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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

Jillian Tamaki is as strange and evocative as ever in her newest collection of short stories that feel like you've been thrown into a loop of endless Mandala Effects while having an existential crisis.

Picked by Avery

Super creepy and weird, like a book version of a glitch remix of the Twin Peaks theme. Addison is hardcore AF and the things she is willing to put herself through in order to make it in this incredible post-apocalyptic world that Westerfeld has made had my palms sweating with anxiety.

Did I mention the twisted spirit-wolf-creature? Yeah. Totally awesome and terrifying. Ditto with the distorted color palette and reality in the Spill Zone. Definitely a modern cult classic -- I can't wait for the next book to come out!

Picked by Avery

Given the rise of inequality, rent and racial homogeneity in the Seattle area, Desmond's Milwaukee narratives aren't far off from the bleak housing experience thousands have in Seattle on a daily basis. 

A  must read if you enjoy being dailed into reality. 

Picked by Garrett

"brown is not a barrier   you are and when you say don't play the race card

you mean don't call me white"

To my fellow POC: Read this, then give it to your white friends to read.

To all the white folks: If there's one book of poetry you read this year, or in your entire lifetime, read this one.

Picked by Avery