Harper Collins

This collection by poet Nikki Giovanni is absolutely wonderful. The diversity between short prose and poetry in this collection lends it a great readability, and there is a lovely rhythm to the book. Of note is the poem dedicated to Maya Angelou that embraces tears and sadness as necessary and healing. The personal is political, and as always Giovanni reminds us why. - Louise

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A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears and Laughter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062399458
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Published: William Morrow - October 24th, 2017

Having binge-watched the television adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, coupled with current politics, I swore off dystopian stories for the time being just so I could catch my breath. Until, of course, I caught word that my favorite author’s new title was just that. Future Home of the Living God tells the story of one woman, Cedar, who at four months pregnant, is suddenly thrown into a fight for survival when the state of genetic evolution starts to reverse itself. Plants and animals are reproducing species that have long been extinct and there are whispers that the children being born aren’t surviving or if they are, something is very wrong with them. The government responds by gathering genetic data and institutionalizing pregnant women. As Cedar’s pregnancy progresses, we watch the journey that she must endure to protect her unborn child. While this genre is a departure for Erdrich, Future Home of the Living God explores themes familiar to her other books, examining self-identity, loyalty, and the importance of redemption within family. This is a taut and intense whirlwind of a read—whew. - S.M.C.

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Future Home of the Living God: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062694058
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Published: Harper - November 14th, 2017

I adore the Nutcracker ballet and even have a collection of Christmas nutcrackers, so I’m beyond excited that Gregory Maguire, master of fairy tale reinvention, has turned his nimble mind to crafting a backstory for the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer and the Nutcracker! I can’t wait to see what magic he works on this beloved tale and what poignancy he scatters through it—delights waiting to be savored like the sweetmeats cracked from a nut. - Flannery

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Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062684387
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Published: William Morrow - October 31st, 2017

This novel is a take on the family drama, with a certain something that only Los Angeles can bring. Drugs, cults, and crushing poverty all make appearances, but so do the human goodness and chance encounters that also pervade the City of Angels. Pochoda navigates these waters with grace and skill, leaving me feeling deeply connected to her characters even as I wondered how human connection is even possible. Is there anything more L.A. than that? - Jax

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Wonder Valley: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062656353
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Published: Ecco - November 7th, 2017

Badass and gripping, this memoir feels like the most honest conversation you’ve ever had with a best friend about the important topics of your lives. Captivating whether you know Union or not, I want to hand this to every feminist with a reading list. Union’s transparency, intensity, and grace merit both awe and a prodigious red wine toast. - a.c.

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We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062693983
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 17th, 2017

There is nothing I don't love about this book. The dialogue is smart, the sex scenes are sizzling, and the cover is gorgeous. The heroine is a tattoo artist with a complicated history with her first love who she keeps encountering when she moves back home. Bonus: this is Rai's first novel with a major publisher and it's well deserved. - Karena

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Hate to Want You: Forbidden Hearts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062566737
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Published: Avon - July 25th, 2017

Yes, a sappy dog book! Our charming four-legged narrator observes his owner’s life with careful wisdom and curiosity. We follow this unique perspective throughout different stages of human life with the commentary of man’s best friend. Sentimental and reflective, one of my favorites to pass on! Tear-jerker warning! - Grace

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The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061537967
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 9th, 2009

Naomi doesn't remember why she was running when a group of migrants found her as a lost child outside a field, but she devotes her adult life to answering that question for other lost girls. A private investigator, Naomi is skilled at tracking down lost children. But when a new case draws her back into the broken memories of her past, Naomi is scared of what she might find. A beautiful, chilling tale of loss and redemption. - Sara

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The Child Finder: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062659057
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Published: Harper - September 5th, 2017

I look forward to each new Krauss novel, and for good reason. Her latest is an exploration of identity and belonging. An aging lawyer and a struggling writer travel to Israel in near-intersecting stories, each searching for something unknowable, and the not knowing is the prize. Add in some Kafka, some metaphysical philosophizing, oh and the multiverse, and you have an intellectual journey in want of a curious reader. Let it be you. - Melinda

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Forest Dark: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062430991
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Published: Harper - September 12th, 2017

This dystopian narrative set in future-China starts like gender-swapped Jane Austen meets The Giver, and ends like a freaking spy thriller. These characters have my heart:  a charismatic man with autism; a kind, closeted older gentleman; and a woman who wishes the men in her life would just please stop to communicate for once! I grew to adore this book—especially XX, whose growth toward triumph is a brilliant defense of individual human worth. - a.c.

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An Excess Male: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062662552
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Published: Harper Voyager - September 12th, 2017

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