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Recommended by: Christina
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Firekeeper's Daughter Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

This is a riveting story that delves into Ojibwe culture and traditions alongside a wild ride of hockey matches, love affairs, and busting a meth ring. I know it sounds like a lot, but it’s so good that I kept reading well into the night every time I picked it up. The characters are quick-witted and there’s a lot of humor throughout the book. [Christina]


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Whip Smart: The True Story of a Secret Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312583781
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 19th, 2011

Written by my favorite teacher in College, this memoir recalls four years she spent working as a dominatrix in Manhattan. Her intoxicating personality transmits through her writing. A wild ride! [Jessica]


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The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781642592672
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Published: Haymarket Books - January 5th, 2021

This is a phenomenal tool for educators, writers and mentors who want to revamp their workshops and are willing to look at their current practices with a critical eye. Chavez goes in-depth into how most workshop models perpetuate racism and colonial mindsets, then gives readers tools to dismantle them while building more equitable and joyous practices. [Christina]


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This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062890597
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 30th, 2020

I didn't know what to expect with this book but I was completely smitten with it almost immediately. This memoir-in-essays by poet Shayla Lawson educates and enlightens. Lawson drives the point home that Black women are the heartbeat of so much art throughout our history, yet are frustratingly ignored and erased. [Jessica]


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The Joy Luck Club: A Novel Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143038092
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Published: Penguin Books - September 21st, 2006

I loved this novel all about the relationships between mothers and daughters. As well as the power of female friendship. Amy Tan is a powerful, lyrical writer. [Karen]


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The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525541622
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 25th, 2021

This is by far the best book I read in 2020. It is devastating, lyrical, and a damn fine story about the life and death of a young transgender person in Nigeria. This book is so engrossing and well written that I got completely lost in the story! [Christina]


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Sweetbitter (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101911860
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Published: Vintage - April 4th, 2017

As a former restaurant server in bustling, high-end NYC establishments, I devoured this whole. Beautiful written accounts of the toxic and addicting lifestyles of many restaurant professionals and the drama that unfolds behind the scenes. [Jessica]


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Gold Diggers: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984882035
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Published: Penguin Press - April 6th, 2021

Gold Diggers is a page-turning story of familial love and sacrifice, magical lemonade, and what happens in the intersection of what we want for ourselves and what is expected of us. Centered around an Indian American family and spanning decades, this book does not disappoint. [Kate]


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ISBN: 9781733037563
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Published: Blue Cactus Press - March 18th, 2021

This short story collection of Queer, PNW horror and speculative fiction is wickedly funny! The stories are kitschy and will make you gasp, cringe, and cry, but ultimately, leave you with a feeling of hope. I love what this collection and everything it represents. [Christina]


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By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781609456702
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Published: Europa Editions - March 23rd, 2021

This book took my breath away. From womanhood to motherhood to class struggle, Breasts and Eggs does not hold back. Kawakami - and her translators - are incredible. [Kate]


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