by Deepak Unnikrishnan
Winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Deepak Unnikrishnan combines incredible imagination with keen insight to present the lives of workers of the United Arab Emirates. As Dubai and Abu Dhabi changes and increases in wealth, the labor force continues to become more impoverished. These "temporary people" are extraordinary characters, told in a voice that's unique, brilliant, and ceaselessly empathetic. The connected stories in TEMPORARY PEOPLE will haunt you.
—Katie Eelman, media + events
HOMESICK FOR ANOTHER WORLD
by Otessa Moshfegh
Moshfegh's unabashed depictions of characters who are complex and peculiar, whose struggles are genuine, and whose facades, when scratched away, often contradict their identity fill these short stories. I can't recommend this collection highly or often enough. Easily one of the best fiction writers of the last decade.
—John Cleary, bookseller
MALALA: ACTIVIST FOR GIRLS' EDUCATION
by Raphaële Frier, illustrated by Aurélia Fronty
Malala Yousafzai was almost killed by the Taliban for standing up for the right to get an education, but she was not stopped. Instead, it ignited her passion to work harder and she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Price. "They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed. ..Nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear, and hopelessness died. Strength, power, and courage was born." This lushly illustrated picture book is a moving portrait of a modern-day hero and it's bound to inspire a new generation of readers who understand how vital education for everyone is.
—Kate Layte, owner + manager
THE MOTHER OF ALL QUESTIONS
by Rebecca Solnit
Men do not explain things to Solnit in The Mother of All Questions, her new work addressing the crossroads of silence, gendered violence, rape culture, and the internal workings of men in patriarchy. In classic Solnit style, the essays form an archipelago of her mind's eye, sewn together into a tapestry that forces readers to question what it means to speak, to dominate, and to categorize. Her prose roams wide, as if Solnit were a trekker on a fantastic voyage, masterfully incorporating encounters with tweets, 100-year-old murders, contemporary rape cases, feminist thought leaders, Esquire magazine articles, and film into a single strong thread of argument.
—Rei Jackler, bookseller