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Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062248572
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Ecco - July 28th, 2020

Trethewey comes at writing a memoir like the poet that she is. Her words will break your heart almost as much as her story does, told from a daughter's perspective of her mother suffering through domestic violence. She really shows the thin line between love and hate, passion and anger, especially in the bone-chilling recorded phone calls between her mother and ex-husband. Through her efforts to learn more about the woman she lost when she was 19, Trethewey will take your breath away.

Review by Emily

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Cantoras Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525563433
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2020

In a time when being queer meant (at best) imprisonment under a brutal dictatorship, five women band together in the beginnings of friendship. They create a safe haven in a beach hut along the coast, where they are free to be who they are and love who they want. A triumph, a celebration, and a mourning all in one.

Review by Kelly

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What's Mine and Yours Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538702345
Availability: Coming soon - available for pre-order now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 2nd, 2021

Once a year a book comes out that truly makes bookselling easy. This is that book. A beautifully written interconnecting family drama that checks all the boxes. 

Review by Rosa

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Sisters in Hate: American Women on the Front Lines of White Nationalism Cover Image
ISBN: 9781549188220
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Little Brown and Company - July 21st, 2020

The phrase 'white nationalism' can dredge up a lot of images for people - angry beige men outlined in the glow of tiki torches or homemade militias kitted out in ill-fitting camo and American flags. In this study of three distinct women of white supremacy, the insidious nature of white women and their complicity in violent rhetoric is brought to the light, despite their best attempts to shield it in 'traditional feminine values' like baking and the pure art of... polka dancing? So much for the superior race. 


Review by Sarah C.

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Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982111908
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Simon & Schuster - July 14th, 2020

At a time when the physical distance we keep may be eroding at the nexus of our friendships, this book is here to help strengthen us. Through the retelling of their own friendship, as well as examining the science and history of these cherished bonds, the authors inspire us to reach out and hold on tight to the ones who make us shine our brightest. Great as an audiobook (from!) or in print, consider reading this with your BFFs for a virtual book club.

Review by Claudia

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781733329293
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Rebel Girls - October 13th, 2020

With bite-sized biographies, stunning art, and all the empowerment you've come to expect from the Rebel Girls series, this latest installment is sure to delight both children and adults. Profiling 100 immigrant women, this collection will broaden your worldview and instill an appreciation for the lengths these women -- and countless others -- go to on their journeys to effect change across the globe. 

Review by Claudia

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The Hearing Trumpet Cover Image
By Leonora Carrington, Olga Tokarczuk (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781681374642
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Published: NYRB Classics - January 5th, 2021

Delightful! Story-wise it's Lewis Lewis Carroll meets Umberto Eco and centers on a 92 year-old woman who has been deemed useless by her family and shipped off to a home. There she meets an eccentric gaggle of gals and adventure ensues. It's and enchanting story that focuses on the bonds between and the power of older women. A great porch read. 

Review by Dean