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Recommended by: sweet pea
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Years of Fire and Ash Cover Image
By Wamuwi Mbao (Editor)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781776191444
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Published: Jonathan Ball Publishers - November 16th, 2021

This book collects 50 years of South African protest poetry of decolonization. From established poets to newer contemporary voices, this is a great overview of poetry of South Africa (which i only had a scarce exposure to). [sweet pea]


Recommended by: Herbert
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Negative Cat Cover Image
By Sophie Blackall, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399257193
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 31st, 2021

Don't let the title fool yoo, having a cat is always be a paw-sitive experience. As this pet owner finds out, learning to reed is easier with cats by your side. Cats be always in the mood for a story (Herbert)


Recommended by: Karen
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Shelf Life: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374600181
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 5th, 2021

I loved the store of Diwan, a female-led bookstore in Cairo. As someone who works in a bookstore, it gave me a new perspective on what it's like to sell books elsewhere, but also showed me a love of bookstores is universal. (Karen)


Recommended by: Adrienne
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Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora [A Cookbook] Cover Image
By Bryant Terry (Editor)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781984859723
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Published: 4 Color Books - October 19th, 2021

Chef, food activist, and cookbook rockstar, Bryant Terry, brings together over 100 contributors to create something truly unique and magical. Home cooks, or those who simply appreciate food, won't want to miss this stunning collection of essays, poetry, art, and delicious recipes celebrating Black food. (Adrienne)


Recommended by: Christina
$18.00
SKU: 9781733037587

A razor-sharp and rhythmic poetry collection centered on place, memory, and culture in Tacoma. Lashley never fails to amaze me with his poetry, and this book lives up to the hype, without a doubt! [Christina]


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Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold Cover Image
$25.99
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ISBN: 9780063078499
Published: William Morrow - April 13th, 2021

I couldn’t get through these stories fast enough! Each reworking is original and lovingly crafted, and I can’t recommend them enough. This book is wonderful. [Kate]


Recommended by: Karen
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The Street Cover Image
By Ann Petry, Tayari Jones (Introduction by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780358187547
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Published: Mariner Books - January 7th, 2020

On the list of “Great American Novels,” this ranks near the top for me. So rich in character and world. I want this book in everyone’s hands. [Karen]


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Falling: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982177881
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 6th, 2021

I was a flight attendant up until COVID happened - this book captures all the accurate details of the day-to-day and idiosyncrasies of doing that job which was enjoyable for me to look back on. Additionally, it packs a punch of a hostage thriller that moves incredibly fast. TJ Miller was a flight attendant for Alaska and Virgin airways! [Jessica]


Recommended by: Christina
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Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction Cover Image
By Joshua Whitehead (Editor)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781551528113
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 20th, 2020

What an incredible collection of speculative fiction! The plotlines are so original, the stories are dark and humorous, and the characters are fighting for their lives and freedoms in a multitude of ways. Read this. [Christina]


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The Last Nomad: Coming of Age in the Somali Desert Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781643750675
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Published: Algonquin Books - August 3rd, 2021

This book grabbed me in the very first chapter and did not let go. Salh does an incredible job of transporting the reader to her youth in Somalia with a poignant mixture of honesty and reminiscence for pre-war Somali culture. [Kate]


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