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Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement

Painful and personal, yet beautiful and necessary, this book deserves to be read for its political significance and literary merit. Burke’s writing shines when she describes finding her voice as an aspiring activist.

L.A. Weather

Novelist and screenwriter Escandón (Esperanza’s Box of Saints) depicts many cultural layers of Los Angeles through its variety of food, unique architecture, and rich local history. Broader topics of immigration, climate change, gender identity, and the effects of gentrification come up throughout the novel. Most of all, Escandón celebrates family: sometimes joyous, sometimes infuriating, but always bonding together to meet life’s tempestuous challenges.

Guardians of the Trees: A Journey of Hope Through Healing the Planet

A compelling science memoir that will be relished by those who enjoy reading about innovative efforts to save imperiled habitats.

Once There Were Wolves

Another win for McConaghy that weaves together various modes and creates something that will be immediately appealing to a diverse spate of readers.

The Housewives: The Real Story Behind the Real Housewives

A smart, entertaining tribute that no Real Housewives fan should miss.

Palace of the Drowned

Mangan’s excellent sophomore effort (after Tangerine) feels like an homage to Hitchcock and Highsmith both. Frankie feels tensions, both real and imagined, that seep through the story with every word and page. Highly recommended.

Everything I Have Is Yours: A Marriage

An intimate, absorbing, and painful look at chronic illness in a relationship. Readers in similar situations will likely find it strikes a deep chord, but anyone who has endured difficulties in a long-term relationship will find much to ponder here as well.

Razorblade Tears

Cosby follows his award-nominated Blacktop Wasteland (an LJ Best Mystery selection for 2020) with another stand-alone mystery that’s already been optioned for a film. His story of fathers and sons, of men learning to respect others’ lives, has an unexpected depth for such a violent, confrontational book. This powerful book should be in every library.

Somebody’s Daughter

Moving testimony about the effect of incarceration on the lives of the children and families who live in its shadow. Ford’s writing sets itself apart.

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