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Mouse Guard book cover
Mouse Guard book cover

Mouse Guard

David Petersen

GRAPHIC NOVEL Petersen Mouse
Graphic Novels

Mouse Guard is so fun, and has wonderful illustrations to boot! I would say it's good for adults, kids, or for adults and kids to enjoy together. It's great for fans of the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. -Heidi K

An American marriage book cover
An American marriage book cover

An American marriage

Tayari Jones

FICTION Jones Tayari
Literary Fiction

"Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. An insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control"--

When newlyweds Celestial and Roy are separated by Roy's incarceration for a crime he didn't commit, the life they've been trying to build together falls apart. This is a book written as letters between Roy and Celestial, which I really enjoyed. The writing is excellent, and the ending surprised me somewhat while still not being disappointing. -Heidi K

Queenpin : a novel book cover
Queenpin : a novel book cover

Queenpin : a novel

Megan E. Abbott

FICTION Abbott, Megan E.

This is an older (2007) novel, and is the first I've read by Megan Abbott. What a great crime novel from a female perspective! A little trashy, a little dark, but still well written. Shows us the mob underworld circa 1950's. This was lots of fun for a summer read. -Heidi K

The lying game book cover
The lying game book cover

The lying game

Ruth Ware


The text message arrives in the small hours of the night. It's just three words: I need you. Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her. At school Isa and her three best friends used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of secrets, something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three women she hasn't seen for years, but has never forgotten.

So far I am loving this book - Ruth Ware is a new author to me, but I am looking forward to checking out the rest of her books now! -Heidi K

Behind closed doors

Paris, B.A.


I could not wait to find out what happened in the end! -Heidi K

So you want to talk about race book cover
So you want to talk about race book cover

So you want to talk about race

Ijeoma Oluo

305.8 /Oluo

"A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today's racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that readers of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide. In So You Want to Talk About Race, Editor at Large of The Establishment, Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don't dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans. Oluo is an exceptional writer with a rare ability to be straightforward, funny, and effective in her coverage of sensitive, hyper-charged issues in America. Her messages are passionate but finely tuned, and crystalize ideas that would otherwise be vague by empowering them with aha-moment clarity. Her writing brings to mind voices like Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay, and Jessica Valenti in Full Frontal Feminism, and a young Gloria Naylor, particularly in Naylor's seminal essay "The Meaning of a Word.""--

This should be required reading, particularly for white people...but ultimately, it's just a great book. Each chapter highlights a different question related to race and racism in the USA. Ijeoma Oluo does a great job of keeping it concise, and offering plenty of passion and humor about the subject. Chapter titles include, "What is the school-to-prison pipeline?" "Why can't I say the N-word?" and "What are microaggressions?" Definitely check it out! -Heidi K

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