Books

Bear, Julia Phillips

A mesmerizing novel of two sisters on a Pacific Northwest island whose lives are upended by an unexpected visitor—a tale of family, obsession, and a mysterious creature in the woods, by the celebrated, bestselling author of Disappearing Earth. Publisher: Hogarth Press

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James, Percival Everett

A brilliant, action-packed reimagining of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, both harrowing and ferociously funny, told from the enslaved Jim’s point of view, While many narrative set pieces of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remain in place (floods and storms, stumbling across both unexpected death and unexpected treasure in the […]

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Whale Fall, Elizabeth O’Connor

A stunning debut from an award-winning writer, about loss, isolation, folklore, and the joy and dissonance of finding oneself by exploring life outside one’s community. Read more at Penguin Random House.

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The Bee Sting, Paul Murray

The Barnes family is in trouble. Dickie’s once-lucrative car business is going under—but Dickie is spending his days in the woods, building an apocalypse-proof bunker with a renegade handyman. His wife, Imelda, is selling off her jewelry on eBay and half-heartedly dodging the attention of fast-talking cattle farmer Big Mike, […]

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Planeta Blu – Rise of Agoo, Tem Blessed

Writer: Tem Blessed Artist and colorist: Michael LaRiccia Planeta Blu – Rise of Agoo is a fantastic afro-futuristic graphic novel adventure that tells the tale of New Bedford inner-city youth: Lares, her brother Angel, Tomé, and Tyler as they fight to save humanity and animal kind from the apocalyptic plans […]

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Tales of the Urban Wild: A Puma’s Journey, Tiffany Yap

Illustrated by Meital Smith, Tales of the Urban Wild is a graphic novel that follows the life of a young male mountain lion as he struggles to establish his own territory. Navigating urban regions and wildlands, he confronts many challenging obstacles. The story brings awareness to the impact of humans […]

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Secrets of the Sky Series, Sayantani DasGupta

In this middle grade fantasy series starter, 10-year-old New Jersey native Kinjal and his sister Kiya accidentally unleash a monster and are whisked to the realm of the Sky Kingdom. There, the two learn of the kingdom’s missing bees and resolve to unravel the mysterious disappearance before harm comes to […]

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Never Whistle at Night, Shane Hawk, Theodore C. Van Alst Jr., et al.

Many Indigenous people believe that one should never whistle at night. This belief takes many forms: for instance, Native Hawaiians believe it summons the Hukai’po, the spirits of ancient warriors, and Native Mexicans say it calls Lechuza, a witch that can transform into an owl. But what all these legends […]

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Indie Corner – Sarah Holding, blackloop

Back to the Indie Corner series In our last Indie Corner of 2023, I’m thrilled to chat again with Sarah Holding. We haven’t talked in nearly a decade, which is hard to believe! Sarah is a children’s and YA author and poet, known primarily as a climate fiction writer. She […]

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Michikusa House, Emily Grandy

While spending a year on a small farm in rural Japan, a young woman named Winona, who is struggling with mental illness, finds meaning in connecting with the land, learning to grow her own food and cook with the seasons. But transformation is often bittersweet, and Winona is forced to […]

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Spellcasters, Rajat Chaudhuri

Business reporter by day, dreamcatcher by night, Chanchal Mitra wakes up in a far-off desert town, sharing a dingy hotel room with the flamboyant Mr. Kapoor, who is planning to abduct a billionaire. Kapoor insists that the billionaire tycoon is an impostor. Chanchal is unwittingly drawn into the plot. Soon […]

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The Good-Hearted Gardeners, Suniti Namjoshi

The Good-Hearted Gardeners (Spinifexpress) is eco-fiction with a twist. Can the headlong rush to extinction be halted? Will the planet and its inhabitants be saved? Suniti Namjoshi is an internationally acclaimed author, a writer of fables, poetry, satirical fiction, and children’s fiction. Born in Mumbai in 1941, she lives in a […]

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Spotlight – ​’Cúagilákv (Jess H̓áust̓i), Crushed Wild Mint

Click here to return to the world eco-fiction series About the Book   This month we travel back to Canada, to the beautiful temperate rainforest on British Columbia’s west coast, to talk with Jess Housty, a writer and grassroots activist of Heiltsuk (Indigenous) and mixed settler heritage. They are based […]

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Fire in the Canyon, Daniel Gumbiner

This is a story about grape growing and wine, financial and familial struggles, and the peculiar characters and unlikely heroes one will always find in small-town California. Through the experiences of the Hechts and the escalating challenges that face their community, Fire in the Canyon is an intimate look at […]

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Spotlight – The Storm, Arif Anwar

Click here to return to the world eco-fiction series About the Book     At once grounded in history and fantastically imaginative, Arif Anwar’s The Storm (Washington Square Press, 2021) “moves us deftly through time and across borders, beautifully illustrating the strange intersections we call fate, and reminding us how […]

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