Staff Pick

Lynn Nottage won a second Pulitzer for her play Sweat, the only woman playwright to have been honored twice. Critics called Sweat a prophetic vision for the times we find ourselves embroiled in. After reading it in a single day, I can tell you it does not disappoint. Set in one of the poorest cities in America, this play is a powerful and heartfelt look at the tragedies of race, class, and identity. These complex themes tie themselves into a knot with no easy solution.  

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ISBN: 9781559365321
Availability: Backordered
Published: Theatre Communications Group - June 13th, 2017

Staff Pick

Think you've had your fill of dystopian tales of the future? Believe me, you haven't, because you haven't read Maggie Shen King’s new novel An Excess Male.  Set in a China a few decades hence, forty million excess men, a direct result of China’s misogynistic one child policy, tax the country’s resources and culture. Marriage has become a rigid system of state control and familial advancement.  The story follows two families as they try to survive this system while keeping their secrets hidden. This is a tremendous tale of love and identity and King is a writer to keep your eye on. 

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ISBN: 9780062662552
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Voyager - September 12th, 2017

Staff Pick

For ye’ landlubbers like myself who’ve never answered the call of the sea, here’s a book to dive into (pun intended). Admiral Stavridis chronicles the history of the world’s oceans, demonstrating their importance since time immemorial, while weaving in fascinating anecdotes from his own career with the US Navy. This is an excellent, compelling, and easy to ready book that dispels our terra firma-centric view of the earth. As Admiral Stavridis shows, within these vast waterways lie our past, present, and future.

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ISBN: 9780735220591
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Penguin Press - June 6th, 2017