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New Fiction and Non-Fiction Print Books


Book Recommendations 2024

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We're celebrating Black History Month.

Rediscover important and beloved literature

Their Eyes Were Watching God

 Zora Neale Hurston

 PBS Great American Read Top100 Pick

Originally published in 1937 and a classic of the Harlem Renaissance, this novel has become one of the most important and enduring works of modern American literature.

"A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who don't know how to live properly."

Zadie Smith

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou

"All-TIME 100

Non-Fiction Books" Time Magazine

Originally published in 1969, this modern-day classic is filled with joy, pain, poetry and mystery. It will touch the hearts of all who read it for the first time or over and over again.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.” —James Baldwin

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We're celebrating Black History Month.

(We are loving the author Kiley Reid this week)

Come & Get It

 Kiley Reid

 An Indie Next Pick


Paper thin walls between dorm rooms sets the stage for intrigue and bad behavior in this spellbinding novel about race, class, and privilege.

"An emotionally intense exploration of power dynamics within relationships that doesn’t settle for easy villains and victims." —Library Journal

"Reid is a genius of mimicry and social observation." Kirkus Reviews

Such a Fun Age

Kiley Reid

Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize

A riveting story about race and privilege with a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

“A plot so beautifully intricate and real and fascinating...” ­Washington Post

“[A] hilarious, uncomfortable and compulsively readable story about race and class.” —Time

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We're celebrating Black History Month.

In Every Mirror She's Black

 Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström

 A Good Morning America Buzz Pick


A compelling and rich story told through the perspective of three women whose lives intersect in an interesting way.

"A striking debut...As entertaining as it is revealing" —Booklist

"An engaging novel that presents the nuanced experiences of Black women from all walks of life." —Essence

Deacon King Kong

James McBride

Oprah's Book Club Pick

A mystery, a love story, and an urban farce all wrapped up into one incredible novel. A must read for all.

"An exuberant comic opera set to the music of life."—Kirkus Reviews

"Shouldn’t we just get it over with and declare McBride this decade’s Great American Novelist?" —Los Angeles Times

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Non-fiction that reads like a great novel.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Lori Gottlieb

 New York Times Bestseller


Poignant, smart, and funny. This insightful book explores what it means to be human and our path to happiness.

"Authentic . . . raw . . . an irresistibly candid and addicting memoir” —New York Times

"Written with grace, humor, wisdom, and compassion, this [is a] heartwarming journey of self-discovery." —Library Journal

Bad Blood

John Carreyrou

National Bestseller

Proving truth is stranger than fiction, this is a compelling and wild story of how Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was able to hoodwink so many with her lies.

“Chilling . . . Reads like a thriller . . . Carreyrou tells [the Theranos story] virtually to perfection.” —The New York Times Book Review

". . . riveting, read-in-one-sitting tour de force . . ." —Booklist (Starred Review)

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Original and thoughtful novels for the times we live in.

Klara and the Sun

Kazuo Ishiguro

 The New York Times Bestseller


A haunting, hopeful novel about life and love in the time of AI.

“A delicate, haunting story, steeped in sorrow and hope.” —The Washington Post

"A masterpiece that will make you think about life, mortality, the saving grace of love: in short, the all of it.” —NPR

The Glitch

Elisabeth Cohen

A funny and smart novel about an overscheduled, overworked woman who has lost control when a "glitch" enters her life.

"Razor-sharp…a hilarious send-up of tech culture and the notion of women 'having it all'." —The New York Post

"Clever, original, and unabashedly silly fun." —Kirkus (Starred Review)

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Celebrating The Best of 2023

The Bee Sting

Paul Murray

 The New York Times Top 10 Books of 2023


An epic saga that follows an Irish family through many struggles and fortunes, and the discovery of what it means to be a good person.

"Every paragraph is marked by Murray’s stylistic brilliance and daring.” —The Washington Post

“Murray’s writing is pure joy . . . "

The New York Times Book Review

If I Survive You

Jonathan Escoffery

The 2023 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

A beautiful collection of linked short stories about a Jamaican family struggling to survive and to remain hopeful at the same time.

"Escoffery's debut is nothing short of breathtaking." —The Today Show

"Remarkable . . . [there is an] immense talent on display in this debut." —Cory Oldweiler, Minneapolis StarTribune

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It's cold outside.

The perfect time to sink into a good mystery.

Like a Sister

Kellye Garrett

 Shortlisted for the 2023 Edgar Allan Poe Awards


This suspense novel will remind you of Alfred Hitchcock at his best. A mystery filled with murder and intrigue for today's modern times.

"A twisty murder mystery with nuance and heart.” —BookPage

"Sharp, smart, and heartbreaking."

Reader's Digest

None of This is True

Lisa Jewell

New York Times Bestseller

A psychological thriller filled with dark secrets, a crime podcast, and birthday twins. (Yes, that is a thing.)

"The book’s unreliable narrator, dark twists and unending suspense will keep you on edge until the very last page.” —NPR

"... a gloriously dark, glittering creepfest..." —Amazon Book Review

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Starting the year of with the laugh

You Can't Touch My Hair

Phoebe Robinson

New York Times Bestseller


A hilarious (seriously, you will LOL) and timely essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from comedy superstar and 2 Dope Queens podcaster Phoebe Robinson.

"…a promising debut by a talented, genuinely funny writer.” —Publishers Weekly

"Honest, touching, laugh-out-loud funny.” —Kevin Bacon, actor and musician

My Sister, the Serial Killer

Oyinkan Braithwaite

Booker Prize Nominee

You will fly through the pages of this rapidly paced dark comedy that tells the story of two sisters, one who is a killer and the other who is protecting her.

"It’s the wittiest and most fun murder party you’ve ever been invited to.”

Marie Clare

"...a bombshell of a book—sharp, explosive, hilarious." —The New York Times Book Review

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