Monica Howell

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Sweet Dreams: The Story of the New Romantics

Strongly recommended for fans of the era’s music and those interested in pop culture history.

Say It Louder! Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy

Insightful political and cultural analysis highly recommended for all readers.

This is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope

An introspective collection, both enlightening and humorous, that is highly recommended for readers interested in creative approaches to memoir and storytelling.

The Groom Will Keep His Name

Ortile's writing is insightful and honest, giving readers a window into a world with which they may not be familiar. Part cultural commentary, part self-examination, this candid account is highly recommended.

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Queering the South on Screen

Recommend to patrons interested in film/media studies, regional/area studies, queer theory, or the South. Readers should be comfortable with cultural studies writing and its frequent use of various forms of critical theory.

Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture

Highly recommended for all readers, especially given recent headlines about discrimination against black hairstyles and movements to decriminalize black hair.

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Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots

Recommend to readers seeking spiritually-informed black narratives or oral histories and fans of Jerkins’s first book; less useful for readers seeking factual histories of the Great Migration.

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Slash

Recommend to fans of slasher flicks and readers who can stomach explicit gore.

Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like “Journey” in the Title

A deep reflection on young widowhood, foster care and adoption, and the persistence of love, this work is recommended to fans of Nora McInerny (The Hot Young Widows Club), and anyone interested in stories of love, friendship, family, and loss, bound together with a wide, sparkly ribbon of humor.

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