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THE CURING ROOM
by M.J. Winn

This psychological thriller by the author of the 2014 hit Dead Soul Mary is told by two strange and unreliable narrators, a teacher and a student at a small college that is the scene of several violent deaths. Full of tension and surprises, the novel moves to a startling climax and an ironic conclusion.

EDNA, IOWA
by Katherine Karlin

A small Midwestern town in today's troubled times is at the center of this wide-ranging novel about a lovable mayor, his political problems with a ruthless opponent, police brutality and racial tensions, told with a poignant and humorous sense of how our world is changing. The novel shows the depth and scope of a Jonathan Franzen, but with a distinctly feminine timbre. Additional comps include the work of Jane Smiley, Lorrie Moore, and Elizabeth Strout.
Katherine Karlin's fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, New Letters, Triquarterly, [PANK], One-Story, and many other journals. Her work has been anthologized in The Pushcart Prize and New Stories from the South. Send Me Work, a short story collection, was chosen for the Balcones Fiction Prize and as a Kansas Notable Book. Karlin's essays have appeared Lumen, xoJane, Post Road, and elsewhere. She is an associate professor of English at Kansas State University, where she directs the Gordon Parks Archive Project.
Karlin interview, "The Kenyon Review"

#THECHANGE
by Lauren Paige Kennedy

Stevie is an alluring but aging--and married--magazine writer sent to interview Phinn Rigby, a hot young up-and-coming British TV star, in this sophisticated, very contemporary May-December affair. The many devices that make instant relationships possible are also the elements that help upend a passionate relationship in this cautionary tale of a clash between past and future.

THE BOY WHO LOVED TREES
by Milda de Voe

Arnie is a teenager from a Lithuanian family in the U.S. on a sponsored trip, with a bunch of contemporaries, to his homeland. It's a dizzying journey in which he has to seek out some very strange relatives, and also come to terms with his burgeoning gay sexuality and a dark shadow lurking in his family's past. DeVoe's book is fast, funny and ultimately touching.

MODIGLIANI RED
by Brian Morgan

The great painter Amedeo Modigliani lived, in his last days in Paris with a young artist, Jeanne Hebuterne, who forsook her bourgeois family to marry him, and killed herself, carrying his child, when he died of tuberculosis at 33. Morgan's novel, set against a remarkable background of Paris at war in 1917, and huge artistic upheaval, tells the tragic story with great passion and insight.

THE MIRACULOUS FLIGHT OF OWEN LEACH
by Jennifer Dupree

Desperate young single mother Sophia drops her baby out a window, only to find he has been miraculously caught by Rose--who might just want to add Owen to her own little family. A funny, observant and ultimately touching look at the way families interrelate, and sometimes don't.

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NON-FICTION


THE CHINA OPTION: A GUIDE FOR MILLENNIALS
by Sophia Erickson

The author, a 24-year-old Oxford graduate, explains in great detail how young people can teach English in China as a way to pay off their student loan debt--using her own experience as a guide. Part travel guidebook, part career advice, part memoir, and 100% useful, and often funny, entertainment, "The China Option" could literally change thousands of student lives.

MACEDONIA: RECIPES FROM THE BALKANS
by Katerina Nitsou

A first for the culinary bookshelf, this guide to the cuisine of Macedonia, neighbor to Bulgaria and Greece, has been written by native Nitsou, a Cordon Bleu chef now living in Los Angeles. The delectable dishes, all in tune with the current passion for local and natural, are appetizingly photographed by her cinematographer husband, Oliver Fitzgerald.

IN SEARCH OF REAL DEMOCRACY: A MILLENNIAL MAKES THE CASE FOR DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM
by Scott Remer

Many of Bernie Sanders' strongest supporters were young millennials, and one of them, a brilliant Yale grad now studying at Cambridge, has stepped up to make the case for a real alternative that can break the hopeless deadlock American politics is mired in. With an astonishingly wide range of reference and scholarship, and with a keen sense of history, Remer urges a new party that can realize many of the democratic dreams that have fallen by the wayside in the past 50 years.

DISINHERITING WOMEN: HOW AMERICAN FAMILY PROPERTY LAW (STILL) CHEATS WOMEN, AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
by Carla Spivack

The author, a leading authority on women's property law, and professor of law at Oklahoma City University School of Law, outlines the frequently unfair position married women face over shared assets and inheritances, and the actions they can take to improve their lot.

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