Kim

Kim is an avid science fiction reader, and enjoys non-fiction books on Minoan archaeology and the Civil War, with occasional opinions about Science books, especially Cosmology and Physics.


 

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By Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed, Victoria Jamieson (Illustrator), Iman Geddy (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780525553908
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Published: Dial Books - April 14th, 2020

At a time when the leadership in several countries puts us at risk of losing our empathy for the refugee crisis, Omar Mohamed and Victoria Jamieson share the story of Omar and his brother Hassan's life as Somalian refugees in a refugee camp in Kenya, and bring us back to our best selves.

This beautifully illustrated, compellingly narrated memoir is a great read for children and adults alike, and a great piece of literature to co-read when introducing young children to what it means to be a refugee.


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ISBN: 9781401286248
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Published: DC Comics - April 7th, 2020

DC's finally doing it! A Batman reboot. Complex plot, complex characters. Gotham High is a great read with a more inclusive cast.


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Shadow of the Batgirl Cover Image
By Sarah Kuhn, Nicole Goux (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781401289782
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Published: DC Comics - February 4th, 2020

A little girl raised to be an assassin by her villainous father has few speaking or reading skills when she escapes from him and starts lurking and living in the public library. Sensitive staff at the library all notice her lurking and make efforts to teach her and to connect. The story of Cassandra "Mouse" Cain slowly recognizing herself as a child and a possible hero is engrossing and memorable.


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ISBN: 9780399590597
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Published: One World - September 24th, 2019

While still a teenager, abolitionist Harriet Tubman received a head injury that left her with pain, dizziness, and visions. Coates reimagines her visions as something more. This tale of Hiram Walker, and enslaved half-white, half-black child of a slave and a plantation owner in the Antebellum South, weaves subtle magical realism into life as he seeks out freedom and grapples with leaving behind his people, still enslaved. Coates provides a refreshing narrative that turns the too-oft romanticized story of slave owners on its head.


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SLAY Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534445420
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Published: Simon Pulse - September 24th, 2019

I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK! My inner gamer nerd is over the moon.


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By Jen Wang, Jen Wang (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781250183880
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Published: First Second - September 10th, 2019

Absolutely lovely graphic novel for children that incorporates religious tolerance, anger issues in children, bullying and anti-bullying as well as childhood hospitalization. Moon, one of the two young girls, is wonderfully gender non-conforming and it is no way to central to the plot. Was nice to see that normalized!


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By Mackenzi Lee, Stephanie Hans (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781368022262
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Published: Marvel Press - September 3rd, 2019

The mischievous, misunderstood, black-nailed, boot-heeled Loki we all deserve!


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How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

Wow!

How many kinds of racism are there? How does wealth and poverty interact with racism? Is anti-white racism a thing? How does power operate in the context of racism?

This book will be sparking book club conversations for years to come. Dr. Kendi has something in here for literally everyone.


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Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood Cover Image
By J. Michael Straczynski, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780062857842
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Published: Harper Voyager - July 23rd, 2019

Incredible memoir. In addition to fans of prolific writer J. Michael Straczynski - known for He-Man, She-Ra, Babylon 5, Thor, and Superman -  children of intergenerational abuse will find it meaningful, as will aspiring and published writers. Be warned: Straczynski uncovers a horrific history in his family concerning the Holocaust.


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Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524758776
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Published: Broadway Books - July 9th, 2019

Finally! I have been searching for a readable book to catch me up on the salient changes in the US economy over the last century. I didn't expect to find it in a book that compellingly lays out the case for Universal Basic Income (UBI), but here we are. Informative, accessible!


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Beast Rider Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419733635
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Published: Amulet Books - March 19th, 2019

Marketed as a children's middle reader, I felt like this book should instead be an instant classic for all ages. A Oaxacan youth leaves his family farm to travel on the infamous La Bestia - a train travelling north to the México-US border - to cross into the United States and live with his older brother in Los Angeles. Lyrical prose, heartbreaking trauma handled sensitively, finding connections and warmth in unexpected places. I think back on this book a lot. Would be a great read-along for a family with young children to introduce them to our Mexican neighbors who chose to attempt the dangerous border crossing into the United States.


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Queer Heroes: Meet 53 LGBTQ Heroes From Past and Present! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781786034762
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Published: Wide Eyed Editions - September 17th, 2019

A wonderful celebration of queer people throughout history! I was delightedly surprised by a few of the folx in these pages, especially someone as ubiquitously well-known as Leonardo DaVinci.


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ISBN: 9780525552970
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Published: Penguin Books - August 20th, 2019

I LOVE THIS BOOK! Heartful, hopeful book about depression, not fitting in, coping with bullying, puberty, making good tea, soccer/non-American football, Star Trek, and being an American-born child of immigrants.


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ISBN: 9781947627178
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Published: Cinco Puntos Press - February 11th, 2020

This would make for a great middle school or early high school discussion for a book club or class. A Dear Diary young adult novel about a young-for-her-age tween named Julia living between Juárez, México and el Paso, Texas. Her Bis (bisabuela; great-grandmother) is wise and loving even when she's suffering from dementia. Her mamá is obsessed with her papá and deeply codependent. Her papá takes on a new job that she and her brother are vague about, but their tía does not approve of. For awhile, there's money and freedom. But soon, he's gone longer and longer, mamá becomes paranoid and distant, and the freedom of the money becomes a gilded cage becomes a cage. All the while, Julia is trying to navigate her tween years: boys, friends, makeup, school.

Because Julia is relatively naive and sheltered, the author is able to use her to help explain some of what's happening: Mexican politics, relationships, family, a friend's imprisoned father. The downside to this great teaching mechanism is that it leaves Julia a relatively blank slate, and made it difficult for me to develop any emotional investment in her. The book captures a time and a place at a borderland, and what it is for a family to live on both sides of a border, two towns in plain view of each other separated by an enforced but ultimately imaginary line. For that alone, it's an important YA book.

My favourite parts of the book were exchanges between Julia and her papá's best friend, Pedro - several laugh out loud moments - and between Bis, Julia and her hermanito Willy. I also learned how to use "pinche" properly, and recall that cursing in foreign languages was very attractive to me when I was a tween and teenager, so that may be of additional interest to tween and teenage readers.


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White Girls Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143134756
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Published: Penguin Books - July 9th, 2019

Essay #1: Dr. Als defies how we use language, harnessing it deftly to dig into our most vulnerable thoughts and feelings about relationships and the infinite messy spectrum that is love. Beautiful, thought-provoking, and explores the inner white girl in all of us, even a queer Black New Yorker.

Essay #2: Digs into (and on!) the author Truman Capote.

Essay #3: Mandatory reading for aspiring writers! A lovely study of author Mary Flannery O'Connor, her background, her beliefs, her thinking, and her writing.


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The Stationery Shop Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982107482
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Published: Gallery Books - June 18th, 2019

I was up until 2am finishing this book, trying not to wake up my girlfriend while I was sobbing. I was so invested in these characters! Beautiful, heart-wrenching story of two lovers who missed their chance in Iran coming together at the end of their lives in the United States. The Iranian backdrop of their youth is the hope and failure of democracy, and their sanctuary a docile-seeming stationery shop with a deeper story behind the front counter. 


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Side Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781641290210
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Published: Soho Press - April 9th, 2019

Takes place on Queen Anne!

Cognitive function, memory, perception of reality, old ideas of mind-body-spirit made new. Absolutely LOVED this book, and it was extra fun to wander around Queen Anne inside of a speculative science fiction book. Also, there's a cat. Sometimes. smiley


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ISBN: 9781501196010
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - March 19th, 2019

It is a 20-something post-breakup solidarity book that's mostly light-hearted. But it's more! It normalizes therapy for mental illness. Queenie puts up with so much. I got so indignant on her behalf that I got indignant for myself, too.

Anyone who loves flawed, kind-hearted protagonists overcoming long odds will fall in love with Queenie.


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ISBN: 9780062836687
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 12th, 2019

Compelling narrative. Fantastic pre-teen middle reader that does an excellent job of exploring race and race-related issues via the clever mechanism of a young Black student who begins her middle school journey with some color-blind ideas and anti-Black biases that prevent her from forming meaningful relationships with other Black students. Great book to approach students and teachers of any race who might also be suffering from color-blind racism.


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ISBN: 9780735218826
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 5th, 2019

2019 MUST-READ!

Not only does this beautifully-written memoir have the best take I've ever seen on minority tokenization in the name of "diversity," it lays out unequivocally why and how the female-male gender binary hurts all of us. Author Jacob Tobia walks us through their deeply gendered childhood, holding our hand through laughter and tears as they deconstruct gender and remind us we made the social construct up in the first place.

Great read for any hiring manager, any genderqueer person, and any LGBTQIA ally.


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Heavy: An American Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501125669
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Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

If Black Boy by Richard Wright has stuck with you through the years, it’s time for a 21st century update. Mississippi-born Kiese Laymon lays it out: either you already know or you don’t even know. Unlike Wright, who had to write for a white audience, Laymon writes for black Southerners, for black academia, for black families coping with legacies of trauma, and how coping mechanisms change generation to generation. Beautifully written, thought-provoking, and as the title indicates: heavy.


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Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807055373
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Published: Beacon Press - January 29th, 2019

An excellent and eye-opening read on intersectional feminism and why we need it. Anyone looking for a Feminism 101 book will find this a useful primer. Delightfully, it took me awhile as I looked up the work of feminists mentioned and wandered down insightful, painful, beautiful rabbit holes.


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Dragon Pearl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781368013352
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - January 15th, 2019

WOW! Space travel! Fox magic! Ghosts! And a missing artefact that can’t fall into the wrong hands … could not put this amazing adventure down.


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Love, Z Cover Image
By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781481496773
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - December 18th, 2018

A little robot goes on an adventure, wanting to know what love is. So charming and sweet!


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King Alice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250047496
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 25th, 2018

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Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062851352
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 18th, 2018

"Dear America, is this what you really want? Do you even know what is happening in your name?"

Most of us don't know.

What are the paths to citizenship for friends and family we recognize as Americans until someone asks for proof of their citizenship? What if there is no path?

This gorgeously written memoir is helping me to ask better questions about American immigration history and the impossible challenges facing our undocumented neighbors in the current system.


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ISBN: 9780735223585
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Published: Penguin Press - September 18th, 2018

What happens when an investigative journalist who believes in prison reform goes undercover as a prison guard at a private prison in Louisiana? Even with self-awareness, he finds himself delighting in petty control and small abuses of power. Kind of a real world Lord of the Flies. Eye-opening!


The 5 O'Clock Band Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419728365
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - June 19th, 2018

Drawn Together Cover Image
By Minh Lê, Dan Santat (Illustrator), Dan Santat (Cover design or artwork by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484767603
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

The Risen Empire: Book One of the Succession Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250165503
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Published: Tor Science Fiction - June 26th, 2018

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Darius the Great Is Not Okay Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525552963
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Published: Dial Books - August 28th, 2018

I LOVE THIS BOOK! Heartful, hopeful book about depression, not fitting in, coping with bullying, puberty, making good tea, soccer/non-American football, Star Trek, and being an American-born child of immigrants.


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Dactyl Hill Squad (Dactyl Hill Squad #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338268812
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - September 11th, 2018

DINOSAURS! Which, I'll be honest, are usually not my gig.

This book would be a brilliant choice as a read-out-loud for the teachers, parents, and librarians of 4th-to-6th graders. There's a lot of room in this book to explore, whether it's getting lost in the adventure, studying dinosaur species (Ankylosaurs!), talking about the American history of violence against black and brown people (the draft riots in Manhattan), discussing made-up characters (Redd) vs. characters inspired by real life historical figures (Mr. David Ruggles), how a white accomplice behaves when racist violence is afoot (Marietta, but definitely not Henrietta Von Marsh), or diving deeper into some of your favourite real-life history (the Colored Orphan Asylum where - tangent! - Corporal J. Henry Gooding of the 54th Massachusetts lived after his white father bought his freedom and abandoned him there.) You definitely won't be lacking for tangential discussion topics when it comes to this wonderful book.


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The Harlem Charade Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545783880
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 24th, 2018

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So You Want to Talk About Race Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781580056779
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Published: Seal Press - January 16th, 2018

Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780316502917
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - November 7th, 2017

Laundry Day Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626723177
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 7th, 2017

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This Census-Taker: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781101967348
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Published: Del Rey - January 3rd, 2017

When The Chant Comes Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781627290159
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Published: Topside Heliotrope - August 1st, 2016

What Does It Mean to Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy (Counterpoints #497) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781433131103
Availability: Out of Print- Not currently available to order
Published: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi - June 15th, 2016

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Hamilton: The Revolution Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781455539741
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 12th, 2016

Blood Song Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780692577158
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Published: Two Sylvias Press - February 17th, 2016

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316229296
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

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Two Boys Kissing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307931917
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Published: Ember - May 12th, 2015

This book operates on two levels:

  1. A coming of age story about teenage boys and their self-acceptance or lack of it as they identify their sexuality (boys who like boys!)
  2. A history of the HIV episdemic and homophobia told from a chorus of the dearly departed.

broken heart Have Kleenex handy heart


The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802412706
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Published: Northfield Publishing - January 1st, 2015

Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal Cover Image
By Marvel Comics (Text by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780785190219
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Published: Marvel - October 28th, 2014

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The Martian: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553418026
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 28th, 2014

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Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316246620
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Published: Orbit - October 1st, 2013

A fascinating look at collective intelligence and what happens when individuality emerges from conformity.


Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250037756
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Published: Picador - September 24th, 2013

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061233326
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - September 10th, 2013

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When My Brother Was an Aztec Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781556593833
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 8th, 2012

Absolutely engaging. Takes us from the outside looking in to the inside looking out: of tribal life, of family, of current events from a place of calm, noble perplexity.


Embassytown: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345524508
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Published: Del Rey - January 31st, 2012

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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Cover Image
By Michelle Alexander, Cornel West (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781595586438
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Published: New Press - January 16th, 2012

An excellent book on the specifics of institutional racism in the broad justice system. This book inspired Ava Duvernay’s documentary 13th on Netflix.


Uglies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442419810
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Published: Simon Pulse - May 3rd, 2011

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061730337
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 27th, 2010

The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385527460
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - January 6th, 2009

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780756404741
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Published: DAW - April 1st, 2008

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The Wee Free Men (Tiffany Aching #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060012380
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Published: HarperCollins - August 15th, 2006

Ready to laugh out loud while reading a fantasy? The clan of little blue Nac Mac Feegles "helping" their witch save the day will - as with any Pratchett! - leave you both laughing and thoughtful.


Tao Te Ching: A New English Version (Perennial Classics) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061142666
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - September 5th, 2006

And Tango Makes Three Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780689878459
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2005

Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590300787
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Published: Shambhala - December 30th, 2003

Plainsong (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375705854
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Published: Vintage - August 22nd, 2000

The Mote in God's Eye Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780671741921
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Published: Pocket Books - March 1st, 1991

Wonderfully alien aliens!!