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THINGS THAT FALL FROM THE SKY

One of our recommended books for 2019 is Things That Fall from the Sky by Selja Ahava

One quirk of fate can send life spiralling in the most unexpected direction…

Things that Fall from the Sky is a stunning narrative that explores the unexpected and inexplicable nature of reality.

Three lives are changed forever by a series of random events: a young girl loses her mother when a block of ice falls from the sky; a woman wins the jackpot twice; and a man is struck by lightning four times. Selja Ahava weaves together these unique stories in a charming, one-of-a-kind tale about just how far people will go to force life into a logical pattern they can make sense of.

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THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK

One of our recommended books for 2019 is The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

The folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything—everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt’s Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome’s got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.

Cussy’s not only a book woman, however; she’s also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy’s family or the government’s new book program, and along her treacherous route, Cussy faces doubters at every turn. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the complex and hardscrabble Kentuckians, she’s going to have to confront dangers and prejudice as old as the Appalachias,

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WOMEN TALKING

One of our recommended books for 2019 is Women Talking by Miriam Toews

After two years of women and girls being violated by the men of the community, eight Mennonite women come together to conduct a secret meeting. They are determined to decide how to best protect themselves and their daughters from future harm.

Though illiterate, unable to speak the language of the country they live in, and without knowledge of the world outside their community, the women know they have very little time to make a choice: Should they stay in the lives they know, or do they dare leave?

Based on real events and told through the “minutes” of the women’s all-female symposium,

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ON THE RUN IN NAZI BERLIN

One of our recommended books for 2019 is On the Run in Nazi Berlin by Bert Lewyn

Bert Lewyn was still a teenager when he and his parents were arrested by the Gestapo. It was 1942 in wartime Berlin. While his parents were sent to a concentration camp, Bert’s youth and training as a machinist made him useful. He was sent to work in a weapons factory. He received one postcard from his parents, then never heard from them again.

Through a combination of luck and will to survive, Bert fled the factory and lived underground in Berlin. By hook or crook, he found shelter, sometimes with compassionate civilians, sometimes with others who found his skills useful,

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THE CURRENT

the current

Tim Johnston, whose breakout debut Descent was called “astonishing,” “dazzling,” and “unforgettable” by critics, returns with The Current, a tour de force about the indelible impact of a crime on the lives of innocent people.

In the dead of winter, outside a small Minnesota town, state troopers pull two young women and their car from the icy Black Root River. One is found downriver, drowned, while the other is found at the scene—half frozen but alive.

What happened was no accident, and news of the crime awakens the community’s memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river ten years earlier,

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WE ARE HERE TO STAY

WE ARE HERE TO STAY

“Maybe next time they hear someone railing about how terrible immigrants are, they’ll think about me. I’m a real person.”

Meet nine courageous young adults who have lived in the United States with a secret for much of their lives: they are not U.S. citizens. They came from Colombia, Mexico, Ghana, Independent Samoa, and Korea. They came seeking education, fleeing violence, and escaping poverty. All have heartbreaking and hopeful stories about leaving their homelands and starting a new life in America. And all are weary of living in the shadows. We Are Here to Stay is a very different book than it was intended to be when originally slated for a 2017 release,

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