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Race Cars

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Race Cars: A children's book about white privilege By Jenny Devenny, Charnaie Gordon (Editor) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780711262904
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - May 4th, 2021

Multiple parents have informed me that their children had profound experiences reading this book, the story of a black car who faces obstacles that the white cars don't. A simple allegory with weighty impact.

Rachael


The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish

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The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish By Katya Apekina Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781937512750
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - September 18th, 2018

Two sisters have a radically different take on their parents’ relationship in this character-driven, emotional deep dive, which touches upon 1960s and 1990s New York/Louisiana and the Freedom Riders. Like the novelist at the center of the book, Apekina is unafraid of plumbing the psychological abyss for her art and, true to her title, trawls some gruesome and fascinating creatures. Still, Apekina’s compassionate treatment and brisk pacing make for a compelling, consistently enjoyable read.

Rachael


Wittgenstein's Mistress

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Wittgenstein's Mistress By David Markson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781628973914
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - April 18th, 2023

This experimental novel asks what would happen if you were the only person left on Earth and all you had were snippets of art history and Greek mythology — “the baggage that remains in one’s head” — to keep your mind from unspooling. Rather than take a dystopian bent, this post-apocalyptic novel quietly mesmerizes as its protagonist anchors herself in the quotidian and her own “fanciful private improvisations.” Unique and hypnotic.

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Girlhood

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Girlhood By Melissa Febos Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635579314
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - May 24th, 2022

For devotees of Machado's In the Dream House and Nelson's The Argonauts, Febos's coming-of-age memoir is also an interpolation of myth, psychoanalysis, and other women's stories. Focusing on the aggressions (against herself and others) that all too often lead to internalized patriarchal values, shame, and learned passivity, she also tells a story of empowerment as she finds herself as a queer woman, dominatrix, and fierce defender of her own sense of agency.

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We Love You, Charlie Freeman

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We Love You, Charlie Freeman: A Novel By Kaitlyn Greenidge Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616206444
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 31st, 2017

A salty teenager. A rowdy chimp. A queer teen romance. All amidst a backdrop of questionable science and racial tension in this debut novel from local author Kaitlyn Greenidge (whose acclaimed new novel Libertie is now out in paperback). Spanning multiple time periods, Greenidge explores themes of loneliness, betrayal, and racist pseudoscience with humor, hurt, and insight.

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The Chandelier

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The Chandelier By Clarice Lispector, Magdalena Edwards (Translated by), Benjamin Moser (Translated by) Cover Image
By Clarice Lispector, Magdalena Edwards (Translated by), Benjamin Moser (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811228718
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Published: New Directions - May 28th, 2019

Lispector is unique in the way she is able to distill a single moment, parsing the experience of what it’s like to have a human brain, overthinking. Her second novel stands as a brilliant meditation on conscious thought from the writer known as “Brazil’s Virginia Woolf.”

Rachael


The People Could Fly

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The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales By Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon, Ph.D. (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon, Ph.D. (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780679843368
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 4th, 1993

The pompous will fall and the humble prevail in these stories born (mostly) of American Slavery. From the transcendent title story to the tale of the iconic “tar baby,” cleverness and magic have a way of triumphing over greed. Told in witty dialect and evocatively illustrated; subject matter might be heavy for the very young.

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Felon

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Felon: Poems By Reginald Dwayne Betts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393542035
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 30th, 2021

Before he won a 2021 MacArthur “genius” grant and spearheaded Freedom Reads, an initiative to bring books to incarcerated people, Reginald Dwayne Betts was a poet. Before that, he was in prison, himself, for 9 years. This fearless book of poetry depicts the aftermath of incarceration – the regrets and the reverberations – as well as the injustices of the bail system. The poet takes an unflinching look at himself, his flaws, and the flawed system that afflicted him.

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Mrs Harkness and the Panda

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Mrs. Harkness and the Panda By Alicia Potter, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alicia Potter, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780375844485
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 13th, 2012

1934, the panda was a seldom-seen and even mythical creature. So too, the high-profile woman explorer. Enter Ruth Harkness, fashionista, determined to go to China and find herself such an elusive beast. Local author Potter honors her heroine’s panache with lively, plucky prose, and Melissa Sweet forgoes the saccharine in favor of a vibrant scrapbook approach. An inspired expedition, with a little bit of something very cute.


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