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The King Is Always Above The People by Daniel Alarcon

A nominee for the 2017 National Book Award For Fiction, this collection of stories depicts Latin American life in Los Angeles....

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Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom (a duology) by Leigh Bardugo

Offered a chance to participate in a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker recruits a team of talented associates to organize a plot that is threatened by their mutual enmity. In the sequel, the crew finds their loyalties tested as powerful enemies descend on Ketterdam in pursuit of knowledge about a dangerous drug....

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Quiet by Susan Cain

This book demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in modern culture, charting the rise of extrovert ideology while sharing anecdotal examples of how to use introvert talents to adapt to various situations. At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams....

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On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

In Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2034, a comet is due to hit the Earth within the hour. Denise, who's sixteen years old and autistic, must try to find her missing sister and also help her neglectful, undependable mother safely aboard a spaceship....

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Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

Fishers first memoir, based on the authors one-woman show, describes growing up with celebrity parents, her early success in "Star Wars," battle with addiction and mental illness, turbulent romances, role as a single mother, and struggle for recovery and healing. She followed with Shockaholic (2011) and The Princess Diarist (2016)....

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Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

Joe O'Brien is a 44-year-old police officer, devoted husband, proud father of four adult children. Joe begins experiencing strange physical and emotional symptoms. The neurologist diagnoses Huntington's Disease. It is a neurodegenerative disease with no cure, and is genetic. As Joe's symptoms worsen, he struggles to maintain his identity and sense of purpose. Each family member must reexamine their values and relationships as they learn to lead lives not defined by fear, but instead, by love....

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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts....

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The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida, translated by KA Yoshida and David Mitchell

A journey into the mind of a remarkable thirteen-year-old Japanese boy with severe autism shares firsthand insights into a variety of experiences associated with the disorder, from behavioral traits and misconceptions to perceptions about the world....

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Meet Eleanor Oliphant. She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully time-tabled life of avoiding social interactions. Then everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When they save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living....

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Disgraced crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist has no idea of the levels of conspiracy he will uncover when is enlisted to investigate the unsolved disappearance nearly forty years ago of a Swedish industrialist's niece. And when the pierced and tattooed computer savant Lisbeth Salander joins him, together they unearth secrets and scandals that permeate the highest levels of society, from politics to finance to the legal system--at the bottom of which lies unimaginable cruelty perpetrated on the weak....

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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

As Henry "Monty" Montague embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the familys estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy. But when one of Montys reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores....

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle

Thirteen-year-old Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin are guided by unearthly strangers as they go on a journey through space and time to search for Meg's and Charles' scientist father who disappeared while experimenting with a new form of space travel. (There's also a graphic novel adaption by Hope Larson.)...

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect handsome gentleman, but appearances are deceiving. He is a serial killer who has slain many people. But in this tale, he's the good guy--he only snuffs out other murderers. When another serial killer, with an eerily similar style, starts grabbing headlines, Dexter has a fairly morbid thought: am I being challenged?...

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Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

(Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children.) Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere...else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. The children under Miss West's care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world....

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The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

Centuries after the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is on the verge of modernity - railroads, electric street lights, and skyscrapers. Waxillium Ladrian can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After 20 years in the dusty Roughs, in the city of Elendel, the new head of a noble house may need to keep his guns....

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History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

OCD-afflicted Griffin has just lost his first love, Theo, in a drowning accident. In an attempt to hold onto every piece of the past, he forges a friendship with Theo's last boyfriend, Jackson. When Jackson begins to exhibit signs of guilt, Griffin suspects he's hiding something, and will stop at nothing to get to the truth about Theo's death....

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Don is a brilliant, yet socially inept professor of genetics, who's decided it's time he found a wife. So, in his scientific manner he designs the Wife Project. Rosie fits his qualifications and is also beguiling, fiery, and intelligent. Although Don disqualifies her as a potential wife, he is suited for Rosie's project: finding her biological father. As they collaborate, a relationship forms, and Don is forced to confront the realization that, when it comes to love, science does not apply....

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The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater

This riveting nonfiction book about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California....

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Every Last Word by Tamara Stone

Consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off, a girl coping with Purely-Obsessional OCD learns to accept herself and take control of her life through her experiences in poetry club....

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Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him. Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But is ambition alone enough to get her in? Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa steps into his world, along with her charming boyfriend, Clark, and soon the three form an unexpected bond....

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