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In Transcription, Kate Atkinson brings the past of mid-20th-century Britian so thoroughly to life that she almost seems to be reporting rather than inventing. Her details are so rich and her hand so certain that, as readers, we are there — we are walking those streets, sitting in those smoky rooms. And, most of all, we are completely caught up in the emotional power of the tensions and fears of that past. With Juliet Armstrong, Atkinson has given us a remarkable addition to the canon of British spies. -- Michael
Creepy and romantic, Mexican Gothic is easily one of my favorite books of 2020! Upon receiving a strange letter from her cousin, Noemi Taboada goes to investigate the happenings of High Place, a decaying manor filled with secrets, and is plagued by terrifying dreams and visions. Moreno-Garcia delivers a fresh take on a classic gothic novel that will grab your attention from the very first chapter! -- Tyrinne
James Smale is a struggling writer that finally gets his book bought by an editor, who turns out to be Jackie O! The pair develop a surprising friendship that ultimately forces James to deal with issues he’s having with his mother, due to his depiction of her in his book. This novel is laugh out loud funny, but also profound and moving. -- Tyrinne
Being the youngest and only the second Black editor-in-chief of a Conde Nast publication, Elaine Welteroth is a force. In this memoir, she details how she's navigated love, her career, and life in general as a young Black woman. It's an intimate and genuine coming of age story that I recommend all women, but especially young women read. --Tyrinne
Fun, nostalgic, and original! Set in Danvers, MA- originally part of Salem Village, this novel follows the local girls field hockey team as they sign their names and pledge to dark forces in exchange for a winning season. Each member of the team has a distinct voice and ulterior motives of why they are willing to dabble in witchcraft. -- Anastasia
Mira Jacob gives answers to questions her 6 year old asks her about family, race, class, and culture. These questions launched Jacobs into remembering her own past- her experiences of being a first generation Indian-American, her sexulaity, and the aftermath of being a person of color living in NYC after 9/11. This memoir is an honest discussion and examples of the experiences BIPOCs face. -- Anastasia
A collection of unique short stories by a debut author, taking place in Denver, Colorado each with a strong female voice. Each story is thought provoking, exploring the themes of abandonment, family, culture, and growing up. You will become invested in the characters and their stories. -- Anastasia
Written from three different perspectives, this novel tells the story of Eamon- a cop who dies in the line of duty, Dalton- his adopted brother who tries to help his brother’s widow, and Evi- dealing with the death of her husband, the birth of their son, and her growing feelings for her brother-in-law. A wonderful debut novel. --Anastasia
You’ll never forget 14 year old Lacey May as she searches for her missing mom and questions everything in her inequitable, insular world. Set outside Fresno in a community led by a charismatic pastor and suffering from an extended drought. -- Susan
True story about a game reserve owner in South Africa that takes on a rogue herd of elephants. Between animal interactions, Zulu politics and poaching attempts, it’s a wild ride. Great storytelling. -- Susan
Completely fresh, totally engaging, wildly original, I’ve never read anything like this. Twelve black British women’s lives are interconnected, over the course of one night and 100 years. So many juicy nuggets to discuss and mull over make it perfect for book groups. -- Susan
Complete page turner! The power of money, and art, and TV talking heads, and conspiracy theories. -- Susan