Sydney Green is Brooklyn born and raised, but her neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. Condos sprouting like weeds, FOR SALE signs popping up overnight, and the neighbors she’s known all her life disappearing. Sydney channels her frustration into a walking tour and finds an unlikely and unwanted assistant in her new neighbor, Theo. But Sydney and Theo’s deep dive into history becomes a dizzying descent into paranoia and fear. Their neighbors may not have moved to the suburbs after all, and the push to revitalize the community may be more deadly than advertised.
When Lena Johnson’s beloved grandmother dies, and the full extent of the family debt is revealed, the millennial drops out of college to support her family. But her new job seems too good to be true. High paying. A free place to live. All Lena must do is participate in a secret program, lie to her friends and family…and survive.
Ever wondered what going to one of those blue chip prep schools would be like if you’re not a blue chip kinda person? Now imagine going as a child of color. This memoir is one part analysis of our society and time, one part first-person account, and one part rip-roaring tale.
Edie is stumbling her way through her twenties―sharing a subpar apartment in Bushwick, clocking in and out of her admin job, making a series of inappropriate choices. She is also haltingly, fitfully giving heat and air to the art that simmers inside her. And then she meets Eric, a digital archivist with a family in New Jersey, including a wife who has agreed to an open marriage―with rules.
If you weren’t having so much fun gaping at the polished, pristine trainwreck of a life white and wealthy Alix Chamberlain is living, you might miss the ways in which themes of race, power, and class in the United States today are explored in this wild ride of a novel. Is Alix or her nanny, Emira Tucker, better suited to caring for the adorable Briar? (Hint: I rooted for the nanny all the way).
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To the outside observer, Vivian is a success story–a dedicated lawyer who advocates for mentally ill patients at a psychiatric hospital. Privately, Vivian contends with the memories and aftereffects of her bad childhood. For years, she has self-medicated with a mix of dating, dieting, dark humor and smoking weed with her BFF, Jane. But after a family reunion prompts Vivian to take a bold step, she finds herself alone in new and terrifying ways.
In the old house on a hill, where the city meets the rainforest, Yejide’s mother is dying and leaving behind a legacy. But after years of suffering her mother’s neglect and bitterness, Yejide is looking for a way out. Raised in the countryside by a devout Rastafarian mother, Darwin has abided by the religious commandment not to interact with death. But when the only job he can find is grave digging, he must betray the life his mother built for him. Yejide and Darwin will meet inside the gates of an ancient and sprawling cemetery, where the dead lie uneasy in their graves and a reckoning with fate beckons them both.
Bonus! A second nanny book for fans of this sub-sub-genre:
Their nanny has the keys to their apartment. She knows everything about their children, their routines, their lives. She has embedded herself so deeply amidst them that it now seems impossible to remove her. But what happens when they must?
What are you reading this chilling February? Is the frost melting yet where you are?