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Book No. 35 was "The Silence of Our Friends," a graphic memoir by Mark Long and Jim Demonakos, with illustrations by Nate Powell. Mark Long tells the story of how his family befriended a local black family in Houston during the Civil Rights era, and how Long's father gets pulled into a trial of 5 African American students accused of shooting a police officer during a riot. An interview with Long about the events that inspired the book can be found here. I liked the illustration style and that it carried a lot of the story, and I like that Long showed it through the eyes of a child watching what the grown-ups are doing. Highly recommended.

Book No. 36 was "Under the Udala Trees" by Chinelo Okparanta. The story follows Ijeoma, who comes of age in Nigeria during and after the Biafran war. During the war, her father dies, and her mother tries to protect Ijeoma and sends her to another town to live with a school teacher as a servant. There, Ijeoma falls in love with the wrong person - a girl, and not just any girl but a girl from the wrong tribe. The story follows Ijeoma through the 1970s and 80s as she deals with same-sex attraction in a highly homophobic time and place (homosexuality is still punishable by stoning in the northern part of Nigeria TODAY). I really liked the main character and was in fear for her throughout the novel. It is simply told and doesn't have a lot of literary flourishes, but it's beautiful and affecting. Another highly-recommended read.

1. Death's End (3rd in the "Three-Body Problem" trilogy) [fiction]- Cixin Liu (translation by Ken Liu)
2. Brat Farrar [fiction]- Josephine Tey
3. Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored [nonfiction]- Mary Gabriel
4. Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home [fiction]- Sheri Booker
5. Heap House (1st in the Iremonger trilogy) [fiction]- Edward Carey
6. Air [fiction]- Geoff Ryman
7. The Intuitionist [fiction]- Colson Whitehead
8. The Monster of Florence: A True Story [nonfiction]- Douglas Preston, with Mario Spezi
9. Foulsham (2nd in the Iremonger trilogy) [fiction]- Edward Carey
10. The Secret Place [fiction]- Tana French (unabridged audiobook)
11. Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga [nonfiction]- Pamela Newkirk
12. Between the World and Me [nonfiction]- Ta-nehisi Coates (unabridged audiobook)
13. Everfair [fiction]- Nisi Shawl
14. The Departed (first in the "The Departed" trilogy) [fiction]- Kristy Cooper
15. The Night Circus [fiction]- Erin Morgenstern (unabridged audiobook)
16. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall [fiction]- Anne Bronte
17. The Story of My Tits [graphic nonfiction]- Jennifer Hayden
18. Long Black Curl (a novel of the Tufa) [fiction]- Alex Bledsoe
19. Ursula, Under[fiction]- Ingrid Hill
20. The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World [nonfiction]- David Jaher
21. The Sheltering Sky [fiction]- Paul Bowles
22. Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond [fiction/short stories]- Kim Harrison (unabridged audiobook)
23. The sound the stars make rushing through the sky: The Writings of Jane Johnston Schoolcraft [fiction/poetry/biography]- writings by JJS, ed. Robert Dale Parker
24. Love in the Time of Cholera [fiction]- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
25. The Golden Ass [fiction]- Apuleis
26. Ghetto Klown [graphic memoir]- John Leguizamo (illustrated by Christa Cassano and Shamus Beyale)
27. Good Kings Bad Kings [fiction]- Susan Nussbaum
28. The Night Gardener [fiction]- Jonathan Auxier
29. Close Range: Wyoming Stories [fiction/short stories]- Annie Proulx
30. The Things They Carried [fiction/short stories]- Tim O'Brien
31. Elephants Can Remember [fiction]- Agatha Christie
32. The Shadow Hero [graphic fiction]- Gene Luen Yang (illustrated by Sonny Liew)
33. Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want [nonfiction]- Nicholas Epley
34. The Mistress's Daughter [nonfiction/memoir]- A.M. Homes

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