Maame by Jessica George
An unforgettable debut about a young British Ghanaian woman as she navigates her twenties and finds her place in the world. It explores what it feels like to be torn between two homes and cultures—and it celebrates finally being able to find where you belong.
River Sing Me Home by Eleanor Shearer
In 1834 Barbados, after the master of the Providence plantation in Barbados refuses to let them go even though the king has decreed an end to slavery, Rachel escapes and embarks on a grueling, dangerous journey to find her five children who survived at birth and were sold.
The Terraformers by Annalee Newitz
As part of the Environmental Rescue Team, Destry is dedicated to terraforming the planet Sask-E until she discovers a city full of people that shouldn’t exist, and as she uncovers more about their past, she starts to question the mission she’s devoted her life to.
The World and All That It Holds by Aleksandar Hemon
A big, brilliant, sweeping novel of love, memory, and history in the making. It tells of the relationship between Pinto and Osman, who cross the battlefields of the First World War, find love, and fight to survive.
The Faraway World by Patricia Engel
A collection of ten haunting short stories linked by themes of migration, sacrifice, and moral compromise bring to life the liminality of regret, the vibrancy of community, and the epic deeds and quiet moments of love.
The End of Drum-Time by Hanna Pylvainen
Gorgeously written and sweeping in scope, set in the Arctic Circle during the 19th century, this novel immerses readers in a world lit by the northern lights, steeped in age-old rituals, and guided by passions that transcend place and time.
How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix
Forced to return to the small Southern town where she grew up to sell her late parents’ house, Louise discovers that her and her brother’s old grudges pale in comparison to the terror that still lurks within its walls.
Decent People by De’Shawn Charles Winslow
When three siblings are found shot to death in the still-segregated town of West Mills, North Carolina, in 1976, and the white authorities show no interest in solving the case, Josephine Wright sets out to prove the innocence of her childhood sweetheart, Olympus “Lymp” Seymore, the murder victims’ half-brother and the leading suspect in the case.
Independence by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
During the partition of British India in 1947, three sisters find themselves separated from each other after their father, a well-respected doctor, is killed during a riot and their neighbors turn against them.
The Matter of Everything: How Curiosity, Physics, and Improbable Experiments Changed the World by Suzie Sheehy
Celebrating human ingenuity, creativity and curiosity, an accelerator physicist introduces us to the people who, through a combination of genius, persistence and luck, staged the experiments that changed the course of history, giving rise to the technology that ushered us into the modern world.
The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin
A master at helping people connect with who they really are and what they really offer, the nine-time Grammy-winning producer illuminates the path of the artist as road we all can follow, putting the power to create moments—and lifetimes—of exhilaration and transcendence within closer reach for all of us.
Ghost Music by An Yu
A Beijing piano teacher who gave up her career as a concert pianist bonds with her mother-in-law over cooking unexpected parcels of mushrooms that keep arriving in the mail and discovers the sender is a world-famous pianist who disappeared.