical, Tweedy's memoir of discovering his passion for writing music and his rise to super-stardom is an excellent read. Like any good rock 'n roll memoir, sex and drugs make their appearance, but his wholesome stories about growing up in a small town, making a family and band-drama are what really make this book a memorable read. - Ashley

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ISBN: 9781101985274
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Published: Dutton - October 1st, 2019

The New Me by Halle Butler

Butler’s protagonist resolves to follow through with exercise regimes she finds in women's lifestyle magazines, clean her room regularly, and purchase the "right" clothing online. But she can’t seem to shower before work. In addition to a great character study, this is a critique of late-stage capitalism and the culture of self-improvement (think inspirational Instagrams). - Katrina

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ISBN: 9780143133605
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Published: Penguin Books - March 5th, 2019

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

When the narrator’s friend, another writer, dies suddenly, she inherits his Great Dane. Among many problems, she lives in a tiny New York apartment—that doesn’t allow pets. What follows is a brilliant and moving meditation on friendship, love (both Platonic and romantic), art and grief. I found this a profound and beautiful reading experience. - Rico

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ISBN: 9780735219458
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey

The book is daring, brash and nearly out of control. But the result is a classic American masterpiece. If you persevere through the sometimes challenging first 100 pages, your reward is an epic character-driven story set in the rain-soaked forests of the Pacific Northwest. An evocation of a time, a place, and a people, this is one of my favorite books of all time. - Trey

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ISBN: 9780140045291
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Published: Penguin Books - July 28th, 1977

Ice by Anna Kavan

An acid-trip of environmental fiction. As I tried to follow the narrator's stream-of-consciousness I found myself in a tug-of-war between frightening questions about the shapeshifting protagonist and the seductively luscious prose. The book contains violence, misogyny, climate apocalypse, and the dark-side of mankind’s clannish instincts, so content warnings apply. - Clara

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By Anna Kavan, Jonathan Lethem (Foreword by), Kate Zambreno (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780143131991
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 14th, 2017

Everything Here is Beautiful

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ISBN: 9780735221970
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Published: Penguin Books - January 15th, 2019

If you’ve ever loved anyone who struggles with mental heatlh issues, this book is that story. It captures with such raw and imperfect understanding both sides of being the one with the beautiful and complicated mind as well as the one who loves and cares for them...and sometimes at them. One whole unamed character in this book is the mental health system and it’s shortfalls. This story is about two sisters and their bond to love one another. The question that lurked in the background was, what about those who have no one?  I highly recommend this book for its insight and compassion. —Jenny


Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is a national treasure. Her books make an impact, not only through her characters but because the act of reading her work is transformative. Her latest adult novel, Red at the Bone, is no exception. Woodson charts the history of one Brooklyn family as they grapple with an unplanned teen pregnancy and the decisions made that impact generations to come. Their family story—how much they are there for each other and for themselves—is a universal story about how we give and receive love. It is beautiful and honest, heartbreaking and poetic, and one of my favorite books of the year. - Casey

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ISBN: 9780525535270
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 17th, 2019

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