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Lela joined us in the fall of 2022. She likes to read non-fiction but dabbles in everything else.

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Speech Team: A Novel By Tim Murphy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593653845
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Published: Viking - July 25th, 2023

This book is Nostalgia with a capital N! It is filled with a playlist of 80’s songs, dance, and books. Speech Team is the salvation of the High School misfits, where they compete with success instead of being beaten down from sexist, racist, homophobic, and neurodivergent slurs from their classmates. Or so they have led themselves to believe as adults. In 2012 after one of the team commits suicide the remaining four members question their relationship with Coach Gold and venture out on a journey of restorative justice. Maybe Gold is an advocate or maybe a bully. The story catapults along from narrator Tip Murray's mouth with a side of addiction battling. But it's a mouth that plunders a little sought vocabulary including these gems: truncation, equipoise, diminuendo, and recidivists. In the end we are left with the ultimate of ironies and the question; When do you finally feel harmonized?

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The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession By Michael Finkel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525657323
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Published: Knopf - June 27th, 2023

Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart: And Other Stories By GennaRose Nethercott Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593314180
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Published: Vintage - February 6th, 2024

The Iliad By Homer, Emily Wilson (Translated by) Cover Image
By Homer, Emily Wilson (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781324001805
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 26th, 2023

The Werewolf at Dusk: And Other Stories By David Small Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324092827
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Published: Liveright - March 12th, 2024

Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine By Uché Blackstock, MD Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593491287
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Published: Viking - January 23rd, 2024