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Of women and salt
(Garcia, Gabriela)
A sweeping, masterful debut about a daughter's fateful choice, a mother motivated by her own past, and a family legacy that begins in Cuba before either of them was born. In present-day Miami, Jeanette is battling addiction. Daughter of Carmen, a Cuban immigrant, she is determined to learn more about her family history from her reticent mother and makes the snap decision to take in the daughter of a neighbor detained by ICE. Carmen, still wrestling with the trauma of displacement, must process her difficult relationship with her own mother while trying to raise a wayward Jeanette. Steadfast in her quest for understanding, Jeanette travels to Cuba to see her grandmother and reckon with secrets from the past destined to erupt. From nineteenth-century cigar factories to present-day detention centers, from Cuba to Mexico, Of Women and Salt is a kaleidoscopic portrait of betrayals - personal and political, self-inflicted and those done by others - that have shaped the lives of these extraordinary women. A haunting meditation on the choices of mothers, the legacy of the memories they carry, and the tenacity of women who choose to tell their stories despite those who wish to silence them, this is more than a diaspora story; it is a story of America's most tangled, honest, human roots. -- From dust jacket
Genre(s):
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction
Cuban American women -- Fiction
Immigrants Family relationships -- Fiction
Family secrets -- Fiction
Cuban American women

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207

Kit Level: Adult

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Olive, again
(Strout, Elizabeth)
Olive Kitteridge has returned, as indomitable as ever, this time as a person getting older, navigating her next decade as she comes to terms with the changes--sometimes welcome, sometimes not--in her own life. Here is Olive, strangely content in her second marriage, still in an evolving relationship with her son and his family, encountering a cast of memorable characters in the seaside town of Crosby, Maine. Whether it's a young girl coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth at a baby shower, or a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, the irascible Olive improbably touches the lives of others.
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Retired teachers -- Fiction
Retired women -- Fiction
City and town life -- Fiction

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289 p.

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On Earth we're briefly gorgeous: a novel
(Vuong, Ocean)
'On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous' is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born--a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam--and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity.
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Vietnamese Americans -- Fiction
Single mothers -- Fiction
Adult child abuse victims -- Fiction
Coming out (Sexual orientation) -- Fiction

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246 p

Kit Level: Adult

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One and only Ivan, The
(Applegate, Katherine)
Recommended for grades 3-6. When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
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Gorilla -- Juvenile fiction
Elephants -- Juvenile fiction
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction
Animal welfare -- Juvenile fiction
Circus -- Juvenile fiction

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300 p

Kit Level: Kids

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Only woman in the room, The
(Benedict, Marie)
Hedy Kiesler is lucky. Her beauty leads to a starring role in a controversial film and marriage to a powerful Austrian arms dealer, allowing her to evade Nazi persecution despite her Jewish heritage. But Hedy is also intelligent. At lavish Vienna dinner parties, she overhears the Third Reich's plans. One night in 1937, desperate to escape her controlling husband and the rise of the Nazis, she disguises herself and flees her husband's castle. She lands in Hollywood, where she becomes Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But Hedy is keeping a secret even more shocking than her Jewish heritage: she is a scientist. She has an idea that might help the country and that might ease her guilt for escaping alone -- if anyone will listen to her. A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication.
Genre(s):
World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction
Women scientists -- Fiction
Jewish women

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254 p

Kit Level: Adult

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Oysterville Sewing Circle, The: a novel
(Wiggs, Susan)
Caroline Shelby left Oysterville, Washington ten years ago to launch a career in the fashion world of Manhattan. Scandal and tragedy have forced her back, with Addie and Flick, the two orphans for whom she is the legal guardian. But Oysterville - and her family - has changed. Will Jensen, a decorated Navy SEAL wounded overseas, has also returned. His wife Sierra, Caroline's best friend, is also reinventing herself as her modeling jobs dry up. At the sewing shop Caroline joins the Oysterville Sewing Circle, a sewing and support group. When an unexpected challenge tests her, Caroline decides to stand and fight for everything - and everyone - she loves.-- adapted from jacket
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Homecoming -- Fiction
Sewing -- Fiction
Life change events -- Fiction
Small cities -- Fiction
Self-help groups -- Fiction

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372 p.

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