Rules for Visiting - Jessica Francis Kane

Staff Pick

A delightfully quirky novel about a gardener at a local university who, in her 40s, lives with her father and much prefers the company of plants and trees to being with people. When she suddenly finds herself with an unexpected allotment of time off from work, she decides to reconnect with four long-lost friends in distant locales. The narrative is not only a lovely contemplation on social isolation and the reviving of friendship, but also a testimonial to the place of nature in our lives and communities and the need to be more attentive as humans to stewardship of our surroundings.

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ISBN: 9780525559221
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Published: Penguin Press - May 14th, 2019

My Sister, the Serial Killer - Oyinkan Braithwaite

Staff Pick

A lot of punch is packed into this slender debut novel, one of my favorites of the year. Set in Lagos, it is the story of two sisters, opposites in every way, whose experiences of beauty, love, family, and social responsibility collide ferociously but ultimately keep them bonded together amid questions about their individual ethics and honesty. Brathwaite relies on spare, vivid prose and a deft use of satire to make this novel a gem of comic noir. And yes, it is about a series of boyfriends who meet their deaths at the hands of one of the sisters. I’m not going to say more!




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ISBN: 9780525564201
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Published: Anchor - July 30th, 2019

Solitary -- Albert Woodfox

Staff Pick

Albert Woodfox was held in solitary confinement for more than 45 years, longer than any prisoner in our nation’s history. Framed for the murder of a white prison guard in 1972 in retaliation for his membership in the Black Panther Party, he was confined to a 6-by-9 foot cell 23 hours a day, and routinely subjected to abuse and injustice. He maintained his dignity and humanity by reading works of literature, philosophy, history, and law, transforming his cell into his own university. His extraordinary memoir chronicles his experiences with insight and wisdom, vividly exposing just how broken our criminal justice system is.

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ISBN: 9780802129086
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Published: Grove Press - March 5th, 2019