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How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America By Clint Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316492928
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Little, Brown and Company - December 27th, 2022

This is definitely a must read book if you are looking to expand your knowledge of slavery in the USA. Smith has carefully researched and documented the facts regarding slavery as it was rather than the pasteurized version we received in school. To quote the author:

"It must be a collective endeavor to learn, confront and reckon with the story of slavery and how it has shaped the world we live in today."

Once we embrace our past we can move forward. An excellent and thoughtful book.

Review by Sue

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The Deep By Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534439870
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: S&S/Saga Press - August 4th, 2020

This novella is a moving and necessary addition to every bookshelf.  Not only is it a brief and captivating aquatic fantasy (well-suited for a first time dip into the genre), but it's an artistic collaboration; a poignant song that gets stuck in your head and shifts your attention. Within the significant and beautifully dangerous ocean, Solomon shines a light on the joint horror and growth that comes from remembering the people and actions of the past. Only through this is the necessity of moving towards the future as a community realized. (Make sure to listen to the Clipping album of the same name for the full experience). 

Review by Katelynn