What We're Reading
Assume the Worst:The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear by Carl Hiaasen & Roz Chast
Carl Hiaasen and Roz Chast combine forces to help us keep our heads clear and our feet grounded in the face of an all too superficial, self-obsessed modern world, making this a succinct, swift read for their many fans.
Aru Shah & the End of Time by Rashani Chokshi
Twelve-year-old Aru stretches the truth to fit in at her private school, but when she is dared to prove an ancient lamp is cursed, she inadvertently frees an ancient demon.
Varina by Charles Frazier
Forced by limited prospects to marry much-older widower Jefferson Davis, teenaged Varina Howell finds her expectations as the wife of a Mississippi landowner upended by his appointment as the leader of the Confederacy, a situation that renders her and her children fugitives in a divided and increasingly hostile nation.
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
A shy college freshman finds her perspectives transformed by a mentor activist at the center of the women's movement who challenges her to discover herself in ways that take her far from the traditional life she envisioned at the side of her boyfriend.
Mrs. by Caitlyn Macy
57 Bus by Dashka Slater
Documents the true story of two Oakland high school students, a white girl from a privileged private school and a black youth from a school overshadowed by crime, whose fateful interaction triggered devastating consequences for both, garnering national attention and raising awareness about hate.
Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles
Confined to a wheelchair after a paralyzing injury, an Afghanistan War veteran endures a hardscrabble existence in his sister's ramshackle Mississippi home before spontaneously regaining his ability to walk, an apparent miracle that subjects him to scientific and religious debates and exposes his most private secrets.
Only Child by Rhiannon Navin
Surviving a horrific school shooting, a six-year-old boy retreats into the world of books and art while making sobering observations about his mother's determination to prosecute the shooter's parents and the wider community's efforts to make sense of the tragedy.
Let Me Lie by Clare Macintosh
Struggling to come to terms with her parents' double suicide, new mother Anna commits herself to uncovering what really happened only to be confronted by a mysterious adversary who would keep the past hidden.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Seventeen-year-old ZÃ¢elie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the endof the monarchy.