June Book Recommendations

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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
By Roxane Gay

This memoir explores food, self-image and weight, discussing sensitive issues about the relationship between food and the human body. Gay touches upon her own emotional struggles, showing us that we all share the same confrontations and anxieties when it comes to our appearance, health and desires.

In Hunger, the bestselling author of Bad Feminist gives the readers an insight to her own experiences, and the violent act that turned her past around, taking us on her journey and leaving herself vulnerable yet relatable.

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Once and For All
By Sarah Dessen

After her first love story ended tragically, Louna, the daughter of a popular wedding planner, is left skeptical about happily-ever-after endings. When she meets a charming serial dater, she keeps her distance, staying true to her beliefs; however, he does not give up in his pursuit to win her heart.

This realistic novel that ends in a happy yet imperfect way is complete with humor, romance and drama.

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This Savage Song
By Victoria Schwab

Book one of two, This Savage Song is held at a time of war, when a city is overrun with monsters. A young man and woman, who are heirs to a segregated city, must choose whether they should join forces, and whether become the heroes or the villains. Both with different visions, Kate considers ruling as her father did, who let the monsters roam the city but keep himself protected, while August seeks to be a good-doer and protect the innocent.

Kate slowly realizes August’s true nature; that he is one of the monsters. After a failed assassination attempt, the pair must flee for their lives.

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Carve the Mark
By Veronica Roth

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people whose gift gives her pain and power. Akos is the son of a farmer from the planet of Thuvhe, whose loyalty to his family is limitless and tested once his brother is captured by enemy Shotet soldiers.
A story about the power of friendship, Akos is thrown into Cyra’s world, and the hatred between their countries and families seems impossible to overcome, and so they are tested to see if they will be able to help each other survive, or destroy each other.

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We Are Okay
By Nina LaCour

After tragically leaving everything and everyone behind from her old life, Marin, who moved to New York for college, is still haunted by the memories of her past. Not even her best friend at the time knowing the truth behind what happened during her final weeks at home, Marin returns for winter break, and is forced to confront her loneliness and face everything that she left behind.

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No One Can Pronounce My Name
By Rakesh Satyal

In a suburb outside Cleveland, a community of Indian Americans has settled into lives that cross between Eastern and Western cultures. Harit, a lonely Indian immigrant in his forties, lives with his grieving mother who attempts to keep both himself and his mother sane by dressing up in a sari every night to pass himself off as his deceased sister.

Another Indian immigrant, Ranjana, has recently sent her only child to college, and after her doubts that her husband is having an affair; she seeks solace by writing paranormal romances in secret. When the two cross paths, they begin an odd yet necessary friendship that brings to light their own passions and fears.

This humorous novel highlights how people must balance their culture and traditions with their own dreams and desires.

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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
By Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Until this moment, Sal was always sure of his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American family. Thrown a curb, Sal’s own history haunts him, and life-altering events force him and his best friend to confront issues of faith, loss, and grief.

Sal questions everything, and is in a search to find out who he truly is after realizing he doesn’t truly know his identity.

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
By Arundhati Roy

On a concrete sidewalk, a baby suddenly appears after midnight. In a snowy valley, a bereaved father writes a letter to his five-year-old daughter about the people who came to her funeral. In a second-floor apartment, a lone woman chain-smokes as she reads through her old notebooks.

This novel tells the stories of heroes, both present and departed, who have been broken by the world we live in-and then mended by love.

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