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Real Life

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Real Life: A Novel By Brandon Taylor Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525538882
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 18th, 2020

 

Real Life begins when Wallace, a graduate student at a predominantly white Midwestern University, decides to join his friends for an outing at the lake. Hyperobservant, intelligent, and depressed, Wallace has entered academia to earn a PhD in biochemistry—and to erase his past as a queer, black child in the rural south. Instead, over the course of a weekend, Wallace’s life unravels with the urgency and horror of a social thriller. Told with precision and nuance, Real Life,portrays the looming forces of racism and academic isolation alongside the sharpness of hidden personal trauma.

 

Justin, Writer in Residence for Adults


The Tradition

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The Tradition By Jericho Brown Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781556594861
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 2nd, 2019

 

Jericho Brown came highly recommended. Between a Pulitzer prize and the rave reviews of a friend with excellent taste (Cafe Zing's very own Nicky!) I went into this collection with major expectations, and they were all exceeded. Jericho's words have burrowed into my brain, and I'm happy to have them.

 

Caleb


Sex and Vanity

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Sex and Vanity: A Novel By Kevin Kwan Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385546270
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Published: Doubleday - June 30th, 2020

 

I started reading this on a Saturday and was not immediately taken with it, but by Sunday night, I found that I finished the entire novel. Author, Kevin Kwan, has an intoxicating way of writing that makes you wish you were in his novels and I guess that's what happened to me!

Sinny


The Vanishing Half

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The Vanishing Half: A Novel By Brit Bennett Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

 

Twin sisters who are born black but can "pass" as white run away from their small Louisiana hometown, but eventually one of them returns. The other never does. Don't let the title fool you though -- all of the characters are clear and so present. I couldn't put this down.  

Heather


The Bromance Book Club

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The Bromance Book Club By Lyssa Kay Adams Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984806093
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Published: Berkley - November 5th, 2019

 

When star baseball player Gavin Scott's wife asks for a divorce, he finds help from an unexpected source: a secret romance book club made of some of Nashville's most powerful men. With the help of the guys and a steamy Regency romance, Gavin will do everything he can to get his wife back—but will it be enough? And can his wife Thea fight her way through her own relationship struggles to accept Gavin's return? This romance novel is full of heart (and steaminess) and is a very different type of romance novel as it focuses on the hard work that marriage requires. 

April


Two Trees Make a Forest

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Two Trees Make a Forest: In Search of My Family's Past Among Taiwan's Mountains and Coasts By Jessica J. Lee Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781646220007
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Published: Catapult - August 4th, 2020

 

The best nonfiction doesn't just illuminate unfamiliar places and ideas in beautiful prose, doesn't just pose questions to the reader about family, identity, & culture while leading them towards possible answers. It also presents the reader with a path towards their own discovery. Lee's new book does all of the above as she tries to understand her place in the world by understanding her relationship to Taiwan, while also guiding the reader towards the question: What if I explored my home as if it were a foreign country?

Josh 


Take a Hint, Dani Brown

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Take a Hint, Dani Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters #2) By Talia Hibbert Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062941237
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Published: Avon - June 23rd, 2020

The kind of romance that befriends you right away – perfect for reading cover-to-cover in a sun patch. Bonus: you can buy the audiobook on Libro.fm to have one more thing in common with sweet Zafir, a former rugby player with general anxiety and a love of romances-on-tape.

Leila


Sweet Home Café Cookbook

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Sweet Home Café Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking By NMAAHC, Jessica B. Harris (Contributions by), Albert Lukas (Contributions by), Jerome Grant (Contributions by), Lonnie G. Bunch III (Preface by) Cover Image
By NMAAHC, Jessica B. Harris (Contributions by), Albert Lukas (Contributions by), Jerome Grant (Contributions by), Lonnie G. Bunch III (Preface by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781588346407
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Published: Smithsonian Books - October 23rd, 2018

 

There is a lot of African American history and culture packed in this cookbook and one of my favourite parts is the stories behind each recipe. Learning about cultures that provide us with our favourite foods today is necessary. The history and recipes are there, but it's up to us to put in the work. Recipes I recommend (so far): Baked Macaroni & Cheese, Hibiscus & Ginger Sweet Tea, and Sweet Potato Pie!

Sinny


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