The Power - Naomi Alderman

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As Margaret Atwood says, “men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” But what if the opposite were true? Writing in the tradition of Atwood and Le Guin, Naomi Alderman imagines a present where young women around the world discover they have the power to shock others with a touch. Oppressive governments are overthrown overnight, the patriarchy is challenged and a new religion aims to create a feminist utopia. But as the novel’s heroines expand the range of their ambitions, they begin to realize the difficulty of their task: with every human on earth trained since birth to hurt each other, how do you uproot evil from the human condition without destroying civilization in the process? This is an angry, deeply pessimistic book, and I suspect Le Guin or even Atwood might have written a different ending. But at a time when those who abuse women for their own amusement are more visible than ever, The Power (Little Brown, $26) gives catharsis and a portrait of a world that in the end is no crueler or more violent than our own.

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ISBN: 9780316547611
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

Future Home of the Living God - Louise Erdrich

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In the world Louise Erdrich envisions in Future Home of the Living God (Harper, $28.99), nature appears to have reversed itself and evolution has gone haywire: cats and birds now come in often horrifying scale, and, most terrifying, women give birth to barely recognizable primitive creatures.  Our narrator, Cedar Hawk Songmaker, is an Ojibwe raised by white parents in Minnesota, and she’s four months pregnant.  The state has demanded that all pregnant women surrender themselves, and those who do not are hunted by officials and sent to prison-like hospitals.  Cedar reunites with her Ojibwe birth family and lives on the reservation until even that gets too dangerous.  Future Home of the Living God is an exciting page-turner, but it’s also a serious look at authoritarianism and the politics of reproduction.

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ISBN: 9780062694058
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Published: Harper - November 14th, 2017

Artemis - Andy Weir

Staff Pick

The Martian was quite literally a stellar debut, a smart sci-fi read that left no potato unturned in its quest to depict realistically the near-future of space travel. Marrying a convincing futuristic vision with compelling characters and a gripping narrative is a challenge for the genre, but Andy Weir does so effortlessly in this eagerly-awaited follow up. The titular city, Artemis (Crown, $27), is the only settlement on the moon, and its daily existence as a scientific hub and low gravity playground for the rich is a testament to mankind’s ingenuity. Readers would expect Weir’s science to be impeccable, and naturally it is, but he refuses to get swept up in grandiose depictions of his creation. Instead, it’s revealed piece-by-piece through the pragmatic eyes of “Jazz,” a lowly worker (and smuggler) whose hardscrabble life is far removed from the decadence of Artemis’s elite. When made an offer she can’t refuse, what begins as a classic crime caper unfurls into a conspiracy with wider implications for the entire city. As the plot races along, the details of lunar life firmly ground this novel; from the spacesuit design to the moon economy, Weir’s artfully crafted world feels like it’s only a quick rocket ride away.

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ISBN: 9780553448122
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Published: Ballantine Books - November 14th, 2017