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Top 21 Titles of 2021: Adult Fiction

See which books made the list. Hint: John Grisham is still wildly popular and Washington County can’t get enough of Kristin Hannah.

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  • Martin's Dream

    For parents and teachers of 2nd and 3rd graders

    Ana and Andrew join a research group at the community center and learn a lot about Martin Luther King Jr. Later. With the help of other kids, they make one of King's famous dreams come true. Aligned to Common Core State Standards.

    Book cover of Martin's Dream by Christine A. Platt
  • Dear Martin

    For teens

    Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for a bright future — but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up now? 

    Book cover of Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • The Three Mothers

    For adults

    Much has been written about Berdis Baldwin's son James, about Alberta King's son Martin Luther, and Louise Little's son Malcolm. But virtually nothing has been said about the extraordinary women who raised them. In her groundbreaking and essential debut The Three Mothers, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America's most pivotal heroes.

    Book cover of The Three Mothers by Anna Malaika Tubbs
  • The Sword and the Shield

    For adults

    This dual biography of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. upends longstanding preconceptions to transform our understanding of the twentieth century's most iconic African American leaders.

    Book cover of The Sword and the Shield by Peniel E. Joseph


Read to the Dogs

Do you have a child working to improve their reading skills? Cedar Mill Library is partnering with a local canine therapy program to offer virtual interactive reading sessions every Wednesday and Thursday at 3 p.m. Reading aloud to a furry companion can help foster confidence.

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