Among Others by Jo Walton



Kindle Edition, 302 pages

Published: January, 2012 by Tor Books (1st published January 18, 2011)

Setting: Wales & England

Literary Awards: Hugo Award for Best Novel (2012), Nebula Award for Best Novel (2011), Locus Award Nominee for Best Fantasy Novel (2012), World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel (2012), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominee for Adult Literature (2012) Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award (RT Award) for Best Fantasy Novel (2011), British Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2012)

Among Others is a fairy tale, of sorts, about a lonely, precocious fifteen-year-old bibliophile growing up in the ’70s and struggling with loss. With her characteristic imagination and originality, Jo Walton captured the fierce intelligence and awkwardness, along with the mingled sadness, hope, and yearning, of adolescence.

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Hesitation Wounds by Amy Koppelman



Hardcover, 187 pages

Published: 2015 by The Overlook Press

Setting: New York


As a teen Susanna Seliger lost her beloved brother, a sensitive, rebellious graffiti artist deeply affected by the death of a young black man in police custody. Her wounds from the loss of her father, when she was a little girl, had never fully healed, and her brother’s death consumed her.

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Indie Spotlight: The Birth of Hope



Kindle Edition, 218 pages

Published: October 21, 2016

Setting: Tennessee


Sophie Merger is on the brink of an exciting new career. On the surface, her life has never been better. But she’s living in a tightening vise of emotional abuse. Her husband has threatened to kill her many times, and he’s capable of following through with it. As soon as freedom is within sight, Sophie’s marriage goes into a terrifying downward spiral.

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Disconnect (2012)

dWritten by: Andrew Stern

Directed by: Henry-Alex Rubin

Many years ago, I was a young mother with a spirited four-year-old and a newborn son. My husband and I had recently discovered the “Information Superhighway.” Equipped with the noisy dial-up connection that was then the height of technology, we ventured into cyberspace.

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Fruitvale Station (2013)

indexWritten & Directed by: Ryan Coogler

Setting: San Francisco Bay Area

Recommended by:  Alex Withrow

This week I hit a milestone that was inevitable, I suppose. For the first time, someone got angry and “unfriended” me on Facebook. And I wasn’t even being a sarcastic ass … honestly.

It started when I reposted an article highlighting my support of Black Lives Matter.

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The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks



Kindle Edition, 257 pages

Published: September 1, 1991 by Harper Collins

Setting: Northern New York

Recommended By: Drew at A Fistful of Films

On a frigid winter day, a school bus veers off the road, plows through a guardrail, and crashes through the ice into a water-filled sandpit. Fourteen children are killed. Before the impact of the tragedy settles on this small rural community, tort lawyers swoop in on parents of kids killed or injured in the accident. This has a toxic effect on the already fractured community. Mitchell Stephens is one of these attorneys.

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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty



Kindle Edition, 394 pages

Published: July 30, 2013 by Putnam (1st published 2013)

Setting: Australia

Literary Awards: Goodreads Choice Nominee for Fiction (2013)


My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died. . .

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