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I’ve been assigned this book for three classes, and each time I’ve read it cover to cover. Moody is an eloquent, thoughtful writer. Recounting her childhood growing up in Mississippi under Jim Crow and her college years in the Civil Rights Movement, she offers an engrossing personal look at the fight to end segregation. You’ll see how far we’ve come, how we’ve regressed, and how far we still have to go. - Flannery

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Coming of Age in Mississippi: The Classic Autobiography of a Young Black Girl in the Rural South Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780385337816
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Published: Delta - February 3rd, 2004


I missed this one growing up, and worried that the book wouldn’t hold up to the off-the-charts hype. I’m happy to say this gorgeous, absolutely mesmerizing book is as relevant and engrossing today as ever. Offred’s story is so touching (and terrifying), because the world she inhabits feels so close to our own, with diction that feels positively poetic. - Jax

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780385490818
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor Books - March 13th, 1998


I LOVED this. Telling the story of the Donner Party in rich detail, Houston emphasizes interpersonal dynamics within the party, largely leaving the cannibalism theme (quite effectively) to the reader’s imagination. Diary entries from a survivor who once lived in the Santa Cruz house where Houston wrote the novel give it a special local angle. - Flannery

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Snow Mountain Passage Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780156011433
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Published: Harvest Books - March 25th, 2002


This post-apocalyptic endeavor is a beautifully written, terrifying journey into a future that feels real. We follow a caravan of musicians and actors who call themselves the Traveling Symphony, performing for forlorn survivors as they traverse the desolate landscape of what was once the Great Lakes. A fantastic look into human nature and the will to survive. - Sara

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Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015


There are countless adaptations of Homer’s Odyssey—from Ulysses to O Brother, Where Art Thou—but none tell the epic from Penelope’s point of view. Whether you’re a long-time fan of Atwood’s masterfully-crafted novels, or have just stumbled onto her work after watching the Netflix adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, you’re bound to love The Penelopiad. - Aric

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The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781841957982
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Published: Canongate Books - October 1st, 2006


The book is set in a dark future where an alien race has abducted the last surviving humans in hopes of helping them repopulate and revive an irradiated Earth. With a timeline that spans generations, Butler’s story was daring for her time and it’s still very relevant today, as she pushes the boundaries of race, gender, sexuality, and species. - Jade

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$21.99
ISBN: 9780446676106
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 1st, 2000


A comet is coming to end the world and only Junior knows about it. Told in Vonnegut-like  short chapters and bursting with dark humor, Currie tells the story in such a unique way (in the first half, the chapters count up to 100, and in the second half they count back down) as the world begins and ends. The book is  a chain letter; once you finish, you hand it to someone else. - Jason

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Everything Matters! Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143117513
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Published: Penguin Books - July 27th, 2010


I love this book so much that every time I come across it at a bookstore I get so excited that I forget I own it and buy it again. Otsuka uses first person plural to engage you in the story of Japanese picture brides as they navigate what it's like to be immigrants starting in the late 1800's and following them to the beginning of the internment camps of WWII. - Karena

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$14.00
ISBN: 9780307744425
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Published: Anchor Books - March 20th, 2012


This impeccably written book chronicles a man pinned between two worlds. Born in Vietnam and educated in the US, the main character finds himself an outsider in both cultures. Told from his prison cell, the story starts in the past, builds to the present, and goes beyond, along the way exploring the boundaries of friendship, patriotism, and the nature of humanity itself. - Jade

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The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802124944
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Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016


Don’t let the squirrel on the cover fool you—this is not a vapid summer read. This is quirky, hilariously critical, literary fiction.  It is both a romantic comedy told in present day Palo Alto, which ponders the thresholds of love and marriage—and a critique of the nouveau riche, big pharma and the military industrial complex. Unique and sweet, you’ll fall in love with it. - Jason

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The Portable Veblen Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101981597
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Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 2016


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