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Coexistence (Staff Pick)

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Coexistence: Stories By Billy-Ray Belcourt Cover Image
$12.79
ISBN: 9781324075943
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 21st, 2024

Belcourt’s characters, most of them Indigenous, many of them queer, struggle with the difficulty of human relations but also sometimes — gloriously — experience the miraculousness of connection. Other themes include colonialism and the creative impulse.

- Rachael


The Color of Water (Staff Pick)

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The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother By James McBride Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594481925
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 7th, 2006

Whether you’re looking for a gift for Mother’s Day, a deeper context for McBride’s novels, or just a good story, this book is on point. Alternating between his mother’s Jewish childhood in the South during the Depression and his own experiences as a Black child in NYC in the ‘60’s-‘70’s, McBride depicts his mother as a force of nature.

- Rachael


Mother Doll (Staff Pick)

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Mother Doll: A Novel By Katya Apekina Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781419770951
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Published: The Overlook Press - March 12th, 2024

Blending Russian cynicism with the playfulness of Lincoln in the Bardo, Mother Doll is a nestled stack of intergenerational traumas that features characters who are capable of great resilience but also great betrayal, abandonment, and spite. Apekina depicts the Russian Revolution with as much aplomb as she does present-day Los Angeles and leaves us with the question: is humanity really as monstrous as the titular matriarch insists?"

- Rachael


Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer (Staff Pick)

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Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement By Carole Boston Weatherford, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780763665319
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Published: Candlewick - August 4th, 2015

Fannie Lou Hamer was “sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Refusing to be intimidated by violence, Hamer worked ceaselessly for civil rights and cofounded the National Women’s Political Caucus. This beautiful testament to her story features stunning collage by local artist Ekua Holmes and potent verse from Carole Boston Weatherford.

- Rachael


The Way We Never Were (Staff Pick)

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The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap By Stephanie Coontz Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780465098835
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Published: Basic Books - March 29th, 2016

It’s an election year - do you have your talking points ready? This updated mythbusting classic explores how nostalgia has skewed our perception of gender roles, government assistance, and child rearing — and gives evidence that people who pine for “greater” times are yearning for a past that never existed.

- Rachael


Long Way Down (Staff Pick)

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Long Way Down By Jason Reynolds Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481438261
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 2nd, 2019

When Will’s brother gets shot, he’s prepared to follow the rules: no crying, no snitching, get revenge. But as the elevator descends, at each floor someone will get on and complicate his decision. This novel-in-verse will be sure to appeal to fans of poetry, readers of all levels, and those affected by gun violence and incarceration.

- Rachael


Corregidora (Staff Pick)

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Corregidora (Celebrating Black Women Writers #1) By Gayl Jones Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807061091
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Published: Beacon Press - January 29th, 2019

For every man who’s told her “I don’t mean you no harm,” Ursa has a scar, psychological or physical. These wounds add depth to her voice as a blues singer and vivify the stories passed down from her great-grandmother about the cruelties of slavery. With a narrative arc similar to Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Jones tackles trauma with such finesse Toni Morrison took her on as a protege at the age of 25.

- Rachael


Monkey Boy (Staff Pick)

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Monkey Boy By Francisco Goldman Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802157683
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Published: Grove Press - May 10th, 2022

In this erudite autofiction, Latino-Jewish writer “Frankie” uses a trip home to Boston to reflect on a lifetime of trauma, from childhood bullies to his abusive father to the military thugs he exposed as a journalist in Guatemala. He also seeks shelter in strong women — girlfriends, nannies, and most of all, his mother. Despite all the turmoil, Goldman’s writing, full of funny anecdotes and surprising metaphors, will lead you happily through the meanderings of memory.

- Rachael


Birds of Maine (Staff Pick)

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Birds of Maine By Michael DeForge Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9781770465664
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - August 2nd, 2022

Deforge imagines a bird utopia on the moon, and it’s full of teenage angst. Weird, fungal illustrations and ironic avian dialogue make this graphic novel well suited for bird lovers and connoisseurs of leftist satire, surrealism, and jokes about cloacae.

- Rachael


The Employees (Staff Pick)

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The Employees: A workplace novel of the 22nd century By Olga Ravn, Martin Aitken (Translated by) Cover Image
By Olga Ravn, Martin Aitken (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811234825
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Published: New Directions - February 7th, 2023

Inspired by the sculpture of Danish artist Lea Guldditte Hestelund, this experimental, philosophical sci-fi consists of a smattering of HR interviews from humans and humanoids aboard a spaceship. Among topics discussed are the nature of humanity, mortality, and the uncanny objects that have been brought on board and seem to hold a mysterious sway over the psyches of the crew. Eerily beautiful, this novel is as spare and cryptic as Hestelund’s art.

- Rachael


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