I will snap up anything by Nikki Giovanni and here she doesn't disappoint. She can make a poem out of anything, with her signature fluid style. This is a solid collection for an American master in the genre. [Karen]
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I can sum up my thoughts on books with one Joan Didion quote: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Here are a few of the types of books that give me life: graphic novels, YA with queer themes, well-researched non-fiction, books that make me laugh, books that make me cry, and anything that makes me stop and think. Oh, and queen Joan Didion herself, of course.
This book deals with grief, after a young boy loses his older brother to gang violence. Lolly is faced with hard choices at a young age, and his journey will create empathy in young readers. [Karen]
Fun, engaging illustrations with a universal message that will hit home with kids and adults. Jeffers reminds us we are never alone on our home, planet earth. [Karen]
I am a sucker for any Mary Oliver book, and in this collection of selected poems she's picked her own best works. It's a unique peek into the mind of one of my favorite poets. The poems are also fluid and beautiful. [Karen]
I'm a junkie for women's sports ever since I watched the 1999 Women's World Cup final. I picked this up originally for Mia Hamm, but there's so many unsung heroes in here! The illustrations are so fun and it's packed with facts. Meet awesome athletes from soccer and roller derby to skydiving! [Karen]
Part art book, part cookbook, this is all about the discovered recipe book of Pineles, one of the most influential graphic designers of the 20th Century, the first female art director at Condé Nast, and a fabulous cook. A reprinting of her beautifully-illustrated, handmade cookbook with essays celebrating her life. [Karen]