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  10. "The Dry" by Jane Harper


  After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke's steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn't tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead. Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there's more to Luke's death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.


  9. "Sourdough" by Robin Sloan


  Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her―feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.Lois is no baker, but she could use a roommate, even if it is a needy colony of microorganisms. Soon, not only is she eating her own homemade bread, she's providing loaves daily to the General Dexterity cafeteria. The company chef urges her to take her product to the farmer's market, and a whole new world opens up.

  洛伊斯•克莱瑞是General Dexterity公司的一名软件工程师,这家位于旧金山的机器人公司拥有改变世界的野心。洛伊斯白天一整天都在编程,晚上就瘫着不动。她的人际交往仅限于隔壁经营小饭馆的两个兄弟。她每天晚上都在那儿点餐。不久,麻烦来了!由于签证问题,兄弟俩很快关了店铺。但是,他们还有最后一份“外卖”要送给洛伊斯,那就是他们的培养菌——用来烤面包的酸酵头。洛伊斯必须让它保持活力,兄弟俩告诉她,要每天给它喂食,听音乐,还要学会用它烘焙。洛伊斯不是烘焙师,但是她的“室友”可以帮忙,虽然那只不过是一小堆微生物。很快,她不仅给自己烤面包,还向General Dexterity公司的食堂供应面包。公司的主厨让她快点把自己的产品带到农夫市场,一个全新世界的大门就此打开。

  8. "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" by Sherman Alexie


  Family relationships are never simple. But Sherman Alexie's bond with his mother Lillian was more complex than most. She plunged her family into chaos with a drinking habit, but shed her addiction when it was on the brink of costing her everything. She survived a violent past, but created an elaborate facade to hide the truth. She selflessly cared for strangers, but was often incapable of showering her children with the affection that they so desperately craved. She wanted a better life for her son, but it was only by leaving her behind that he could hope to achieve it. It's these contradictions that made Lillian Alexie a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated, and very human woman. When she passed away, the incongruities that defined his mother shook Sherman and his remembrance of her. Grappling with the haunting ghosts of the past in the wake of loss, he responded the only way he knew how: he wrote.


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