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You Like It Darker: Stories

King explains in an afterword to the collection that short stories are hard for him to write, but readers will be thrilled by these tales. Some of the stories are darker and more poisonous than others, but they all have that King touch.

House Gone Quiet: Stories

Linked by their surreal nature and strong sense of place, the works in Norris’ss book include both well-developed characters and strong settings. Recommended for most collections.

The Six: The Untold Story of America’s First Women Astronauts

Grush’s compelling group biography of these extraordinary women, which also includes fascinating details of the space shuttle program and speculation on the future of the commercial space industry, is ideal for those curious about space science and women’s contributions to STEM fields.

Lady Tan’s Circle of Women

With incredible cultural and historical detail, beautifully drawn characters, and a dash of mystery, See’s languidly paced, exquisitely written novel about women helping women should be cherished by historical-fiction fans. This excellent book club choice may also have crossover appeal with YA readers.

The Homewood Trilogy

Aptly described as an urban Black complement to Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha novels and a prose analogue to playwright August Wilson’s Pittsburgh-set “Century Cycle,” this masterly, transformative work of remembrance is nothing short of a masterpiece.

Cahokia Jazz

Spufford has written an astounding homage to noir mysteries. A poignant drama-filled novel that his fans and readers of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian will thoroughly enjoy.

100 Places To See After You Die: A Travel Guide to the Afterlife

Readers who don’t mind some irreverence can imaginary-armchair-travel to Valhalla (Norse mythology), the Heaviside Layer (Cats), the Djalia (Black Panther’s Wakanda), and the Outer Planes (Dungeons & Dragons).

The Perfection Trap: Embracing the Power of Good Enough

Those interested in reading about the causes and effects of perfectionism will find plenty, but readers looking for a self-help guide or practical solutions should look at other books, like Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection.

Omega Farm: A Memoir

A great addition to the memoir trend of capturing emotional moments experienced during the COVID lockdown. This account demonstrates the reverberating consequences of an epidemic that caused many families to make stressful choices.


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