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When an unarmed black teenager, Kahlil, is shot and killed by police during a traffic stop, his childhood best friend, Starr, is the only witness to his death, aside from the cop who killed him. After Khalil’s death, Starr is thrown into a world in which hashtags bring recognition but not justice. She is forced to confront the reactions and inactions of white society and the reality of the injustice that plagues black life in this country. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this fictional story is a poignant and necessary exploration of police brutality and racism in today’s America.

Picked by Kim

When a media-celebrity-turned-tyrant ascends to prominence, he brings about the apocalyptic destruction of our world. Only an elite class of the human race is able to escape the catastrophic effects on our planet, fleeing to a pseudo-life on a space-station, where their individuality and sexuality are strictly regulated by the fascist regime. Within this societal pressure, a movement is born in which heroes burn and bodies become the ultimate artistic canvas. Lidia Yuknavitch depicts a world that is both uniquely alien and terrifyingly close to home in this phenomenal re-imagining of the Joan of Arc story.

Picked by Kim

The hunter becomes the hunted in this amazing story set in the Siberian Taiga. Vaillant brings in-depth reporting to this tale of survival. This is a story that you will want to tell people about while you are reading it.

Picked by Bernie

Alistair MacLeod left us with one novel and these sixteen stories which he wrote first in longhand in summers away from teaching on his beloved Cape Breton. These stories evoke a sense of place and will transport you to the closely observed lives of their inhabitants.

Picked by Bernie

In a poor Jamaican community, Delores peddles souvenirs to tourists at the market while her eldest daughter, Margot, works at the nearby resort, peddling paradise to men with money and burying her own desires. Margot’s younger sister, Thandi, carries the weight of the family’s hopes for a brighter future, yet she sees salvation not in the elite school her family can barely afford, but in the skin-whitening remedies that promise a new life. Dennis-Benn’s brilliant debut novel illuminates the sexism, racism, and classism of the region while blazing with lyrical and narrative profundity.

Picked by Kim

As the internet becomes an increasingly integral part of our daily lives, there is an unprecedented ability to collect and examine large swaths of data about how we think, act, and portray ourselves, both on and off-line. Rudder, one of the founders of the dating site OkCupid, deftly parses through the mass amounts of data that is regularly collected by our online actions to demonstrate how we perceive ourselves and others, how disparate our actions are from our words, and what big data can tell us about human nature.

Picked by Kim

This book certainly demystifies Prince, especially during a period of his artistry in which he went against the conventional grain an artist of his stature would take. From changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol, claiming rights to all of his past music from Warner Bros., his love-turned-hate relationship with the internet and music streaming companies, to becoming a born-again Christian -- this book succeeds in presenting Prince during the 90's (or "The Artist") as a creator who simply wanted to do just that, without the burden(s) that ultimately come with any fame. Peace and be Wild!

Picked by Terae

"Why do we have to bring race into sports?" This book squashes that oh-to-common sentence, as Zirin does an excellent job in highlighting that the two intersect more often than not.

Picked by Terae

This surreal, trippy and irreverent comic book takes place in, what can be assumed, New York City (or inner city, USA).  Cartoonist, Guy Colwell (google him) always incorporates social commentary and surrealism; focusing on the harsh realities the oppressed and disadvantage face in their daily lives, and the ways in which they cope. Take a groovy trip, on the Inner City Romance tip.

Picked by Terae