Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar

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This book was so good I sobbed at 1 am, then admired my mascara for not running. Cyrus, our protagonist, is fine--well, not really, but at the end of the day, who is really “fine"? Newly sober and aggressively apathetic towards life, Cyrus wants to die. But we only get one death and he doesn’t want to waste his. He becomes obsessed with the concept of martyrdom and sets out to reflect on the lives of his dead parents and an uncle who was ordered to dress as the angel of death during the Iran-Iraq war. Cyrus’s journey leads him to unexpected discoveries about what makes life worth it and what makes a death matter.      

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ISBN: 9780593537619
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Published: Knopf - January 23rd, 2024

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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This is the perfect book to read when you want to go, “jesus,” at a character and feel better about yourself because at least you’re not that bad. Set at an ivy-covered university in Vermont, the story focuses on Richard Papen a poor transfer student from California who has always been an outsider—partially on purpose— until he encounters an exclusive group of friends who are part of an even more exclusive Classics program. They have something that Richard can’t quite place but that he wants all the same. As he climbs higher into their social echelon, he strays farther from his moral compass.

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ISBN: 9781400031702
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Published: Vintage - April 13th, 2004

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

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Pachinko is a must read for anyone who loves multi-generational family stories. This one begins with Sunja, a teenage girl living in Korea under Japanese occupation, who helps her mother run their boarding house. When Sunja gets pregnant by an older, mysterious guest who later reveals that he is already married, she decides to take up an offer from a kind minister, Isak, who not only agrees to marry her but to take her with him to Japan in search of a better life. It is a choice that affects Sunja's descendants for decades to come.  Pachinko asks many questions, exploring how much family is about love and identity--and what it all means.

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ISBN: 9781455563920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017