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I Know You Rider
Leslie Stein - 2020-05-05
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This candid and philosophical memoir explores the complex decision to reproduce, starting off in an abortion clinic and following Leslie Stein through a year of her life. Through conversations with loved ones and strangers, Stein weaves a continuing conversation with herself about what makes life meaningful and where we find joy. Instead of focusing on trauma, this story is about unpredictability, change, and adaptability, adding a new perspective to a topic often discussed through a black-and-white lens. Stein holds the human condition with grace and humor, embracing the cosmic choreography of life.
Kate McKean
What a beautiful book.      source
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A Novel
Julia May Jonas - 2022-02-01
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A timely debut novel that takes us into the charged territory of a beloved English professor facing multiple accusations against her professor husband by former students. With the arrival of a married young novelist, the professor's world becomes dangerously close to exploding as she becomes infatuated with him. The author, Julia May Jonas, captures the personal and political minefield of our current moment, exposing the nuances and the grey area between power and desire in this provocative, darkly funny, and wildly entertaining read.
Kate McKean
Oh my GOD I loved VLADIMIR by @Julia_May_Jonas SO INCREDIBLY MUCH. It was so sharp and beautiful and kept me guessing until the very end. I listened to it on audio (thanks @librofm!) and I'm running out to buy the hardcopy, too. THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD.      source
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A Career in Books
A Novel about Friends, Money, and the Occasional Duck Bun
Kate Gavino - 2022-08-02
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"Discover the challenges and triumphs of a literary career in this charming graphic novel. Follow the journeys of three Asian-American women as they navigate their first jobs in publishing, facing systemic racism and daily microaggressions. When they meet their Booker Prize-winning neighbor, they find inspiration to continue on their paths, resulting in twists and revelations that will surprise readers. With wry humor and fantastic illustrations, this modern ode to The Best of Everything is perfect for fans of Good Talk, Younger, and The Bold Type."
Kate McKean
Next is @kategavino's graphic novel CAREER IN BOOKS--a 21C The Best of Everything but featuring three Asian-American women. It's so funny and so true to life! You need it ASAP      source
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What's Coming to Me
Francesca Padilla - 2022-08-02
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This contemporary YA novel follows seventeen-year-old Minerva Gutiérrez as she plans revenge on her predatory boss in her seaside hometown of Nautilus. Fueled by grief and anger, Minerva and her neighbor team up to find hidden money at the local ice cream stand in order to escape their dead-end lives. A thrilling tale of fighting for what you deserve, perfect for fans of Tiffany D. Jackson and Erika L. Sánchez.
Kate McKean
Then there's @frannypadilla's WHAT'S COMING TO ME. Fran's debut YA novel is one to watch. It's going to be the OMG HAVE YOU READ THIS YET book of the summer. Mark my words.      source
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Ancestor Trouble
A Reckoning and a Reconciliation
Maud Newton - 2022-03-29
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This captivating memoir follows an acclaimed writer's journey to uncover the truths about her eccentric Southern family. Mental illness, religious fanaticism, slavery, and intergenerational trauma all play a role in Maud Newton's ancestry. Her search delves deep into genealogy, DNA, and the power of reckoning with our ancestors. Ancestor Trouble is a powerful exploration of how our obsession with our ancestry can lead to new insights about ourselves.
Kate McKean
I knew I would love @maudnewton's book ANCESTOR TROUBLE the moment I found out she was writing it. I just finished it and I loved it even more than that. It's honest, clear, beautiful, thoughtful, and impeccably researched.      source
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The Prisoner of Shiverstone
Linette Moore - 2022-01-01
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Embark on a thrilling adventure in the midst of a forbidden prison island with The Prisoner of Shiverstone! Join 11-year-old Helga Sharp as she sets out to free a mad scientist from a crystal prison. Helga's a brilliant inventor, but with science outlawed on the Mainland, she must secretly work on her projects. However, her efforts aren't in vain, for she receives mysterious radio communication from the missing Erasmus Lope. Follow Helga on a journey filled with long-lost secrets, forbidden territories, and marvelous twists and turns. With charismatic illustrations, this thrilling middle-grade graphic novel is perfect for fans of Red’s Planet and Suee and the Shadow.
Kate McKean
This book is SPECTACULAR.      source
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Cover Story
A Novel
Susan Rigetti - 2022-04-05
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A young writer lands an internship at ELLE magazine and befriends the charming Cat, daughter of a clean-energy mogul. When Cat proposes Lora drop out of NYU to become her ghostwriter, Lora agrees, but soon finds herself caught up in Cat's world of deceit and fraud. Cover Story is an inventive and humorous caper that explores the codependency and lies in a relationship built on power imbalance.
Kate McKean
Let me tell you this was the fastest purchased-to-actually-finished timeline I’ve had in YEARS. All the other books on my shelf are like wtf.      source
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The Book of Living Secrets
Madeleine Roux - 2022-03-08
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Transport yourself into the sinister world of a little-known gothic romance novel with "The Book of Living Secrets" by Madeleine Roux. Best friends Adelle and Connie are tempted to enter the world of their favorite book, Moira, by a mysterious stranger. Suddenly living among characters they've obsessed over for years, they find that the world has been turned upside down and is now interlaced with unspeakable horrors. They must rewrite their own arcs in order to escape this nightmare with their lives. Perfect for fans of "The Hazel Wood," this genre-bending page-turner is not to be missed.
Kate McKean
THE BOOK OF LIVING SECRETS is @Authoroux's latest YA horror and the ending STILL HAUNTS ME (in the best way.) I love this one so much! Out from @QuillTreeBooks thanks to @alyssammiele and team!      source
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Am I Overthinking This?
Over-answering life's questions in 101 charts
Michelle Rial - 2019-08-13
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Get ready to laugh and nod your head in agreement as you read Am I Overthinking This? This book is filled with questions, over-answers, and cleverly designed charts that address the little dilemmas that weigh heavily on the minds of adults. Michelle Rial’s playful take on life’s big and small problems is like chatting with a non-judgmental best friend. Her relatable and humorous approach to topics like achieving work-life balance, eating too much cheese, and having too many plants will leave you feeling less stressed and more validated. Am I Overthinking This? is perfect for fans of Adulting and It’s OK to Feel Things Deeply. This book reminds us that there isn’t always one right answer and sometimes the only answer is to pick a path and keep moving. Give this book as a gift to a friend who thinks a little too much about life’s questions.
Kate McKean
This book is SO good. It helped me, that’s for sure 💗      source
Fifty-Four Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers by Caela Carter
Dead Collections by Isaac Fellman
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
The Equivalents by Maggie Doherty
New Waves by Kevin Nguyen
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater by Okun
The Extra Woman by Joanna Scutts
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe