• The Refugees

    The Refugees

    Nguyen, Viet Thanh

    A collection of stories, most set amid the Vietnamese exile communities of California, by the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Sympathizer (Kirkus.) Viet Thanh Nguyen was a SAL speaker in May, 2018.

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  • Everything's Trash, but It's Okay

    Everything's Trash, but It's Okay

    Robinson, Phoebe

    Current events and women’s issues humorously tackled by a successful and prolific black woman comedian (Kirkus.) Phoebe Robinson was a SAP speaker in October, 2018.

    Format: eBook

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  • Ripper

    Ripper

    Allende, Isabel

    It may be an unusual plot line for Allende -- a string of murders in contemporary San Francisco and a teenage sleuth on the case -- but she proves can master any genre and character. Isabel Allende was a SAL speaker during the inaugural season (1988/89) and again in 2018 for the 30th anniversary.

    Format: eBook

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  • Brief Encounters With Che Guevara

    Brief Encounters With Che Guevara

    Fountain, Ben

    Fountain, author of “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk,” won the PEN/Hemingway award for this collection where stories are united by politics, social upheaval, adventure, and sly humor. Ben Fountain was a SAL speaker in 2017.

    Format: eBook

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  • Between the World and Me

    Between the World and Me

    Coates, Ta-Nehisi

    A father’s letter to an adolescent son conveys his story as a black man understanding his circumstances through experiences, history reimagined, and reportage on the shooting of an unarmed acquaintance by the police. Ta-Nehisi Coates was a SAL speaker in 2017 and 2019.

    Format: Downloadable Audiobook

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  • Educated

    Educated

    Westover, Tara

    Westover recounts the challenges overcoming her survivalist family in rural Idaho, going to school for the first time at 18, and how educating herself was a means of setting herself free. Tara Westover was a SAL speaker in April, 2019.

    Format: eBook

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  • Stern Men

    Stern Men

    Gilbert, Elizabeth

    In Gilbert’s (“Signature of All Things”) debut, 18-year-old Ruth returns from boarding school to join the “stern men” working in the lobster fishing waters off Maine. Elizabeth Gilbert was a SAL speaker in 2015.

    Format: eBook

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  • Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go

    Ishiguro, Kazuo

    A dystopian literary mystery where three friends discover the dark secrets behind the elite British boarding school where they met more than a decade earlier. Kazuo Ishiguro was a SAL speaker in 1995.

    Format: eBook

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  • Behold the Dreamers

    Behold the Dreamers

    Mbue, Imbolo

    A lovely portrait of a Cameroonian immigrant family in New York City on the eve of the Great Recession. The New York Times called it a “big-hearted novel.” Imbolo Mbue was a SAL speaker in 2019.

    Format: Downloadable Audiobook

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  • Surpassing Certainty

    Surpassing Certainty

    Mock, Janet

    Producer, writer, transgender rights advocate, and former magazine editor Mock's second memoir (after "Redefining Realness") takes readers from her college days to dancing at a strip club to success in the publishing world. Janet Mock was a SAL speaker in 2017.

    Format: Downloadable Audiobook

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