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Xiaolu Guo
Description: "A Chinese woman moves from Beijing to London for a doctoral program—and to begin a new life—just as the Brexit campaign reaches a fever pitch. Isolated and lonely in a Britain increasingly hostile to foreigners, she meets a landscape architect and the two begin to build a life together. A Lover's Discourse is an exploration of romantic love told through fragments of conversations between the two lovers. Playing with language and the cultural differences that her narrator encounters as she settles into life in post-Brexit vote Britain, the lovers must navigate their differences and their romance, whether on their unmoored houseboat or in a cramped and stifling apartment in east London. Suffused with a wonderful sense of humor, this intimate and tender novel asks what it means to make a home and a family in a new land" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Guo
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Kim Hooper
Description: "For many women, becoming a mother is the strongest expression of love they know, for others the conscience choice to not have children empowers them to live their truth. Motherhood looks different for all of the women in Kim Hooper’s All the Acorns On the Forest Floor. Alex is pregnant with her second child, fearful because her first pregnancy ended at 16 weeks. Deb is reckoning with the fact that she was abandoned as a newborn by her mother. Wendy is wrestling with her early feelings on having children. These stories are interwoven into the stories of other women who are intentionally childless, adults reckoning with adoptions, and unwed women who had to make difficult choices. This novel-in-stories is designed to tug at the heart strings, but also provide hope, comfort, and insight into the true nature of women’s shared experiences with the narrative of motherhood and society’s expectations. We see the women at their most vulnerable, making decisions that will forever change the course of their lives. As each character’s narrative unfolds, the book illustrates how small and connected people’s lives really are, no one’s circumstances are as unique as they feel" --Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Hoo
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Lorisa Bates
Description: Growing up in "Do or Die Bed Stuy" Brooklyn, Benita Renee Jenkins has everything going for her--a great job, loving family, loads of friends, and the hope of one day becoming a crime scene investigator. However, things change when she unknowingly crosses paths with Miguel Perkins, a hot secret agent working for a clandestine agency created to throw the book at the most untouchable of bad guys. He is hell-bent on recruiting Benita to infiltrate the life of an ex-gangbanger who has built his music empire on corruption. When Benita is set up for a crime she didn't commit, Perkins gives her a choice: go to jail or come work for him. She knows she must give up her old life to keep the ones she loves safe. With combat training and a full-fledged makeover, this former hairstylist turned secret agent plans to take down the bad guys one thug at a time.
Call Number: FIC Bat
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Description: Ex-pro boxer-turned-bodyguard Oscar Oliveira couldn't help falling for the (straight guy) filmmaker Jack Highland. But for the first time, he just got rejected. In a complicated and confusing turn of events, Oscar and Jack will be spending more time together. With options as to how to treat each other now--after a rejected kiss--and their romantic lives in unrest, the pair's personal and professional worlds become tumultuous.
Call Number: FIC Rit
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori
Description: "As a child, Natsuki doesn't fit into her family. Her parents favor her sister, and her best friend is a plush toy hedgehog named Piyyut who has explained to her that he has come from the planet Popinpobopia on a special quest to help her save the Earth. Each summer, Natsuki counts down the days until her family drives into the mountains of Nagano to visit her grandparents in their wooden house in the forest. One summer, her cousin Yuu confides to Natsuki that he is an extraterrestrial, and Natsuki starts to wonder if she might be an alien too. Later, as a married woman, Natsuki feels forced to fit in to a society she deems a 'baby factory' but wonders if there is more to the world than the mundane reality everyone else seems to accept. The answers are out there, and Natsuki has the power to find them. Dreamlike, sometimes shocking, and always strange and wonderful, Earthlings asks what it means to be happy in a stifling world" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Mur
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 16, 2020
Description: "Lake Superior--its people and places--feature in this anthology of short stories by nine writers from Minnesota and Wisconsin. The power of stories lures an aging man on a road trip back home, north on Highway 61. Through her painting of a river, an Ojibway woman teaches a historian about himself and her culture's connections to the land and water. A woman confronts a suicidal man on Stoney Point, led by the mystical power of water to magnify her psychic abilities. Another woman finds meaning in the intricate curves and fiery bands of an agate. A shoreline boulder offers its magical views on human life. A ship captain from long ago faces a coldwater death in Whitefish Bay. Life comes full circle in the currents of the lake for a young man from Two Harbors. A ghostly fur trapper haunts Madeline Island. A family's powerful saga unfolds on the shores of Lake Superior" --Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Goi
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 16, 2020
Kathy O'Shaughnessy
Description: "Marian Evans is a scandalous figure, living in sin with a married man, George Henry Lewes. She has shocked polite society. In secret, though, she has begun writing fiction under the pseudonym George Eliot. As Adam Bede's fame grows, curiosity rises. Gradually it becomes apparent that the moral genius Eliot is none other than the disgraced woman. Now celebrity begins. The world falls in love with her. She is the wise and great writer, sent to guide people through the increasingly secular, rudderless century. Public opinion shifts. Her scandals, forgiven. But this idyll is not secure and cannot last. When Lewes dies, Evans finds herself in danger of shocking the world all over again. Meanwhile, in another century, two women compete to arrive at an interpretation of Eliot as writer and as woman" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Osh
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 16, 2020
Joshua (Writer) Whitehead
Description: "This exciting and groundbreaking fiction anthology showcases a number of new and emerging 2SQ (Two-Spirit and queer) Indigenous writers from across Turtle Island. These visionary authors show how queer Indigenous communities can bloom and thrive through utopian narratives that detail the vivacity and strength of 2SQness throughout its plight in the maw of settler colonialism's histories. Here, readers will discover bioengineered AI rats, transplanted trees in space, the rise of a 2SQ resistance camp, a primer on how to survive Indigiqueerly, virtual reality applications, mother ships at sea, and the very bending of space-time continuums queered through NDN time. Love after the End demonstrates the imaginatively queer Two-Spirit futurisms we have all been dreaming of since 1492" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Lov
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Bryan Washington
Description: "Benson and Mike are two young guys who live together in Houston. Mike is a Japanese American chef at a Mexican restaurant and Benson's a Black day care teacher, and they've been together for a few years—good years—but now they're not sure why they're still a couple. There's the sex, sure, and the meals Mike cooks for Benson, and, well, they love each other. But when Mike finds out his estranged father is dying in Osaka just as his acerbic Japanese mother, Mitsuko, arrives in Texas for a visit, Mike picks up and flies across the world to say goodbye. In Japan he undergoes an extraordinary transformation, discovering the truth about his family and his past. Back home, Mitsuko and Benson are stuck living together as unconventional roommates, an absurd domestic situation that ends up meaning more to each of them than they ever could have predicted. Without Mike's immediate pull, Benson begins to push outwards, realizing he might just know what he wants out of life and have the goods to get it. Both men will change in ways that will either make them stronger together, or fracture everything they've ever known. And just maybe they'll all be okay in the end" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Was
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Jotham Burrello
Description: On June 23, 1911 -- a summer day so magnificent it seems as if God himself has smiled on the town -- Fall River, Massachusetts is reveling in its success. The Cotton Centennial is in full swing as Joseph Bartlett takes his place among the local elite in the parade grandstand. The meticulously planned carnival has brought the thriving textile town to an unprecedented halt; rich and poor alike crowd the streets, welcoming President Taft to America's ''Spindle City.'' Yet as he perches in the grandstand nursing a nagging toothache, Joseph Bartlett straddles the divide between Yankee mill owners and the union bosses who fight them. Bartlett, a renegade owner, fears the town cannot long survive against the union-free South. He frets over the ever-present threat of strikes and factory fires, knowing his own fortune was changed by the drop of a kerosene lantern. When the Cleveland Mill burned, good men died, and immigrant's son Joseph Bartlett gained a life of privilege he never wanted. Now Joseph is one of the most influential men in a prosperous town. High above the rabble, as he stands among politicians and society ladies, his wife is dying, his sons are lost in the crowd facing pivotal decisions of their own, and the differences between the haves and have-nots are stretched to the breaking point. Spindle City delves deep into the lives, loves, and fortunes of real and imagined mill owners, anarchists, and immigrants, from the Highlands mansions to the tenements of the Cogsworth slum, chronicling a mill town's -- and a generation's -- last days of glory.
Call Number: FIC Bur
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 16, 2020
Lynn Garthwaite
Description: "As a teenager, Jadey Evans’ family fled their small town to escape the kind of conflict that only a dysfunctional family would recognize. Returning 14 years later, she anticipated some face-to-face combat with old ghosts but had no idea of the real terror that awaited. Her bi-racial heritage had been a kind of novelty to her young friends more than a decade ago, but now she is alarmed to discover that former neighbors of color had been quietly disappearing. Would she be next? Had the racial discord always been there, but covered with phony smiles and carefully chosen words? Her own discovery of a murder victim close to home begins a race to crush a white supremacist terror plot while saving her own life. Is there anyone in Twin Station she can trust?" --Amazon.
Call Number: FIC Gar
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 16, 2020
Mary Sharratt
Description: "When Kathrin's mother dies, Kathrin immigrates to America where she is reunited with her cousin Lotte and begins work at a mill sewing flour bags. Soon Kathrin meets the Jeliniks, the owners of a small bookstore. While Jan, a compassionate, elderly man, loves his bookstore, his nephew John would rather see it reopened as something more profitable, a testament to the American dream of prosperity for which he so desperately hungers. Jan introduces Kathrin to Violet Waverly, who offers Kathrin a job typing and translating a book of fairy tales that her husband was compiling before he died. Violet invites Kathrin to live with her in her mansion on Summit Avenue, the richest neighborhood in Saint Paul. Both women, left wounded and alone in different circumstances, find increasing solace and warmth in each other. Although Violet can offer Kathrin love, compassion, and a glimpse of the dizzying heights of wealthy upper-class grandeur, she cannot fully disguise the painful secrets hiding behind the glitter. As Kathrin comes closer to the heart of Violet's mysterious past, she discovers that life, like a fairy tale, is often based on illusion" --Amazon.
Call Number: FIC Sha
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
Nicola Marsh
Description: "A woman ready to give up on love discovers that age is truly just a number in this heartwarming and steamy new romantic comedy by author Nicola Marsh. For almost a decade, successful thirty-seven-year-old Samira Broderick has used her bustling Los Angeles practice as an excuse to avoid a trip home to Australia. She still resents her meddling Indian mother for arranging her marriage to a man who didn't stick around when the going got tough, but now with a new job Down Under, she's finally ready to reconnect with her. And while she's there, a hot international fling might be just what she needs to get out of her recent funk. Aussie stuntman Rory Radcliffe has been hiding his stutter for years by avoiding speaking roles. When a job he can't refuse comes up as a reality show host, he knows he'll need some help for the audition: a dialect coach. But he finds himself at a loss for words when he discovers it's the same sexy woman with whom he just had a mind-blowing one-night stand... Samira can think of many reasons why Rory is completely wrong for her: he's ten years her junior, for one, and he's not Indian--something Samira's mother would never approve of. Even if things were to get serious, there's no reason to tell her mother...is there?" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
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A Lover's Discourse
Xiaolu Guo
FIC Guo
Love After The End : An Anthology Of Two-spirit & Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction
Joshua (Writer) Whitehead
FIC Lov
All The Acorns On The Forest Floor
Kim Hooper
FIC Hoo
Memorial : A Novel
Bryan Washington
FIC Was
Benita Renee Jenkins : Diva Secret Agent
Lorisa Bates
FIC Bat
Spindle City : A Novel
Jotham Burrello
FIC Bur
Bone Harvest
James (Novelist) Brogden
FIC Bro
Starless Midnight
Lynn Garthwaite
FIC Gar
Charming Like Us
Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
FIC Rit
Summit Avenue : A Novel
Mary Sharratt
FIC Sha
Dancing With Langston : A Novel
Sharyn Skeeter
FIC Ske
The Boy Toy
Nicola Marsh
FIC Mar
Earthlings : A Novel
Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori
FIC Mur
The Once And Future Witches
Alix E. Harrow
FIC Har
Going Coastal : An Anthology Of Lake Superior Short Stories
FIC Goi
The Perfect Nine : The Epic Of Gĩkũyũ And Mũmbi
1938- author Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʾo
FIC Ngu
In Love With George Eliot : A Novel
Kathy O'Shaughnessy
FIC Osh
The Resurrection Of Fulgencio Ramirez : A Novel
Rudy Ruiz
FIC Rui
Leave The World Behind : A Novel
Rumaan Alam
FIC Ala