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There Is a Rio Grande in Heaven: Stories By Ruben Reyes Jr. Cover Image
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Published: Mariner Books - August 6th, 2024

In this intriguing dream-like sci-fi literary collection, Salvadorans sift through unanswered questions in search of their identities, many of which straddle the blurry line between unforgiving lies and the honest truth. Featured are a wide array of sexualities and ethnicities set against the challenges of immigration, affected by the pitfalls of narcissism and the horrors of up-and-coming technology. As an avid short story reader, I find There is a Rio Grande in Heaven to be pleasantly eye-opening by focusing on all ways of life.

-Alexandra


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Beautiful Days: Stories By Zach Williams Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385550147
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Published: Doubleday - June 11th, 2024

Dreams and unconsciousness, the world once we close our eyes to rest... can you differentiate simply what's real and what's not? When you open your eyes in the morning after a restless sleep of dreams, is the representation of your fears and pleasures tangible? Do you ever look at the surroundings in your bedroom upon waking and wonder if you have awoken from a wild dream or if you're still encased in its adventure amidst the interior of your cranium? In Beautiful Days, author Zach Williams presents a short story collection filled with aspects of fatherhood and manhood, thoughts of suicide, and loss of spousal companionship, wrapped in a warm blanket of fleeting unconscious thoughts. 

-Alexandra


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Ghostroots: Stories By 'Pemi Aguda Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781324065852
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 7th, 2024

In twelve short stories based upon fictional curses, 'Pemi Aguda seamlessly intertwines her words without losing sight of reality. The stories - each based in Lagos, Nigeria - touch upon the hunger of money, womanhood, and the bond of a mother and her offspring, both near and far. Aguda uncovers that cultural curses are wrapped in religion and societal practices, often leaving them to slip through the cracks and cause dismay. Ghostroots is unmatched in literature; each word flows like a river into a larger body of water, revealing truths and insights for all to ponder.

-Alexandra


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Green Frog: Stories By Gina Chung Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - March 12th, 2024

In these stories Korean American women view and experience life, each with varying backgrounds and understandings. Author Gina Chung digs deep, focusing not only on the voices of multiple separate characters, but also on the meaning that every small story portrays. Her words become vividly illustrated, feeling as if they float off the pages and into your own imagination. The story compilation is one part fantasy and one part theoretical, with a backing in real life feelings, emotions, thoughts, and actions. It forces the reader to take a much needed step back and reflect on the negatives and positives in their own life.  It is a refreshing take by the author. I highly recommend Gina's literary work to any person.

-Alexandra


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The Other Valley: A Novel By Scott Alexander Howard Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781668015476
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Published: Atria Books - February 27th, 2024

Have you ever felt as if something you viewed was not intended for your eyes to see? At the young age of sixteen the main character Odile unknowingly becomes intertwined in the life of a boy named Edme whose future has only one true outcome in her view. She lives within an endless loop which must remain untouched for the sake of the entire dystopian society. The Other Valley is a must read, the pages flow into one another so easily that you may find yourself unaware of the time that has passed with each turn of a page. Author Scott Alexander Howard sets forth a refreshing tone in the science fiction genre due to his usage of multiple timelines within one story line.

-Alexandra


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The Maid: A Novel (Molly the Maid #1) By Nita Prose Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593356173
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 3rd, 2023

Put yourself in the shoes of a maid. Think about how you are seen, or lack thereof. Molly the maid can be described as a quirky girl at peace with cleaning up the messes of others. She is someone who easily notices a nick in the floor tile, a scrape on a side table, and a pull in the material of a carpeted floor. Unfortunately, her worst enemy is herself. She fails to pick up basic social cues and, without the guidance of her late grandmother, is easily misled by the lies and deceptions of guests and colleagues. What the reader is dying to know is... will Molly ever truly be seen? In The Maid all is revealed to the naked eye.

-Alexandra


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Haven: The Dramatic Story of 1,000 World War II Refugees and How They Came to America By Ruth Gruber Cover Image
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Published: Open Road Media - October 19th, 2010

Imagine you must flee your home in hope of shelter, never knowing if you'll return to the place you once knew. Thanks to President FDR and the First Lady, 982 unfortunate individuals found the one thing they had been longing for on the grounds of Fort Ontario, a place where no harm would come to them for their religion, ethnicity or physical qualities. The community of Oswego welcomed the refugees with understanding and consideration. Haven reflects in detail upon the actions taken to make Fort Ontario a safe haven. Author, photographer, and journalist Ruth Gruber captures the voyage taken by the refugees across the Atlantic Ocean from Italy to New York, while also documenting their day-to-day life at the shelter. Haven is a literary work of historical importance, a must read in my view.

-Alexandra


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1984: 75th Anniversary By George Orwell, Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Introduction by), Sandra Newman (Afterword by) Cover Image
By George Orwell, Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Introduction by), Sandra Newman (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780451524935
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Published: Signet -

Could you manage to survive in a world where invasive surveillance and censorship outweigh personal privacy? What if you lived in a society where at all times your movements, words, and thoughts were documented, studied and ultimately used against you? How could this determine your future? Are you deemed to be aligned with the government or against the "greater good" of society? George Orwell's brilliant words haunt each and every one of us, lingering in our thoughts and memories, forever replaying the notion that BIG BROTHER IS ALWAYS WATCHING. This classic work of literary excellence foreshadowed some of the horrific realities of the modern world. 1984 is utterly unique and extremely rare; it exists in a category of its own.

-Alexandra


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Dreambound: A Novel By Dan Frey Cover Image
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Published: Del Rey - September 12th, 2023

Have you ever experienced loss, tragedy, or separation from the one you love? What if the only way to recover your loved one was to investigate the young adult fantasy novels your daughter once dreamed of being a part of? Journalist and father, Byron Kidd finds himself investigating deep into the streets of Los Angeles in hopes of finding his lost daughter. Is fantasy fiction to blame, or has the world turned into a dream itself? Author Dan Frey finds the right combination of reality and fantasy while uncovering the notion that they are one and the same.

-Alexandra