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    Top of Your Stack – Recommendations from Book Passage 5.18.23

    Pomegranate (fiction – hardbound) by Helen Elaine Lee

    The new novel Pomegranate is perfect for fans of Jesmyn Ward and Yaa Gyasi. It is a complex portrayal of queer Black

    womanhood and marginalization in America: a story of loss, healing, redemption, and strength. With an utterly captivating and distinct writing style, Lee paints a humane and unflinching portrait of the devastating effects of incarceration and addiction, and of one woman’s determination to tell her story.

    Red Queen, by America (fiction/mystery – hardbound) by Juan Gomez-Jurado

    Introducing Antonia Scott—the most compelling and original detective since Lisbeth Salander—in the international bestselling thriller that has taken the world by storm. The story includes Jon Gutierrez, a gay and police officer in Bilbao, who under the best of work circumstances is marginalized by his colleagues because of his sexuality, but now he is disgraced, suspended, and about to face criminal charges due to professional poor judgement. He is offered a chance to salvage his career by a secretive organization that works in the shadows to direct criminal investigations. All he has to do is succeed where many others have failed while investigating a new, terrifying case.

    I Thought You Loved Me (graphic novel – paperback) by Mari Naomi

    This graphic Gen X memoir, which is told in prose, collage, and sequential art, explores queer culture, feminism, race, class, sex work, and the flawed nature of memory. Jodie was Mari’s best friend through their teens and twenties. As young Mari began to explore her identity as a bisexual, biracial outsider in a rich, white town, Jodie was her constant confidant, even kissing Mari out of the closet. The two were inseparable as they sought to gain a foothold in life and love as young feminists—Jodie an

    entrepreneurial sex worker, and Mari working in the boys’ club of video game development in the late ‘90s. Then, suddenly and mysteriously, Jodie ends their friendship. Years later, Mari is stunned when she discovers why.

    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, May 20 @ 11 am (free – Corte Madera store) Nina Schuyler with Jasmin Darznik, Afterword

    A pioneer of artificial intelligence rebuilds the love of her life, but when she discovers he’s been feeding incriminating civilian

    information to the Chinese government, she’ll have to decide whether to keep or kill him. Afterword explores what it means to be human and is a moving testament to the deeply human desire for belonging, companionship, and love.

    Saturday, May 20 @ 3 pm (free – SF Ferry Building) Neil King, Jr., author of American Ramble

    A stunning, revelatory memoir about a 330-mile walk from Washington, D.C., to New York City—an unforgettable pilgrimage to the heart of America across some of our oldest common ground. Neil King, Jr.’s desire to undertake this walk began as a whim and soon became an obsession. By the spring of 2021, events had intervened that gave his desire greater urgency. By turns

    amusing, inspiring, and sublime, American Ramble offers an exquisite account of personal and national renewal—an indelible study of our country as we’ve never seen it before.

    Saturday, May 20 @ 4 pm (free – Corte Madera store) Debbie S. Miller, author of Glaciers Are Alive

    This environmental picture book introduces young science and nature lovers to the wonders of glaciers, the wildlife that call them home, and how important they are to the health of our planet. A glacier may look forbidding and empty, but it supports

    abundant life. Follow a glacier as it flows from mountain to ocean, providing a home for ice worms, birds, bears, and more. Where the glacier meets the sea, it creates a rich environment for marine life such as seals, otters, and whales.

    Top of Your Stack – Recommendations from Book Passage
    Published on May 18, 2023