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Hidden Gems of 2021
Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace -- Science Fiction

Two corporations have replaced the US, splitting the country’s remaining 45 states (5 have been submerged under the ocean) between them: Stellaxis Innovations and Greenleaf. There are nine supercities within the continental US, and New Liberty City is the only amalgamated city split between the two megacorps, and thus at a perpetual state of civil war as the feeds broadcast the atrocities committed by each side.

Here, Mallory streams Stellaxis’s wargame SecOps on BestLife, spending more time jacked in than in the world just to eke out a hardscrabble living from tips. When a chance encounter with one of the game’s rare super-soldiers leads to a side job for Mal—looking to link an actual missing girl to one of the SecOps characters. Mal’s sudden burst in online fame rivals her deepening fear of what she is uncovering about BestLife’s developer, and puts her in the kind of danger she’s only experienced through her avatar.
Seek You by Kristen Radtke -- Autobiographical Comic

There is a silent epidemic in America: loneliness. Shameful to talk about and often misunderstood, loneliness is everywhere, from the most major of metropolises to the smallest of towns.
 
In Seek You, Kristen Radtke's wide-ranging exploration of our inner lives and public selves, Radtke digs into the ways in which we attempt to feel closer to one another, and the distance that remains. Through the lenses of gender and violence, technology and art, Radtke ushers us through a history of loneliness and longing, and shares what feels impossible to share.
 
Ranging from the invention of the laugh-track to the rise of Instagram, the bootstrap-pulling cowboy to the brutal experiments of Harry Harlow, Radtke investigates why we engage with each other, and what we risk when we turn away.
The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale -- True Crime
 
London, 1938. In the suburbs of the city, a young housewife has become the eye in a storm of chaos. In Alma Fielding’s modest home, china flies off the shelves and eggs fly through the air; stolen jewelry appears on her fingers, white mice crawl out of her handbag, beetles appear from under her gloves; in the middle of a car journey, a turtle materializes on her lap. The culprit is incorporeal. As Alma cannot call the police, she calls the papers instead.

After the sensational story headlines the news, Nandor Fodor, a Hungarian ghost hunter for the International Institute for Psychical Research, arrives to investigate the poltergeist. But when he embarks on his scrupulous investigation, he discovers that the case is even stranger than it seems.
Love in Color by Bolu Babalola -- Short Stories

A young businesswoman attempts a great leap in her company, and an even greater one in her love life.

A powerful Ghanaian spokeswoman is forced to decide whether she should uphold her family’s politics or be true to her heart.

In her debut collection, internationally acclaimed writer Bolu Babalola retells the most beautiful love stories from history and mythology with incredible new detail and vivacity. Focusing on the magical folktales of West Africa, Babalola also reimagines Greek myths, ancient legends from the Middle East, and stories from long-erased places.
Featured Recommendations
May We Suggest...
Bri Rodgers, Adult Services Librarian, recommends reading Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy edited by Anthony Harkins & Meredith McCarroll.

She likes this book because it's an anthology full of different perspectives. She would recommend it for anyone who wants to learn about Appalachian culture.
Jennifer Christiansen, Circulation Services Coordinator, recommends reading The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.

She likes this book because it's an engrossing, epic story of family, race, and identity. She was immediately hooked!
Kristy Vermeulen, Administrative Assistant, recommends reading Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly.

She likes this book because it's an amazing trip of a thriller - ballet, obsession, mistaken identity...it has everything you would want!
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