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Multi-generational sagas don't get better than this beautiful story of one poor Korean family that moves to Japan. Spanning the years 1910 to 1989, this book describes the immigrant's experience in a way that is completely relevant today. Min Jin Lee has found the perfect image, the pachinko board, to represent the uncertainties in life. I haven't read a novel with such emotion since Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance. 

 

 

Picked by Kalani

Every generation a set of triplets is born... but only one—the survivor—can be queen. Will it be the poisoner? The elemental? The naturalist? Intricate side-plots, twisted deceit, and a dark and beautiful fantasy story with a tender heart. I can't wait until the next one!

Picked by Lish

A good friend of mine handed me this collection and said, "You'll like it. It's sci-fi feminist poetry." She was right. It's also poignant, clever, and funny. This is one of the most solid collections of poetry I've read in a long time, and it's the kind of book where I kept buying copies and giving them away before I finally kept one for myself.

Picked by Lish

Not every author can transition from novel to comic book, but Meyer obviously can. Wires & Nerve is full of adventure, intrigue, friendship, and a little romance. And also rogue wolf spiders and a funny, feisty android, kicking butt, taking names, and fighting anti-android prejudice. If you loved the Lunar Chronicles, you'll love Wires & Nerve. If you didn't read the Lunar Chronicles... you should.

Picked by Lish

1948, post-war Australia, finds Anikka Lachlan living happily with her husband, Mac, and 10 year-old daughter, Isabel. An accident changes all of that, and Anikka becomes the town librarian to support her smaller family. War-damaged veterans, Roy McKinnon, a poet, and Frank Draper, a medical doctor, return home to piece together their lives. A love story, a story of healing, this tale alternates between strong characters to relate both the tragic and the resilient sides of the human condition. With poetic prose, Ashley Hay paints this quiet drama of heartbreak and joy.

Picked by Jane

Florence Fein, a recent college graduate, defies expectations and takes a job in Moscow in 1930's. Florence's story is picked up her son, Julian, and his son, Lenny. Traversing the 1930's to the 1950' to 2008, switching between New York city and Moscow, this brilliantly executed tale brims with indelible characters living as Americans in Moscow during the Cold War and its aftermath. The power of propaganda and Florence's determination, in spite of a 7-year prison term, doesn't weaken her commitment to stay in Moscow. Even when forced as an elderly woman to join her family in the U.S., Florence never sacrifices her ideals, never criticizes the Soviet Union!

Picked by Jane

Always an outcast, born an albino into a family and township of dark-skinned people, Memory recalls from her childhood the day she was sold to a white man, Lloyd. Now, convicted of Lloyd's murder, she sits on death row in a maximum security prison in Zimbabwe. It is this book, which her lawyer encourages her to write, that keeps her sane and leads her to a truth that shifts the fabric of her remembered life. With an even voice and eloquent simplicity, Memory peels the layers of detail away to reveal a very startling truth!

Picked by Jane

Sci-Fi can be... dark. Gritty. A dramatic sequence of hard choices and unforeseen events.

This is none of that.

Reminiscent of Firefly and Star Trek, it is filled with top-notch characterization, questions of morality, and fascinating clashing of culture dynamics. I fell in love with all the characters, both human and alien, and was glad for a reprieve from the heavy stories normal for this genre.

Picked by Ashley

With her debut poetry collection Shraya applies her keen intelligence and awareness of her positionality to white privilege and systematic racism. Shraya pushes past the notion that racism is anything other than commonplace. It's multi-layered and thought-provoking, as well as imaginative and mind-opening. This combination makes this an unflinching, timely, and necessary read. Keep this as an antidote to the legion of white male poets on your syllabus. 

Picked by Courtney