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  1. Pheby Delores Brown, the novel’s narrator, was born on a Virginia plantation to its owner, Jacob Bell, and Ruth, one of the women enslaved there. As a child, Pheby was sheltered from much of the harshness of slavery, even taught to play the piano and to read, although the latter is against the law. Pheby is almost 18—the age at which Jacob has promised to free her—when the book opens in 1850. But Jacob has married a younger wife, Delphina, who resents Ruth and Pheby bitterly. When Jacob takes Ruth on a trip, Delphina sells Pheby to a slave trader. Roped into a coffle with dozens of other ensla
  2. The text is written in the second person, with accompanying illustrations depicting the speaker as a small child addressing a new baby: “Welcome to Earth. There’s a lot of strange stuff going on out there, but here are some of the things I’ve worked out so far.” The voice comes across as that of an adult, however, or perhaps like an adult’s impression of a precocious child. While that tone detracts from the picture book’s overall success, the sentiments are true, and the art eminently engaging. Realistic, black-and-white pencil drawings of the children (who have pale skin) contrast with vivid,
  3. Friedman recaps his 44-year career as a neurosurgeon, including a long tenure as the chairman of the department of neurosurgery at the University of Florida, in loose, episodic chapters full of reminiscences, medical lore, case studies, policy briefs, and philosophical musings. Among the grab bag are his recollections of confusion, anxiety, and sleep deprivation as a resident; detailed descriptions of surgical procedures; a poignant elegy on his mother’s decline and death from a brain tumor; explanations of his groundbreaking research into using electrical monitoring of neural activity to guid
  4. When a local sheriff investigates the illegal activity of relic hunters in an abandoned, middle-of-nowhere New Mexico gold-mining town called High Lonesome, he discovers a mummified corpse and a fabulous cross of gold. The discovery is on federal land, so the FBI gets involved. Special Agent Corrie Swanson would have liked a juicier assignment than checking out some old bones in the high desert, but she has a degree in forensic anthropology, and she’s a rookie. She persuades a reluctant Dr. Nora Kelly, senior curator at the Santa Fe Archaeological Institute, to help puzzle out what happened to
  5. The title of Lambert’s novel is ironic: The prodigal son returning to the fold here is Jeremy Eldritch, a middle-aged gay British expat living in Paris who writes “soft-core romantic porn” under a nom de plume and who has recently ended a complicated love affair with a Parisian man. When Jeremy’s older sister, Rachel, calls to tell him their father, their sole remaining parent, is dying, Jeremy reluctantly returns to the family home in England. There, he must deal with Rachel’s contempt for his life in France and with the unexpected presence of two South Asian caretakers overseeing his father’
  6. Change isn’t easy, especially for a young girl named Lily who must move—without parents—from the city across Iowa to Gram’s farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. The reason for Lily’s move is not explained, but all her things are packed in Gram’s car for the daylong journey. When Gram first suggests finding “ten beautiful things along the way,” Lily sees “nothing beautiful.” But soon Lily gasps at the “very moment…the sun [breaks] over the long horizon.” Beautiful thing No. 1. Lechuga’s emotion-laden cameos of Lily in the back seat capture the child’s grief and anxiety, described as “complaints
  7. The renovations to seaside Maine’s Oyster Cove Guesthouse hit a bump when the two resident cats, Nero and Marlowe, start wailing something terrible. Josie Waters is sure the cats can't have found another body: She hasn’t even served her guests breakfast. But when carpenter Ed O’Hara calls her to the wall demolition, sure enough, there’s a skeleton inside. Her background training as a medical examiner tells Josie that the skeleton is very, very old and nothing to be afraid of, unless of course it affects her business. Suddenly the town is abuzz with rumors that the skeleton is that of town patr
  8. Stabby, a stout, churlish, teal-colored unicorn, stars in this collection of stand-alone cartoons, paneled strips, reimagined tarot cards, and funny re-imaginings of iconic images, such as Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring featuring Stabby with a bloody horn and an eye dangling from his ear. Starting with the “Stabginnings” and a darker rendition of “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” the tone is set as readers see Stabby through a series of job fails such as balloon seller ruining the merchandise or team-building coach whose horn proves deathly in trust falls. A dejected looking Stabby walks
  9. Top Parker may have the poisoned gift, but he’s still only 14 in 1969—much too young to be sneaking around the Starlite Club with his cousin Pepper, her Choctaw boyfriend, Mark, Curtis Parker, and Curtis' girlfriend, Sheila Cunningham, while R.B. Parker, another cousin, is rolling the bones inside. In R.B.’s hands, the dice are red-hot, but his lucky streak doesn’t last long enough to get him through the night: He ends up in a creek in his wrecked ’47 Chevy pickup—drowned, according to county coroner Tony Roth. The suspicions of Top’s grandfather Constable Ned Parker and Top’s uncle, Lamar Co
  10. When Mia’s parents get divorced, she feels angry and sad about splitting her time between them. She misses doing things with her mom and cat when she is with her dad and misses doing things with her dad and dog when she is with her mom. Her grandfather gives her a notebook, showing her the ones he’s filled, and explains to her that keeping a journal can be a wonderful coping mechanism; it allows you to revisit your feelings and memories as much as you’d like. As Mia writes in her notebook, her anger and sadness dissipate—but don’t disappear entirely—and she learns how to manage both of her new
  11. Born in East Baltimore somewhere around the turn of the 20th century, little William Webb suffered from spinal tuberculosis, a condition that was exacerbated when he experienced a fall. After an operation, his doctor recommended the family get him a drum set as a means of physical therapy. As that was financially out of reach, William used spoons and pots and pans, eventually buying himself a set of drumsticks and then a full drum kit from his newsboy income. He walked with a hunch and never grew taller than 4-foot-1, but that didn’t stop him from drumming. Punctuating her account with ample o
  12. Goldman explores the lives and works of modern Jewish scientists, artists, composers, and writers, putting them in the context of the war, persecution, and migration to America, which shaped their lives and the larger Western culture in which they were rooted. She probes Einstein’s love of Mozart’s music; the kvetching vigor of the Hebrews as they journey out of Egypt in the book of Exodus; the restless, questioning mindset of Jewish scientists who helped develop the atom bomb; the love-hate relationship of painters Marc Chagall and Mark Rothko with the soulful yet blighted Russian homeland th
  13. Kate is thrilled that Bubbie is taking her and her little brother, Nate, to British Columbia’s Granville Island Public Market to shop for Rosh Hashanah—especially since Bubbie has a surprise! But when Bubbie’s surprise turns out to be her new scooter, Kate is disappointed. She misses “the Bubbie she used to have. That Bubbie danced and took them to climate marches.” But as they navigate the crowded market, the scooter with its tooting horn proves handy, enabling Bubbie to carry heavy groceries and comfort a fussy Nate. Bubbie can even fly a kite in the park, where a girl using a manual wheelch
  14. It’s inarguable that humankind faces overwhelming challenges, from Covid-19 to climate change, that seemingly resist solutions. Schuller, a winner of the Margaret Mead Award and the Anthropology in Media Award, deconstructs several problem areas that look a little different when seen through a different lens. For instance, he counsels the development of “radical empathy,” which demands that we see the other as being something other than an enemy or someone to loathe or fear. The author argues that “we are all queer to someone else” and “that it might just be our way of life that is strange, th
  15. It’s two years after the American Revolution of 1817, and Kip, the first nonhuman sorcerer, has founded a college for sorcery in East Georgia. Money is tight, however, and Kip and his colleagues don’t know if they’ll be able to keep the school open. Kip is one of the Calatians—a historically marginalized group of humanlike animals—and his school serves the local Calatian community. He suspects that some humans in the newly formed American government would be happy if the school failed. Along with his partner, Alice, and his friends Emily Carswell and Malcolm O’Brien, Kip sets off for the Inter
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