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Saga Boy: My Life of Blackness and Becoming

Downing’s elegant, engaging memoir will have particular significance to readers from the Caribbean diaspora, but it will be understood by any reader who has ever had their world suddenly upended and needed to make it whole again.

Worldly Things

This work is highly recommended for all collections.

Demos: An American Multitude

There are impressive moments liberally littered throughout this work, which brims with important rhetoric, but finally it feels a bit too scattered.

Diary of a Young Naturalist

Not a nature guide as such, but should appeal to many, including fans of nature writing, those who’d like to read about a naturalist on the spectrum, and, of course, all who find inspiration in nature.



With so many (perhaps too many) characters and story threads, one worries whether McNamer (Red Rover) will be able to bring them together by the end, but she does. The conclusion is satisfying, but mention of a mysterious illness afflicting one resident returning from a cruise in early 2020 casts an ominous shadow. Recommended for readers eager for nonquaint novels about seniors.

Tethered to Stars: Poems

Like the stars its title invokes, Joudah’s latest is mysterious and ruminative, a challenging work perhaps ill suited for poetry novices but offering plenty of dark beauty for those willing to probe its cryptic depths.

World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments

A lyrical exploration of a woman finding her true home in the world, interspersed with hauntingly beautiful descriptions of the lives of the animals and plants that illuminate it, this natural history will appeal to nature lovers and readers who relish thoughtful, introspective works. Also suggest to fans of Margaret Renkl’s Late Migrations.

For Joshua: An Ojibwe Father Teaches His Son

A well-written, introspective book on fatherhood and loss that will especially interest readers and students of First Nations life and literature.

Ruby & Roland

Sullivan (Goodnight, Mr. Wodehouse) creates a story worthy of comparison to Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome. Recommended for historical and women’s fiction fans

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