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My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250182548
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Published: Picador - May 1st, 2018

Pamela Paul's My Life With Bob is a charming life journey with books. Attaching life events with her "Book of Books," showcases how "book people" have relationships with books all throughout their lives.


Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781568588902
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Published: Bold Type Books - November 20th, 2018

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism by Kristen Ghodsee is a great exploration in the history and connection of our sex lives and economics. Ghodsee is not advocating for a full switch to communism, but an openness to some of its ideas. 


Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455535910
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Published: Twelve - April 10th, 2018

Barbara Ehrenreich's Natural Causes is a hilarious and informative perspective on all the ways we and the medical system try to keep us alive. Ehrenreich begs the question of whether or not those things make us less happy as well. Great science read!


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon is one of the most well-researched, thrilling, and heartbreaking non-fiction books I have ever read. Enter a world of murder, FBI infancy, and the all too common and horrific story of how this country has betrayed Native Americans. An important read you won't put down!


The Library Book Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476740188
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2018

Orlean's The Library Book is a fascinating melding of true crime, history, and theory on arson. L.A. Public Library's 1986 fire plants a seed that only Orlean could bring to flower. I cherished the bibliophile and library love in this book. So intriguing!


Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches Cover Image
By Audre Lorde, Cheryl Clarke (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781580911863
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Published: Crossing Press - August 1st, 2007

Sister Outsider is essential for an intersectional feminist and a perspective that is so acute that it underlines Lorde as a revolutionary woman. The essay/speech "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House" is impeccable and significant to all times. "Uses of Anger: will make you so safe in fury! I wish I could wear Lorde's words all over me, constantly!


Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781568585819
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Published: Bold Type Books - March 6th, 2018

Abby Norman's Ask Me About My Uterus is a perfect example of a new voice with wisdom beyond her years. The experience of being a woman in the medical system is ridden with not being believed, being quesitoned, and mistreated/misdiagnosed. Devastatingly truthful and insightful. Not ot mention, Norman is a Mainer!


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780618711659
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Published: Mariner Books - April 4th, 2006

Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is one of the most interesting books I have read, not only because of hte deeply heart-wrenching and emotional story, but also because of the writing devices Foer uses. This piece pulls the reader to fully understand the perspective of a young boy trying to learn from his father who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. You feel with and for Oskar the whole time. 


In the Woods: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143113492
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2008

Tana French's In The Woods was one of the first "thriller" books I've read in long time and woo-eee! It was a thrill! A mystery within a mystery, a who-done-it, and all with some nods to Ireland and Irish culture. I'm hooked! Not to mention, there are many morey books after this dark debut. It was hard to put down, and hard to read at night.  


Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501181795
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 2nd, 2018

Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister is an enthralling history of women and anger. How anger has been enflamed, ignored, utilized, and reinterpreted. If you're mad, read this. If you ain't mad, you're not paying attention. F-ing great!!


Friday Black Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328911247
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Published: Mariner Books - October 23rd, 2018

Adjei-Brenyah's short story collection, Friday Black, is like Black Mirror but with retail and race specifically. Its perfect portrayal of racial dystopia is scary, fortelling, and darkly comic all at the same time. Smart, dark satire, perfect for right now. Handle it! We should!


It: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501142970
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Published: Scribner - January 5th, 2016

You wanna be scared? Are you not afraid of clowns? You want a balloon? Or do you wanna float? Read It! We all float down here. You'll float too.


Dietland Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544704831
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Published: Mariner Books - May 24th, 2016

Dietland by Sarai Walker is a great perspective on body positivity that wonders "What if body positivity and empowerment was more militant?" Plum is a character of transformation and insight that makes us all think of our "real" and "fake" selves in how we treat others and ourselves. 


The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385490818
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Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

The Handmaid's Tale by Atwood is so scary revealing because of its evident possibility in our own society. The treatment of women as incompetent, scandalous if not covered up, and only respected if they are fertile/with child, underlines current day thoughts and actions of some individuals today. All to real dystopia. 


The Changeling: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812985870
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - March 6th, 2018

The perfection of the melding of urban fantasy and a classic folklore story. Victor Lavalle's The Changeling puts themes of POC heroes, parenthood, toxic masculinity, and online privacy in the forefront of this accessible horror book. Such a great read!


Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061944895
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - December 22nd, 2009

Heart-Shaped Box is a ghost story for the modern generation. The main character, Judas, seems the unscared type. But when he meets a ghost from his past with only one goal, to kill Judas and anyone who helps him, the story takes us down a creepy, spooky night road that we may never leave...alive.


Geek Love: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375713347
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Published: Vintage - June 11th, 2002

Katherine Dunn's Geek Love is at once extremely dark and "weird," and light and normal. Follow the Binewski carny family in their tale of murder, selfish love, and genuine insight on what it mean to be in love, in a family, and in confidence of mutations from finned-appendages to telekinesis. Cult classic!


Bloodchild and Other Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781583226988
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Published: Seven Stories Press - October 4th, 2005

Bloodchild by Octavia Butler is a great mix of horror, dystopia, literary criticism, and writing advice from one of the most thoughful and powerfully creative writers of all time. The titular story involves love affairs with human-sized centipedes, grub crawling under men's skin, and a desperate co-dependency. Perfect!


A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101973721
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Published: Anchor - January 9th, 2018

Ayelet Waldman's A Really Good Day paints an excrutiating picture of how our over-prescribed, addicted, and criminalized drug system has shadowed the ways that certain drugs can help us and not harm us. An excellent read for anyone who takes drugs, likes drugs, and who might have experience with vicious mood swings!


The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375725609
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Published: Vintage - February 10th, 2004

If you know anything about the 1893 World's Fair then you've probably already have read this! If not, this is a great introduction to one of the most interesting events in American history. There are two stories in one - one of Daniel Burnham and his leadership in the creation of the fair's architecture. The other story being the life and actions of one of the first serial killers, H.H. Holmes. Great way to hit all the historical thriller spots. 


84, Charing Cross Road Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780140143508
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Published: Penguin Books - October 1st, 1990

84 Charring Cross Road by Helene Hanff is probably the most charming and nostalgic book I've ever read. A perfect book for any bibliophile. Devastating ending! I'm not crying, you're crying. 


Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062420718
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 12th, 2018

Roxane Gay's Hunger is a privilege for all of us to be able to read. Her trauma, resilience, and openness that she gives her readers can and should be cherished by all. A beautiful account!


Sphere Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061990557
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Published: Harper - March 29th, 2011

Sphere is one of those books that is so action packed and mysterious that you have to keep reading it. Wake up at 5 am and stay up until 1 am to read it. Such good science fiction from a master, but it also includes conversations about gender, subconscious, and human imagination. Such a solid ending!


Practical Magic Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425190371
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Published: Berkley - August 5th, 2003

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman is such a pleasurable and magical read for anuone that likes stories about witches, love and loss of love, sister relationships, and the tiny moments that put us in awe. Such a fun journey with the Owens sisters and their loyalty for family and their hearts. 


The Yellow Wallpaper (Dover Thrift Editions) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780486298573
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Published: Dover Publications - July 11th, 1997

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's collection of short stories starts off with her most well-known story, "The Yellow Wallpaper." This story, like many others, displays the true treatment of women during the early 1900s. Such topics as the feminization of disease, gender roles, and the economic enslavement some women experienced in relationships to men. 


Herland (Dover Thrift Editions) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780486404295
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Published: Dover Publications - June 18th, 1998

Oh feminist utopia, how I adore you! Perkins Gilman creates a society only inhabited by women until three men (all on a spectrum of questionable relationships with women) find the land by plane. Their stay includes many questions of gender roles, relationships between the sexes, and the longlasting question of matriarchal societies and their benefit. 


Neverwhere

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Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062476371
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Published: William Morrow - November 29th, 2016

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


American Gods

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American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062472106
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Published: William Morrow - August 16th, 2016

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 


Kindred

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Kindred Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807083697
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Published: Beacon Press - February 1st, 2004

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


The Man in the High Castle

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The Man in the High Castle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547572482
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Published: Mariner Books - January 24th, 2012

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 


We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation

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We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312429485
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Published: Picador - September 13th, 2016

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 


Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics

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ISBN: 9781138821620
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Published: Routledge - September 26th, 2014

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 


Between the World and Me

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Between the World and Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

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 


The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures

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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures (FSG Classics) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374533403
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 24th, 2012

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is a great showcase of why the American healthcare system needs a huge coss-cultural training overhaul. A Hmong family combats and tries to understand a system that was neither created with them in mind nor puts thier spirituality near the scientific system in the hierarchy of thought. Oh, cultural relativism! You frustrating, but important concept!

- Kirsten


Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

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Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061707810
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 5th, 2011

Ryan and Jetha investigative piece, Sex at Dawn, puts a lot of relationship quirks in a perspective that both makes sense and makes you think 'oooh ahh!' An interesting evolutionary lense on topics such as orgasms, jealousy, monogamy, and our cousins' (chimps/bonobos) input on how we view sexuality. A book that will make your more knowledgeable in all the right ways!

- Kirsten 


Our Inner Ape

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Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594481963
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 1st, 2006

Is a great intro to primatology, our relationship with chimps AND bonobos, and how other primates are a great tool to learn about ourselves as homo sapiens. If you are at all interested in our evolutionary cousins, READ THIS! And bonobos are so cool! Teach/learn more about them, not just chimps!

-Kirsten


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