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Pachinko

by Min Jin Lee I recently read the book Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. It’s a multigenerational story focusing on the life of a Korean woman, Sunja. Sunja grows up in the period of Japanese occupation in Korea and paints life in the time in great detail. It also talks about the lives of her …

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Why Fish Don’t Exist

Lulu Miller’s ‘Why Fish Don’t Exist’ is part memoir, part biography, and also social history. More importantly it’s a philosophical meditation on courage and perseverance in the face of the howling chaos of the universe and the human condition. Miller picks up the story of David Starr Jordan, a 19th century taxonomist obsessed with labeling …

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The First Sister

Like Red Rising meets The Handmaid’s Tale . . . that’s perhaps unfairly reductive, but in a good way! I’ve been chasing that mix of political intrigue and genetically enhanced super soldiers engaging in hand-to-hand combat for the dominion of a whole planet since Pierce Brown’s first book came out seven years ago, and this …

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Cropped version of the book cover for Dead Dead Girls

Dead Dead Girls

Who is this book for: mystery readers looking for a historic setting, lovers of the Jazz Age and the Harlem Renaissance Louise Lloyd has a simple life – and she likes it that way. Living in 1920s Harlem, she spends her days working at Maggie’s Café and her nights dancing with her friends at the local …

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The Sanatorium

Who is this book for: people looking for a good book for vacation, fans of The Shining, readers who want a twisty thriller Sarah Pearse surges onto the scene with this creepy debut thriller. Le Sommet has a dark past – the building nestled in the Swiss Alps previously was a sanatorium for patients with tuberculosis. …

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Cover for the book Ring Shout by P Djeli Clark

Ring Shout

Who is this book for: people who watched or read Lovecraft Country, historical fiction readers who needs a bit of weirdness Nebula, Locus, and Alex Award-winner P. Djèlí Clark writes this dark novella that twists history with fantastical, horrific elements. Maryse Boudreaux battles monsters every day – whether those monsters are ones we can see …

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