Hurricane Katrina pounces on New Orleans in this vivid, harrowing nonfiction recounting of the worst storm in U.S. history.  —Tera

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ISBN: 9780544157774
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - August 4th, 2015

Okparanta’s first short story collection, Happiness, Like Water, is a perfect example of the power of prose. Her stories shook me in places I thought myself durable beyond doubt. This new work centers around a young Nigerian woman unfortunately blossoming under the chaos of civil war; a fateful friendship with another displaced girl transforms into love, which must be hidden at all costs. If Udala Trees is written with the same clarity that has become Okparanta’s signature, a Lambda Award nomination will surely be hers.  --Louise

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ISBN: 9780544003446
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 22nd, 2015

With contributors such as Sherman Alexie, Mary Gaitskill and Junot Diaz, as well as standards like Hemingway, Faulkner and Carver, there’s much to love in this collection of short stories from the past 100 years. Edited by master of the form Lorrie Moore and with an eye towards the way story has both evolved through the years and reflected on them, this anthology of forty stories provides a fresh and diverse way to look at the American landscape in letters.  --Melinda

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ISBN: 9780547485850
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 6th, 2015

A book is a block of paper bound together by cardboard, filled with words that entertain and/or inform the reader. An example of a book is Thing Explainer, written by a person named Randall Munroe (What If?). He is a former NASA roboticist, which is a fancy way of saying he’s highly qualified to explain the intricacies of science-y things like a rocket ship (Up Goer Five) and the food-heating radio box (microwave).  —Louise

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ISBN: 9780544668256
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - November 24th, 2015

When a WWII aircraft is found buried in the moors with the pilot inside, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in and finds herself embroiled in another murder investigation. I’ve read this entire series (starting with The Crossing Places), and this is my favorite so far. Revolving around a secretive aristocratic family and complicated by a film crew, this dryly funny book has an intriguing mystery and features the ever-endearing Ruth. I loved it!  --Flannery

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ISBN: 9780544330146
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 19th, 2015

The incredibly popular Best American series finally has a science fiction and fantasy version! Drawing from multiple sources, the inaugural edition includes the best stories in the field of 2014, from well-known authors (::coughcoughNeilGaiman::) and those of quieter fame. The editors for this year are horror and graphic novelist Joe Hill and series editor John Joseph Adams. I can’t wait to start a yearly tradition of discovering SFF’s best!  --Jocelyn

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By Joe Hill (Editor), John Joseph Adams (Editor)
ISBN: 9780544449770
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Published: Mariner Books - October 6th, 2015

My family is from Alabama, and I have a deep love of the South, so I am thrilled that noted travel writer Paul Theroux has turned his eye to the Deep South for his first American travelogue. Exploring back roads and meeting residents from all walks of life, Theroux paints a warm, vivid portrait of the Southern states that revels in the good without shying away from the bad.  —Flannery

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ISBN: 9780544323520
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Published: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 29th, 2015

Inspired by the childhood of Edna Lewis (the cook and writer credited by many with starting the slow food movement), this picture book for 4- to 8-year-olds, celebrates the pleasures and poetry of growing, harvesting, cooking, and sharing food with family and friends. From the author’s note: “Edna Lewis was born in 1916 in Freetown, Virginia, a community founded by her grandfather and two other emancipated slaves. The people of Freetown were farmers, and they lived by the seasons, growing and harvesting their own cops, gathering nature’s wild bounty.”  --Ga

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ISBN: 9780618158362
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Published: Clarion Books - January 19th, 2009

Did you know that when an elephant wanders away from its herd, putting itself in danger of encounters with lions, it is a protective big sister who usually guides the elephant back to safety? Or that wild turkey brothers stay together for life, and even help attract mates and chase off rival males for each other? These revelations, along with more stories about sibling relationships—from Nile crocodiles to black widow spiders—make the new book Sisters & Brothers both informative and fun. Which animal species is most like your family? The Naked Mole Rats who lay down in tunnels for others to walk on depending upon age status, or the beavers who work together with their siblings to gather bark to feed on during winter? Filled with science, animal facts, and great illustrations, this book is a fun exploration for the whole family.  —Casey

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ISBN: 9780547727387
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 20th, 2012

From the author of Wicked Plants and The Drunken Botanist comes the fictionalized story of how the first female sheriff’s deputy got the job. This clever book has it all—action, eccentric characters, a historical setting, carrier pigeons, and more. This is Amy Stewart’s first work of fiction, and it’s infused with her drily-witty sense of humor and warm storytelling. I adored the Kopp sisters, and hope to read of their further adventures.  --Flannery

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ISBN: 9780544409910
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 1st, 2015



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