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A Woman is no Man – Etaf Rum

Spoiler Alert Trigger warning for; domestic abuse, child marriage, rape, misogyny. Blurb:This debut novel by an Arab-American voice takes us inside the lives of conservative Arab women living in America.In Brooklyn, eighteen-year-old Deya is starting to meet with suitors. Though she doesn’t want to get married, her grandparents give her no choice. History is repeating… Continue reading A Woman is no Man – Etaf Rum

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The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

Trigger warning for child molestation, suicide, domestic abuse. BlurbWhen the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her--freedom, prison or death.With The Testaments, the wait is over.Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story more than fifteen years after Offred… Continue reading The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

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Based on a True Story – Delphine de Vigan

Blurb:Overwhelmed by the huge success of her latest novel, exhausted and suffering from a crippling inability to write, Delphine meets L.L. embodies everything Delphine has always secretly admired; she is a glittering image of feminine sophistication and spontaneity and she has an uncanny knack of always saying the right thing. Unusually intuitive, L. senses Delphine’s… Continue reading Based on a True Story – Delphine de Vigan

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The Fishermen – Chigozie Obioma

Blurb:In a small town in western Nigeria, four young brothers take advantage of their strict father's absence from home to go fishing at a forbidden local river. They encounter a dangerous local madman who predicts that the oldest boy will be killed by one of his brothers. This prophecy unleashes a tragic chain of events… Continue reading The Fishermen – Chigozie Obioma

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Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds

Trigger warning: Shooting, death, death of a parent **Spoiler alert** Blurb:A cannon. A strap.A piece. A biscuit.A burner. A heater.A chopper. A gat.A hammerA toolfor RULEOr, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows… Continue reading Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds

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Lock Every Door – Riley Sager

Blurb:They’ve offered you a luxury apartment, rent free. THE CATCH: you may not live long enough to enjoy it…No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents.These are the only rules for Jules Larson's new job as apartment sitter for an elusive resident of the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan's most… Continue reading Lock Every Door – Riley Sager

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The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Blurb:This novel is narrated in the all-knowing, matter-of-fact voice of Death, who witnesses the story of the citizens of Molching.When nine-year-old Liesel arrives outside the boxlike house of her new foster parents at 33 Himmel Street, she refuses to get out of the car. Liesel has been separated from her parents, "Kommunists", forever, and at… Continue reading The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

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Binti: Home 2 – Nnedi Okorafor

Blurb:It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she abandoned her family in the dawn of a new day.And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to… Continue reading Binti: Home 2 – Nnedi Okorafor

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The Best We Could Do – Thi Bui

First read of 2021! Blurb:This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after… Continue reading The Best We Could Do – Thi Bui

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Legacy of Ash – Matthew Ward – Bookrush 16

Blurb:A shadow has fallen over the Tressian Republic.Ruling families -- once protectors of justice and democracy -- now plot against one another with sharp words and sharper knives. Blinded by ambition, they remain heedless of the threat posed by the invading armies of the Hadari Empire.Yet as Tressia falls, heroes rise.Viktor Akadra is the Republic's… Continue reading Legacy of Ash – Matthew Ward – Bookrush 16