• Beautiful Country: A Memoir

    Beautiful Country: A Memoir

    Wang, Qian Julie

    NEW FOR SEPTEMBER! Adult Nonfiction. “In this extraordinary debut, civil rights lawyer Wang recounts her years growing up as an un-documented immigrant living in ‘the furtive shadows’ of America. During China's Cultural Revolution, her uncle was thrown in prison for criticizing Mao Zedong, leaving his parents and younger brother, Wang's father, to pay for his ‘treasonous’ ways in the form of public beatings and humiliation. This fueled her father's desire to find a better life in America, the "Beautiful Country." During her five years in the States—‘shrouded in darkness while wrestling with hope and dignity’ —Wang managed to become a star student. Consider this remarkable memoir a new classic.” – Publishers Weekly

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  • Beautiful World, Where Are You

    Beautiful World, Where Are You

    Rooney, Sally

    NEW FOR SEPTEMBER! Adult Fiction. "Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up, and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood.\nAlice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?” – Publisher description \n

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  • Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law

    Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law

    Roach, Mary

    NEW FOR SEPTEMBER! Adult Nonfiction. “Bestseller Roach sheds light on nature's malefactors in this often funny, always provocative survey of species that ‘regularly commit acts that put them at odds with humans.’ Readers will learn that most lethal bear attacks (which are very rare) are committed by what is commonly believed to be the less dangerous black bear, and that the animal responsible for the most damage to civil aircraft in the U.S. is, surprisingly, the white-tailed deer. Roach's writing is wry, full of heart, and loaded with intriguing facts: ‘You may be wondering: When you live off your own fat, do you need to use the toilet? If you are a bear, you do not.’ This eminently entertaining outing is another winner from Roach.”– Publishers Weekly

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  • Harlem Shuffle

    Harlem Shuffle

    Whitehead, Colson

    NEW FOR SEPTEMBER! Adult Fiction. "Whitehead (The Nickel Boys) returns with a sizzling heist novel set in civil rights–era Harlem. It’s 1959 and Ray Carney has built an ‘unlikely kingdom’ selling used furniture. A husband, a father, and the son of a man who once worked as muscle for a local crime boss, Carney is ‘only slightly bent when it comes to being crooked.’ But when his cousin Freddie... decides to rob the historic Hotel Theresa, a lethal cast of underworld figures enter Carney’s life. It’s a superlative story, but the most impressive achievement is Whitehead’s loving depiction of a Harlem 60 years gone.” – Publishers Weekly

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  • Immune: A Journey Into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive

    Immune: A Journey Into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive

    Dettmer, Philipp

    NEW FOR SEPTEMBER! Adult Nonfiction. “Dettmer, founder of science education YouTube channel Kurzgesagt, debuts with an immersive primer on immunology. ‘The immune system is the most complex biological system known to humanity, other than the human brain,’ Dettmer writes, and in four parts, he outlines the biological components responsible for maintaining human health. Dettmer does an admirable job of staying out of the weeds, and colorful illustrations bring the whimsy of his YouTube channel to the page. Full of facts and fun, this survey is sure to entertain.”– Publishers Weekly

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  • The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina

    The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina

    Cordova, Zoraida

    NEW FOR SEPTEMBER! Adult Fiction. "The Montoyas are used to a life without explanations. They know better than to ask why the pantry never seems to run low or empty, or why their matriarch won’t ever leave their home in Four Rivers, even for graduations, weddings, or baptisms. But when Orquídea Divina invites them to her funeral and to collect their inheritance, they hope to learn the secrets that she has held onto so tightly their whole lives. Instead, Orquídea is transformed, leaving them with more questions than answers. Alternating between Orquídea’s past and her descendants’ present, this is an enchanting novel about what we inherit from our ancestors, the ties that bind, and reclaiming your power.” – Publisher description

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  • Matrix

    Matrix

    Groff, Lauren

    NEW FOR SEPTEMBER! Adult Fiction. "Groff (Florida) fashions a boldly original narrative based on the life and legend of 12th-century poet Marie de France. After Marie is banished to a poverty-stricken British abbey by Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine at age 17 in 1158, she transforms from a reluctant prioress into an avid abbess. Marie reshapes the claustrophobic community into a ‘self-sufficient... island of women.’ Groff fills the novel with friendships among the nuns, inspirational apparitions, and writings empowered by divine inspiration. Transcendent prose and vividly described settings bring to life historic events, from the Crusades to the papal interdict of 1208.” – Publishers Weekly

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  • Please Don't Sit on My Bed in your Outside Clothes: Essays

    Please Don't Sit on My Bed in your Outside Clothes: Essays

    Robinson, Phoebe

    NEW FOR SEPTEMBER! Adult Nonfiction. “Robinson serves up, in her characteristic laugh-out-loud voice, what it means to be a young, Black success story in this inimitable, comedic tell-all. Robinson gleefully dips into the cultural artifacts of the pandemic and beyond with earnest insights on America's racial and political developments, skyrocketing to fame while building her ‘mini empire,’ her fully self-possessed ‘worship at the altar of Angela Bassett,’ and quarantining while in a relationship. Her no-holds-barred essays are deliciously confessional – no topic is deprived of caps lock or gushing footnotes. – Publishers Weekly

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  • Poet Warrior: A Memoir

    Poet Warrior: A Memoir

    Harjo, Joy

    NEW FOR SEPTEMBER! Adult Nonfiction. “In this hybrid memoir, the acclaimed Muscogee Nation writer combines poetry and prose to trace her journey from avid word collector to seasoned wordsmith. The author's mother would routinely recite poems by writers like William Blake, a practice that Harjo credits with sparking her interest in poetry and songs. In contrast, her father's violence filled her with the instinct to hide herself and her literary journey. On the line level, Harjo's words blaze with honesty and lyricism, and nearly every sentence is a delight. A gorgeous, compassionate memoir from one of America's greatest living writers.”– Kirkus Reviews

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  • Under the Whispering Door

    Under the Whispering Door

    Klune, TJ

    NEW FOR SEPTEMBER! Adult Fiction. "When a reaper comes to collect Wallace from his own funeral, Wallace begins to suspect he might be dead. And when Hugo, the owner of a peculiar tea shop, promises to help him cross over, Wallace decides he's definitely dead. But even in death he's not ready to abandon the life he barely lived, so when Wallace is given one week to cross over, he sets about living a lifetime in seven days. Hilarious, haunting, and kind, Under the Whispering Door is an uplifting story about a life spent at the office and a death spent building a home.” – Publisher description

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