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The Dangers of Smoking in Bed: Stories
Mariana Enriquez
Top-notch, bone-chilling stories of death and undeath. A gothic unpeeling of how chauvinistic society runs by exploiting children and destroying women. This immensely beautiful, masterful writing makes the heaviest of subjects ghostly light, swirling like the last trail of cigarette smoke. --Recommended by Anna
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LUSTER
An electrifying slow-burn charted by a young Black woman The narrative shines with dark humor as the protagonist wrestles with IBS, paints still lifes of cadavers, cosplays for Comic Con, and navigates an increasingly complex relationship with a married white man, his white wife, and their adopted Black daughter. ---recommended by Anna
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Tokyo Ueno Station
A Novel
Miri Yu
Like flashes of scenery framed by the window of an express train, Zainichi Korean writer Yu Miri depicts the lives of the most vulnerable in present-day Japan with snapshots of deftness and feeling. A poetic, elegant condemnation of the imperial system as seen through the eyes of a ghostly observer --recommended by Anna
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Inland
A Novel
Téa Obreht
Recommended by Anna

"The Sixth Sense meets True Grit. The main characters are a tough old woman and a Middle Eastern cowboy. And there's a child obsessed with something called 'the beast'. What more could you want?"

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Severance
Ling Ma
Recommended by Anna

Maybe it's the end of the world, but not for Candace Chen, a millennial, first-generation American and office drone meandering her way into adulthood in Ling Ma's offbeat, wryly funny, apocalyptic satire, Severance.

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Braiding Sweetgrass
Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Robin Wall Kimmerer
"Kimmerer, Ph.D. and citizen of the Potawatomi Nation, provides an invaluable look at where we are, what damaging, normalized practices got us here, and how we can heal ourselves and the Earth." - ​Recommended by Anna
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A Visit from the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan
Recommended by Anna

"This wild ride includes: PowerPoint-formatted chapters, aging punk rockers, delicious time skips, and the tumult between self-destruction and redemption. Bold and startling, Egan's breakout novel is laugh out loud funny at times, and made me put my hand over my heart (I know) at others."