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The Prophets Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593085684
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 5th, 2021

Much praise has been given to Jones' debut novel, The Prophets, and every bit of it is deserved. At the heart of the story are Isaiah and Samuel, two young men who have found sanctuary in each other, despite being enslaved on the plantation known as Empty. Their love creates a sort of spiritual radiance unmatched on Empty, and seems to bring out the hope, curiosity, and ire of everyone around them, enslaved and free.
 
Jones' writing is beautifully intimate. While the story pulled me in right away, I found myself slowing down to soak in the spiritual depth of his words.


Review by Maggie

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Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest (American Music) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781477316481
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Published: University of Texas Press - February 1st, 2019

I'll admit, before this book, I couldn't name one song by A Tribe Called Quest. Abdurraqib writes something and I read it, simple as that. Just like with his other work, he comes at Go Ahead in the Rain (a song by A Tribe Called Quest) wanting to geek out and back it up with a well-researched history. My favorite parts were, varied within the timeline of their illustrious career, Abdurraqib's personal letters to Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and Ali that read equally like letters to friends and to great influences. The cover really says it all.


Review by Emily

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Three Hours in Paris Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781641292580
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Published: Soho Crime - March 30th, 2021

Cara Black has entertained us for over twenty years with her series featuring Aimee Ledue, a young, stylish PI who knows 1990's Paris inside and out. Who better to write a World War II thriller set in Paris starring young American widow Kate Rees who has been selected by the British and trained as a sniper with one goal: to assassinate Hitler on his brief, 3 hour stop in Paris.

If you love mysteries but also enjoy The Nightingale or The Alice Network, Cara Black has written a book for you! 


Review by Deborah

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Feelings: A Story in Seasons Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780593129753
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Published: Random House - March 2nd, 2021

Thapp is a storyteller in the way she visualizes the human experience of feeling emotions. Through her use of soft color palettes and minimalist art, she captures how it feels to grow with the seasons. Her words are rich with comfort, yet sting with familarity. It is a book to sit by your bedside table and to go back to with each passing year in order to reassure of our everchanging experiences with our emotions.


Review by Javi

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The Girl Who Stole an Elephant Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781682632857
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - March 1st, 2021

This story has all the makings of a classic folktale: fierce friendships, non-stop action, and short, cliff-hanger chapters to keep you right on the edge of your seat!  Chaya is a thief with a heart for justice and she's on the run from the king. She's not only trying to avoid capture, but to survive the unknown jungle alongside her two unlikely companions. It's a story that feels timeless and fresh all at once. And whether it's your next read or your next read-aloud, lower elementary readers are in for a treat!


Review by Claire

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How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525511854
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 26th, 2020

This book is a concise and easy-to-understand primer on fascism, and for me was the perfect introduction to reading political science. It helped me get my bearings in a genre that up until now always intimidated me. In the best possible way, it left me with so many questions. It is not a tome on the history of fascist regimes or a manifesto on how to uproot the fascist model. Instead it is the ignition to keep reading to answer those questions, and the foundation to do so confidently.


Review by Jessie

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Space Struck Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781946448446
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Published: Sarabande Books - October 8th, 2019

Happy National Poetry Month! Space Struck is a lovely collection. I read this book after listening to a podcast featuring the poet, in which Lewis's voice and presence were so unique that I felt I had to read their written work, just to see how this would translate to the page. The way the poems deal with nature, especially, is really satisfying. Nature is a complicated and cruel character in its own right. Each poem is clever, understated, tight, a little funny, and often sad.


Review by Alyson

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Thrown in the Throat (National Poetry) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315212
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Published: Milkweed Editions - August 11th, 2020

I stan HARD! This may be the best collection I've read in years. Pick this up ASAP!!

 


Review by Rosa

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Girlhood Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781635572520
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 30th, 2021

I am a huge fan of this author. Everything they write stops me in my tracks. The essays here will expand your thoughts on feminism and the media we've been consuming since childhood. 


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Acts of Desperation Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316429856
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 9th, 2021

A story of lust, love, obsession, pain and ultimately self-discovery. Brutally honest and beautifully written. Could not put down. 


Review by Rosa

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