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Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots by Morgan Jerkins

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf

Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott

Lobizona: A Novel (Wolves of No World Book 1) by Romina Garber

The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-Eun, Lizzie Buehler (translator)

Life of a Klansman: A Family History with White Supremacy by Edward Ball

Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy 

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

Fangirls: Scenes from Modern Music Culture by Hannah Ewens

True Story by Kate Reed Petty

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Luster: A Novel by Raven Leilani 

A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America’s Hurricanes by Eric Jay Dolin


Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall

Camp Murderface by Saundra Mitchell and Josh Berk

The Black Cabinet: The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt by Jill Watts


Prelude for Lost Souls by Helene Dunbar

The Last Lie (The List) by Patricia Forde

It Came from the Sky by Chelsea Sedoti

And Then I Turned Into a Mermaid by Laura Kirkpatrick

Tomboyland by Melissa Faliveno

Defacing the Monument by Susan Briante

The Comeback by Ella Berman

Rules for Being Dead by Kim Powers

Talking Animals: A Novel by Joni Murphy

The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

Grasping Mysteries: Girls Who Loved Math by Jeannine Atkins

Toybox Americana: Characters Met Along the Way by Tim Lane

Dance on Saturday: Stories by Elwin Cotman

Imperfect Women: A Novel by Araminta Hall

A Journey Toward Hope by Victor Hinojosa, Coert Voorhees, Susan Guevara 

Nymph by Leila Marzocchi

The Silent Wife: A Novel (Will Trent Book 10) by Karin Slaughter

The Lost Pianos of Siberia by Sophy Roberts

Bookish and the Beast (Once Upon A Con) by Ashley Poston

Ellie’s Voice, or Trööömmmpffff! by Piret Raud, Adam Cullen (translator)

The Hollow Ones by Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan

They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman

Creating Anna Karenina: Tolstoy and the Birth of Literature’s Most Enigmatic Heroine by Bob Blaisdell

The Tunnel by A. B. Yehoshua, Stuart Schoffman (translator)

Auntie Poldi and the Handsome Antonio by Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn (translator)

The Devil’s Harvest: A Ruthless Killer, a Terrorized Community, and the Search for Justice in California’s Central Valley by Jessica Garrison 

Salvation by Caryn Lix

The Finisher (A Detective Peter Diamond Mystery) by Peter Lovesey 

Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne

Weird Women: Classic Supernatural Fiction by Groundbreaking Female Writers: 1852-1923 by Leslie S. Klinger, Lisa Morton

Personal Writings by Albert Camus

Committed Writings by Albert Camus

Poetic License: A Memoir by Gretchen Cherington 

Double Lives: A History of Working Motherhood by Helen McCarthy

Dead West (Nils Shapiro Book 4) by Matt Goldman

Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure by Jeff Kinney 

The Magic in Changing Your Stars by Leah Henderson

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia

The End of Everything: (Astrophysically Speaking) by Katie Mack

The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg

The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo, Louise Heal Kawai (translator)

The Infographic Guide to Grammar: A Visual Reference for Everything You Need to Know by Jara Kern

All Together Now (Eagle Rock Series) by Hope Larson

How to Live on the Edge by Sarah Lynn Scheerger

The Buddhist on Death Row: How One Man Found Light in the Darkest Place by David Sheff

My Life as a Villainess by Laura Lippman

Universe of Two: A Novel by Stephen P. Kiernan

Maenam: A Fresh Approach to Thai Cooking by Angus An

I Am Here Now by Barbara Bottner

Sometimes I Never Suffered: Poems by Shane McCrae

Great Demon Kings: A Memoir of Poetry, Sex, Art, Death, and Enlightenment by John Giorno

What Girls Need: How to Raise Bold, Courageous, and Resilient Women by Marisa Porges

Court of Lions: A Mirage Novel by Somaiya Daud

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

The World Aflame: A New History of War and Revolution: 1914-1945 by Dan Jones and Marina Amaral

The Secret of You and Me: A Novel by Melissa Lenhardt

You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

Crash Course: If You Want to Get Away with Murder Buy a Car by Woodrow Phoenix

Lies Lies Lies by Adele Parks 

Three Apples Fell from the Sky by Narine Abgaryan, Lisa C. Hayden (Translator)

You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here by Frances Macken

Tales of Two Planets: Stories of Climate Change and Inequality in a Divided World by John Freeman

After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America by Jessica Goudea

Paris Never Leaves You: A Novel by Ellen Feldman

The First to Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan

The Friendship List by Susan Mallery

12 Seconds of Silence: How a Team of Inventors, Tinkerers, and Spies Took Down a Nazi Superweapon by Jamie Holmes

The Southland by Johnny Shaw 

Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaght 

Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls

Horse Crazy: The Story of a Woman and a World in Love with an Animal by Sarah Maslin Nir

Star Settlers: The Billionaires, Geniuses, and Crazed Visionaries Out to Conquer the Universe by Fred Nadis

All the Right Mistakes: A Novel by Laura Jamison 

In the Clearing by JP Pomare

Love After Love: A Novel by Ingrid Persaud 

The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne: A Mystery by Elsa Hart

All Stirred Up: Suffrage Cookbooks, Food, and the Battle for Women’s Right to Vote by Laura Kumin

A Lab of One’s Own : One Woman’s Personal Journey Through Sexism in Science by Rita Colwell, Sharon Bertsch McGrayne

A Saint from Texas by Edmund White

The Likely World by Melanie Conroy-Goldman

The Living Dead by George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus 

Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World by Lesley M.M. Blume

The Beggar’s Pawn: A Novel by John L’Heureux

Our Lady of Perpetual Hunger: A Memoir by Lisa Donovan 

The Revenge of the Werepenguin by Allan Woodrow

The Silence: A Novel by Luca Veste

Louisiana Lucky: A Novel by Julie Pennell

Why Visit America by Matthew Baker

The Good for Nothings by Danielle Banas

Bear Necessity: A Novel by James Gould-Bourn

What Happens at Night by Peter Cameron

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

The First Sister (The First Sister trilogy) by Linden A. Lewis

The Bitch by Pilar Quintana, Lisa Dillman (translator)

Tender Is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica, Sarah Moses (translator)

Two Trees Make a Forest: Travels Among Taiwan’s Mountains and Coasts in Search of My Family’s Past by Jessica J. Lee

Looking for Miss America: A Pageant’s 100-Year Quest to Define Womanhood by Margot Mifflin

The River Home: A Novel by Hannah Richell

Vanishing Falls: A Novel by Poppy Gee

Orientation (Marvel: Avengers Assembly #1) (1) by Preeti Chhibber and James Lancett

No Fuzzball! by Isabella Kung

Addis Ababa Noir (Akashic Noir) by Maaza Mengiste

Radical Hamilton: Economic Lessons from a Misunderstood Founder  by Christian Parenti

Your Brain on Food: An Indispensable Guide to the Surprising Foods that Fight Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and More by Uma Naidoo

In the Valley: Stories and a Novella Based on Serena by Ron Rash 

Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World by Carl Bergstrom, Jevin West

Tampa Bay Noir (Akashic Noir) by Colette Bancroft

Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe

With or Without You: A Novel by Caroline Leavitt 

Lost Souls at the Neptune Inn by Betsy Carter

Bronte’s Mistress: A Novel by Finola Austin 

The Woman in Red by Diana Giovinazzo

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood 

Hobbit Virtues: Rediscovering Virtue Ethics Through J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by Christopher A. Snyder

Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons

Inferno: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness by Catherine Cho

The Book of Atlantis Black by Betsy Bonner 

Every Bone a Prayer by Ashley Blooms

The Love Scam by MaryJanice Davidson

My Captain America: A Memoir by Megan Margulies

The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy’s Vanishing Explorers by Emily Levesque

The Mystery of Charles Dickens by A.N. Wilson

Behind the Red Door: A Novel by Megan Collins 

More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood 

Space Station Down by Ben Bova, Doug Beason

The Heirs of Locksley by Carrie Vaughn

The Wicked Sister by Karen Dionne

The Forest of Stars by Heather Kassner

In Case of Emergency: A Novel by E. G. Scott

Out of This World #1 by Chris Wooding

Being Lolita: A Memoir by Alisson Wood

Moms by Yeong-shin Ma and Janet Hong 

Six Days in August: The Story of Stockholm Syndrome by David King

Here Is the Sweet Hand: Poems by francine j. harris

Cattywampus by Ash Van Otterloo

Some Kind of Animal by Maria Romasco Moore

Inventory: A Memoir by Darran Anderson

Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May

Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim

The Night Swim: A Novel by Megan Goldin

Convince Me: A Novel by Nina Sadowsky

The Lost Jewels: A Novel by Kirsty Manning

The Boys’ Club: A Novel by Erica Katz

To the Lake: A Balkan Journey of War and Peace by Kapka Kassabova 

The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals: A Novel by Becky Mandelbaum

If I Had Two Wings: Stories by Randall Kenan

Guillotine: Poems by Eduardo C. Corral

Queen of the Court: The Extraordinary Life of Tennis Legend Alice Marble by Madeleine Blais 

A Map to the Sun by Sloane Leong

Thread Doodling: Over 20 modern designs for stitching in the moment by Carina Envoldsen-Harris

The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi

Asylum: A personal, historical, natural inquiry in 103 lyric sections by Jill Bialosky

Why I Don’t Write: And Other Stories by Susan Minot