This Month in Adult Books: May 2021

Reading recommendations for adults.
May 17, 2021
Featured Title
Facing-the-mountain-(2).jpgThe Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris (Coming June 1, 2021)
Nella Rogers is the only Black employee in her department at a NYC publishing company and she’s tired of navigating the daily microagressions so when Hazel arrives in the next cubicle, she is thrilled. But is Hazel, soon to be known as “the other Black girl” the ally she seems to be? When Nella gets an anonymous note that reads “Leave Wagner. Now” she begins to realize that something more serious than her career could be at stake. This smart thriller, with its sly social commentary and critique of the publishing world just might be the book of the summer.


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June kicks off summer reading with new books from favorite authors like Taylor Jenkins Reid (Malibu Rising), Christina Lauren (The Soulmate Equation) and Alex Michaelides (The Maidens). Author John Green also returns with his adult debut, The Anthropocene Review, a collection of nonfiction essays adapted from his popular podcast.

June also brings some exciting debuts such as Somebody’s Daughter, a memoir by Ashley C. Ford. This powerful memoir talks about growing up with an incarcerated father and the resulting stresses and strains on the family. It’s a story of loss and hardship but also of self discovery and self love. It’s a book memoir readers won’t want to miss.


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If you enjoyed the movie or book Nomadland, we have some suggestions for what you might want to read next, like Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit by Eliese Colette Goldbach. A debut memoir of grit and tenacity, as one young woman returns to the conservative hometown she always longed to escape to earn a living in the steel mill that casts a shadow over Cleveland.


If You Liked Nomadland 


What We’re Reading
Washington-Jacket-Original-High-Res.jpgThe Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw 
This slim collection of short stories has either won or been nominated for pretty much all the literary awards out there. Are you interested in reading stories about Black lives? About women’s lives? About Black women’s lives? Read this book. Do you enjoy finely crafted short stories? Beautiful writing? Books with strong character voice? Emotional, complex, raw, and honest stories? Read this book. It truly is an outstanding debut, well deserving of the high praise it has received.

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