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"Off the coast of Devon 10 strangers are lured to an isolated island. During dinner they hear a recording which accuse each of them of having a guilt-ridden secret. By the end of the night, one of the guests has mysteriously died. As a violent storm strands them on the island and a nursery rhyme counts down, one by one the strangers start to die. Who among them is the killer and will anyone survive?"
CIRCE, by Madeline Miller
"Born to a titan, Circe is banished to a deserted island. On the island she learns how to use her powers, gains the admiration of the animals, and meets many famous mythological figures. This is a riveting story of rivalry, palace life, love, loss and female strength."
* Mature themes / language ~ Amazon
Every Day, by David Levithan
“Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day." ~ Amazon
The Fifth Wave, by Rick Yancey
"On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother--or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up." ~ Amazon
Non - Fiction Titles
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
"Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward."
Brief Answers to the Big Questions, by Stephen Hawking
“Hawking not only unraveled some of the universe’s greatest mysteries but also believed science plays a critical role in fixing problems here on Earth. Now, as we face immense challenges on our planet...he turns his attention to the most urgent issues facing us.” ~ Amazon
Evicted, by Matthew Desmond
“In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads…Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America’s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.” ~ Amazon
The Girl with Seven Names, by Hyeonseo Lee
“As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom and, as the famine of the 1990s struck, she began to wonder, question and to realize that she had been brainwashed her entire life.”
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