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Hauser shares stories of relationships throughout her life where she was overlooked or put up with so much, with little in return. We see the progression of Hauser's realization of this, and the growth she experiences while also critiquing popular media's compulsion of putting women in this position. This book was hard for me to get through emotionally, but it was important that I did.
This is an in-depth book on abolition. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in learning about it!
Jesus. What a story. This book had me frantically turning the pages, trying to find out what happened next. Knowing he was able to write this book was what kept me at peace throughout. It's such a scary journey to read about, and I can't imagine experiencing it firsthand, especially at 9 years old. You will root for Javier and the people that care for him - and each other - along their journey.
This book should be a part of anyone’s body politic book arsenal no matter the size of your body. Roxane Gay’s memoir of HER body is honest and serves as a dose of reality in our society that rashly demonizes fat people and praises thinness.
This fictional story is based on true events, events rendered by Joseph Bruchac in incredible detail. Bruchac covers the very real contradiction of American history: silencing marginalized voices, but also needing them to succeed. I have learned so much from his books, and think they are important for everyone to read.
This book was a wild read. It's by a South Korean non-binary author and translated into English with a very non-traditional use of text throughout. The story takes us inside the mind of a shape-shifting alien who is trapped on Earth and uses dating apps to hook up with, and ultimately eat, people. As the alien navigates this dynamic, it explores themes of gender, sexuality, and humanity. The book was funny, disgusting, and overall intriguing.
Mailhot's story involves a lot of heavy experiences, but she has written about them and her growth in such a poetic and honest way. This was a beautiful read.
This is a sweet story about a girl living with her grandparents on the Pennacook reservation during the height of the pandemic. It highlights the importance of listening to different people's stories, learning from our elders, and the companionship of dogs - especially in hard times. Not only did I end up learning a lot from this book, but the ending put a smile on my face.
Unlike many people, I didn't read this in grade school and I think it made it a lot better for me. When I was looking for a quick read, I stumbled upon this punch-in-the-gut of a book. It takes place during the Great Depression and follows two transient laborers to their next job location. There are moments that desperately grasp for softness, but are kicked down by the unfortunate hardness that comes from the fight for survival in tough times, especially when you don't fit society's mold.
Jennette's story is intense, but it highlights the complexity of relationships and pulls a curtain back on the reality of being a child star.
This is a beautifully imperfect story about a community of women who suffer a life changing trauma and come together to decide how to move forward. Through the opinions and experiences of the different characters, we learn more about life within the colony and what has really been happening. The author is from a Mennonite colony and was unfortunately inspired by true events from a colony in Bolivia which adds to the meaningfulness of the story. It's sad for many reasons, but what I got out of the book is that community is very important for healing and survival.