Summary: Growing up in Northern Ireland just after the Troubles, Majella lives a quiet life caring for her alcoholic mother and working in the local chip shop, but when her predictable existence is upended, she realizes there might just be whole big world outside her small town.
Summary: “Why is this town called Mother’s Rest?” That’s all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It’s a tiny place hidden in a thousand square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, and sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.
Summary: Drawing on personal stories, research, and historical events, an esteemed educator offers a vision of educational justice inspired by the rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists. Winner of the 2020 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award.
Summary: Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy by Dr. Gholnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad unpacks the critical need for honoring students' identities to help them grow academically and personally during a time when educators nationwide are searching for ways to improve literacy achievement.
Summary: Two strangers—generations and oceans apart—have a chance to save each other in this moving and suspenseful novel about family secrets and the ineffable connections that lead us to one another.
Summary: Before there was Catherine the Great, there was Catherine Alexeyevna: the first woman to rule Russia in her own right. Ellen Alpsten's rich, sweeping debut novel is the story of her rise to power.
Summary: A love and adventure story with a philosophical perspective, this new speculative fiction novel explores the individual’s quest for purpose in a richly-imagined AI future.
Summary: This “unwavering triumph” (The New York Times Book Review) about fragile family bonds introduces us to Evangeline on her wedding weekend, as a dead whale is trapped in the Winter Island harbor, the groom might be lost at sea, and her absent mother has shown up out of the blue.
Summary: Based on true events, A Ritchie Boy, is the inspiring tale of Eli Stoff, a Jewish Austrian immigrant who becomes a US Army intelligence officer during WWII, triumphs over adversity, and finds his place in America.
Summary: Love from the Vortex and Other Poems, an archeological exploration on love and intimacy, charts Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz’s journey of finding and losing love over the span of three decades with six different men who came into her life at various times, but also offers a universal take on what can happen when one seeks love and connection with others, and the lessons that follow when that connection and love is lost.
Summary: Featuring two complicated women in a dangerous cat and mouse game, And Now She’s Gone explores the nature of secrets — and how violence and fear can lead you to abandon everything in order to survive.
Summary: Different Strokes chronicles the rise of the Williams sisters, as well as other champions of color, closely examining how African Americans are collectively faring in tennis, on the court and off.
Summary: Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband but of a man she last saw fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong.
Summary: What appears to be a story of mothers and daughters, of sisterhood put to the test, of adolescent love and grown-up misconduct, and of history’s long reach, becomes a provocative and compelling exploration of America’s failure to find a language to talk about race.
Summary: Yaa Gyasi's stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.
Summary: Morally ambiguous P.I. Leonid McGill is back — and investigating crimes against society's most downtrodden — in this installment of the beloved detective series from an Edgar Award-winning and bestselling crime novelist.
Summary: When two young women receive the news that their father’s plane has crashed, they know that their lives will never be the same. Just like that, these two girls are thrown into a reality where their father is dead and it seems their dreams are quickly slipping away.
Summary: We Came Here to Shine is a story of ambition, friendship, and persistence with a fascinating and informative behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary New York World's Fair.
Summary: A richly imagined novel based on the life of artist Agnes Pelton, The Pelton Papers covers everything from her shrouded Brooklyn childhood to her early success in the Armory Show of 1913, subsequent retreat to a contemplative life, and, ultimately, the flowering of her deeply spiritual art.
Summary: With the novel’s opening line, "My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist," author Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man's deception, a family's complicity, and the two teenage girls caught in the middle.
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