A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR (NPR, The Washington Post, Lit Hub, The Telegraph, Goodreads, Tor.com, them, and more)
“A deeply strange and haunting novel in the best possible way…An impressive and exciting debut novel that may leave you thinking about your own relationships in a new light.” —NPR
A heartfelt middle-grade novel about ex-best friends, betrayals, and revenge that is best served sour.
Revenge is sweet!
For as long as she can remember, Mai has spent every summer in Mystic, Connecticut visiting family friends.
Brain on Fire meets High Achiever in this “page-turner memoir chronicling a woman’s accidental descent into prescription benzodiazepine dependence—and the life-threatening impacts of long-term use—that chills to the bone” (Nylon).
As Melissa Bond raises her infant daughter and a special-needs one-year-old son, she suffers from
A hauntingly powerful and emotionally charged novel about family secrets, love and loss, identity and belonging.
Two children trapped in the same attic, almost a century apart, bound by a shared secret.
FEATURED ON THE COVER OF TIME MAGAZINE AS A 2021 NEXT GENERATION LEADER
“A once-in-a-generation voice.” – Vulture
“One of our greatest living writers.” – Shondaland
From the New York Times bestselling author of House of Eve—a 2023 Reese’s Book Club Pick!
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2022 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION
Conjuring entrancing tales of Mexican American mystics and misfits, Marytza K. Rubio shatters the boundaries of reality with this fiercely imaginative debut.
“The first witch of the waters was born in Destruction. The moon named her Maria.”
A Good Morning America Buzz Pick, a Best Romance of 2022 by The New York Times and The Washington Post, and a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Oprah Daily, Vulture, Harper’s Bazaar, Thrillist, Essence, Good Housekeeping, Glamour, Mari
By the age of nine, I will have lived in more than a dozen countries, on five continents, under six assumed identities. I’ll know how a document is forged, how to withstand an interrogation, and most important, how to disappear . .
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
USA TODAY BESTSELLER
Winner of the New England Book Award for Nonfiction
“The best of what memoir can accomplish... pulling no punches on the path to truth, but it always finds the capacity for grace and joy.” –Esquire, "Best Memoirs of the Year"
Longlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize
Shortlisted for the 2019 Amazon First Novel Award
Shortlisted for the 2019 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize
Winner of the 2019 Indigenous Voices Award for Published Prose in English
Winner of the 2018 Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design – Prose Fiction
Longlisted for the 2019 Sunburst Award
“A Gothic-punk graveyard tale about what haunts history and what haunts the human soul. An addicting read that draws you into its descent from the first page.”—Chuck Wendig, New York Times best-selling author of The Book of Accidents
Two indigenous creatives weave imaginative tales of how an indigenous man and white sailor could have met without conflict and with understanding in the year 1534.
“Reckon with the past and welcome together, a future yet uncharted.”
THIS BOOK STOLE MY HEART!
Beautiful book about being who you are and celebrating that. Supportive abuelas rule.
A chilling story of two interweaving assaults that take place 20 years apart in a small coastal town. When a reporter arrives in town to cover the current trial, the sister of the murdered girl from years before begins leaving the reporter letters pleading for help. The town records mention nothing of assault or murder of her sister… only that she mysteriously passes during a night swim. A haunting read that will stay with you long after you put it down. *heavy content*
A book of pure mindfulness. This book will ground, center and calm you.
“Right here, right now, YOU are becoming. Isn’t it wonderful?”
Welcome welcome one and all to the town of ‘Allows! Meet Beetle, a 12 year old goblin girl and her best friend ‘Blob Ghost.’ When Blob Ghost’s home is under threat of demolition, Beetle and her Gran must band together or loose Blob Ghost for good!
I wish Amari was my best friend growing up!! Expertly weaved and MAGICAL beyond belief. Do yourself a favor and read this. Can’t wait for the next one!
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race (Paperback)
A classic and essential reading towards understanding the dynamics of race in America and the psychology behind it. Direct and accessible language makes this a read for anyone and everyone. A MUST READ for anyone struggling to find the language to talk about race. Anti-racism fuel!
Cool vampire lady on the run from her creepy/perverted “brother”. Her thirst for blood gets stronger and stronger as her anxiety about being caught mounts. Will she get her revenge? Only an eternity will tell…
A humorous, true and adorable celebration of our hard heads! Skulls aren’t scary, everyone has them! Important to remember we’re all just bones underneath.
Jessica Love has done it again! Julian is back and as kind and whimsical and courageous as ever. Stunning illustrations that celebrate LOVE in all forms!
Boy-oh-boy, do you need this book during these crazy times! Truly lovely book about emotional and physical wintering: healing. Slow-living, reflection and learning to cherish the dark.
A young girl finds a dinosaur skeleton while digging on the beach. A little bit of night time magic brings it to life and away they go! A secret fantastical voyage begins…
What does silence really mean? When does passion bleed into obsession? An unnerving and slow creeping thriller with a major twist. I put this book bown not knowing how to feel about… any of the characters. Quick read and perfect thriller!
Calling all spooky souls! This graphic novel is so clever and dripping with supernatural romance. A story of understanding and loving differences no matter if you’re a bloodsucker or a wolf.
ANYONE! CAN! WEAR! NAIL! POLISH!
Heartbreaking, gut-wrenching and wholly necessary reading for EVERYONE! Follow Jerome, a 12-year old black boy shot and killed by a white police officer in Chicago. Watch as he bears witness to the aftermath of his own murder and the hurt, anger and hope that arises from it. This book is for all ages!
Renaissance Faire romance, small town, men in kilts, mistaken identity, long distance tension- building. Will give you the warm fuzzies.
Humanizes the horrors of the Middle Passage. Illuminates those who fought back, took part, survived, and were lost. Delves in to the “floating dungeons” (that were the slave ships).
This book cuts like a knife. Edir is so ridiculously smart and observant. This book honestly floored me. Power, gender and racial dynamics mix with lust, boredom and control.
This book is flled with queer love, femme power and rising up against the patriarchy! Clever and deeply moving. Will make you want to cross palace lines under the cover of darkness and find the witch in the wood. Fresh twist on an old classic, but 200 years later.
Read this if you want something disturbing, hilarious and truely original. The book is one long monologue between the characters and a doctor. Absolutely brilliant and dizzying.
Meet Cudjo Lewis: the last known survivor of the last slate ship to reach the United States- over 50 years after the importation of Africans was banned! A harrowing and true tale of a man born in West Africa, then captured, sold, and enslaved in Alabama and finally “granted freedom” with emancipation. Essential reading!
A book of awe and wonder. This book will cause you to pause and smile at nature’s curiosities and astonishments. A beautifully poetic book that is as much a memoir as it is nature writing. Delight to read!
Your body is amazing just the way it is! Yes, YOU! It’s never too early to start teaching young people that every body is a good body- no matter what it looks like or what it can or cannot do. We all need this book.
The town of Lucille has gotten rid of all their monsters… haven’t they? A brilliantly symbolic tale about a young trans girl hunting for the unseen. Be careful… in this book the angels look like monsters and the monsters may be closer than you think…
Whimsical illustrations and jars filled with tart cherry sunsets! This book is about a magical spark of friendship that only grows stronger when one of them moves away…
Wildly detailed descriptions of scents and the unraveling of a mind… a neglected child turns into a master perfumer and then a murderer! The quest to find the perfect scent.
A seriously spoiled + mischievous kitty gets a dose of reality when her family leaves for the day. When are her “loyal subjects” coming back? What has gotten into them!?
Who doesn’t love a daddy? This comic follows 5 stand alone stories about different dads in the suburbs of “Maple Bay.” A mistaken vampire, a lonely coffee shop and library shenanigans abound. No knowledge of the Dream daddy video games needed to enjoy.
A witty, loveable, comforting queer dream. A lot has been said about this book and for good reason. Romance with time travel, New York City grime, queer history and swoon-worthy passages. One you can come back to again and again, forever.
This book was so bizarre and depraved but also comforting in a way that only a woman’s insanity can be. I was taken away by Taddeo’s writing style. It’s weird and cool and you will probably end up entertaining the idea of tattooing a line from it on your body somewhere. Might be my favorite book of 2021.
My, oh my. This book was unsettling, creative and absurdly unique. I have not read a book quite like this and I am not sure I will for some time. Not for the faint of heart, this book absorbed my headspace for weeks after reading it. How can we make sense of brutality? What stories of evil do we cling to? What do we ignore? Psychological mishmash of survival, pain and ignorance.
This book did exactly what I hoped. It talks about the complete insanity of accusing women of supposed witchcraft while ALSO talking about the reality of conjuring the devil in the woods of colonial Connecticut. The righteous revenge of this book is medicine for all those who have felt rage while reading about witch trials.
Okay so first, you will cry. This book is one of the top memoirs I’ve ever read. Powerful storytelling at its finest. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this book. Tarana Burke is an absolute gift to this world.
This book is necessary reading for absolutely everyone. This book brings to light the toll that oppressive systems take on the body and what we can do to save ourselves.
Voyeuristic, creepy and highly original in the way that almost makes you feel guilty for reading it. This book plays with the politics of power, longing and what it means to be seen.
Oh boy. The type of book that will cut you open and then you thank it for doing so. What if you could touch an object and see its future? What if you touched a family photo and saw your own brother’s death? This YA novel calls to question what it means to be a Black teen in America and the lengths we go to reverse what we believe is inevitable.
Part of a growing series that questions the villainized and overlooked characters of our childhood comes a deeply enchanting, queer take on the sleeping beauty fairytale. Spun with lyrical prose, a mysterious terminal illness and hilarious quips, ‘A Spindle Splintered’ deserves a read. If you’ve ever resented the lack of voice given to our quietest Disney princess, give this novella a try! You won’t regret it.
Who doesn’t love a haunted house book? An atmospheric, gothic horror that you will want to curl up with and read on a dark, cold evening. Bone-chilling and steeped in dread, in the best possible way, of course.
Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin (Paperback)
Deliciously macabre and fascinating to read, this book delves into the history and science behind books bound in human skin. Both rare and thrilling, this is one of those books that will cause you to look at humanity a different way.