Along The Broken Bay by Flora J. Solomon

December 1941. War has erupted in the Pacific, spelling danger for Gina Capelli Thorpe, an American expat living in Manila. When the Japanese invade and her husband goes missing, Gina flees with her daughter to the Zambales Mountains to avoid capture—or worse. Desperate for money, medicine, and guns, the resistance recruits Gina to join their…

The Testament of Loki by @Joannechocolat

Ragnarok was the End of Worlds. Asgard fell, centuries ago, and the old gods have been defeated. Some are dead, while others have been consigned to eternal torment in the netherworld – among them, the legendary trickster, Loki. A god who betrayed every side and still lost everything, who has lain forgotten as time passed…

Dear Fahrenheit 451 by @annieaupence

Have you ever wished you could tell your favourite books just what they mean to you? Or wanted to give a piece of your mind to the ‘must-read’ book that you wish you hadn’t? Librarian Annie Spence has done just that, writing letters to the books under her care, from love letters to Matilda and The Goldfinch, to…

Property by Lionel Shriver

First ever story collection from the inimitable Lionel Shriver This landmark publication, the first collection of stories from a master of the form, explores the idea of “property” in both senses of the word: real estate, and stuff. These sharp, brilliantly imaginative pieces illustrate how our possessions act as proxies for ourselves, and how tussles…

Heartaches by Donovan Lord

An autobiographical poetry and art book, heartaches’ poems are as universal as they are personal. The poems are conceived as flashpoints of heartaches that reflect painful moments in the author’s life. Growing up gay, biracial (half-white and half-black), liberal and agnostic in small-town Texas imbued Donovan Lord’s life with a mountain full of heartaches. Told…

This Is Not A Love Story by @SukiFleet

When fifteen-year-old Romeo’s mother leaves one day and doesn’t return, he finds himself homeless and trying to survive on the streets. Mute and terrified, his silence makes him vulnerable, and one night he is beaten by a gang of other kids, only to be rescued by a boy who pledges to take care of him….

The Making of a Massacre by @gingerthomp1

In March 2011, gunmen from one of the most violent drug trafficking cartels in the world swept through a small Mexican border town, leaving behind dozens of disappearances and deaths. This series follows ProPublica’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Ginger Thompson as she investigates an instance where America’s war on drugs had devastating civilian consequences. The Making of a…

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder. In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear…

Lyra’s Oxford by @PhilipPullman

This book contains a story and several other things. The other things might be connected with the story, or they might not; they might be connected to stories that haven’t appeared yet . . .  Two years after the conclusion of The Amber Spyglass, Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon sit high on the roof of Jordan…

What Were You Thinking? by @NPRDina

Parents, or 12-24 year old selves; this intrepidly reported, six-part audio show hosted by NPR journalist Dina Temple-Raston, discover the new science that reveals how the brains of 12-to-24-year-olds are literally hard-wired to make dumb decisions, and meet a teenage jihadist who is living with the terrible consequences of immature decision-making. Declared “a must-listen for…