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Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802156983
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - November 5th, 2019

Girl, Woman, Other earned the 2019 Booker Prize for a reason: this book is fantastic. Bernardine Evaristo put together an ensemble cast of British women and nonbinary people of color spanning generations, countries, and circumstance. As you read, you slowly come to understand how each of their lives are connected, whether the characters themselves are aware of it or not. In addition to the compelling stories, Evaristo turns the conventions and expectations of writing upside down. The lack of punctuation was tricky for me for the first few pages, but after I got used to it I found her queering of writing itself to be absolutely brilliant. Its complex storylines and writing make this an amazing book for discussion with friends - I highly recommend it for your book club.


Review by Maggie

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The Hating Game: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062439598
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 9th, 2016

This is the book that got me into the romance genre and opened a whole new world for me. I also didn't realize how much of a sucker I am for the enemies-to-lovers trope -- and The Hating Game perfected it. 

Lucy Hutton comes from a small independent book publisher. Josh comes from a big-boss corporate book publisher. Their publishing houses merge, and competition arises between the two. When a promotion opens up, they set their eyes on it, and will do anything to take each other down. However, once interacting outside of work, they realize they aren't so different as they thought they were. Their work lives may be different, but they are personally and intimately similar to one another. And our only job as the reader is to watch these two fall in love and grow for one another.


Review by Javi

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Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away Cover Image
By Meg Medina, Sonia Sanchez (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536207040
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Published: Candlewick - September 8th, 2020

Tear jerker alert! This wonderful book by children's literature royalty Meg Medina will warm your heart as it braces you for the inevitable: Daniela's best friend, Evelyn del Rey, is in fact moving away. As the BFFs share small details about their bond and do their favorite things together one last time, Sonia Sanchez's caring, sketchy illustrations demonstrate the love and devotion these two friends have for each other. Not just for friends moving apart, this picture book reminds all readers that strong connections can soothe the pain of being away from loved ones. 


Review by Niki

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From the Desk of Zoe Washington Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062875860
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 5th, 2021

This is one of those compulsively readable books that will have you bingeing the whole thing after finishing the first chapter. Not only does this book paint a rich picture of Zoe's life and the classic issues that arise in middle school (friendship fallouts, parent troubles, finding and pursuing interests), but it also clearly and carefully introduces readers to the injustices of modern incarceration and the prison complex's dependence on institutional racism, all without being heavy. A super enjoyable and informative triumph of a book.


Review by Niki

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Greenwood: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984822000
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Published: Hogarth - February 25th, 2020

This book is quietly nuanced in its message and slow to unfold, but never boring. It's a mystery grown from a family drama, which builds on a dust bowl history lesson, all surrounding the Lorax's stump--with drops of irrepressible hope leaking between each regretful and foreboding ring. Christie skillfully draws eerie parallels between generations and environmental catastrophes, but what's even more impressive is how he will simultaneously warm your heart and make it ache with each of the 4 points of view. 


Review by Katelynn

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Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802156983
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - November 5th, 2019

This novel is both the stories of twelve women and a sweeping history of the Black British experience. With poetic prose, dazzling characters, and intricate details, it is impossible not to get lost in Evaristo's work.


Review by Kelly

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Cantoras Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525563433
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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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How to Cure a Ghost Cover Image
By Fariha Róisín, Monica Ramos (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419737565
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Published: Abrams Image - September 24th, 2019

The rage in Roisin's poetry collection slashes through to your heart, then the tenderness sews you back together again. This work explores accepting one's intersectional self and the weight of shame, ancestral trauma, and oppression. A book about survival, dedicated to survivors.


Review by Kelly

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To Keep the Sun Alive Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781948226769
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Published: Catapult - January 21st, 2020

It is 1979, and the Islamic Revolution is at the doorstep of one family's fruit orchard in Northeastern Iran. The simplicity of family life becomes more difficult to maintain as each character's path becomes more complex by the risk of losing love, duty, traditions, and their safety. Not necessarily a light read, but a rich, lyrical story. 

 


Review by Kelly

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The Nightworkers: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374222017
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Published: MCD - October 6th, 2020

Dark without being broody, poignant without being trite, and delightfully snappy in all the right places, this novel is about a small-time Brooklyn crime family grappling with the costs of their actions - and their loyalties - is a sharp and satisfying read. 


Review by Sam

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