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An exceptional debut focused on a boy/young man growing up on the Penobscot Indian Island Reservation in Maine. As the stories weave together - snapshots of both ordinary and extraordinary life events - we see an honest and empathetic portrayal of intergenerational trauma within families and a community. So much care clearly went into this book and I hope it gets all the acclaim it deserves. [Adrienne]
"Mutual Aid is the radical act of caring for each other while working to change the world."
Dean Spade's book is a great guide for activitsts, organizers, and community members of all experience levels. How can you help your community? How can you support already existing groups working to protect our most vulnerable? How do we build strong sustainable structures, projects, and goals? [Clover]
So much of our modern cuisine comes from Turtle Island, or the New World. Why doesn't the US have more indigenous cuisine? Learn about this dark history while re-connecting with the land and their stewards. De-colonize your palette. [Clover]
I started reading 'quit lit,' 'sober lit,' a couple years ago, and what struck me about this one was the specific connections White makes between maladaptive coping mechanisms with the underlying conditions we may be experiencing. Sometimes when authors talk about healing work, I only get a vague idea of what they mean, but White gives very specific exercises and anecdotes that help the reader understand. [Blanca]
John Elizabeth Stintzi has achieved something truly remarkable with this book, which is one of my favorite novels of the year so far. It defies genre (sci-fi, mythology, literary fiction, & more!) and how they managed to blend and balance so many rich, compelling storylines is beyond me. Read it and you'll know what I mean! [Adrienne]
Ever want a Jane Austen novel, but heroine moves to the country side to becomes a witch instead of falling in love? Well look no fruther than Lolly Willowes! This book came highly recommended from my friend and tea extraordinaire @FridayTea. She knows I'm always looking for witchy Ace representations, too. [Clover]
When I pick up a Steinbeck novel, I know I am in for a good read. This one, his last novel published in 1961, replaced 'East of Eden' as my favorite. I was in suspense, because Ethan's integrity gets tested in various ways. Steinbeck really shines in developing each scene and character. I still see in my mind's eye several episodes of this novel. [Blanca]
The City We Became crafts together modern-day NYC with a super hero fantasy twist, sprinkiling in real talk about colonization, police brutality, gender identity, immigration, etc. with a dsash of Eldritch horror. Note, Jemisin does not shy away from the racist horros of Lovecraft and Eldritch. Buckle up for a WILD ride! [Clover]
Fat Girls Hiking is a fat activism and outdoor community with chapters throughout the US & Canada. Outdoor rec is too often fat-shaming and exclusionary in a lot of ways - I love what FGH is doing to make these spaces more inclusive and liberating. In this book, hear directly from FGH members who share personal stories, trail reviews, and practical advice for hitting the trail, whether you're new to hiking or a seasoned outdoor adventurer! [Adrienne]
Spanning three days after the second murder, Alex Finlay expertly guides us along the events that impacted this small New Jersey town. It was almost like watching what could have been the best episode of Criminal Minds. (I am a big fan, having seen the entire series recently).