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      Vita Nostra

      by Marina Dyachenko

      Mar 2019

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      While vacationing at the beach, Sasha meets a man who gives her strange instructions she feels powerless to ignore. At his insistence, she will leave behind all that is familiar to enroll at the remote Institute of Special Technologies.

      Washington Black: A Novel

      by Esi Edugyan

      Oct 2018

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      George Washington Black, or “Wash,” an eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master’s brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning—and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash’s head, Christopher and Wash must abandon everything. What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic. What brings Christopher and Wash together will tear them apart, propelling Wash even further across the globe in search of his true self. From the blistering cane fields of the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, from the earliest aquariums of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black tells a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, of a world destroyed and made whole again, and asks the question, What is true freedom?

      Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine

      by Kevin Wilson

      Oct 2018

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      In Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine, Wilson combines his signature quirkiness with his keen eye for emotional complexity to explore the fraught relationship between parents and children.
      “Wildfire Johnny” is the story of a man who discovers a magic razor that allows him to travel back in time. “Scroll Through the Weapons” is about a couple taking care of their underfed and almost feral nieces and nephews. “Signal to the Faithful” follows a boy as he takes a tense road trip with his priest. And “Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine,” the title story, is about a narcissistic rock star who moves back home during a rough patch. These stories all build on each other in strange and remarkable ways, showcasing Wilson’s crackling wit and big heart.

      Blackfish City

      by Sam J. Miller

      Sep 2018

      Adult Crossover Thrillers Plus

      As crime ravages the streets and civil unrest stirs, an "orcamancer" gathers four misfits to confront corruption.

      The Sparsholt Affair

      by Alan Hollinghurst

      Jun 2018

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      A sequence of vividly rendered episodes explores the legacy of David Sparsholt across three generations, tracing fascinating changes in art, love, and society.

      An American Marriage

      by Tayari Jones

      Mar 2018

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      Newlyweds Roy and Celeste's love is put to the test when Roy is incarcerated for a crime Celeste knows he didn't commit.
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