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2022 Summer Book Preview

Introducing some of the season's hottest reads.

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The Third Person 

Emma Grove

This debut graphic memoir follows the author over a series of intense therapy sessions in 2004 as she discovers she has dissociative identity disorder while seeking approval for hormone replacement therapy. “With quiet ease, Grove draws readers into Emma’s world and makes them feel the complexities and contradictions of her experience,” writes Publishers Weekly. (May 3)

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Miss Chloe: A Memoir of a Literary Friendship with Toni Morrison 

A. J. Verdelle

In this memoir, award-winning author and instructor A. J. Verdelle chronicles and honors her longtime friendship with literary legend Toni Morrison. In a starred review, Kirkus calls it “passionate, personal, insightful, testy, and unique.” (May 10)

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Plagues in the Nation: How Epidemics Shaped America 

Polly J. Price

Law professor and legal historian Polly J. Price recounts the ways the American government has responded – or failed to respond – to epidemics throughout its history. “Gripping prose and lucid analysis make this an essential study of what needs to change before the next epidemic,” writes Publishers Weekly in a starred review. (May 10)

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Translating Myself and Others 

Jhumpa Lahiri

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri’s first collection of essays covers a wealth of linguistic subjects, from her decision to learn and begin writing in Italian to the challenges of translating her own words into English. “Lahiri writes so beautifully that this collection will have broad appeal for anyone interested in literary essays,” recommends Library Journal. (May 17)

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Paul Laurence Dunbar: The Life and Times of a Caged Bird

Gene Andrew Jarrett

This comprehensive biography traces poet Paul Laurence Dunbar’s life from birth to literary success to his death at the early age of 33. Publishers Weekly calls it “a fascinating exploration of Black creativity wrestling with social constraints and personal failings.” (June 7)

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