by Charlotte McConaghy
Franny goes to the ends of the earth tracking the last migratory pattern of birds and will stop at nothing to find them, and herself. This novel moves back and forth in time as she runs both away from her past and straight toward it.
by David Nicholls
Charlie Lewis is in a dark place, but that doesn’t explain why the 16-year-old joins a theater troupe putting on Romeo and Juliet. Told in flashbacks by his adult self, the secret, and a tantalizing love story, slowly unfolds.
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
by Michele Campbell
A fast-paced, frothy thriller set among the rich and not-so-rich in the Hamptons. Filled with twists and turns, social scandals, and a killer, this novel is a perfect, gripping page-turner.
(St. Martin’s Press)
by Raven Leilani
This debut novel tells the story of a 29-year-old Black woman who gets involved with an older, married white man. As the plot zigs and zags, this deeply funny and wry book investigates race, art, and identity.
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
by Ken Follett
Set in England at the dawn of the Middle Ages, this prequel to Follett’s bestselling The Pillars of the Earth is an addictive tale of rivalry and ambition, love and hate.
by Isabel Wilkerson
Using individual stories to lay out her expansive and historical argument — that we aren’t just divided by race, but by caste — Wilkerson reaches back into history to confront painful truths. This book is nothing short of an awakening.
by Morgan Jerkins
The author of This Will Be My Undoing sets out to find her family’s roots. In so doing, she paints a larger portrait of African American displacement and disen- franchisement during the Great Migration and its effects on her.
by Jerry A. Rose and Lucy Rose Fischer
This memoir gives readers a view into the early days of the Vietnam War from one of the first reporters who covered it — from being caught in firefights to scooping news stories to dodging the secret police.
by Jane Fonda
In a memoir that functions as a call to action, Fonda takes readers on her journey of activism, including her conversations with scientists and regional community organizers that led to Fire Drill Friday, her weekly climate change demonstrations.
by Brittany K. Barnett
This vital and deeply personal memoir follows a young Black woman who becomes a lawyer to fight for people unfairly incarcerated for minor drug charges and faces a justice system all too happy to throw people’s lives away.
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