One Part Woman

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Gold Diggers

An Indian American magical realist coming of age story, spanning two continents, two coasts, and four epochs, in razor sharp and deeply funny prose, Sathian captures what it is to grow up as a member of a family, of a diaspora, and of the American meritocracy.

A floundering second generation teenager growing up in the Bush era Atlanta suburbs, Neil Narayan is authentic, funny, and smart. He just doesn't share the same drive as everyone around him. His perfect older sister is headed to Duke. His parents' expectations for him are just as high. He tries to want this version of success, but mostly, Neil just wants his neighbor across the cul de sac, Anita Dayal.

But Anita has a secret: she and her mother Anjali have been brewing an ancient alchemical potion from stolen gold that harnesses the ambition of the jewelry's original owner. Anjali's own mother in Bombay didn't waste the precious potion on her daughter, favoring her sons instead. Anita, on the other hand, just needs a little boost to get into Harvard. But when Neil who needs a whole lot joins in the plot, events spiral into a tragedy that rips their community apart.

Ten years later, Neil is an oft stoned Berkeley history grad student studying the California gold rush. His high school cohort has migrated to Silicon Valley, where he reunites with Anita and resurrects their old habit of gold theft only now, the stakes are higher. Anita's mother is in trouble, and only gold can save her. Anita and Neil must pull off one last heist.

Gold Diggers is a fine grained, profoundly intelligent, and bitingly funny investigation in to questions of identity and coming of age that tears down American shibboleths.

Between Perfect and Real

A moving YA debut about a trans boy finding his voice—and himself Dean Foster knows he’s a trans guy. He’s watched enough YouTube videos and done enough questioning to be sure. But everyone at his high school thinks he’s a lesbian—including his girlfriend Zoe, and his theater director, who just cast him as a “nontraditional” Romeo. He wonders if maybe it would be easier to wait until college to come out. But as he plays Romeo every day in rehearsals, Dean realizes he wants everyone to see him as he really is now––not just on the stage, but everywhere in his life. Dean knows what he needs to do. Can playing a role help Dean be his true self?

When Stars Rain Down

This summer has the potential to change everything.

The summer of 1936 in Parsons, Georgia, is unseasonably hot, and Opal Pruitt can sense a nameless storm coming. She hopes this foreboding feeling won’t overshadow her upcoming eighteenth birthday or the annual Founder’s Day celebration in just a few weeks. As hard as she works in the home of the widow Miss Peggy, Opal enjoys having something to look forward to.

But when the Ku Klux Klan descends on Opal’s neighborhood of Colored Town, the tight knit community is shaken in every way. Parsons’s residents—both Black and white—are forced to acknowledge the unspoken codes of conduct in their post Reconstruction era town. To complicate matters, Opal finds herself torn between two unexpected romantic interests, awakening many new emotions. She never thought that becoming a woman would bring with it such complicated decisions about what type of person she wants to be.

In When Stars Rain Down, Angela Jackson Brown introduces us to a small Southern town grappling with haunting questions still relevant today—and to a young woman whose search for meaning resonates across the ages.

Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet

I'm Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter meets Emergency Contact in this stunning story of first love, familial expectations, the power of food, and finding where you belong.

As an aspiring pastry chef, Penelope Prado has always dreamed of opening her own pastelería next to her father's restaurant, Nacho's Tacos. But her mom and dad have different plans leaving Pen to choose between disappointing her traditional Mexican American parents or following her own path. When she confesses a secret she's been keeping, her world is sent into a tailspin. But then she meets a cute new hire at Nacho's who sees through her hard exterior and asks the questions she's been too afraid to ask herself.

Xander Amaro has been searching for home since he was a little boy. For him, a job at Nacho's is an opportunity for just that a chance at a normal life, to settle in at his abuelo's, and to find the father who left him behind. But when both the restaurant and Xander's immigrant status are threatened, he will do whatever it takes to protect his new found family and himself.

Together, Pen and Xander must navigate first love and discovering where they belong both within their families and their fiercely loyal Chicanx community in order to save the place they all call home.

Leonora in the Morning Light

One of O, The Oprah Magazine’s “Most Anticipated Historical Fiction Novels That Will Sweep You Away” and LitHub’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2021.” For fans of Amy Bloom’s White Houses and Colm Tóibín’s The Master, a page turning novel about Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington and the art, drama, and romance that defined her coming of age during World War II.1940. A train carrying exiled German prisoners from a labor camp arrives in southern France. Within moments, word spreads that Nazi capture is imminent, and the men flee for the woods, desperate to disappear across the Spanish border. One stays behind, determined to ride the train until he reaches home, to find a woman he refers to simply as “her.” 1937. Leonora Carrington is a twenty year old British socialite and painter dreaming of independence when she meets Max Ernst, an older, married artist whose work has captivated Europe. She follows him to Paris, into the vibrant revolutionary world of studios and cafes where rising visionaries of the Surrealist movement like Andre Breton, Pablo Picasso, Lee Miller, Man Ray, and Salvador Dali are challenging conventional approaches to art and life. Inspired by their freedom, Leonora begins to experiment with her own work, translating vivid stories of her youth onto canvas and gaining recognition under her own name. It is a bright and glorious age of enlightenment—until the shadow of war looms over Europe and headlines emerge denouncing Max and his circle as “degenerates,” leading to his arrest and imprisonment. Left along as occupation spreads throughout the countryside, Leonora battles terrifying circumstances to survive, reawakening past demons that threaten to consume her. As Leonora and Max embark on remarkable journeys together and apart, the full story of their tumultuous and passionate love affair unfolds, spanning time and borders as they seek to reunite and reclaim their creative power in a world shattered by war. When their paths cross with Peggy Guggenheim, an art collector and socialite working to help artists escape to America, nothing will be the same. Based on true events and historical figures, Leonora in the Morning Light is an unforgettable story of love, art, and destiny that restores a twentieth century heroine to her rightful place in our collective imagination.

The Happiest Girl in the World: A Novel



From the acclaimed author of Mercy House comes a gripping new novel about a young woman’s dreams of Olympic gymnastic gold—and what it takes to reach the top

 

For Sera Wheeler, the Olympics is the reason for everything. It’s why she trains thirty hours a week, starves herself to under 100 pounds, and pops Advil like Tic Tacs.

For her mother, Charlene,  hungry for glory she never had, it’s why she rises before dawn to drive Sera to practice in a different state, and why the family scrimps, saves, and fractures. It’s why, when Sera’s best friend reports the gymnastics doctor to the authority who selects the Olympic Team, Sera denies what she knows about his treatments, thus preserving favor.

Their friendship shatters. But Sera protected her dream—didn’t she?

Sera doubles down, taping broken toes, numbing torn muscles, and pouring her family’s resources into the sport. Soon she isn’t training for the love of gymnastics. She’s training to make her disloyalty worthwhile. No matter the cost.

The Happiest Girl in the World explores the dark history behind an athlete who stands on the world stage, biting gold. It's about the silence required of the exceptional, a tarnished friendship, and the sacrifices a parent will make for a child, even as a family is torn apart. It’s about the price of greatness.

My Epic Spring Break (Up)

A fun and upbeat paperback original romance about a girl who finds a cheat sheet for love.

Spring break . heartache?

For coder extraordinaire Ashley, high school is all about prepping for college. Her love life? Virtually nonexistent. She's never been on a date. Never been kissed. Never been in love.

When her plans veer off course, Ashley realizes she might be missing out on her high school experience. Now that spring break is finally here, Ashley vows to have fun . and, for the first time, follow her heart.

Starting with Walker Beech, her gorgeous, maybe not so unrequited crush. But with Jason Eisler her childhood friend turned prankster in the picture, trouble is bound to follow. Will Ashley's epic spring break lead her to love, or will her heart crash and burn?

Smart, fun, fast paced. USA Today bestselling author of The Kiss Quotient Helen Hoang on Kristin Rockaway's How to Hack a Heartbreak

Zoe Rosenthal Is Not Lawful Good

A buttoned up overachiever works overtime to keep her inner nerd at bay—failing spectacularly—in Nancy Werlin’s hilarious and heartfelt return to contemporary realistic fiction.


Planning is Zoe Rosenthal’s superpower. She has faith in a properly organized to do list and avoids unnecessary risks. Her mental checklist goes something like this: 1) Meet soulmate: DONE! 2) Make commitment: DONE! 3) Marriage: TO COME! (after college). She isn’t sure which college yet, but it will have a strong political science department, since her perfect boyfriend, Simon, plans to “save the country,” as his sister puts it, “and the planet and everything.” Zoe will follow along, the perfect serious, supportive girlfriend. It’s good to have her love life resolved, checked off, done. But speaking of unnecessary risks, Zoe’s on a plane to Atlanta, sneaking off to Dragon Con for the second season premiere of Bleeders. The show is subject to her boyfriend’s lofty scorn, but Zoe is nothing like these colorful hordes “wearing their inside on their outside.” Once her flirtation with fandom is over, she will get back to the important business of planning a future with Simon. The trouble is, right now, Bleeders—and her fellow “Bloodygits”—may just mean the world to her. Will a single night of nerdery be enough?

Best selling and award winning author Nancy Werlin is best known for science fiction, fantasy, and suspense, but here she turns her pen to realistic fiction with broad appeal. Confirmed nerds will revel in a diverse cast, zany fandoms, and cosplaying crowds, but this is for any reader seeking a smart, breezy coming of age story about finding your friends—and your inconvenient self.

Too Bright to See

A haunting ghost story about navigating grief, growing up, and growing into a new gender identity

It's the summer before middle school and eleven year old Bug's best friend Moira has decided the two of them need to use the next few months to prepare. For Moira, this means figuring out the right clothes to wear, learning how to put on makeup, and deciding which boys are cuter in their yearbook photos than in real life. But none of this is all that appealing to Bug, who doesn't particularly want to spend time trying to understand how to be a girl. Besides, there's something important to worry about: A ghost is haunting Bug's eerie old house in rural Vermontand maybe haunting Bug in particular. As Bug begins to untangle the mystery of who this ghost is and what they're trying to say, an altogether different truth comes to light Bug is transgender.

Vera

An astonishing feat of imagination, a grand adventure set in 1906 San Francisco—a city leveled by quake and fire—featuring an indomitable heroine coming of age in the aftermath of catastrophe and her quest for love and reinvention.

Meet Vera Johnson, the uncommonly resourceful fifteen year old illegitimate daughter of Rose, notorious proprietor of San Francisco’s most legendary bordello and ally to the city’s corrupt politicians. Vera has grown up straddling two worlds—the madam’s alluring sphere, replete with tickets to the opera, surly henchmen, and scant morality, and the violent, debt ridden domestic life of the family paid to raise her.

On the morning of the great quake, Vera’s worlds collide. As the shattered city burns and looters vie with the injured, orphaned, and starving, Vera and her guileless sister, Pie, are cast adrift. Vera disregards societal norms and prejudices and begins to imagine a new kind of life. She collaborates with Tan, her former rival, and forges an unlikely family of survivors. Together they navigate their way beyond disaster.

Raft of Stars

When two hardscrabble young boys think they’ve committed a crime, they flee into the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Will the adults trying to find and protect them reach them before it’s too late?

It’s the summer of 1994 in Claypot, Wisconsin, and the lives of ten year old Fischer “Fish” Branson and Dale “Bread” Breadwin are shaped by the two fathers they don’t talk about.

One night, tired of seeing his best friend bruised and terrorized by his no good dad, Fish takes action. A gunshot rings out and the two boys flee the scene, believing themselves murderers. They head for the woods, where they find their way onto a raft, but the natural terrors of Ironsforge gorge threaten to overwhelm them.

Four adults track them into the forest, each one on a journey of his or her own. Fish’s mother Miranda, a wise woman full of fierce faith; his granddad, Teddy, who knows the woods like the back of his hand; Tiffany, a purple haired gas station attendant and poet looking for connection; and Sheriff Cal, who’s having doubts about a life in law enforcement.

The adults track the boys toward the novel’s heart pounding climax on the edge of the gorge and a conclusion that beautifully makes manifest the grace these characters find in the wilderness and one another. This timeless story of loss, hope, and adventure runs like the river itself amid the vividly rendered landscape of the Upper Midwest.

Girl in the Walls

A mesmerizing and suspenseful coming of age novel about an orphan hiding within the walls of her former family home—and about what it means to be truly seen after becoming lost in life



Eventually, every hidden thing is found.

Elise knows every inch of the house. She knows which boards will creak. She knows where the gaps are in the walls. She knows which parts can take her in, hide her away. It’s home, after all. The home her parents made for her, before they were taken from her in a car crash. And home is where you stay, no matter what.

Eddie is a teenager trying to forget about the girl he sometimes sees out of the corner of his eye. But when his hotheaded older brother senses her, too, they are faced with the question of how to get rid of someone they aren’t sure even exists. And as they try to cast her out, they unwittingly bring an unexpected and far real threat to their doorstep.

 Written with grace and enormous heart, Girl in the Walls is a novel about carrying on through grief, forging unconventional friendships, and realizing, little by little, that we don’t need to fear what we do not understand.

Body of Stars

An exploration of fate and female agency in a world very similar to our own except that the markings on women's bodies reveal the future. A piercing indictment of rape culture, a read about what happens when women are objectified and stripped of choice and what happens when they fight back.

Celeste Morton has eagerly awaited her passage to adulthood. Like every girl, she was born with a set of childhood markings the freckles, moles, and birthmarks on her body that foretell her future and that of those around her and with puberty will come a new set of predictions that will solidify her fate. The possibilities are tantalizing enough to outweigh the worry that the future she dreams of won't be the one she's fated to have and the fear of her changeling period the time when women are nearly irresistible to men and the risk of abduction is rife.

Celeste's beloved brother, Miles, is equally anticipating her transition to adulthood. As a skilled interpreter of the future, a field that typically excludes men, Miles considers Celeste his practice ground and the only clue to what his own future will bring. But when Celeste changes, she learns a devastating secret about Miles's fate: a secret that could destroy her family, a secret she will do anything to keep. Yet Celeste isn't the only one keeping secrets, and when the lies of brother and sister collide, it leads to a tragedy that will irrevocably change Celeste's fate, set her on a path to fight against the inherent misogyny of fortune telling, and urge her to create a future that is truly her own.

With You All the Way

Ada’s life is a mess. She just caught her boyfriend cheating on her after a humiliating attempt at losing her virginity, and she’s had it up to here with her gorgeous older sister’s unsolicited advice.

But things really hit the fan during a family vacation in Hawaii, where Ada discovers her own mother is having an affair. Apparently, everyone is falling into bed with people they shouldn’t. Everyone except Ada. But when Ada decides she’s going to stop trying and start doing—sex, that is—her best laid plan overlooks an inconvenient truth:

Feelings, romantic or not, always get in the way. 

When We Were Infinite

All Beth wants is for her tight knit circle of friends — Grace Nakamura, Brandon Lin, Sunny Chen, and Jason Tsou — to stay together. With her family splintered and her future a question mark, these friends are all she has — even if she sometimes wonders if she truly fits in with them. Besides, she’s certain she’ll never be able to tell Jason how she really feels about him, so friendship will have to be enough.

Then Beth witnesses a private act of violence in Jason’s home, and the whole group is shaken. Beth and her friends make a pact to do whatever it takes to protect Jason, no matter the sacrifice. But when even their fierce loyalty isn’t enough to stop Jason from making a life altering choice, Beth must decide how far she’s willing to go for him—and how much of herself she’s willing to give up.

From award winning author Kelly Loy Gilbert comes a powerful, achingly romantic drama about the secrets we keep, from each other and from ourselves, perfect for fans of Permanent Record and I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter.

Once Upon a Quinceañera

Jenny Han meets Jane the Virgin in this flashy and fun Own Voices romcom from debut author Monica Gomez Hira.

Carmen Aguilar just wants to make her happily ever after come true. Except apparently “happily ever after” for Carmen involves being stuck in an unpaid summer internship! All she has to do is perform! In a ball gown! During the summer. In Miami.

Fine. Except that Carmen’s company is hired for her spoiled cousin Ariana’s over the top quinceañera.

And of course, her new dance partner at work is none other than Mauro Reyes, Carmen’s most deeply regrettable ex.

If Carmen is going to move into the future she wants, she needs to leave the past behind. And if she can manage dancing in the blistering heat, fending off Mauro’s texts, and stopping Ariana from ruining her own quinceañera Carmen might just get that happily ever after after all.

American Betiya

Fans of Sandhya Menon, Erika Sanchez and Jandy Nelson will identify with this powerful story of a young artist grappling with first love, family boundaries, and the complications of a cross cultural relationship.

Rani Kelkar has never lied to her parents, until she meets Oliver. The same qualities that draw her in his tattoos, his charisma, his passion for art make him her mother's worst nightmare.

They begin dating in secret, but when Oliver's troubled home life unravels, he starts to ask of Rani than she knows how to give, desperately trying to fit into her world, no matter how high the cost. When a twist of fate leads Rani from Evanston, Illinois to Pune, India for a summer, she has a reckoning with herself and what's really brewing beneath the surface of her first love.

Winner of the SCBWI Emerging Voices award, Anuradha Rajurkar takes an honest look at the ways cultures can clash in an interracial relationship. Braiding together themes of sexuality, artistic expression, and appropriation, she gives voice to a girl claiming ownership of her identity, one shattered stereotype at a time.

The Lowering Days

Growing up, David Almerin Ames and his brothers, Link and Simon, believed the wild patch of Maine where they lived along the Penobscot River belonged to them. Running down the state like a spine, the river shared its name with the people of the Penobscot Nation, whose ancestral territory included the entire Penobscot watershed—the land upon which the Ames family eventually made their home. 

The brothers’ affinity for the natural world derives from their iconoclastic parents, Arnoux, a romantic artist and Vietnam War deserter who builds boats by hand, and Falon, an activist journalist who runs The Lowering Days, a community newspaper which gives equal voice to indigenous and white issues. 

But the boys’ childhood reverie is shattered when a bankrupt paper mill, once the Penobscot Valley’s largest employer, is burned to the ground on the eve of potentially reopening. As the community grapples with the scope of the devastation, Falon receives a letter from a Penobscot teenager confessing to the crime—an act of justice for a sacred river under centuries of assault. 

For the residents of the Penobscot Valley, the fire reveals a stark truth. For many, the mill is a lifeline, providing working class jobs they need to survive. Within the Penobscot Nation, the mill is a bringer of death, spewing toxic chemicals and wastewater products that poison the river’s fish and plants. 

As the divide within the community widens, the building anger and resentment explodes in tragedy, wrecking the lives of David and those around him. 

Evocative and atmospheric, pulsating with the rhythms of the natural world, The Lowering Days is a meditation on the flow and weight of history, the power and fragility of love, the dangerous fault lines underlying families, and the enduring land where stories are created and told.

The Vietri Project

A search for a mysterious customer in Rome leads a young bookseller to confront the complicated history of her family, and that of Italy itself, in this achingly intimate debut with echoes of Lily King and Elif Batuman.Working at a bookstore in Berkeley in the years after college, Gabriele becomes intrigued by the orders of signor Vietri, a customer from Rome whose numerous purchases grow increasingly mystical and esoteric. Restless and uncertain of her future, Gabriele quits her job and, landing in Rome, decides to look up Vietri. Unable to locate him, she begins a quest to unearth the well concealed facts of his life.

Following a trail of obituaries and military records, a memoir of life in a village forgotten by modernity, and the court records of a communist murder trial, Gabriele meets an eclectic assortment of the city’s inhabitants, from the widow of an Italian prisoner of war to members of a generation set adrift by the financial crisis. Each encounter draws her unexpectedly closer to her own painful past and complicated family history—an Italian mother diagnosed with schizophrenia and institutionalized during her childhood, and an extended family in Rome still recovering from the losses and betrayals in their past. Through these voices and histories, Gabriele will discover what it means to be a person in the world; a member of a family and a citizen of a country—and how reconciling these stories may be the key to understanding her own.

The Elephant in the Room


From the New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s comes a heartfelt story about the importance of compassion and bravery when facing life's challenges (Kirkus) for fans of The One and Only Ivan and Front Desk.


It's been almost a year since Sila's mother traveled halfway around the world to Turkey, hoping to secure the immigration paperwork that would allow her to return to her family in the United States.

The long separation is almost impossible for Sila to withstand. But things change when Sila accompanies her father (who is a mechanic) outside their Oregon town to fix a truck. There, behind an enormous stone wall, she meets a grandfatherly man who only months before won the state lottery. Their new alliance leads to the rescue of a circus elephant named Veda, and then to a friendship with an unusual boy named Mateo, proving that comfort and hope come in the most unlikely of places.

A moving story of family separation and the importance of the connection between animals and humans, this novel has the enormous heart and uplifting humor that readers have come to expect from the beloved author of Counting by 7s.

It's Kind of a Cheesy Love Story

A delicious love story with all the toppings, Lauren Morrill's It's Kind of a Cheesy Love Story is a contemporary YA rom com about love, friendship, and pizza, perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Jenny Han.

After her mother gave birth to her in the bathroom of a local pizzeria, Beck Brix been given the dubious privilege of having minor fame, free pizza for life, and a guaranteed job when she turns sixteen—a job she unfortunately can’t afford to turn down.

Stuck with her geeky co workers instead of taking Instagram ready shots with her wealthy, photogenic friends, Beck finally realizes what she’s spent her whole life trying to hide: that Hot ‘n Crusty is a part of her.

Then disaster strikes the beloved pizza parlor that’s become like home, and Beck realizes that it takes losing something to really know what it’s worth.

The Secret Recipe for Moving on

Home economics is supposed to be an easy A for Ellie Agresti, but, much like an imperfect souffle, her plans collapse epically when she's dumped by her boyfriend, Hunter. Now Ellie has to mend her broken heart while watching Hunter fawn all over his new girlfriend, Brynn, in class. To make matters worse, Ellie is partnered with four of the biggest misfit guys in school: Jeremy, the loudmouth with temper issues; Isaiah, the solemn, silent horse racing obsessive; Andrew, who can't take rejection; and Luke, the giant, tattooed stunt biker.

Over the course of a semester, Ellie works to overcome her feelings for Hunter, as well as deeper insecurities that have plagued her since middle school. As the weeks go by, she's surprised to find friendships in unexpected places and sparks flying with the last guy she'd expect.

Amina's Song

In the companion novel to the beloved and award winning Amina’s Voice, Amina once again uses her voice to bridge the places, people, and communities she loves—this time across continents. It’s the last few days of her vacation in Pakistan, and Amina has loved every minute of it. The food, the shops, the time she’s spent with her family—all of it holds a special place in Amina’s heart. Now that the school year is starting again, she’s sad to leave, but also excited to share the wonders of Pakistan with her friends back in Greendale.After she’s home, though, her friends don’t seem overly interested in her trip. And when she decides to do a presentation on Pakistani hero Malala Yousafzai, her classmates focus on the worst parts of the story. How can Amina share the beauty of Pakistan when no one wants to listen?

My Last Summer with Cass

This One Summer meets The Edge of Seventeen in this poignant coming of age YA graphic novel about two childhood friends at a crossroads in their lives and art from the author of Mastering Manga.Megan and Cass have been joined at the brush for as long as they can remember. For years, while spending summers together at a lakeside cabin, they created art together, from sand to scribbles . to anything available. Then Cass moved away to New York.When Megan finally convinces her parents to let her spend a week in the city, too, it seems like Cass has completely changed. She has tattoos, every artist in the city knows her. She even eats chicken feet now! At least one thing has stayed the same: They still make their best art together.But when one girl betrays the other's trust on the eve of what is supposed to be their greatest artistic feat yet, can their friendship survive? Can their art?

Lurkers

From author and filmmaker Sandi Tan, director of the acclaimed documentary Shirkers, comes a novel about a neighborhood of immigrants, seekers, lovers, and lurkers.

The residents of Santa Claus Lane do their best to stay out of each other’s way, but desire, fury and mischief too often propel these suburban neighbors to collide. Precocious Korean American sisters Mira and Rosemary find their world rocked by a suicide, and they must fight to keep their home; a charismatic and creepy drama teacher grooms his students; a sardonic gay horror novelist finds that aging is terrifying than any monster; and a white hippie mom and her adopted Vietnamese daughter realize that their anger binds them rather than pushes them apart. Lurkers is an homage to the rangy beauty of Los Angeles and the surprising power that we have to change the lives of those around us.

Justine

Summer 1999. Long Island, New York. Bored, restless, and lonely, Ali never expected her life would change as dramatically as it did the day she walked into the local Stop Shop. But she’s never met anyone like Justine, the store’s cashier. Justine is so tall and thin she looks almost two dimensional, and there’s a dazzling mischief in her wide smile. “Her smile lit me up and exposed me all at once,” Ali admits. “Justine was the light shining on me and the dark shadow it cast, and I wanted to stand there forever in the relief of that contrast.”

Ali applies for a job on the spot, securing a place for herself in Justine’s glittering vicinity. As Justine takes Ali under her wing, Ali learns how best to bag groceries, what foods to eat (and not to eat), how to shoplift, who to admire, and who she can become outside of her cold home, where her inattentive grandmother hardly notices the changes in her. Ali becomes and fixated on Justine, reshaping herself in her new idol’s image, leading to a series of events that spiral from superficial to seismic.

Justine, Forsyth Harmon’s illustrated debut, is an intimate and unflinching portrait of American girlhood at the edge of adulthood—one in which obsession hastens heartbreak.

Bones of a Saint

Set in Northern California in the late ’70s, this timeless coming of age story examines the nature of evil, the art of storytelling, and the possibility of redemption.

Fifteen year old RJ Armante has never known a life outside his dead end hometown of Arcangel, CA. The Blackjacks still rule as they have for generations, luring the poorest kids into their monopoly on petty crime. For years, they’ve left RJ alone…until now.

When the Blackjacks come knocking, they want RJ to prey upon an old loner. But RJ is at his breaking point. It’s not just about the gang who rules the town. It’s about Charley, his younger brother, who is disabled. It’s about Roxanne, the girl he can’t reach. It’s about the kids in his crew who have nothing to live for. If RJ is to resist, he must fight to free Arcangel of its past.

Goddess of Filth

“Five of us sat in a circle doing our best to emulate the girls in The Craft, hoping to unleash some power to take us all away from our home to the place of our dreams. But we weren’t witches. We were five Chicanas living in San Antonio, Texas, one year out of high school.”

One hot summer night, best friends Lourdes, Fernanda, Ana, Perla, and Pauline hold a séance. It’s all fun and games at first, but their tipsy laughter turns to terror when the flames burn straight through their prayer candles and Fernanda starts crawling toward her friends and chanting in Nahuatl, the language of their Aztec ancestors.

Over the next few weeks, shy, modest Fernanda starts acting strangely—smearing herself in black makeup, shredding her hands on rose thorns, sucking sin out of the mouths of the guilty. The local priest is convinced it's a demon, but Lourdes begins to suspect it’s something else—something far ancient and powerful.

As Father Moreno's obsession with Fernanda grows, Lourdes enlists the help of her “bruja Craft crew” and a professor, Dr. Camacho, to understand what is happening to her friend in this unholy tale of possession gone right.

The Memory Thief

“This expertly crafted story thrums with magic, love, and tense action.” —Booklist (starred review) Perfect for fans of The Girl Who Drank the Moon, this fantastical and heartfelt first book in a new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson follows a girl who must defeat thirteen evil witches.Twelve year old Rosie Oaks’s mom is missing whatever it is that makes mothers love their daughters. All her life, Rosie has known thisand turned to stories for comfort. Then, on the night Rosie decides to throw her stories away forever, an invisible ally helps her discover the Witch Hunter’s Guide to the Universe, a book that claims that all of the evil in the world stems from thirteen witches who are unseenbut also unstoppable. One of these witches—the Memory Thief—holds an insidious power to steal our most precious treasures: our memories. And it is this witch who has cursed Rosie’s mother. In her quest to save her mom—and with her wild, loyal friend “Germ” by her side—Rosie will find the layers hidden under the reality she only thought she knew: where ghosts linger as shades of the past, where clouds witness the world, and a ladder dangles from the moon leading to something bigger and . Here, words are weapons against the darkness, and witch hunters are those brave enough to wield their imaginations in the face of the unthinkable. At the core of this stunning novel—the first of the Thirteen Witches trilogy from critically acclaimed author Jodi Lynn Anderson—is a passionate argument that stories have the power to create meaningful changeand a reason to hope even when the world feels crushing.

Judd

Comet Cove is a city where everyone gets their own special powers when they come of age. Everyone, that is, except for Samael Judd.

Ordinary in a world of extraordinaries, Sam faces the possibility of exile, should his powerlessness be discovered. When a Fragment doesn’t accept themselves, their Aura doesn’t give them the powers they’re promised, making them a Blank.

But a solution exists: If Sam can confront the part of himself that he would rather stay buried, he just might be in the clear. That is until he finds out he’s revealed his secret to the wrong person.

(JUDD is not a comic—oh, how I wish—but it is within the superhero genre to a degree, so comic comes up in the categories. Perhaps one day.)

Great Powers and Geopolitical Change lIng an imaginary story based on a holy festival s customs but then again not everyone holds that power to think beyond reality The town that the author has portrayed in the story is very much real even the temple of that god too but the customs surrounding the chariot festival is fictional and that haveeft the Indian culture in a bad Code Geass - Lelouch of the Rebellion light by being fictional So talk about freedom of expression I think that too is a mythThe author s writing style is extremely coherent rich with deep emotions and properayers with depth that will make the readers easily comprehend with the plot as well as with the writing Now the translated edition of the book has some flaws especially in the narrative where the author uses the Introducing Ubuntu local dialect along with its translation right beside it and sometimes the translation is missing all together so that might be bit tricky for foreign or other regional readers to contemplate with the dialogues The story is narrated in so manyayers and back stories that make it only enriching and thorough that will Narrative Matters let the readers visually imagine the scenes right before their eyesThe characters are crafted really well in this book complete with their flaws and strong aspects that will onlyook believable in the eyes of the readers The main characters both Ponna and Kali are bold characters reflecting realism in their demeanor that will earn respect from the readers for their brave attitude and confronting the remarks and negative comments about their Viernes o los limbos del Pacífico; El Rey de los Alisos; Los meteoros lives Ponna is depicted with freedom sensuality not only in her body but also in her soul that gives her a fetching outlook While Kali is aoyal husband with a funny bone in his system who will El hombre desconocido (Huérfano X 2) lighten up the gloomy mood of the story almost all the time yet this man too blindly obeys all the social and religious customs to remove his curses from the gods Ponna is strong while Kali exists within her shadow Both are extremely striking characters and are bound toeave a Vlad the Rad lasting impression in the minds and the hearts of the readersIn short this is one of the most captivating and though provoking tales that I have read in recent times and with austrous writing style and exuisite and almost Noble Savages lyrical prose it makes the story into something evocative and extremely satisfying to readVerdict Fine uality of Indianiterature that we rarely come across these days Easily one of the most poignant pieces of The Birthday Girl literature that I ve ever read Thanks to the Madras High Court forifting the ban on the Tamil version though that doesn t do much reparation to the mental agonies the author had to undergo or to the unfortunate readers who might not see another novel from such a talented exponent of the The Social Rights Jurisprudence in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights language But it ateast put an end to my annoying 2 year wait to grab the Tamil version with the English versionOne Part Woman tantalizing me all the time to read it and at east get to know how the controversial subject matter had been treatedIt was a singular reading experience that was both heartwarming and depressing at the same time page after page detail after incredible detail The heartwarming parts had to do with the incredibly microscopic observation and description of how the rural folk of the 1940sGounders in this case ived off the To Kiss a Count land the backbreakingabor involved in clearing rough unyielding terrain their agricultural implements mechanisms of seeding and harvesting optimal utilization of organic fertilizers crop rotation strategies in a rain fed area ruled by the vagaries of nature secret nooks in the woods to get far away from the madding crowd when the mind begs for escape the evel of care and intense thinking that went into animal husbandry and a whole host of other details regarding rural sustenance The depressing parts of course had to do with the subject matter Kali and Ponna and their of course had to do with the subject matter Kali and Ponna and their struggle for progeny and the endless taunts and insinuations that come their way from a society that is obsessed with not eaving someone aloneThis contrasting experience

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me of that I d read recently two contrasting sentiments about From Boss to Bridegroom (Smoky Mountain Matches, life in pre independence Indian villages While Mahatma Gandhi celebrated villageife and its morals and said If the villages perish India will perish too It will be no India Her own mission in the world will get The Vineyard lost Dr B R Ambedkar said What is a village a sink ofocalism a den of ignorance narrow mindedness and communalismPerumal Murugan s penmanship is endlessly fascinating He was daring not just with the handling of a sensitive subject matter but also with his digressing style of narration dotted with endless anecdotes and time Wicked Nights leaps which might put some readers off Aside from the microscopic description of ruralife he also posseses a remarkably nuanced understanding of the emotional side of his characters His portrayal of the degree of passionchemistry and She Caught the Sheriff love that binds theead characters evokes an emotion that is somewhere between wonder and envy Though he Ten Tortured Words leaves no room for abstraction in his vivid detailing of ruralife his prose is abundantly Shut Up Train laced withayers of deep poetic abstraction His Gounder and Chakkili characters borrow from his vast compendium of Kongu Tamil words and dialects which made for a pleasingly authentic readAn incredibly nuanced tale told with nonchalant poetic ease It is said a man is a social animal The moment the man believed it he became a slave to the very society imperceptibly he is a part Society placed the rules he followed The society built the civilizations he ruled The whole time he forgot that he made the society If society is water he is the bowl that containing it So he only holds the power to change a society s discourse But in course of time Man NINE - Curse of the Kalingan let society rule him This is where One Part Woman started One Part Woman is about a village couple Kali and Ponna Married for 12 years they have no children Their inability to conceive a child made them first useless then helpless And they became the victims of the tragedy that was bound to happen Society taunted them being barren humiliated them shunned them deliberately up to such aevel that they inadvertently believed they have to be approved by the society to Once Was Bombay live aife What the author Perumal Murugesan did is what a free man is doing from the birth of society He uestioned what is a society s place in man s ife should a society s boundaries define man s ife Does a man need to be approved by a society For that the author is brandished as a culprit as his protagonists were made social outcasts in the story Protests happened against the author and his books were banned Isn t it human vanity that makes humans search something that society approves to be happy forgetting that their ives that makes humans search something that society approves to be happy forgetting that their ives independent of society In the end tragedies are bound to happen whenever a man seeks the society s acceptance to be a man. D into English to wide acclaim Seasons of the Palm which was shortlisted for the prestigious Kiriyama Award in 2005 and Current Show He has received awards from the Tamil Nadu government as well as from Katha Books Aniruddhan Vasudevan is a performer writer translator and activist based in Chennai He has written for the New Indian Express Media Voice and Kalachuvadu He also documents various public health projects and art projects and is involved in LGBT advocacy work He is currently a graduate student in anthropology at the University of Texas Austin and is also working on his first novel. Now Nominated for the National Book AwardThis controversial novel Boy Swallows Universe led to book burnings and almost ended the career of its author Tamil writer Perumal Murugan Local caste based and religious Hindu groups found the portrayal of their culture so objectionable that they staged violent protests but while the police compelled Murugan to sign an unconditional apology and the district banned the book the Madras High Courtater in 2016 declared the ban illegal and directed the state to better protect artists The same year Aniruddhan Vasudevan won the Translation Award of the Indian Academy of Letters Sahitya Akademi Award So what made the conservatives fume The short book tells the story of a young married couple Kali and Ponna They both The Secret Of The Cemetery love each other very much but the fact that after 12 years of marriage 28 year old Poona still couldn t get pregnant puts a strain on their relationship The reason for their worries isess that Kali and Ponna desperately want to be parents in fact Kali is than unsure whether he wants to have children at all and Ponna is also ambivalent but that they are shamed ridiculed and ostracized by their families friends and other villagers because of their childlessness Kali is called unmanly and impotent and Ponna is the barren woman who brings bad DK Life Stories Alexander Hamilton luck Ponna and Kali try everything They consult astrologers make offerings to the gods try to fight off presumed curses and partake in rituals but nothing seems to work Finally their families scheme to convince Ponna to attend the annual chariot festival celebrating the half man half woman god where men and women are free to copulate with anyone It was obviosuly the portrayal of this ritual as well as Murugan s criticism of cruel societal standards that protesters wanted to see bannedMurugan writes empathically about the plight of Ponna and Kali and his allegorical descriptions of nature and animals give the text the feel of a fable This impression is heightend by multiple stories that are told within the text about family members ancestors gods and the past of the couple The outside pressure puts a heavy psychological burden on both of them and they also start to fail each other which is especially true for Kali who commits a horrible actMurugan writes an urgent tale about the pointlessness of sticking to convention without considering the happiness of the individual the cruelty of some societal norms and the caste system And as the court in Madras put it If you do notike a book simply close it The answer is not its ban That s how fiction can help progress I bought this book to show solidarity with the author after he was bullied by right wing elements and forced to apologise etcSo this was my statement for freedom of expression i am against banning any bookAnd I am glad I didelse i would have missed reading a wonderful bookThe prose is superb and I can only imagine how beautiful it must be in original tamil The descriptions of the village and temples and festival crowds etc are superbmakes one feel Vocabulario Figurado 2 like going there and being a part of itTheove of ponna and kalitheir attraction to each other their frustration at not being able to bear a child and their relationship with the village folkfamily etc who constantly bring up their childlessness and alienate them from rituals and occasions because of this are all wonderfully writtenthe characters have Sex, Politics, and Religion in Star Wars layers and depthOne can feel the pain of the couple who have to conform to whats acceptable in their society but are relegated to the fringes and made to feel inadeuate over something they have no control overThere is nothing controversial in itno vulgarity and it is a window to a different worldOverallits a very fast paced book and I would definitely recommend this book to everyone I know There is no female without the male and no male without the female The world goes on only when they come together One part woman Perumal Murugan Kali and Poona the married couple of 12 years have a veryoving and sexually satisfying relationshipTheir only ualm is that they are unable to conceive and this calls for taunts from the whole village and the society especially for Poona who is constantly finding herself in embarrassing and humiliating situations because of this factOver the years they have prayed to every god offered alms to every deity performed every odd ritual but to no effectAll of their hopes rest on a single night of the chariot festival where the rules are relaxed and a consensual relationship between a man and a woman is allowedWhat will come out of the night of the union How will it effect Poona s and Kali s relationship The story is a third person account of Poona and Kali s plight the societal norms that Home Remedies look down upon a childless couple and also touches on the topic of casteism in Indian societyThe characters are very well drawn the story is really gripping and you feel one with the trauma of the two souls trying to fight the taunts of the society all the while notosing their Defender for Hire (Heroes for Hire, love for each otherI would highly recommend this to people interested in Indian Literature Genre fiction Indianliterature culturalRating 5Reading difficulty 5 Like Hannah Arendt I m than ever of the opinion that a decent human existence is possible today only on the fringes of society where one then runs the risk of starving or being stoned to death Some people choose the fringes some are pushed into them by their circumstances Kali and Ponnaay in the fringes simply because they failed to have a child The modern urban person might sneer at this Backward Surely this doesn t happen today in the cities However much one might Spots Fun with Friends like to believe that the crux of Kali s and Ponna s ostracization is seen everywhere Uncle Nallapayyanays bare the obscenity that many perceive to be the purest form of A Kiss To Change Her Life love Why do you think we have and raise children For them to grow up well No We do it because we seem to need it for ourselves That is why we have children and raise them And then in old age we complain that those children are not taking care of us This is plain madness If one raised childrenike crows or cuckoos do giving them their wings and then etting them go wouldn t both parent and wings and then etting them wouldn t both parent and child better off Why is martyrdom the most acceptable sign of good parentingPerumal Murugan doesn t et one stay with that kind of high handed ideology for too ong When you have the resources it is easy to be philosophical Ponna didn t She says Let him be right We don t expect our children to take care of us when we are old It is enough if we can have a social ife because is enough if we can have a social ife because themOf all the books I ve read so far Ponna is the most well crafted female character by a male author She isn t just a role in the book she is a complete person In the midst of fear she recognises her moment of freedom and she seizes it Ponna speaks for those who. About the Book One Part Woman All of Kali and Ponnas efforts to conceive a child from prayers to penance potions to pilgrimages have been in vain Despite being in a Divine ecstasy, the story of Khajuraho loving and sexually satisfying relationship they are relentlessly hounded by the taunts and insinuations of the people around them Ultimately all their hopes and apprehensions come to converge on the chariot festival in the temple of the half female god Ardhanareeswara and the revelry surrounding it Everything hinges on the one night when rules are relaxed and consensual union between any man and woman is sanctioned This night. Are permanently aggravated by what is presented as the female mind yet are too worn down to react to every insinuationOne Part Woman underscores the unaccountable cost incurred when oneives according to a society s conscience Human society in exchange for humanity Note on the translation Initially it seemed Carrying the Greeks Heir like Aniruddhan Vasudevan wasn t sure if he should translate to a Tamil audience or a global one but the inconsistency is fixed 10 20 pages into the book Like another review mentioned a glossary would have been useful A translationike Tolstoy s works where the Russian ness stays and all the nuances can be understood only by Amish Sweethearts looking at the glossary would have been better January 28 2015 Was a wonderful read Iove regional Indian Call Me Dan literature which enables me to explore this vast varied and beautiful country of mine at my own pace and in the comfort of my home And Iike it if the writing is crisptaut as well as descriptiveThis book dealt with the subject of despair of childless couple and how they have to cope up with society who feels they Triple Dare (The Art of Seduction, lack something I have encountered the despair of childless couple in my professionalife and I know how devastating the need for children can be from personal as well as cultural and religious aspects Kali and Ponna are the unfortunate couple in this book who are forced to go to extremes to fulfil their desire mainly to evade the taunts that come their way in their day to day Broken livesThis book neatly sums up theives of Tamilian agricultural villagers their beliefs customs traditions way of Semillas de Conflicto life etc are vividly portrayed The raw humanity the rudeness and crudity and the almost cruel customs will shock the unwary reader But being an Indian and being exposed to the Indian small town mentality ateast indirectly I was not at all shocked or repelled The vivid characters will r No wonder this book got Murugan in troubleAn absolutely brilliant attempt to bring out the hypocrisies of the society Read the full review at Elgee WritesThough initially written in my mother tongue Tamil I read One Part Woman in English and I am glad I did that While I have heard high praises about the original I am not sure if I could have digested the rawness in the story One Part Woman portrays emphatically the society s stand towards a couple who are childless or God forbid choose not to have one especially in the rural areas There are a Skin Rules lot of racial and sexual slurs than other novels of the genre though but nothing that called for the riots and calls for banning the book I think the political and casteists shouldeave the The Secrets of Ivy Garden literary world alone Things that worked for meIoved the Indias Economic Policy layered and flowery writing style of the author All the characters are well thought and fully developed Ioved Ponna s strong and fierce characterThe book ends in a kinda cliffhanger and continues in the next part the end worked for meThe rural A Girl Called Malice (Facing the Music, life in the south India is perfectly etchedThings that didn t work for meThe rawness in writing goes in hand with aot obscene sexual and racial slurs That is one reason I am glad I didn t read it in my mother tongue I didn t get many of the slurs and slang despite it being my mother tongue There are times the flowery writing might seem overdone and drags the paceBottom ineIf you want to read a translated work that portrays rural south India then One Part Woman should be your choice I am definitely reading the part two soonBlog Facebook Twitter There is no female without the male and no male without the female The world goes on only when they come together Perumal Murugan One Part Woman the book which erupted fires of scandal through the right wings forces and other caste groups and that which finally put an end to The Career Of Perumal Murugan career of Perumal Murugan popular Indian Tamil writer is one hell of a striking and extremely poignant book that is a must read and must be worshiped by all iterary fans of India not because of the story but of the finest writing style that is rarely found among the huge crowd of Indian writersSynopsis All of Kali and Ponna s efforts to conceive a child from prayers to penance potions to pilgrimages have been in vain Despite being in a Run Away loving and sexually satisfying relationship they are relentlessly hounded by the taunts and insinuations of the people around them Ultimately all their hopes and apprehensions come to converge on the chariot festival in the temple of the half female god Ardhanareeswara and the revelry surrounding it Everything hinges on the one night when rules are relaxed and consensual union between any man and woman is sanctioned This night could end the couple s suffering and humiliation But it will also put their marriage to the ultimate test Acutely observed One Part Womanays bare with unsparing clarity a relationship caught between the dictates of social convention and the tug of personal anxieties vividly conjuring an intimate and unsettling portrait of marriage ove and of social convention and the tug of personal anxieties vividly conjuring an intimate and unsettling portrait of marriage ove and Kali and Ponna has been married for the past 12 years although they have strong desire and passion for one another which they have ushered to one another for so many years yet have strong desire and passion for one another which they have ushered to one another for so many years yet are still not blessed with the seed of their own Through the years they have prayed to so many gods and goddesses and sacrificed a The Eye of Emerald lot in the name of a child yet they remained childless and were subjected to constant humiliation especially for Ponna it was difficult to go outside without hearing a bad thing about her fate of not being able to give birth to a child But their despair and grief might finally come to an end on theast night of the chariot festival of the goddess Ardhanareeswara the half female god when any man and woman in their village can consensually join one another into sexual pleasures Although that might put a big uestion mark on the sustenance on their marriageThe author s work is incredible as the story highlights the shortcomings of the Indian society s norms and customs the narrow minded ideals and the vagaries of such a society put a tight grip on the minds and the souls of those who exist in such a place Similarly Ponna and Kali are two such humans who are also trapped into a world where there is either black or white and no gray shade although Ponna depicts that kind of freedom self esteem and individuality to fight back through it yet still their fate could not escape itThe author no doubt draws a bold ine while craving this story as the way he has reflected sex in the culture of India where virtue and shamelessness comes dangerously close to one another but then again we readers are used to author s imaginary worlds and stories but there are some people who fail to grasp the knowledge that there is a stark difference between fiction and non fiction and have a habit of creating an uproar if they find it too realistic I respect the author for creat. Could end the couples suffering and humiliation But it will also put their marriage to the ultimate test Acutely observed One Part Woman ays bare with unsparing clarity a relationship caught between the dictates of social convention and the tug of personal anxieties vividly conjuring an intimate and unsettling portrait of marriage ove and sex About the Author Perumal Murugan Aniruddhan Vasudevan Perumal Murugan is a well known contemporary Tamil writer and poet He was written six novels four collections of short stories and four anthologies of poetry Two of his novels have been translate.

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