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Plums for Months: Memories of a Wonder-Filled, Neurodivergent Childhood By Zaji Cox Cover Image
ISBN: 9781942436539
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Published: Forest Avenue Press - May 9th, 2023

This beautiful collection of essays reads like a series of childhood memories languidly leading towards adulthood and a more complete realization of self. Landing somewhere between essays, memoir and poetry, this book transports you to the 100-year-old house of Cox's childhood where her imagination ran free, she communed with stray cats and she wrote her first stories. The author herself best describes how I felt at the end: 
"It's too soon when we are pulled back to reality to discuss it. I don't know how to articulate the rainbow neon swirl of feeling happening inside of me, and so I sit, reeling in the best way."

Review by Natalie

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Happening By Annie Ernaux, Tanya Leslie (Translated by) Cover Image
By Annie Ernaux, Tanya Leslie (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781609809485
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Published: Seven Stories Press - May 14th, 2019

This book made me silently weep whilst eating toast and drinking tea at my dining table at 7am.

Review by Sofia

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Finding Me: An Oprah's Book Club Pick By Viola Davis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063037328
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: HarperOne - April 26th, 2022

Achingly honest and open to the world, Davis takes you from her broken childhood to her triple crown of acting awards. Always searching to be accepted, she learns to accept herself first. Her realities are tough to read, but Davis hides behind nothing. She doesnt focus on the fame and fortune, but on the tough grind required to reach her goals.  

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Zami: A New Spelling of My Name: A Biomythography By Audre Lorde Cover Image
ISBN: 9780895941220
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Published: Crossing Press - January 1st, 1982

Zami is an achingly beautiful autobiography that explores poet, essayist, and activist Audre Lorde's childhood and early adulthood, growing up as a Black lesbian poet in New York City in the 30s and finishing before her rise to fame in the 60s. Her language is sensual and frank as she writes of the smell of pounding garlic in her mother's mortar and pestle, the sound of her sisters whispering stories to each other late at night, the taste of the apricot brandy passed among friends at a New Years' Eve party in a cold-water walk-up. Lorde's experiences in the Greenwich Village lesbian bars of the 1950s are fascinating, as is reading about how relentlessly many of the women in even those spaces try to define her by whatever part of her identity is most comfortable for them. Ultimately, the book is a tender and unflinching homage to the women who've shaped Lorde's life.

Review by Christina