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Do You Remember Being Born?

A poignant and intensely readable novel that examines the effects of local politics and global climate change, as well as being a true California story.

Pedro and Marques Take Stock: A Picaresque Novel

In his first work translated into English (with an intentional pun in the title not in the Portuguese version) Falero tries to instill sympathy into his characters, but readers may find the negative stigma attached to drug dealers overwhelms such efforts. The novel generally reads quickly, but the violent turnabout and unsavory atmosphere ultimately leave readers shortchanged.

I Went To See My Father

Shin successfully crafts yet another beautifully presented and heart-rending tale, giving readers much to ponder. Not to be missed, it will appeal not just to fans of Please Look After Mom but to anyone who enjoys strong, introspective storytelling; also a good candidate for book groups.

The Town of Babylon

Varela delivers an effortless blend of the deeply personal, as Andrés reflects on the past and his current difficulties with his husband, and the sociopolitical, offering a sharp critique of a capitalist society hostile to immigrants.


The pandemic provides a lens through which Hildyard’s narrator assembles a pastiche of memories. This quiet, well-written novel, which has a surprise ending, is worth a look.

No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies: A Lyric Essay

This short read packs a great deal of heart and promise for readers. Aguon has written both an informational and philosophical book that will please readers interested in environmental and political issues.

Trinity, Trinity, Trinity

The Mishima and Akutagawa prize–winning Kobayashi (Breakfast with Madame Curie) examines the shifting sands of memory and interconnected identity in a fluid landscape shaped by nuclear radiation, social media, and social connection. Highly recommended.

Home Bound: An Uprooted Daughter’s Reflections on Belonging

Bee’s memoir is experimental in form but will appeal to a variety of reader, challenging singular beliefs of what it means to be a daughter, sister, lover, wife, lawyer, and mother.

Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom

Purnell’s writing is personal, moving, and offers a globally relevant perspective. It dramatically expands the scope of how Americans can think about policing and justice and will leave a lasting impact.

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