TAB Recommends, 2/27

Here are some books our TAB members have read and loved recently. We’ve included the call number
so you can come and get them at Reston Regional Library! All summaries are taken from Novelist unless otherwise noted.

The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. LeGuin (SF LEG)

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While on a mission to the planet Gethen, earthling Genly Ai is sent by leaders of the nation of Orgoreyn to a concentration camp from which the exiled prime minister of the nation of Karhide tries to rescue him.

One Dark Throne, Kendare Blake (YSF BLA)

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The battle for Fennbirn has begun. The Quickening is behind them, and with the Ascension Year underway all bets are off. Katharine, once the weakest and feeblest of the triplets, is stronger than ever
before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before — ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare (822.3 U3)

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A bitter feud between the Montagues and the Capulets keeps the city of Verona, Italy, in a state of constant unrest. Despite the enmity, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall passionately in love. Enlisting the help of Friar Laurence, the young lovers wed in secret, hoping that their marriage will finally unite the two families. But things go terribly, tragically wrong.

Body 2.0, Sara Latta (610.28 L)

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Meet scientists who are on the verge of breakthroughs in biomedical engineering. From encouraging the body to regenerate damaged bone and muscle tissue to re-routing visual stimuli to the brain to help blind people see, these discoveries will change medicine radically.

Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly (510.9 S)

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An account of the previously unheralded but pivotal contributions of NASA&’s African-American women mathematicians to America’s space program describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their groundbreaking successes.

Hamlet, William Shakespeare (822.3 S7)

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Grieving for the recent death of his beloved father and appalled by his mother’s quick remarriage to his uncle, Hamlet, heir to the Danish throne, struggles with conflicting emotions, particularly after his father’s ghost appeals to him to avenge his death.

A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen (839.822 I)

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A Doll’s House (1879), is a masterpiece of theatrical craft which, for the first time portrayed the tragic hypocrisy of Victorian middle class marriage on the stage. The play ushered in a new social era and “exploded like a bomb into contemporary life.”


Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck (FIC STE)

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The tragic story of two itinerant ranch hands on the run–one is the lifelong companion to the other, a developmentally disabled man.

Heroes of Olympus 1: The Lost Hero, Rick Riordan (JFIC RIO)

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Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students from a school for “bad kids” find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself.

Renegades, Marissa Meyer (YSF MEY)

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In a ruined world where humans with extraordinary abilities have become the world’s champions of justice, a vengeance-seeking girl and a justice-seeking boy team up against a villain who has the power to destroy everything they have worked to protect.

The Martian, Andy Weir (SF WEI)

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Stranded on Mars by a duststorm that compromised his space suit and forced his crew to leave him behind, astronaut Mark Watney struggles to survive in spite of minimal supplies and harsh environmental challenges that test his ingenuity in unique ways.

Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Dana Simpson (JFIC SIM)

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When Phoebe meets a unicorn named Marigold who grants her one wish, Phoebe wishes Marigold would become her best friend, and the two set off on adventures big and small.


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