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Jalen's got the attention span of a flea and uses every iota of it. Ia studied music in college and tries to stay current on the latest music releases and scholarship. Ia loves disruptive stories like The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin and Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. Ia uses the Hawaiian pronoun.
Layered texts, Spanglish reveries, pained prayers. If this book feels broken, that's because it's broken. What is more thrilling than a text that begs for context? Pairs well with The LIne Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu, Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli, and The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea.
Treat yourself to tales of brave Filipino resisters defending their home from sadistic warmongers; tales of resolute Puerto Rican activists risking their lives to strike the Empire at its heart; tales of American guano miners sweeping courtroom floors with their former employers.
Welcome to the Empire.
Marlon James writes like the griots of Africa, like hip-hop songsters, like crazy uncles telling war stories at the barbecue. Featuring shapeshifters, shadow monsters, a treetop city, and a queer loner like no character I've ever read, thi story will chew you up and spit you out. This is just the first book of James's Dark Star Trilogy and I'm dying to read book 2: Moon Witch, Night Devil, which doesn't have a release date as of this writing in March 2021....
This masterpiece gives flesh to the phenomenon of intergenerational trauma. Each member of this family is reeling with unspoken grief, bits of shame embedded in skin like shrapnel, wounds that never heal, but with which the body learns to live, and out of which grows hope for the future.
Finally! A stand-alone story about the BEST Teen Titan! New Orleans makes the perfect setting for this backstory. Armed with voodoo and friendship, Raven walks into the battle that will change her life forever And I'm not talking about high school.
If you love Jim Henson's Labyrinth or Laika animated movies, you'll appreciate this picturesque fantasy about a mismatched castle and the oddball residents that carry out its perpetual rituals. I heard about this book from an interview with Marlon James, who cited it as an influence on his book Black Leopard, Red Wolf. I seized it the moment I saw it, and it absolutely lived up to the hype.