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PRIDE, PREJUDICE, AND OTHER FLAVORS

One of our recommended books for 2019 is Pride, Prejudice, and other Flavors by Sonali Dev

It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep.

Dr. Trisha Raje is San Francisco’s most acclaimed neurosurgeon. But that’s not enough for the Rajes, her influential immigrant family who’s achieved power by making its own non-negotiable rules:

· Never trust an outsider

· Never do anything to jeopardize your brother’s political aspirations

· And never, ever, defy your family

Trisha is guilty of breaking all three rules. But now she has a chance to redeem herself.

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DEFENDING THE PUBLIC’S ENEMY

One of our recommended books for 2019 is Defending the Public's Enemy

What led a former United States Attorney General to become one of the world’s most notorious defenders of the despised? Defending the Public’s Enemy examines Clark’s enigmatic life and career in a quest to answer this perplexing question.

The culmination of ten years of research and interviews, Lonnie T. Brown, Jr. explores how Clark evolved from our government’s chief lawyer to a strident advocate for some of America’s most vilified enemies. Clark’s early career was enmeshed with seminally important people and events of the 1960s: Martin Luther King, Jr., Watts Riots, Selma-to-Montgomery March, Black Panthers, Vietnam.

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READING BEHIND BARS

One of our recommended books for 2019 is Reading Behind Bars by Jill Grunenwald.

A must-read prisoner memoir for fans of Orange is the New Black.

In December 2008, twentysomething Jill Grunenwald graduated with her master’s degree in library science, ready to start living her dream of becoming a librarian. But the economy had a different idea. As the Great Recession reared its ugly head, jobs were scarce. After some searching, however, Jill was lucky enough to snag one of the few librarian gigs left in her home state of Ohio. The catch? The job was behind bars as the prison librarian at a men’s minimum-security prison. Talk about baptism by fire.

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BODY LEAPING BACKWARD

One of our recommended books for 2019 is Body Leaping Backward by Maureen Stanton

For Maureen Stanton’s proper Catholic mother, the town’s maximum security prison was a way to keep her seven children in line (“If you don’t behave, I’ll put you in Walpole Prison!”). But as the 1970s brought upheaval to America, and the lines between good and bad blurred, Stanton’s once-solid family lost its way. A promising young girl with a smart mouth, Stanton turns watchful as her parents separate and her now-single mother descends into shoplifting, then grand larceny, anything to keep a toehold in the middle class for her children. No longer scared by threats of Walpole Prison, Stanton too slips into delinquency—vandalism,

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ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS

One of our recommended books for 2019 is On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born – a history whose epicentre is rooted in Vietnam – and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son,

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WHERE THE DEAD SIT TALKING

One of our recommended books for 2019 is Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson.

Finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction

With his single mother in jail, Sequoyah, a fifteen-year-old Cherokee boy, is placed in foster care to himself, pressing his emotions deep below the surface. At least until he meets seventeen-year-old Rosemary, a troubled artist who also lives with the family.

Sequoyah and Rosemary bond over their shared Native American background and tumultuous paths through the foster care system, but as Sequoyah’s feelings toward Rosemary deepen, the precariousness of their lives and the scars of their pasts threaten to undo them both.

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