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We That Are Young
A Novel
Preti Taneja
A stunning debut novel, a modern-day King Lear set in contemporary India: the tale of a battle for power within a turbulent family, for status within a nation in a constant state of transformation, and for the love and respect of a father disappearing into dementia. Recommended by Paul, City Lights Booksellers
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The Old Drift
A Novel
Namwali Serpell
A stunning debut novel and the winner of the for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Ray Bradbury Prize, and longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.
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Correspondents
A Novel
Tim Murphy
From the author of Christodora
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Stony the Road
Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
A profound new rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that resubjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind.
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Dictionary of the Undoing
John Freeman
With an afterword by Valeria Luiselli, Dictionary of the Undoing is a necessary, resounding cri de coeur in defense of language, meaning, and our ability to imagine, describe, and build a better world. ––Recommended by Paul
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Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman
Bob Kaufman, Neeli Cherkovski, Raymond Foye, Tate Swindell
Collected for the first time, the complete surviving works of a major African-American Beat Surrealist poet. ––Recommended by Paul Yamazaki, head book buyer, City Lights Bookstore
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Freeman's
The Best New Writing on California
John Freeman
Featuring work from Tommy Orange, Rabih Alameddine, Rachel Kushner, Mai Der Vang, Reyna Grande, and more, the sixth Freeman's brilliantly showcases some of the world’s best writers grappling with the myths and reality of California today. ––Recommended by Paul
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The Water Dancer
A Novel
Ta-Nehisi Coates
From the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom. ––Recommended by Paul
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My Sister, the Serial Killer
A Novel
Oyinkan Braithwaite
NOMINATED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZE WINNER OF THE LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR MYSTERY/THRILLER FINALIST FOR THE 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE
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East Goes West
Younghill Kang
"A wonderfully resplendent evocation of a newcomer's America" (Chang-rae Lee, author of Native Speaker) by the father of Korean American literature. ––Recommended by Paul
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America Is in the Heart
Carlos Bulosan
A 1946 Filipino American social classic about the United States in the 1930s from the perspective of a Filipino migrant laborer who endures racial violence and struggles with the paradox of the American dream, with a foreword by novelist Elaine Castillo –– Recommended by Paul
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Tears of the Trufflepig
A Novel
Fernando A. Flores
One of The Daily Beast's Best Summer Beach Reads of 2019, one of Lit Hub and The Millions's Most Anticipated Books of 2019, one of Buzzfeed and Tor.com's Books to Read This Spring, and one of the Chicago Review of Books' Best New Books of May. ––Recommended by Paul
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Ghosts of Gold Mountain
The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad
A groundbreaking, breathtaking history of the Chinese workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad, helping to forge modern America only to disappear into the shadows of history until now. - Recommended by Paul
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The Parisian
A Novel
Isabella Hammad
A sublime debut novel by Plimpton Prize winner Isabella Hammad, The Parisian illuminates a pivotal period of Palestinian history through the journey and romances of one young man, from his studies in France during World War I to his return home to Palestine at the dawn of its battle for independence. - Recommended by Paul and Christopher P.

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