Emily Calkins of the King County Library System offers binge-able titles that will keep you entertained through February. Find these digital titles and more at kcls.org, or check out a hard copy with one of KCLS’ contactless Curbside to Go services.
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The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey
A scientist discovers her husband has stolen her research and secretly used it to clone her. He’s created a more obedient, docile version of her — the wife he wanted, not the woman he married. When the clone, Martine, unexpectedly reaches out to her, Dr. Caldwell is drawn into an uneasy alliance. Sarah Gailey’s sci-fi novel is a gripping thriller and a fascinating character study. It touches on the ethical questions of cloning, but it also interrogates the impact of trauma. How does trauma — physical, mental, or emotional — shape a personality?
The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M. Masood
Syed M. Masood’s debut novel is both funny and harrowing. It follows two Muslim immigrants from very different backgrounds to the U.S. from very different backgrounds. Wisecracking Anvar and his family arrive in Southern California from Karachi in the 1990s. Azza is a refugee from Iraq with a much darker story. Their 2016 meeting has unintended consequences for both.
Made in China by Amelia Pang
In 2012, an Oregon woman found a handwritten message in a package of Halloween decorations. It was a plea for help from a man in China who made the decorations in a forced labor camp. Journalist Pang dissects this true story in a searing indictment of consumerism, and the policies and practices that allow forced labor camps to exist.
EMILY CALKINS is the readers’ services program coordinator for KCLS, where she specializes in connecting readers with stories, authors, and each other. She also is the co-host of KCLS’ podcast, The Desk Set. As a reader, she likes flawed characters, atmospheric world-building, and anything with a slow-burn romance.