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Staff Picks

Staff Picks


Our team of professional selectors work tirelessly to ensure that the diversity and cultural richness of Prince George's County is represented in our collections. Each month, we feature recent titles that we think will appeal to a wide cross section of our community, as well as those titles that perhaps fall a little under the radar. Discovery is our goal.

Yearbook

Yearbook

by Seth Rogen

A collection of funny personal essays from one of the writers of “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express” and one of the producers of “The Disaster Artist,” “Neighbors,” and “The Boys.”

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Live Free: Exceed Your Highest Expectations

Live Free: Exceed Your Highest Expectations

by Devon Franklin

Franklin (“The Wait”), a spiritual coach and film producer, delivers an insightful motivational guide to living a happier, more fulfilling life by evaluating and understanding one's expectations.

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Everyone’s Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health

Everyone’s Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health

by Gregory Gourdet

The beloved “Top Chef” star revolutionizes healthy eating in this groundbreaking cookbook–the ultimate guide to cooking globally inspired dishes free of gluten, dairy, soy, legumes, and grains that are so delicious you won't notice the difference.

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Open Water

The Open Water

by Caleb Azumah Nelson

Two young Black artists in London, a dancer and a photographer, fall in love and struggle to maintain their relationship while buffeted by systemic racism. Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing, calls Open Water "a love song to Black art and thought."

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Life's Too Short

Life's Too Short

by Abby Jimenez

ALS runs in Vanessa's family. She knows there's a good chance she will die early from this disease. Vanessa vows never to start a romantic relationship. Then two things happen: her sister leaves Vanessa with her baby and runs off, and Vanessa's attractive neighbor starts helping her out! Who can resist a guy willing to help take care of a baby?

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Hummingbird Salamander

Hummingbird Salamander

by Jeff VanderMeer

If you enjoyed VanderMeer's creepy and amazing Southern Reach trilogy, or the movie based on it (Annihilation), try this new ecothriller. A taxidermied hummingbird left behind by a dead ecoterrorist is the first clue that eventually leads a security consultant to a catastrophic global conspiracy.

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Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power

Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power

by Susan Page

Featuring more than 150 exclusive interviews with those who know her best--and a series of in-depth, news-making interviews with Pelosi herself--MADAM SPEAKER is unprecedented in the scope of its exploration of Nancy Pelosi's remarkable life and of her indelible impact on American politics.

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Broken (in the Best Possible Way)

Broken (in the Best Possible Way)

by Jenny Lawson

Lawson returns with her signature mix of humorous antics and heartfelt self-reflection in this follow-up to 2015's Furiously Happy. She shares with raw honesty her experiences living with mental illness, including depression and anxiety, as well as rheumatoid arthritis and other physical conditions.

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How Y'All Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived

How Y'All Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived

by Leslie Jordan

Viral sensation and Emmy Award-winner Leslie Jordan regales fans with entertaining stories about the odd, funny, and unforgettable events in his life in this unmissable essay collection that echoes his droll, irreverent voice.

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The Jigsaw Man

The Jigsaw Man

by Nadine Matheson

The Jigsaw Killer murdered his victims and then hacked them into pieces. He's in jail - so who is copying his grisly methods? One of these creeps is more than enough. Detective Inspector Anjelica Henley of the Serial Crimes Unit must find a way to stop the copycat.

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Klara and the Sun

Klara and the Sun

by Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara, an Artificial Friend, is a robot dependent on solar energy in a time when pollution is increasingly blocking out the sun. When Klara is chosen to be a companion to a dying human teenager, she wonders if there might be a way to save the girl.

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The Conductors

The Conductors

by Nicole Glover

Meet Hetty Rhodes, a magic-user and former conductor on the Underground Railroad who now solves crimes in post-Civil War Philadelphia.

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The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women's Rights

The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women's Rights

by Dorothy Wickenden

New Yorker executive editor Wickenden (Nothing Daunted) expertly weaves together the biographies of "co-conspirators and intimate friends" Harriet Tubman, Martha Wright, and Frances Seward in this novelistic history.

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The Beauty of Living Twice

The Beauty of Living Twice

by Sharon Stone

In The Beauty of Living Twice, Sharon Stone chronicles her efforts to rebuild her life, and the slow road back to wholeness and health. In an industry that doesn't accept failure, in a world where too many voices are silenced, Stone found the power to return, the courage to speak up, and the will to make a difference in the lives of women and children around the globe.

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Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual

Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual

by Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Comedian and activist Ajayi Jones (I'm Judging You, 2016) devotes each chapter of her second book to a commonly held fear, mining comedy, her Nigerian ancestry, and her own experience to help readers Be, Say, and Do anyway.

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Honey Girl

Honey Girl

by Morgan Rogers

Here's a morning-after story to beat them all. Grace Porter is in Las Vegas to celebrate getting her PhD in astronomy. After having a blast with her girlfriends, she wakes up the next morning to discover that she has a new wife - a woman she doesn't even know. Instead of getting out of this quickie marriage, she decides to give it a go!

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This Close to Okay

This Close to Okay

by Leesa Cross-Smith

When therapist Tallie Clark sees a man standing at the edge of a bridge, possibly thinking of jumping, she gets him to come home with her to work out his issues. As it happens, Tallie has issues, too.

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The Committed

The Committed

by Viet Thanh Nguyen

In this sequel to “The Sympathizer,” our protagonist is now living in Paris. Still reeling from his brutal "reeducation" treatment, he begins dealing drugs to his intellectual friends and gets sucked into the criminal underworld.

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Unfinished: A Memoir

Unfinished: A Memoir

by Priyanka Chopra Jonas

From her dual-continent twenty-year-long career as an actor, to marrying Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra Jonas's story will inspire a generation around the world to gather their courage, embrace their ambition, and commit to the hard work of following their dreams.

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Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019

by Ibram X. Kendi

This collection of diverse pieces from ninety different minds, reflecting ninety different perspectives, is a unique one-volume "community" history of African Americans.

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Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted

Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted

by Suleika Jaouad

Between Two Kingdoms is a profound chronicle of survivorship and a fierce, tender, and inspiring exploration of what it means to begin again.

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The Rib King

The Rib King

by Ladee Hubbard

Exploited by the White family that took him in as a servant 15 years earlier, a Black orphan becomes enraged by how his employers mindlessly profit from the talents of a hired Black cook.

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Remote Control

Remote Control

by Nnedi Okorafor

When an alien artifact turns her into Death’s adopted daughter, Sankofa, with her name being the only tie to her family and her past, searches for answers as cities fall in her wake.

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The Kindest Lie

The Kindest Lie

by Nancy Johnson

Needing to reconnect with the baby she gave up for adoption years earlier, an Ivy League-educated Black engineer uncovers devastating family secrets before her bond with a young white misfit scandalizes her racially torn community.

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Martha Stewart's Very Good Things: Clever Tips & Genius Ideas for an Easier, More Enjoyable Life

Martha Stewart's Very Good Things: Clever Tips & Genius Ideas for an Easier, More Enjoyable Life

by Martha Stewart

America's most trusted lifestyle expert shares all her best good things--the original life hacks for the home – to make your life easier, more fun, more delicious, and more efficient.

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Bad Medicine

Bad Medicine

by Charlotte Bismuth

Bismuth, a former prosecutor, recounts the shocking trial of Stan Li, New York's most infamous pill-pushing doctor, convicted of manslaughter in the overdose deaths of two of his patients in 2014.

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Just as I Am: A Memoir

Just as I Am: A Memoir

by Cicely Tyson

In this highly anticipated and candid memoir, a determined woman and iconic cultural figure ascribes her remarkable success to luck, grit, and the hand of God.

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Revolutions of All Colors

Revolutions of All Colors

by Dewaine Farria

Three Black American men strive to fulfill their potential. From the publisher: "...a brash, funny, and honest look at the evolution of characters we don't often see—[B]lack nerds and veterans bucking their community's rigid parameters of permissible expression while reconciling love of their country with the injustice of it."

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The Liar's Dictionary

The Liar's Dictionary

by Eley Williams

Here's a comic tale for word lovers everywhere, in which an intern working for a dictionary company must find all the fake entries (“mountweazels”) put there back in 1899 by a mischievous lexicographer. The intern is in the closet, the lexicographer carries a torch for a married woman, and they both must learn to embrace the messiness of life.

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Joint Custody

Joint Custody

by Lauren Baratz-Logsted and Jackie Logsted

Gatz the border collie narrates this romantic comedy, describing his mischievous efforts to get his estranged owners back into a relationship. The publisher calls this one “The Art of Racing in the Rain” meets “The Parent Trap.”

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Badass Habits: Cultivate the Awareness, Boundaries, and Daily Upgrades You Need to Make Them Stick

Badass Habits: Cultivate the Awareness, Boundaries, and Daily Upgrades You Need to Make Them Stick

by Jen Sincero

‘Badass Habits” is a eureka-sparking, easy-to-digest look at how our habits make us who we are, from the measly moments that happen in private to the resolutions we loudly broadcast (and often don't keep) on social media.

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Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good

Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good

by Tina Turner

Tina shows how anyone can overcome life's obstacles--even transform the "impossible" to possible--and fulfill our dreams. She shows how we, too, can improve our lives, empowering us with spiritual tools and sage advice to enrich our unique paths.

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The How Not to Diet Cookbook: 100+ Recipes for Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss

The How Not to Diet Cookbook: 100+ Recipes for Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss

by Michael Greger

From Michael Greger, M.D., FACLM, the author of the New York Times bestseller “How Not to Die,” comes a four-color, fully illustrated cookbook that shares the science of long-term weight-loss success.

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The Awkward Black Man

The Awkward Black Man

by Walter Mosley

The author of the “Easy Rawlins” mystery series presents 17 short stories starring a variety of Black men, each awkward in his own all-too-human way. Get ready for a fine collection of thought-provoking tales.

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The Cold Millions

The Cold Millions

by Jess Walter

A vigilante enforcer on South Dakota's Rosebud Indian Reservation enlists the help of an ex to investigate the activities of an expanding drug cartel, while a new tribal council initiative raises controversial questions.

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How to Fail at Flirting

How to Fail at Flirting

by Denise Williams

Challenged by her friends to start enjoying her life when her university department is cut, a Type-A overachiever embarks on a daring to-do list that involves leaving an abusive ex and pursuing a career-risking fling with a charming stranger.

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The Greatest Secret

The Greatest Secret

by Rhonda Byrne

Rhonda Byrne launched a global phenomenon with the publication of The Secret in 2006. This life-altering work helped readers understand the untapped powers that reside within. The Greatest Secret is a quantum leap that will take the reader beyond the material world and into the spiritual realm, where all possibilities exist.

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Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics

by Dolly Parton

A hefty retrospective on the six-decade career of a country music superstar who tells stories in song.

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The Best of Me

The Best of Me

by David Sedaris

Full of joy, generosity, and the incisive humor that has led David Sedaris to be called "the funniest man alive" (Time Out New York), “The Best of Me” spans a career spent watching and learning and laughing--quite often at himself--and invites readers deep into the world of one of the most brilliant and original writers of our time.

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His Only Wife

His Only Wife

by Peace Adzo Medie

Afi Tekple has been married off to a man who doesn't want her. He refuses to give up his mistress and refuses to move Afi into his home. But Afi is smart and talented and determined to stand up for herself. Look out, Accra! Afi Tekple has arrived.

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Memorial

Memorial

by Bryan Washington

Benson and Mike's relationship is tested when Mike's mother, Mitsuko, arrives in Texas from Japan for a visit just as Mike takes off for Osaka to visit his dying father. As Benson and Mitsuko awkwardly get to know each other in Houston, Mike learns difficult truths about his family's history. Each man faces a turning point, and a decision about whether they belong together.

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Spoiler Alert

Spoiler Alert

by Olivia Dade

Olivia Dade bursts onto the scene in this delightfully fun romantic comedy set in the world of fanfiction, in which a devoted fan goes on an unexpected date with her celebrity crush, who's secretly posting fanfiction of his own.

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Murder Thy Neighbor

Murder Thy Neighbor (ID True Crime Series Book 4)

by James Patterson

As seen on Discovery ID, these two true-crime thrillers ("Murder Thy Neighbor" | "Murder IRL") follow a neighbors' quarrel that turns violent and cyber-bullying that explodes in a double murder.

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The Meaning of Mariah Carey

The Meaning of Mariah Carey

by Mariah Carey

The global icon, award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, actress, mother, daughter, sister, storyteller, and artist finally tells the unfiltered story of her life in "The Meaning of Mariah Carey."

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We're Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy

We're Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy

by Elijah Cummings

Excellent political memoir by the late Democratic representative from Baltimore. A thoughtful and inspiring exhortation to do better by a much-missed leader.

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Black Bottom Saints

Black Bottom Saints

by Alice Randall

Enjoy this fictional tribute to the real-life cultural stars of the Black Bottom neighborhood, Detroit's answer to New York's Harlem. Joseph "Ziggy" Johnson, a columnist, nightclub emcee, and philanthropist, is our narrator, interspersing his portraits with recipes for cocktails invented by bartender Thomas Bullock. Bottoms up!

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Winter Counts

Winter Counts

by David Heska Wanbli Weiden

A vigilante enforcer on South Dakota's Rosebud Indian Reservation enlists the help of an ex to investigate the activities of an expanding drug cartel, while a new tribal council initiative raises controversial questions.

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When No One Is Watching

When No One Is Watching

by Alyssa Cole

Finding unexpected support from a new friend while collecting stories from her rapidly vanishing Brooklyn community, Sydney uncovers sinister truths about a regional gentrification project and why her neighbors are moving away. The publisher calls this "Rear Window meets Get Out."

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The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South

The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South

by Chip Jones

In 1968, Bruce Tucker, a Black man, went into Virginia's top research hospital with a head injury, only to have his heart taken out of his body and put into the chest of a white businessman. Now, in "The Organ Thieves," Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Chip Jones exposes the horrifying inequality surrounding Tucker's death and how he was used as a human guinea pig without his family's permission or knowledge.

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Superman's Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do about It

Superman's Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do about It

by Erin Brockovich

Two decades after the movie that made her a national celebrity, Brockovich urges readers to confront a scary reality: "We are amid a major water crisis that is beyond anything you can imagine." A convincing call to arms about the global water crisis from a sharp, plainspoken activist.

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Vesper Flights

Vesper Flights

by Helen MacDonald

From the New York Times bestselling author of "H is for Hawk" and winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction, Helen MacDonald shares a transcendent collection of essays about the human relationship to the natural world.

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The Darkest Hearts

The Darkest Hearts

by Nelson George

Attention, fans of mysteries, hip-hop, and R&B – the fifth D Hunter mystery is here! Hunter is now a talent manager in LA, where he must manage the career and chaotic life of rapper Lil Daye, keep the FBI and a retired hit man off his back, and enlist the help of vigilante Serene Powers.

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In Case of Emergency

In Case of Emergency

by E. G. Scott

Charlotte races to find the truth after her boyfriend disappears and she is called in to identify a murdered woman. The prime suspect for the murder becomes Charlotte, but she has never met the dead woman and has no idea who she is – or why she had named Charlotte as an emergency contact.

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Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop

Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop

by Roselle Lim

Having the gift of reading fortunes in tea leaves is more a curse than blessing to Vanessa Yu (and converting to coffee doesn't solve the problem). When her aunt takes her to Paris, will Vanessa get a chance to take charge of her own fate? By the author of "Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune."

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