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A WOMAN IS NO MAN

One of our recommended books for 2020 is A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

In her debut novel Etaf Rum tells the story of three generations of Palestinian-American women struggling to express their individual desires within the confines of their Arab culture in the wake of shocking intimate violence in their community—a story of culture and honor, secrets and betrayals, love and violence. Set in an America at once foreign to many and staggeringly close at hand, A Woman Is No Man is an intimate glimpse into a controlling and closed cultural world, and a universal tale about family and the ways silence and shame can destroy those we have sworn to protect.

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REAL LIFE

One of our recommended books for 2020 is Real Life by Adeline Dieudonné

The innocence of fairy tales meets the terror of a Stephen King thriller in this international bestseller by Belgian author Adeline Dieudonné. A #1 bestseller in France, Real Life has won 14 prestigious European literary awards, is being translated into 20 languages and was just selected by the American Booksellers Association as the only translated debut honored as part of their Indies Introduce program. In Real Life, the young heroine struggles to free herself from her abusive father and indifferent mother through science, education, and courageous resilience and reminds us of Turtle in Gabriel Tallent’s My Absolute Darling.

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THE SCENT KEEPER

One of our recommended books for 2020 is The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister

Erica Bauermeister, the national bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients, presents a moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives.

Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows,

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IN MY OWN MOCCASINS

One of our recommended books for 2020 is In My Own Moccasins by Helen Knott

A reflection on what can be said about addiction, trauma, and the pains of sexual violence.

Helen Knott, a highly accomplished Indigenous woman, seems to have it all. But in her memoir, she offers a different perspective. In My Own Moccasins is an unflinching account of addiction, intergenerational trauma, and the wounds brought on by sexual violence. It is also the story of sisterhood, the power of ceremony, the love of family, and the possibility of redemption.

With gripping moments of withdrawal, times of spiritual awareness, and historical insights going back to the signing of Treaty 8 by her great-great grandfather,

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A PERFECT EXPLANATION

One of our recommended books is A Perfect Explanation by Eleanor Anstruther

A debut novel—based on the story of the author’s grandmother—following an aristocratic woman who abandons her family and her money in search of a life she can claim as her own.

Enid Campbell, granddaughter of a duke, grew up surrounded by servants, wanting for nothing except love. But when her brother died in the First World War, a new heir was needed, and it was up to Enid to provide it.

A troubled marriage and three children soon followed. Broken by postpartum depression, overwhelmed by motherhood and a loveless marriage, Enid made the shocking decision to abandon her family,

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REVIVING OPHELIA

One of our recommended books is Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher

The 25th anniversary edition of the iconic book, revised and updated for 21st-century adolescent girls and their families.In 1994, Reviving Ophelia was published, and it shone a much-needed spotlight on the problems faced by adolescent girls. The book became iconic and helped to reframe the national conversation about what author Mary Pipher called “a girl-poisoning culture” surrounding adolescents. Fast forward to today, and adolescent girls and the parents, teachers, and counselors who care about them find themselves confronting many of the same challenges Pipher wrote about originally as well as new ones specific to today.

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