Insurrecto Insurrecto by Gina Apostol (Penguin Random House)

Histories and personalities collide in this literary tour-de-force about the Philippines’ present and America’s past. Two women, a Filipino translator and an American filmmaker, go on a road trip in Duterte’s Philippines, collaborating and clashing in the writing of a film script about a massacre during the Philippine-American War. Insurrecto contains within its dramatic action two rival scripts—one about a white photographer, the other about a Filipino school teacher.

Gina Apostol, credit Margarita Corporan
Gina Apostol
Sadness Is a White Bird Sadness Is a White Bird by Moriel Rothman-Zecher (Atria Books)

In this debut novel from the MacDowell Colony fellow and National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree, a young man prepares to serve in the Israeli army while also trying to reconcile his close relationship to two Palestinian siblings with his deeply ingrained loyalties to family and country. Powerful, important, and timely, Sadness Is A White Birdexplores one man’s attempts to find a place for himself, discovering in the process a beautiful, against-the-odds love in the darkness of a never-ending conflict.

Moriel Rothman-Zecher, credit Uri Gershuni
The Overstory The Overstory by Richard Powers (W. W. Norton & Company)

Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, The Overstory is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of—and paean to—the natural world. There is a world alongside ours—vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and are drawn into its unfolding catastrophe.

Richard Powers, credit Dean D. Dixon
Richard Powers
There There There There by Tommy Orange (Knopf)

Fierce, funny, suspenseful, and thoroughly modern, There There offers a kaleidoscopic look at Native American life in Oakland, California. Writing in a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with urgency and force, Tommy Orange has created a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide.

Tommy Orange
Tommy Orange
What We Owe What We Owe by Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde (Mariner Books)

Here is an extraordinary story of exile, dislocation, and the emotional minefields between mothers and daughters; a story of love, guilt and dreams for a better future, vibrating with both sorrow and an unquenchable joie de vivre. With its startling honesty, dark wit, and irresistible momentum, What We Owe introduces a fierce and necessary new voice in international fiction.

Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde, credit Carl von Arbin
Hashemzadeh Bonde
White Chrysanthemum White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

White Chrysanthemum brings to life the heartbreaking history of Korea through the deeply moving and redemptive story of two sisters separated by World War II. It is a moving fictional account of a shockingly pervasive real-life assault—the sexual slavery of an estimated 200,000 Korean women during the Second World War.

Mary Lynn Bracht, credit Tim Hall
Mary Lynn Bracht


Educated Educated by Tara Westover (Random House)

With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

Tara Westover
Tara Westover
Frederick Douglas Frederick Douglass by David Blight (Simon & Schuster)

In his “cinematic and deeply engaging” (The New York Times Book Review) biography, Blight has drawn on new information held in a private collection that few other historians have consulted, as well as recently discovered issues of Douglass’s newspapers. Blight’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book tells the fascinating story of Douglass’s two marriages and his complex extended family.

David Blight, courtesy Huntington Library, San Marino, California
David Blight
I Should Have Honor I Should Have Honor by Khalida Brohi (Random House)

A fearless memoir about tribal life in Pakistan—and the act of violence that inspired one ambitious young woman to pursue a life of activism and female empowerment. And ultimately, she learned that the only way to eradicate the parts of a culture she despised was to fully embrace the parts of it that she loved.

Khalida Brohi
Khalida Brohi
Rising Out of Hatred Rising Out of Hatred by Eli Saslow (Anchor)

From a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, the powerful story of how a prominent white supremacist changed his heart and mind With great empathy and narrative verve, Eli Saslow asks what Derek’s story can tell us about America’s increasingly divided nature. This is a book to help us understand the American moment and to help us better understand one another.

Eli Saslow
Eli Saslow
The Sun Does Shine The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton (Griffin)

With a foreword by Bryan Stevenson, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, The Sun Does Shine tells Hinton’s dramatic 30-year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy.

Anthony Ray Hinton
Anthony Ray Hinton
Tigerland Tigerland by Wil Haygood (Knopf)

From the author of the best-selling The Butler — an emotional, inspiring story of two teams from a poor, black, segregated high school in Ohio, who, in the midst of the racial turbulence of 1968/1969, win the Ohio state baseball and basketball championships in the same year.

Wil Haygood
Wil Haygood

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