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Staff Picks: Read Woke Books for Adults

 

We are about halfway through our Read Woke Winter Reading Challenge, and our staff members have been reading right along with you. Here are some Read Woke Staff Picks for Adults for you to check out. And if you haven’t signed up for the challenge, there’s still plenty of time to join! Register today and start reading!

All books are available in the Library’s collection.

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole
Read Woke Category: Black Voices
“When Sydney moves back to the Brooklyn apartment she grew up in, everything is changing. Gentrification is in full force, and many of her neighbors are being pushed out of the homes they have lived in for generations. Meanwhile, something strange is happening to her and the neighbors that suggest something sinister is at work. Cole’s first thriller (she is a prolific romance writer), weaves an engaging story centering on a controversial issue.” 
— Kara Kohn,
Reference and Reader Services
Book: Library Catalog
Audiobook: OverDrive
eBook: OverDrive

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Read Woke Category: Diverse Abilities
“Because of the chronic illness that creates issues in her life, Chloe hasn’t been getting out as much as she used to, and now she feels like her life has gotten boring and small. And so, she makes a list.” (Click here for the full review.)
— Colette Shelby,
Reference and Reader Services
Book:
Library Catalog
eAudiobook: hoopla, OverDrive
eBook: hoopla, OverDrive

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Read Woke Category: Asian Voices
“I know the hype for this book is so last year, but it’s so good. Mia and her daughter Pearl become new tenants of an apartment owned by the Richardson family, and the novel explores their intertwined lives as well as issues of family, race and motherhood.”
— Rebecca Pfenning,
Technical Services
Book: Library Catalog
eAudiobook: OverDrive
eBook: OverDrive

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
Read Woke Category: Black Voices
“This short yet stunning book is an excellent illustration of how history and trauma can reverberate through generations of a family. Woodson creates beautifully layered characters that I came to cherish by the end of the book.”
— Lauren Pierce,
Reference and Reader Services
Book: Library Catalog
eAudiobook: OverDrive
eBook: OverDrive

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
Read Woke Category: Mental Health Voices
“A funny, unique and painfully honest look at depression and anxiety. Sometimes humor (and a potty mouth) is the best way to understand life’s difficulties.”
— Andrea Ferak,
Community Engagement
Book: Library Catalog
eAudiobook: OverDrive

Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden

Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
Read Woke Category: Native American Voices
“A mystery/thriller set on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Virgil Wounded Horse is an “enforcer” of justice on the reservation who becomes a vigilante and entangled with a drug cartel. I’m so intrigued!”
— Rebecca Pfenning,
Technical Services
Book: Library Catalog
eAudiobook: OverDrive
eBook: OverDrive

You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
Read Woke Category: Hispanic/Latinx Voices
“I love, love, love this book! It’s sweet, funny, and hot in all the right places, with characters that are charming and relatable.” (Click here for the full review.)
— Colette Shelby,
Reference & Reader Services
Book: Library Catalog
eAudiobook: OverDrive
eBook: OverDrive

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