In the Country: Stories
by Mia Alvar [Alvar]
Exploring the Filipino experience spanning decades and continents, these fully rendered tales express wonder and sadness leavened with humor.
The Sellout: A Novel
by Paul Beatty [Beatty]
Poking the underbellies of many sacred cows, this biting social satire examines race, culture and politics in modern America.
Did You Ever Have a Family: A Novel
by Bill Clegg [Clegg]
The aftermath of a tragedy and its rippling effects in a small Connecticut town.
Delicious Foods: A Novel
by James Hannaham [Hannaham]
Themes of race, addiction, wage slavery and corporate greed coalesce in this startling, darkly comic coming of age odyssey.
Black River: A Novel
by S.M. Hulse [Hulse]
This modern literary western explores a man’s redemptive journey and the possibility (and cost) of forgiveness.
Fortune Smiles: Stories
by Adam Johnson [Johnson]
Humanity: Quirky, disturbing, endearing, striving, resigned and fascinating.
The Prophets of Eternal Fjord: A Novel
by Kim Leine, translated by Martin Aitken [Leine]
An epic and evocative tale of colonialism in Greenland, translated from the Danish.
The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories
by Anthony Marra [Marra]
Beauty and humanity are found in the darkest and grimmest of places in these interconnected pieces.
The Sympathizer: A Novel
by Viet Thanh Nguyen [Nguyen]
A half-French, half-Vietnamese man serves as a double agent after the war, and struggles with the contradictions of his identity and loyalties.
This is the Life: A Novel
by Alex Shearer [Shearer]
Spare prose mixes with heart-wrenching humor in this gem of a story about two brothers coping with terminal illness.
The Book of Aron: A Novel
by Jim Shepard [Shepard]
The perspective of a boy whose only goal is to live another day gives a sharp edge to the mind-numbing tragedies of the Warsaw Ghetto.
A Little Life: A Novel
by Hanya Yanagihara [Yanagihara]
A visceral, provocative story of four New York City lives marred by ambition, abuse and addiction.
The Interstellar Age: Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission
by Jim Bell [629.43 Bel]
An enthusiastic account of our reach for intergalactic space — and the people who made it possible.
Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America
by Ali Berman [324.62 Ber]
A sobering and impassioned popular history of the fight for universal suffrage in the United States.
The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World
by Joel K. Bourne Jr. [not in library collection]
An agricultural revolution supported our booming population in the twentieth century, but we’ll need another one to sustain us in the years to come.
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates [305.8 AfrYc]
Framed as a letter to the author’s teenage son, this chronicle of race in America works as memoir, meditation, and call to action.
The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle
by Lilliam Faderman [306.766 Fad]
An authoritative, affecting account of the effort to establish and solidify legal rights and cultural acceptance in the United States,
Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter, Mary Shelley
by Charlotte Gordon [920.02 Gor]
From A Vindication of the Rights of Woman to Frankenstein, this dual biography provides fresh insight about these groundbreaking authors.
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
by Erik Larson [940.451 Lar]
A race to the finish, even though we know it won’t end well.
The Wright Brothers
by David McCullough [Biography Wright]
A strong work ethic and keen oservation fueld the quest to conquer manned flight.
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the World of Consciousness
by Sy Montgomery [594.56 Mon]
A charming, revelatory journey into the world of cephalopods.
by Patti Smith [Biography Smith]
Part memoir, part travelogue and ultimately an elegy to her beloved husband, written by an iconic American artist.
Nagasaki: Life after Nuclear War
by Susan Southard [940.544 Sou]
Bearing witness to hibakusha, those left behind.
Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva
by Rosemary Sullivan [Biography Alliluyeva]
A portrait of a woman unable to escape the terrible shadow of her father.
Bastards of the Reagan Era
by Reginald Dwayne Betts [not owned by the libraries]
Drugs, violence and incarceration during a period of fear and chaos told in a brutal and haunting poetic voice.
Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems
by Joy Harjo [not owned by the libraries]
Folklore, history, personal journeys and modern times are entwined in this absorbing work by a Native American poet.