Last time I visited GHS, I saw Maryann in the hall on her way to hang the library. She's a prolific reader, so stop in and say hi and pick her brain - especially about teen and kid books.

Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

Since I was very young, I was so grateful that I was able to go to school. I loved school (overall) and cannot wait to go back in the fall. 
Tara Westover and her family are Mormons. Her father doesn't believe in public school, medicine, hospitals, having any government documentation, and is always preparing for The Day the World Ends. 
Educated, is a very powerful book about the importance of education, and what the price of it is.
At times, I wanted to throw this book because it made me so mad, and other times I wanted to give it a hug because it was so sad. In the end, this book made me smile, and is making me wait in anticipation to go back to school and finish my degree.

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Normal People: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984822185
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Published: Hogarth - February 18th, 2020

In this book, we follow Marianne and Connell, who are complete opposites, but still manage to fall in love.
Marianne is a shy girl in school who doesn't care about her reputation, and not many people like her. Connell is very outgoing, plays football, and only cares about what others think of him. Connell doesn't want the school to find out that he likes Marianne, so he gives her a cold shoulder during school but cannot keep his hands off her at her house.
When Connell and Marianne go to college, it seems that they will never see each other again. Even when they drift the farthest apart, the always seem to find their way back to each other.

The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

Identical twin sisters, Stella and Desiree, live in Mallard, Louisiana in 1938. The small town that isn't on any map (literally), this place is home to people who weren't accepted as white but didn't pass as a person of color.
When the girls turn sixteen, their mother pushes them to start working for a wealthy white family, instead of attending school. Soon the girls start imagining a better life for themselves, one with money, happiness, and a place in the community. 
We follow the girls throughout their lives and the very different life choices they made, we watch their children grow up, and find the path where they cross. I genuinely enjoyed everything about this book, if you enjoy realistic fiction or historical fiction you will absolutely love this book.

A Good Neighborhood: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250237279
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 10th, 2020

Valerie Alston-Holt is a professor of ecology and forestry, who also raises her incredibly bright and talented son, Xavier. 
When new neighbors move in next door and start making their house the showpiece of the neighborhood, all goes wrong when an old oak tree that is very important to Valerie starts dying.
A Good Neighborhood explores race, racism, class, love, and what it means to be a good neighbor.

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399588198
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Published: One World - February 12th, 2019

In this autobiography written by the comedian, Trevor Noah, we enter his life and what it was like growing up in South Africa.
He describes his challenges with racism, and the hardships he has had to encounter his entire life. He takes us through his coming of age story and makes you feel as if you're living it as well. 
Trevor Noah is an amazing writer, who will leave you wanting more, and will inspire you.

The World Needs More Purple People Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593121962
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - June 2nd, 2020

The actress, Kristen Bell (a.k.a. Anna from Frozen), wrote a book about her favorite kind of people: PURPLE PEOPLE. She explains what purple people are and how you can become one in five simple steps.
This book is hilarious and charming, it will leave you wanting to be a little more purple.

Clap When You Land Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062882769
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 5th, 2020

Camino and Yaharia lose their father in a plane crash. The thing is, they don't know that the other exists. 
Camino lives in the Dominican Republic, awaiting her father to visit her in the summers. 
Yaharia lives in New York City, where she lives with her father and mother for most of the year. 
Camino and Yaharia meet because of the horrific death, but their friendship blossoms over the greaving and learning the truth about their father.
This was an uplifting book about the importance of family and friendship.

A Man Called Ove: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476738024
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 5th, 2015

At first, Ove seems to be a grumpy old man. But Ove has hard a hard life, that comes with a lot of sadness. 
A super chatty couple, with chatty children, move in across the street, who accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox.
Who knew a book about unlikely friendships, unkempt cats, and the art of being able to back up a trailer would become one of my favorite books?

All Adults Here: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634697
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 4th, 2020

Astrid Strick witnesses a bus accident and makes her think of her young parenting days. It makes her realize that she isn't the parent she thought she was. Now her three children are grown and have issues of their own.
Her youngest son is drifting through life. Her daughter is intentionally pregnant with a donor. Her oldest son is trying to live up to imaginable standards.
As Astrid tries to fix her mistakes and make up for her parenting, she will learn many lessons about the meaning of family and friendship with the help of her thirteen-year-old granddaughter and her friend.

Beach Read Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984806734
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Published: Berkley - May 19th, 2020

January Andrews is a romance writer. Augustus Everett is a literary fiction writer. Both are stuck in a rut. 
January’s dad passes away and his lies start to unravel: he had a secret life, with a secret woman, and a secret beach house on Lake Michigan. 
The two college rivals soon become neighbors. In hopes to get past writer's block, they switch genres and have to write a book before the deadline. 
This book is about writers block and how frustrating it can be, but it’s a beautiful story and a perfect beach read.