Welcome to the new thread! I am ringing in the new year with two. The first is The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer, published in 2016. It's both historical and contemporary; Hammer does a nice job with the backstory of Timbuktu's prominence as a scholarly center for several hundred years, with as many as 25,000 students at a time. It also suffered a couple of purges of its manuscripts from jihadis, prompting folks to hide their manuscripts hither and yon. When Mali gained its independence, UNESCO and the government set out to gather those manuscripts again - a great heritage until Al Qaeda happened on the scene, with a propensity to destroy such heritage. And that's where the librarians came in, shepherding and smuggling and otherwise getting the manuscripts out from under threat of Al Qaeda. It's good. The second is a graphic novel (i don't read many of these) from Christoper Moore (most of whose novels I've read) and Ian Corson, with illustration from/by Jennyson Rosero; the work is called The Griff. I don't know exactly where I got the idea to read it - it was in my "list" section of my library account - but while it's nothing special, it's fun enough. It's about the small band of folks who survived an alien invasion and are resisting.