Susan’s Recommendations

How I Shed My Skin : Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood

How I shed my skin : unlearning racist lessons of a southern childhoodBy Grimsley, Jim, 1955-
Novelist Jim Grimsley deconstructs his childhood, growing up in the rural South in North Carolina. He was an elementary school student when the 1966 decision (Brown v. Board of Education) came down which started the end of segregation by race. In minute detail, Grimsley remembers the key moments from elementary through high school which challenged him to not become the bigot that his automatically ingrained upbringing said he should be.... Read more
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Mort(e)By Repino, Robert.
Outstanding world-building mark this post-apocalyptic morality tale as an instant classic: the ultimate clash between humans and animals is masterminded by a sentient queen ant, head of the Colony: warrior ants are on the attack, and something has caused the other animals to rise up to both human height and capabilities, kill their human masters and join the revolution.... Read more
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The Dream Lover

The dream lover : a novelBy Berg, Elizabeth
In The Dream Lover, Elizabeth Berg transports us back to 19th century Paris, awash with famous authors, critics, actors, composers and artists. Living a separate life from her husband, Casimir, and her children, Aurore Dupin is at last alive--enjoying a seemingly charmed life of the Parisian literati, allowing her personality to blossom as she transforms into the renowned novelist, George Sand.... Read more
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The Republic of Imagination

The republic of imagination : America in three booksBy Nafisi, Azar
Azar Nafisi currently teaches at Johns Hopkins University, and had taught American Literature in her native Iran before deciding to leave to become an American citizen.... Read more
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Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century

Reappraisals : reflections on the forgotten twentieth centuryBy Judt, Tony
Tony Judt was a renowned British historian who frequently contributed essays to the New York Review of Books and authored many books. Sadly, he died in 2010 from ALS, but left us with a great treasure in the form of his books and journal articles. Reappraisals is a collection of his NYRB essays written between 1994 and 2006 on a wide variety of political and historical subjects.... Read more
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A Most Wanted Man

The Jaguar's Children

The jaguar's childrenBy Vaillant, John
Known for his nonfiction (2005’s Golden Spruce and 2010’s The Tiger), Vaillant’s debut novel tells the story of Hector and his friend César, who attempt to cross the U. S.-Mexico border with 13 others in an empty water tanker, welded shut by their “coyote” after they were all inside. The truck breaks down and they are abandoned en route.... Read more
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What We See When We Read

What we see when we read : a phenomenology ; with illustrationsBy Mendelsund, Peter.
As much a delightful art project as book, What We See When We Read is an exploration of the nature and mechanics of human imagination: how we visualize people and places in our minds that make a written work come alive for us as we read it.... Read more
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Award Winners & Bestsellers

Nobel Prize
2015 Prize in Literature
Svetlana Alexievich

National Book Award

2015 Prize for Fiction
Fortune Smiles
by Adam Johnson

2015 Prize for Nonfiction
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Newbery Medal
2016 award
Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Peña

Caldecott Medal
2016 award
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
y Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Printz Award

2016 award
Bone Gap

by Laura Ruby

New York Times Fiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sales)
The Last Mile
, by David Baldacci
The Obsession
, by Nora Roberts
Stuck-up Suit, by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Bounty, by Kristen Ashley
The Girl on the Train
, by Paula Hawkins

New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sale)
The Rainbow Comes and Goes, by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
The Sleep Revolution, by Arianna Huffington
When Breath Becomes Air
, by Paul Kalanithi
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaegar
Alexander Hamilton
, by Ron Chernow


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Academy Awards

American Booksellers Association National Indie Bestsellers

Billboard Top 100 songs

Caldecott Medal

Coretta Scott King Award

New York Times Bestsellers

Newbery Medal

Printz Award