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Like no other

LaMarche, Una. |

Though their relationship is strictly forbidden, Devorah and Jax arrange secret meetings and risk everything to be together. But how far can they possibly go? Just how much are they willing to give up?

We are never meeting in real life : essays

Irby, Samantha, author. |

With heartfelt candor and her usual side-splitting bite, humorist, essayist, and blogger at Samantha Irby captures powerful emotional truths while chronicling the disaster that has been her life. An ill-fated pilgrimage and romantic vacation to Nashville to scatter her estranged father's ashes, awkward sexual encounters, a Bachelorette application gone awry, and more-- sometimes you just have to laugh, even when your life is a dumpster fire.

Picture us in the light

Gilbert, Kelly Loy. |

Daniel, a Chinese-American teen, must grapple with his plans for the future, his feelings for his best friend Harry, and his discovery of a family secret that could shatter everything.


Erdrich, Louise, author. |

Having accidentally killed his friend's 5-year-old son while hunting, Landreaux Iron gives away his own son to his friend's family according to tradition, leading to a tenuous peace that is threatened by a vengeful adversary.

Unfu*k yourself : get out of your head and into your life

Bishop, Gary John. |

An honest, no-nonsense, tough-love approach to help you move past self-imposed limitations. In his straightforward style, Gary John Bishop gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unfu*ked version of yourself. "Wake up to the miracle you are," he directs. "Here's what you've forgotten: You're a fu*king miracle of being."

Naked : black women bare all about their skin, hair, hips, lips, and other parts


A collection of witty and insightful essays by African-American women of all ages and walks of life--including Iyanla Vanzant, Jill Nelson, Jill Scott, and Melyssa Ford--addresses a variety of issues related to body image, includiing hair texture, skin color, weight, sexuality, and acceptance.

Don't fail me now

LaMarche, Una. |

Interracial half-siblings come together for the first time and embark on a cross-country road trip to confront their absentee father before he dies.

They both die at the end

Silvera, Adam, 1990- author. |

In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day.

I have lost my way

Forman, Gayle. |

Three teengers, Freya, Harun, and Nathaniel feel lost in various ways and when they collide in Central Park, they begin to find purpose in their lives.

The garden party : a novel

Mazur, Grace Dane, author. |

A rehearsal dinner brings together two disparate families in this sparkling, witty novel.

Piecing me together

Watson, Renée, author. |

Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.

Let's get free : a hip-hop theory of justice

Butler, Paul, 1961- |

Suggests ways people can help fix a corrupt criminal justice system that causes more crime than it prevents, including jury nullification, refusing to work as a snitch or prosecutor, and campaigning to end racial profiling.

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt [a novel]

Hoffman, Beth. |

For years, 12-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt from Savannah, Tootie Caldwell, who whirls CeeCee into her world of female friendship, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart.

Sophia of Silicon Valley

Yen, Anna. |

The daughter of successful Taiwanese immigrants, Sophia Young has always spoken her mind, and in Silicon Valley, that turns out to be her greatest asset. She lucks into a job that puts her directly in the path of Scott Kraft, the eccentric founder of a groundbreaking software company. But when engineer and inventor Andre Stark hires her to run investor relations, Sophia starts to question whether the big paycheck and high-status career are worth living in a boys-club gone bad.

Young Jane Young : a novel [electronic resource]

Zevin, Gabrielle. |

What do you do when one youthful indiscretion threatens to derail the rest of your life? Aviva Grossman is a bright, ambitious Congressional intern with a promising future in front of her--until... (read the book to find out!)