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The Water Dancer: A Novel
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Language

English

Pages

401

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<b><b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • </b>From the National Book Award–winning author of <i>Between the World and Me, </i>a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.<br /><br />“This potent book about America’s most disgraceful sin establishes [Ta-Nehisi Coates] as a first-rate novelist.”—<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i><br /><br />NOMINATED FOR THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD • NAMED ONE OF <i>PASTE</i>’S BEST NOVELS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>Time </i>• NPR • <i>The Washington Post</i> • <i>Chicago Tribune</i> • <i>Vanity Fair</i> • <i>Esquire </i>• <i>Good Housekeeping </i>• <i>Paste </i>• <i>Town & Country </i>• The New York Public Library • <i>Kirkus Reviews </i>• <i>Library Journal</i><br /><br />“Nearly every paragraph is laced through with dense, gorgeously evocative descriptions of a vanished world and steeped in its own vivid vocabulary.”—<i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /> <br />Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known.<br /><br /> So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as he’s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.<br /><br /> This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children—the violent and capricious separation of families—and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today’s most exciting thinkers and writers, <i>The Water Dancer </i>is<i> </i>a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>The Water Dancer</i></b><br /><br />“Ta-Nehisi Coates is the most important essayist in a generation and a writer who changed the national political conversation about race with his 2015 memoir, <i>Between the World and Me</i>. So naturally his debut novel comes with slightly unrealistic expectations—and then proceeds to exceed them. <i>The Water Dancer</i> . . . is a work of both staggering imagination and rich historical significance. . . . What’s most powerful is the way Coates enlists his notions of the fantastic, as well as his fluid prose, to probe a wound that never seems to heal. . . . Timeless and instantly canon-worthy.”<b>—<i>Rolling Stone</i></b>
The Nickel Boys: A Novel
by Colson Whitehead

Language

English

Pages

210

Publication Date

July 16, 2019

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<b><b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</b><br /><br /><b>NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST</b><br /><br /><b>ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S 10 BEST FICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE</b><br /><br /><b>WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE</b><br /><br /><b>LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD </b><br /><br /><b>In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 </b><b><i>New York Times </i></b><b>bestseller </b><b><i>The Underground Railroad</i></b><b>, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.</b></b><br /><br />As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."<br />In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. <br />The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy.<br />Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, <i>The Nickel Boys</i> is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.
The Land: Monsters: A LitRPG Saga (Chaos Seeds Book 8)
by Aleron Kong

Language

English

Pages

866

Publication Date

January 01, 2020

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From the mind of the <b>Wall Street Journal</b> Best Selling Author, Aleron Kong, comes the <b>8th Novel</b> of the <b>Internationally Acclaimed</b> Chaos Seeds Saga Over <b>100 THOUSAND</b> ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reviews <br />A mesmerizing tale reminiscent of the brutality of <b>Goblin Slayer</b> and the majesty of <b>Game of Thrones</b> <br />Audible's <b>Customer Favorite</b> of the Year! <br />#1 Audiobook 2017 <br />#1 in Epic Fantasy || #1 in Humor<br /><br />Welcome my friends! <br />Welcome... to "The Land!" <br /><br />The battle of the dead was won, but at a great cost. Sion,leader of the Mist Village was left with only pain and regret as Richter was claimed by the abyss. <br /><br />What no one but the abandoned chaos seed knows is that he narrowly avoided the curse of the lich Singh, a curse that still hangs above his head. Now, surrounded by miles of darkness and tons of crushing rock,Richter has to find his way back into the light. <br /><br />The only problem is that this monster of a man is being pursued by monsters, a demon and his own foolish choices. Faced with all the dangers of the deep dark, what will Richter say when the buried horrors of The Land come a calling and asked if he's paid his dues? <br /><br />Well he'll look right back, stare that horror in the eye and say, "Yes sir, the check is in the mail!" <br /><br />Welcome back my friends! Welcome back... to The Land! <br /><br /><br />ps - Gnomes still Rule!
Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner)
by Bernardine Evaristo

Language

English

Pages

464

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<b>NATIONAL BESTSELLER<br />WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE</b><p></p><p><b>“A must-read about modern Britain and womanhood . . . An impressive, fierce novel about the lives of black British families, their struggles, pains, laughter, longings and loves . . . Her style is passionate, razor-sharp, brimming with energy and humor. There is never a single moment of dullness in this book and the pace does not allow you to turn away from its momentum.”—Booker Prize Judges</b></p><p>Bernardine Evaristo is the winner of the 2019 Booker Prize and the first black woman to receive this highest literary honor in the English language. <i>Girl, Woman, Other</i> is a magnificent portrayal of the intersections of identity and a moving and hopeful story of an interconnected group of Black British women that paints a vivid portrait of the state of contemporary Britain and looks back to the legacy of Britain’s colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean.</p><p>The twelve central characters of this multi-voiced novel lead vastly different lives: Amma is a newly acclaimed playwright whose work often explores her Black lesbian identity; her old friend Shirley is a teacher, jaded after decades of work in London’s funding-deprived schools; Carole, one of Shirley’s former students, is a successful investment banker; Carole’s mother Bummi works as a cleaner and worries about her daughter’s lack of rootedness despite her obvious achievements. From a nonbinary social media influencer to a 93-year-old woman living on a farm in Northern England, these unforgettable characters also intersect in shared aspects of their identities, from age to race to sexuality to class.</p><p>Sparklingly witty and filled with emotion, centering voices we often see othered, and written in an innovative fast-moving form that borrows technique from poetry, <i>Girl, Woman, Other</i> is a polyphonic and richly textured social novel that shows a side of Britain we rarely see, one that reminds us of all that connects us to our neighbors, even in times when we are encouraged to be split apart.</p>
Reno Gabrini: The Trouble with Dommi
by Mallory Monroe

Language

English

Pages

349

Publication Date

January 15, 2020

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A few years have passed in Reno’s world. The PaLargio Hotel and Casino on the Vegas Strip has been completely renovated and is fully operational again, and Dominic “Dommi” Gabrini, Jr., has turned eighteen. The world doesn’t know what to make of a grown-up Dommi, and neither does Reno and Trina. Dommi, on the other hand, is ready to take the world by storm.<br /><br />Until the world, on his very first try, takes him. . .<br /><br />
American Spy: A Novel
by Lauren Wilkinson

Language

English

Pages

292

Publication Date

February 12, 2019

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<b><b><b>“<i>American Spy</i> updates the espionage thriller with blazing originality.”—<i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /><b>“There has never been anything like it.”—Marlon James, <i>GQ</i></b><br /><b>“So much fun . . . Like the best of John le Carré, it’s extremely tough to put down.”—NPR</b><br /><br /></b>NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>CHICAGO TRIBUNE </i>AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The New York Times Book Review </i>• <i>Time </i>• NPR • <i>Entertainment Weekly</i> • <i>Esquire </i>• <i>BuzzFeed</i> • <i>Vulture </i>• <i>Real Simple</i> • <i>Good Housekeeping </i>• The New York Public Library<br /><br />What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love? </b><br /><br /> It’s 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She’s brilliant, but she’s also a young black woman working in an old boys’ club. Her career has stalled out, she’s overlooked for every high-profile squad, and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork. So when she’s given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the charismatic revolutionary president of Burkina Faso whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention, she says yes. Yes, even though she secretly admires the work Sankara is doing for his country. Yes, even though she is still grieving the mysterious death of her sister, whose example led Marie to this career path in the first place. Yes, even though a furious part of her suspects she’s being offered the job because of her appearance and not her talent.<br /><br /> In the year that follows, Marie will observe Sankara, seduce him, and ultimately have a hand in the coup that will bring him down. But doing so will change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and a good American.<br /><br /> Inspired by true events—Thomas Sankara is known as “Africa’s Che Guevara”—<i>American Spy</i> knits together a gripping spy thriller, a heartbreaking family drama, and a passionate romance. This is a face of the Cold War you’ve never seen before, and it introduces a powerful new literary voice.<br /><b><br /><b>NOMINATED FOR THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD • </b>Shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize</b><br /><br />“Spy fiction plus allegory, and a splash of pan-Africanism. What could go wrong? As it happens, very little. Clever, bracing, darkly funny, and really, really good.”<b>—Ta-Nehisi Coates</b><br /><br />“Inspired by real events, this espionage thriller ticks all the right boxes, delivering a sexually charged interrogation of both politics and race.”<b>—<i>Esquire</i></b><br /><br /> “Echoing the stoic cynicism of Hurston and Ellison, and the verve of Conan Doyle, <i>American Spy </i>lays our complicities—political, racial, and sexual—bare. Packed with unforgettable characters, it’s a stunning book, timely as it is timeless.”<b>—Paul Beatty, Man Booker Prizewinning author of <i>The Sellout</i></b>
Red at the Bone: A Novel
by Jacqueline Woodson

Language

English

Pages

207

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<b><b>AN INSTANT<i> NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER<br /><br /><b>One of <i>OPRAH MAGAZINE’S</i> "BEST BOOKS OF 2019"<br /><br /><b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR</b></b><br /><br />"An exquisite tale of family legacy….The power and poetry of Woodson’s writing conjures up Toni Morrison." – <i>People</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> <b>"In less than 200 sparsely filled pages, this book manages to encompass issues of class, education, ambition, racial prejudice, sexual desire and orientation, identity, mother-daughter relationships, parenthood and loss….With <i>Red at the Bone,</i> Jacqueline Woodson has indeed risen — even further into the ranks of great literature." – NPR</b><br /> <b> </b><br /><b>"This poignant tale of choices and their aftermath, history and legacy, will resonate with mothers and daughters." –Tayari Jones, bestselling author of <i>An American Marriage</i>, in O Magazine</b><br /><br />An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes, and exposes the private hopes, disappointments, and longings that can bind or divide us from each other, from the <i>New York Times</i>-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of <i>Another Brooklyn</i> and <i>Brown Girl Dreaming</i>. </b><br /> <b> </b><br /> Moving forward and backward in time, Jacqueline Woodson's taut and powerful new novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of the new child.<br /><br /> As the book opens in 2001, it is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody's coming of age ceremony in her grandparents' Brooklyn brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the music of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress. But the event is not without poignancy. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured and sewn for a different wearer: Melody's mother, for her own ceremony-- a celebration that ultimately never took place.<br /><br /> Unfurling the history of Melody's parents and grandparents to show how they all arrived at this moment, Woodson considers not just their ambitions and successes but also the costs, the tolls they've paid for striving to overcome expectations and escape the pull of history. As it explores sexual desire and identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class and status, and the life-altering facts of parenthood, <i>Red at the Bone</i> most strikingly looks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives--even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.
The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth Book 1)
by N. K. Jemisin

Language

English

Pages

512

Publication Date

August 04, 2015

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<b>At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this "intricate and extraordinary" Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution. <i>(The New York Times)</i></b><br />This is the way the world ends...for the last time.<br />It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. <br /><br /> This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy. <br /> <br /><b>Read the first book in the critically acclaimed, three-time Hugo award-winning trilogy by <i>NYT </i>bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.</b><br /><br /> For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:<br /><br /> <b>The Inheritance Trilogy </b><br /> <i>The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms</i><br /> <i>The Broken Kingdoms</i><br /> <i>The Kingdom of Gods</i><br /><br /> <i>The Inheritance Trilogy </i>(omnibus edition) <br /> <i>Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych</i> (e-only short fiction) <br /> <i>The Awakened Kingdom </i>(e-only novella) <br /><br /> <b>Dreamblood Duology</b><br /> <i>The Killing Moon</i><br /> <i>The Shadowed Sun</i><br /> <i><br /></i><b>The Broken Earth</b><i>The Fifth Season</i><i>The Obelisk Gate</i>
Butterfly
by Ashley Antoinette

Language

English

Pages

285

Publication Date

January 07, 2020

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<p><b><i>Butterfly</i> is the first novel in an all new series by <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Ashley Antoinette!</b></p><p><i>“Run away from the boy that gives you butterflies, he's going to break your heart.”</i> </p><p>Morgan Atkins had been told that phrase ever since she was a little girl and still she allowed herself to fall for the boy that made her heart flutter. After losing her first love, Morgan is terrified to love again. She's settled for a comfortable life with a respectable man. She has everything. She's living in the lap of luxury and although she's comfortable, she's bored out of her mind. </p><p>When a ghost from her past blows into town, she finds herself entangled in an illicit affair. It's wrong, but she can't fight the butterflies he gives her and honestly, she doesn't want to. She can't hide the natural attraction she feels and soon, she's so deep involved that she can no longer tell where the boundary between right and wrong lies. Her heart is telling her one thing, but her head is saying another. Morgan Atkins has always been a spoiled girl and she tries to have it all, but when she's forced to choose between a good man and a bad boy, someone will end up hurt. Someone just may end up dead. </p><p>Morgan Atkins has been through more tragedy than one girl can bear. Will she weather this storm? Or will the ultimate heartbreak ruin her for good?</p>
The Wedding Party
by Jasmine Guillory

Language

English

Pages

351

Publication Date

July 16, 2019

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<b>As seen on <i>The Today Show! <br /></i><br />The new exhilarating<i> New York Times </i>bestselling romance from the author of<i> The Proposal, </i>a <b><b>Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick</b></b>!</b><br />  <br /> Maddie and Theo have two things in common:<br /><br /> 1. Alexa is their best friend<br /> 2. They hate each other<br /> <b><br /> </b>After an “oops, we made a mistake” night together, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa's wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they're comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won't fade. It builds until they find themselves sneaking off together to release some tension when Alexa isn't looking, agreeing they would end it once the wedding is over. When it’s suddenly pushed up and they only have a few months left of secret rendezvouses, they find themselves regretting that the end is near. Two people this different can’t possibly have a connection other than the purely physical, right?<br /><br /> But as with any engagement with a nemesis, there are unspoken rules that must be abided by. First and foremost, don't fall in love.

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