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Hola Papi: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons By John Paul Brammer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982141516
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 7th, 2022

J.P. Brammer writes from a very specific background as a gay Mexican-American man raised in rural Oklahoma, but these are identities you don't need to personally claim in order to both love and benefit from this book. His writing style makes you forget you are reading and instead feel as if you're having a conversation with someone who is deeply invested in helping you seize the best from life. And he's hilarious, so that's a plus.

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The Souls of Yellow Folk: Essays By Wesley Yang Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393357554
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 26th, 2019

This collection of previously published essays establishes Wesley Yang as one of the great cultured observers of these times. Absolutely one of the best collections of the year. 

Review by Kalani

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Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha) By Tasha Suri Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316449717
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Published: Orbit - November 13th, 2018

The first in the Books of Ambha, this is an epic fantasy based in Mughal India. Mehr is a young Ambhan noblewoman with the magic of her exiled Amrithi mother running through her veins. Although Amrithi have always been feared and misunderstood for their power, now huge numbers of them are disappearing. To protect her family, Mehr strikes a deal that proves to be more complicated than she could have imagined. Suri has woven an exciting tale of embracing your heritage and acknowledging your privilege, being true to yourself and doing what's right.

Review by Kitri