Maximum Shelf: A SONG TO DROWN RIVERS (5/14/24)

This week’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick is Ann Liang’s A SONG TO DROWN RIVERS, an epic historical fantasy about womanhood, war, sacrifice, and love against all odds. Xishi’s beauty is seen as a blessing to the villagers of Yue—convinced that the best fate for a girl is to marry well and support her family. […]

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Maximum Shelf: THAT LIBRARIAN (4/25/24)

This week’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick is Amanda Jones’ THAT LIBRARIAN: The Fight Against Book Banning in America, a part memoir, part manifesto that is the inspiring story of a Louisiana librarian advocating for inclusivity on the front lines of our vicious culture wars. One of the things small town librarian Amanda Jones values […]

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Maximum Shelf: THE WEDDING PEOPLE (4/9/24)

Last week’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick was Alison Espach‘s THE WEDDING PEOPLE, a propulsive and uncommonly wise novel about one unexpected wedding guest and the surprising people who help us start anew. It’s a beautiful day in Newport, Rhode Island, when Phoebe Stone arrives at the grand Cornwall Inn wearing a green dress and gold […]

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Maximum Shelf: THE FOX WIFE (11/8/23)

Today’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick is Yangsze Choo‘s THE FOX WIFE, a stunning novel about old loves and second chances, the depths of maternal love, and ancient folktales that may very well be true. Manchuria, 1908. In the last years of the dying Qing Empire, a courtesan is found frozen in a doorway. Her […]

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Maximum Shelf: THE TALK (4/13/23)

Today’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick is Darrin Bell’s THE TALK, a graphic memoir that takes a hard look at police brutality and racism within law enforcement, which forces Black parents to talk with their children at a very young age about a scary reality. Darrin Bell was six years old when his mother told […]

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