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Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Contemporary, Cultural, Fiction, Literary Fiction
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward eBook Download ‘This wrenching new novel by Jesmyn Ward digs deep into the not-buried heart of the American nightmare. A must’ – Margaret Atwood, via Twitter An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing examines the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power – and limitations – of family bonds. Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. His mother, Leonie, is in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is black and her children’s father is white. Embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances, she wants to be a better mother, but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use. Whe
Five-Carat Soul by James McBride

Five-Carat Soul by James McBride

Adult, Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Cultural, Short Stories
Five-Carat Soul by James McBride eBook Download Exciting new fiction from James McBride, the first since his National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird. The stories in Five-Carat Soul--none of them ever published before--spring from the place where identity, humanity, and history converge. They're funny and poignant, insightful and unpredictable, imaginative and authentic--all told with McBride's unrivaled storytelling skill and meticulous eye for character and detail. McBride explores the ways we learn from the world and the people around us. An antiques dealer discovers that a legendary toy commissioned by Civil War General Robert E. Lee now sits in the home of a black minister in Queens. Five strangers find themselves thrown together and face unexpected judgment. An Am
Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing

Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing

Cultural, Nonfiction, Poetry
Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing eBook Download Electric Arches is an imaginative exploration of black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, and narrative prose. Blending stark realism with the fantastical, Ewing takes us from the streets of Chicago to an alien arrival in an unspecified future, deftly navigating boundaries of space, time, and reality with delight and flexibility.
Edinburgh Twilight by Carole Lawrence

Edinburgh Twilight by Carole Lawrence

Cultural, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Edinburgh Twilight by Carole Lawrence eBook Download As a new century approaches, Edinburgh is a city divided. The wealthy residents of New Town live in comfort, while Old Town’s cobblestone streets are clotted with criminals, prostitution, and poverty. Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh’s darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park. With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind. But the body count is rising. As newspapers spin tales of the “Holyrood Strangler,” panic sets in acro
Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander

Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander

Cultural, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Literature, Politics, Thriller
Dinner at the Center of the Earth eBook Download A prisoner in a secret cell. The guard who has watched over him a dozen years. An American waitress in Paris. A young Palestinian man in Berlin who strikes up an odd friendship with a wealthy Canadian businessman. And The General, Israel's most controversial leader, who lies dying in a hospital, the only man who knows of the prisoner's existence. From these vastly different lives Nathan Englander has woven a powerful, intensely suspenseful portrait of a nation riven by insoluble conflict, even as the lives of its citizens become fatefully and inextricably entwined--a political thriller of the highest order that interrogates the anguished, violent division between Israelis and Palestinians, and dramatizes the immense moral ambiguities...
The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews

The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews

Cultural, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, New York
The World of Tomorrow eBook Download Three brothers caught up in a whirlwind week of love, blackmail, and betrayal culminating in an assassination plot, set in prewar New York. June 1939. Francis Dempsey and his shell-shocked brother Michael are on an ocean liner from Ireland bound for their brother Martin's home in New York City, having stolen a small fortune from the IRA. During the week that follows, the lives of these three brothers collide spectacularly with big-band jazz musicians, a talented but fragile heiress, a Jewish street photographer facing a return to Nazi-occupied Prague, a vengeful mob boss, and the ghosts of their own family's revolutionary past. When Tom Cronin, an erstwhile assassin forced into one last job, tracks the brothers down, their lives begin to frac...
The House of Unexpected Sisters eBook Download

The House of Unexpected Sisters eBook Download

Cultural, Fiction, Mystery
The House of Unexpected Sisters eBook Download Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi investigate a new mystery in this latest installment of the irresistibly charming, perennially best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Fans around the world adore the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective. In this delightful series, Mma Ramotswe--with help from her loyal co-director, Mma Makutsi--navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea.
Bad at Love by Karina Halle eBook Download

Bad at Love by Karina Halle eBook Download

Adult, Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Cultural, Humor, Music, Romance
Bad at Love by Karina Halle eBook Download She's bad at love, but he's even worse... Marina is hot, blonde, and wickedly smart, but when it comes to men? She's hopeless. Between her quirks and her lack of filter, there isn't a man in Los Angeles that will stick around after the third date. Her handsome, charming friend Lazarus has the opposite problem. Everyone wants to be the sexy Brit's girlfriend, but he gets bored and moves on quickly. There's only one way to figure out why neither of them has cracked this love thing-- they'll date each other. On paper, it's the perfect experiment. But in reality, things between Marina and Laz get complicated quickly. They might be bad at love, but they are even worse at being friends. Note: This full-length romance is a complete st...
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee eBook Download

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee eBook Download

Cultural, Fiction, Historical
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee eBook Download Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.
The Revolution of Marina M. eBook Download

The Revolution of Marina M. eBook Download

Adult Fiction, Cultural, Fiction, Historical
The Revolution of Marina M. eBook Download From the mega-bestselling author of White Oleander and Paint It Black, a sweeping historical saga of the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of one young woman. St. Petersburg, New Year's Eve, 1916. Marina Makarova is a young woman of privilege who aches to break free of the constraints of her genteel life, a life about to be violently upended by the vast forces of history. Swept up on these tides, Marina will join the marches for workers' rights, fall in love with a radical young poet, and betray everything she holds dear, before being betrayed in turn. As her country goes through almost unimaginable upheaval, Marina's own coming-of-age unfolds, marked by deep passion and devastating loss, and the private heroism of an ordinar