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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

This luminous coming of age novel paints two indelible portraits of very different young men coming to know themselves and find belonging in each other. Check it out!

Find your next great read in our deck of 52 Reading Recommendation Cards! For the Whatcom County Library System 75th Anniversary year, we will be announcing a reading recommendation each week.  Our recommendations will be from many genres, both adult and youth, and categorized by suit. Plan your 2019 reading with our 75th Anniversary Reading Recommendation Deck!

♣ Clubs = Belonging 

♦ Diamonds = Strength

♥ Hearts = Love

♠ Spades = Growth

View previous recommendations below.


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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee


Pachinko by Min Jun Lee

When you live in exile, is anywhere truly home? This sprawling story of identity and loss follows one Korean family from teenage indiscretion to a hard-won life of possibility in Japan.

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The Round House by Louise Erdrich

The Round House
by Louse Erdrich

After a violent crime traumatizes his mother, 13-year-old Joe struggles for emotional maturity to help bring the perpetrators to justice in this suspenseful story set on a North Dakota Ojibwe reservation.

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The Airport Book by Lisa Brown

The Airport Book
by Lisa Brown

On its surface this encyclopedic nonfiction catalogs elements of contemporary air travel. A closer examination reveals the relationships that send us up in the air.

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Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Julian is a Mermaid 
by Jessica Love

Julián knows he is a mermaid, and dreams of swimming with the fishes. His Abuela understands, and provides the next best thing.

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Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

Belonging does not mean “fitting in”. True belonging requires us to be who we are and to embrace uncertainty in order to fully connect with one another. 

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The Goat by Anne Fleming

The Goat 
by Anne Fleming

Is there a mountain goat on top of Kid’s Manhattan apartment building? Will seeing it bring seven years good luck? Kid and Will are going to find out. 

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Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Lily and the Octopus
by Steven Rowley

Ted’s most enduring relationship is with his elderly dachshund Lily. With Lily’s well-being threatened, Ted is jolted out of ambivalence to save his friend, in this magical and heart-wrenching gem.

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The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore


Moore reveals the hidden story of women poisoned by their employers’ greed, who found the courage to fight for vindication and justice in the face of insurmountable odds.

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Not Your Princess, voices of native american women by Charleyboy

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women
by Charleyboy


Indigenous women tell their stories in a variety of forms–essays, interviews, pictures, poems–asserting their presence with fearless dominion.

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Designing Your Life by William Burnett

Designing Your Life
By William Burnett

This personal growth guidebook shows you how to use design thinking to create a life in which you can thrive – no matter what stage of life you’re in.

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Holi Colors by Rina Singh

Holi Colors 
by Rina Singh

This beguiling board book celebration of color centers on the Hindu spring festival and the triumph of love it represents. 

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Cry, Heart, But Never Break 
by Glenn Ringtved, Illustrated by Charlotte Pardi

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When Death comes for their grandmother, four children detain him with coffee, and Death tells them an important story about loss and resilience.

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Exit West
by Mohsin Hamid

Seeking to flee their war-torn country, young lovers Nadia and Saeed decide to step through a magical door into the unknown. But will they find peace on the other side?

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Coach Wooden and Me
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Abdul-Jabbar’s thoughtful memoir about working with Coach John Wooden during the Civil Rights era evokes the struggles society still confronts, even as their lifelong friendship shows a way forward.
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The Smell of Other People’s Houses
by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Four teens tell alternating stories about their interconnected lives in Alaska, learning about one another, and themselves.
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The Little Barbarian
by Renato Moriconi

In this wordless charmer a little barbarian undertakes an adventure, foiling foes hither and thither, but it turns out he’s really just one of us.
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A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles

House arrest for the rest of his life inside Moscow’s luxury Metropol Hotel isn’t
enough to prevent Count Rostov from becoming a man of purpose, even as society
changes around him.
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Shame the Stars by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Set in Texas during the Mexican Revolution, this retelling of Romeo and Juliet combines star-crossed love with drama, suspense, and contemporary relevance.
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Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine
by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant may have convinced herself that she’s fine, but for this quirky loner, true happiness comes with growth, when she opens herself to a world of possibility and connection.
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