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  • Norse Mythology

    I LOVE NEIL GAIMAN. That said, Norse Mythology is especially magical. Comedy and despair, schemes and triumphs, crossdressing gods and treasures invaluable! Read this aloud to better taste the Germanic thrum of Gaiman's deceptively simple prose.

    -Meghan F


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  • The Golem and the Jinni

    I love this I love this I love this! One part historical study and two parts fierce tenderness, Wrecker renders a 19th cenury New York teeming with multiculturalism and magic. A breath-stealing debut novel! Look forward to its sequel!

    -Meghan F


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  • Room

    Jack's unique lexicon engineered by his mother, her own resiliency and despair, as well as medical and media manipulations make up an intense but rewarding read.

    -Meghan F


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  • Neverwhere

    Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is an entertaining look at a secret world called London Below from the eyes of a human from London Above. Following Richard and his new other-worldly friends, they try to solve the mysterious killing of a powerful family. We meet rat-speakers, an angel, a murderous psychopathic duo, and a traveling market that is pure magic. Gaiman, again, creates a fantasically humorous world for all of us to daydream about. 

    - Kirsten


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  • American Gods

    What an amazing and fantastic idea for a story! American Gods melds interesting/international folklore into our modern times. It helps to question what we value vs. what was seen as worthwhile to all of our ancestors. Gaiman creates an America that goes much deeper than its roots, a world within a world that only is in view when that world seems to be ending with the war between the old and the new!

    - Kirsten 


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  • Kindred

    Kindred by Octavia Butler is a great mixture of fantasy and history that focuses on Dana, a black woman in 1976, who can time travel to the antebellum South. This means she juggles freedom (relatively) in her own time and enslavement in her time travel. A truly heartbreaking account of losing control during a horrible time in history. 

    - Kirsten


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  • The Man in the High Castle

    Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle is an amazing example of a completely realized alternative future. Unfortunately, the future is one where the Nazis and the Japanese win WWII! Dick creates multiple narratives from all of the most important perspectives to showcase this new and intense world. Including the famed author that begs the question of 'What if the U.S. won the war?'

    - Kirsten 


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  • We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation

    Jeff Chang's We Gon' Be Alright posits the idea of resegregation as a device in our times for blatant institutional racism in America. With focuses on Ferguson, student protest, and Asian-Americaness, Chang has added his voice to a long list of consciousness-raising agents. "Racial capialism" being one of the most enthralling of his ideas. 

    - Kirsten 


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  • Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics

    bell hooks (aka a goddess!), has written one of the most accessible introductions to the ideas and definitions of feminism with Feminism is for Everybody. Highlighting many areas of the feminist movement, this piece is for re-reading, cherishing, and helping yourself understand your own role in oppression and how you can actively change for the better!

    - Kirsten 


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  • Between the World and Me

    Oh me, oh my! What beauty is inside Coate's Between the World and Me! Working on an idea of modern "double consciousness" (coined by W.E.B. Du Bois), in a letter to his so, Coates highlights ways in which his experiences as a Black Amercan man has framed his view of the world and the world's view of himself. Beautiful truths and dalogue such as "Race is the child, not the father of racism." 

    - Kirsten 


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