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The Other Americans: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524747145
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pantheon - March 26th, 2019

A powerful novel following the investigation of a Moroccan immigrant who has fallen victim to a hit and run while leaving his family owned diner in California. The story bounces between the multiple characters, slowly unraveling the connections they all have to one another. A phenomenal book that exposes how our differences in religion, race and wealth status divide us. Not only is this book very well written, but also extremely hard to put down.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062797155
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - September 4th, 2018

An extraordinary story about love and the power to survive one of the most horrific events in world history. This book pulls at your heart strings with the characters struggles between survival and their morals. A page turner that is impossible to put down.

Adèle: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143132189
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Published: Penguin Books - January 15th, 2019

A page turning story about a woman who seems to have the perfect life, but is consumed with a constant need for sex. Following the story of her double life, this book will have you continuously reading to see what happens next.

The Body Lies: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525656111
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf - June 18th, 2019

A suspenseful book following the journey of a woman and her life after falling victim of an assault while on her way home. With assault against women as its main focal point, this book makes you realize just how quickly fiction can become reality. A dark book that makes you understand the struggles of being a woman.

The Great Believers: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735223530
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - June 4th, 2019

An amazing novel about 2 stories told 30 years apart. With one story set in Chicago during the AIDS epidemic and the other set in 2015 Paris, these stories are full of tragedy and hope. A phenomenal historically accurate book that will take you on a powerful emotional journey.

Vox Cover Image
ISBN: 9780440000815
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley - July 16th, 2019

Imagine only being allowed to speak 100 words a day. In this novel this horrific nightmare becomes reality for all women. Following the story of a woman trying to protect herself and her daughter, this book depicts a life where men rule the country and women must deal with the laws now put into place no matter how dehumanizing.

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807047415
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

I found this to be the perfect book to educate people on how to talk about race. It demonstrates why white people are so reluctant to openly talk about race and teaches us ways to respectfully acknowledge and discuss race. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to become more educated on race and racism in America.

Very Nice: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525655633
Availability: Usually arrives at our store within 4-7 days
Published: Knopf - July 2nd, 2019

This book is a very smooth read. A great read for someone looking for something sexy and smart. With a love triangle between a daughter, her mom and her professor, you’ll never want to put this book down.

Otherworld (Last Reality #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101939352
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Published: Ember - October 2nd, 2018

A thrilling story about virtue and reality becoming reality. This page turner keeps you on your toes, waiting to see what the next move will be. Each chapter leaves you wanting to read more. This book not only excites and entertains, but makes you feel like you are experiencing the journey yourself.

Outliers: The Story of Success Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316017930
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 7th, 2011

This insightful self-help book gives its reader a better understanding of how successful people are created. He focuses on how your surroundings and social influences can control how successful you become. Gladwell reveals how something as small as where you grew up can play a tremendous role in who you become.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316346627
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 7th, 2002

In this book, Gladwell takes the complex theory of “The Tipping Point” and illustrates it in a way that is not only easy to understand, but gives you insight and knowledge on how social behaviors are created. This is a great book for anyone interested in how social norms are created.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316010665
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 3rd, 2007

Another one of Gladwell’s self help books that challenges the way we think of things. This book will teach you how to become a better decision maker that will result in a better quality of life.

The Perfect Nanny: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143132172
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Published: Penguin Books - January 9th, 2018

A haunting story about a seemingly perfect nanny. Driven by her love for other people’s children, this nanny will have you believing that she can do no wrong. Except when the kids turn up dead.