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How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316492935
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 1st, 2021

This is definitely a must read book if you are looking to expand your knowledge of slavery in the USA. Smith has carefully researched and documented the facts regarding slavery as it was rather than the pasteurized version we received in school. To quote the author:

"It must be a collective endeavor to learn, confront and reckon with the story of slavery and how it has shaped the world we live in today."

Once we embrace our past we can move forward. An excellent and thoughtful book.

Review by Sue

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American Kompromat: How the KGB Cultivated Donald Trump, and Related Tales of Sex, Greed, Power, and Treachery Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593182536
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Published: Dutton - January 26th, 2021

Very interesting and thought provoking book. It shows the reader the tangled web of overlapping facts that all point back to potential Kompromat by Russian agents over the last decades. The greed, corruption and race for power is undeniable. It provides the answers of how America lost its moral compass, duped the public and lead us to insurrection. 

Review by Sue

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The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525560685
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Published: Penguin Press - February 16th, 2021

This story revolves around the defeat of ISIS and the little know of the women who fought on the front lines, street by street, commanded units of not just women but men as well. These women demanded equality and justice. Their example demonstrates that women are capable of fighting for the equality of all persons. Their courage is inspirational, their fight for what is right for all of humanity. 

Review by Sue

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Three Hours in Paris Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641292580
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Published: Soho Crime - March 30th, 2021

Cara Black has entertained us for over twenty years with her series featuring Aimee Ledue, a young, stylish PI who knows 1990's Paris inside and out. Who better to write a World War II thriller set in Paris starring young American widow Kate Rees who has been selected by the British and trained as a sniper with one goal: to assassinate Hitler on his brief, 3 hour stop in Paris.

If you love mysteries but also enjoy The Nightingale or The Alice Network, Cara Black has written a book for you! 

Review by Deborah

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Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250224354
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Published: Celadon Books - March 9th, 2021

There has been a push in the world of true crime to shift focus from the perpetrator and their crimes, to the victims and their stories, and this book is no exception. The descriptions of the crimes, facilitated by the harmful indifference of law enforcement, are grisly but brief, opting more for an exploration of a buoyant queer community in 1980's New York as it faced waves of renewed discrimination in the wake of the AIDs epidemic.  My heart broke for these victims, and I smirked with recognition listening to each of their stories. I left this book feeling enriched and educated by the trials and resilience of my forebears, as well as a  renewed desire to keep their stories alive.

Review by Dean

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ISBN: 9780743260039
Published: Simon & Schuster - March 1st, 2005

Did you know, whilst on a train platform before he could fall to his death, John Wilkes Booth's brother saved Abraham Lincoln's son's life? It's interesting tidbits like this that you can pull out at parties or impress your friends with that you'll find in this book. Vowell, a history nerd at heart, travels to locations around the US immortalized by bloodshed, uncovering more about the assassinations of Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley. And with her sharp wit and wisecracking humor, it makes you feel like you're being taught a history lesson but by the cool, hip teacher.  


Review by Emily

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The Once and Future Witches Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316422048
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Published: Redhook - October 13th, 2020

Alix E. Harrow's lush sophomore novel grapples with the allure of feminine power and the bonds of sisterhood in a historical setting. A creative twist on magic and imaginary worlds draws from familiar European folklore, sure to delight any reader familiar with Grimms Tales and other mythological stories.


Three sisters, traumatized by their violent father, discover one another on the streets of New Salem in the mid-1850s. A mysterious pull has drawn them together at the moment of two incendiary events: a protest for Women's Suffrage and the dramatic yet brief appearance of the Lost Way of Avalon. These events compel the sisters to work together, despite old wounds, and inadvertently aid a tyrannical mayoral candidate in his efforts to snuff out witchcraft forever.


Review by Danielle

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The Golden Thread: The Cold War and the Mysterious Death of Dag Hammarskjöld Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455536542
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Twelve - July 7th, 2020

This book takes a long look at Hammarskjöld's career, the geopolitical conflicts he was navigating in the Congo during the Cold War, and the motives of individuals and organizations who had the most at stake — all in an attempt to solve the decades-long mystery of the UN Secretary General's death.

The urgency and detail with which Somaiya accounts the events leading up to the plane crash and the evidence revealed in the nearly 50 years since is engrossing. I haven't stopped thinking about it!

Review by Sarah R.

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781733329293
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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. 

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A Mind Spread Out on the Ground Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612198668
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Published: Melville House - August 4th, 2020

Reading these biographical essays made me feel seen. It's been awhile since a book did that for me and I will cherish this book for a very long time. Every chapter you're met with prose that hits you straight  in the gut and heart. I knew nothing about the author and went into this book blind. I suggest you do the same. 

Review by Rosa