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Mother of Invention: How Good Ideas Get Ignored in an Economy Built for Men

A must-read.

Walk with Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer

An inspiring read for activists fighting for voting rights and against racism.

Climate Chaos: Lessons on Survival from Our Ancestors

Complete with maps and illustrations, this wide-ranging historical survey is international in scope, while remaining accessible. A title for every reader, no matter their academic background.
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White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality

Cashin’s study of the racial foundations of residential castes is an accessible and compelling read that balances historical documents with personal narratives. Highly recommended.
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Move: The Forces Uprooting Us

An engaging extrapolation of future demographics and a world transformed by current and impending human population shifts.

Race Against Time

A must-read for anyone interested in the history of American politics and race, and a call-to-action for aspiring activists.
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People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present

A moving, meditative, well-written book that will be of profound interest to anyone concerned with Jewry and Jewish literature. Horn’s writing is personable and engaging from start to finish
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Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America

This excellent introduction to Hamer and her life is well-contextualized; recommended for all readers.
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Carefree Black Girls: A Celebration of Black Women in Popular Culture

Calling for Black women (in and out of the public eye) to be treated with empathy, Blay’s pivotal work will engage all readers, especially fans of Mikki Kendall’s Hood Feminism.

Unfollow Me: Essays on Complicity

Busby’s compelling writing elevates conversations on gender, race, and sexuality, drawing in readers from the very first page, setting this memoir-in-essays apart. Pass along to readers who enjoyed Shayla Lawson’s This Is Major and Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar’s You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey.

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If We Want to Win: A Latine Vision for a New American Democracy

This edited volume offers a potent vision of Latine successes, opportunities, and futures, though the narrative never quite coheres as it should.

Career and Family: Women’s Century-Long Journey Toward Equity

A thorough look at the historical and socioeconomic causes of disparity in salaries and opportunities between men and women, with practical solutions. Highly recommended.
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Unravelling Canada: A Knitting Odyssey

Far from being a purist, Olsen delights in the evidence she finds of cross-cultural exchange and creativity and concludes that borrowing and sharing among traditions is what ties Canada together. Recommended.
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Nice White Ladies: The Truth about White Supremacy, Our Role in It, and How We Can Help Dismantle It

Daniels quotes extensively from Black women, and readers would be better served by seeking out their writing directly. Ijeoma Oluo, Charlene Carruthers, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Alicia Garza have all written books that offer personal context, emotional stakes, and steps for making meaningful change.
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The Falcon Guide to Van Life: Every Essential for Nomadic Adventures

Of interest to anyone who has ever contemplated setting aside their stationary lifestyle for a nomadic life on wheels.
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How To Have a Kid and a Life: A Survival Guide

Helpful for readers navigating the changes parenthood has brought to career and lifestyle.

Paradise: One Town’s Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire

The definitive story of an American tragedy and a notable cautionary tale of climate change, corporate negligence, and insufficient planning. Highly recommended.
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The 3 M’s of Fearless Digital Parenting: Proven Tools To Help You Raise Smart and Savvy Online Kids

This book may help parents gain confidence as they navigate the sometimes-choppy waters of children’s technology use.
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The Overparenting Solution: Raising Resourceful Children To Meet Today’s Challenges

Solid ideas for moving away from overparenting.

Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey To End Gender Violence

With searing insight, Hill shows how much and how little things have changed since 1991. Her book gives hope, inspires activism, and discourages complacency.
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What White Parents Should Know about Transracial Adoption: An Adoptee’s Perspective on Its History, Nuances, and Practices

A much-needed volume from an adoptee’s perspective; sure to be a must-read for parents who adopt. Recommend alongside Nicole Chung’s memoir All You Can Ever Know.
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The Ultimate Stay-at-Home Dad: Your Essential Manual for Being an Awesome Full-Time Father

A helpful and enjoyable read for the growing population of dads at home, in a market saturated with books for moms.
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Wild Days: Outdoor Play for Young Adventurers

In full color, with step-by-step instructions, Irvine’s guide will no doubt inspire hours of fun outside.
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Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood

A devastating story of loss that becomes a story of societal resilience; essential reading for anyone seeking insight on gun violence.

Social Justice Parenting: How To Raise Compassionate, Anti-Racist, Justice-Minded Kids in an Unjust World

Baxley’s meaty book is sure to provoke thought and positive dialogue; a must-read.
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Demystifying Disability: What To Know, What To Say, and How To Be an Ally

Ladau has written an essential resource that readers can refer to at any time, browsing chapters individually or reading straight through. A must for libraries and fans of Disability Visibility, by Alice Wong.
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The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century

This exceptionally well-written collection is among the most insightful works yet about sex in modern culture. It effectively merges academic analysis with lived experience in an accessible read that will interest readers from diverse professional and personal backgrounds.
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Why Is My Child in Charge? A Roadmap To End Power Struggles, Increase Cooperation, and Find Joy in Parenting Young Children

This helpful resource posits that shifting one’s mindset can help parents see conflicts objectively and identify causes; its tactics should equip parents to center their needs and their child’s.
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The Best Most Awful Job: Twenty Writers Talk Honestly about Motherhood

With the diversity of perspectives represented here, readers are sure to learn from or find solidarity in at least some of these experiences of motherhood.
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Some Kids Left Behind: A Survivor’s Fight for Health Care in the Wake of 9/11

Nordstrom’s detailed narrative offers a balance of seriousness and humor that will enlighten and inspire readers; it belongs on the shelves of every public and school library..

Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice

An excellent book for anyone concerned with health, community, or the environment. The accessible writing will draw readers in.

Brothers on Three: A True Story of Family, Resistance, and Hope on a Reservation in Montana

In addition to being great sports journalism that will touch anyone who loves high school sports, Streep’s book will appeal to readers interested in histories of generational trauma. The focus on high school life and basketball gives it YA appeal.

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Afraid of the Doctor: Every Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Managing Medical Trauma

When parents find themselves dealing with medical trauma during their child’s growing-up years, this book will be a helpful tool to navigate challenging and frightening situations.

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Generation Occupy: Reawakening American Democracy

 Levitin's use of "occupy" as the first word of each chapter implies a stronger relationship than he demonstrates. The result is primarily a celebration of protests instead of a useful discussion of their origins and effects.

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Of Fear and Strangers: A History of Xenophobia

While parts of the book may appeal to general readers desiring to find the roots of today’s widespread xenophobia, taken as a whole it is likely to disappoint those who need an introduction to this noteworthy topic.
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Everything Now: Lessons from the City-State of Los Angeles

Was the city-state argument convincing? Unfortunately, no. Was the book interesting to read? Undoubtedly, yes. This book would appeal to readers who enjoy narrative nonfiction, essays, or life in Los Angeles.
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Springer Mountain: Meditations on Killing and Eating

Similar to Michael Pollen’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, this engaging narrative will catch readers’ attention and lead them to take a deeper look at the where, how, and why behind the food they consume. In addition to foodies and historians, this book will appeal to readers wanting a better understanding of cultures and societies surrounding food.
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The Unlikely Art of Parental Pressure: A Positive Approach to Pushing Your Child To Be Their Best Self

An interesting perspective on parental pressure that will to be compelling to parents interested in the intersection of a child’s academic success and emotional health.
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The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (and Their Parents)

This quick, valuable read will be a useful addition to library collections.
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Treasured Islands: The Explorer’s Guide to Over 200 of the Most Beautiful and Intriguing Islands Around Britain

With rich, colorful pictures and helpful details, this book provides a wealth of information for exploring the many islands around Britain.
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Cuba

For readers looking for a comprehensive survey of Cuban literature. Most academic libraries and large public libraries with an interest in Cuba should consider this work for their collections.
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Not a Nation of Immigrants: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion

A dense account covering a vast range of topics; overall, a great contribution to the study of U.S. history. Though it’s better suited to scholars than casual readers, this thought-provoking account will prove insightful for all.

Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America

Americans might ignore dirty work, Eyal concludes, but we are all complicit in it. Essential reading for those interested in social justice issues.
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Breathing Fire: Female Inmate Firefighters on the Front Lines of California’s Wildfires

Readers who want a comprehensive understanding of political agendas and the effects of racism in the U.S. justice system will appreciate this book and will want to share their new knowledge with others. A powerful, well researched work for justice-minded readers.

Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be

Memoir readers who appreciate unpredictability, candor, and pop culture will enjoy this book and may very well find themselves thinking about it even weeks after they’ve finished it.

Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood

Turner shares Debra’s and Kim’s stories with aplomb, celebrating the bright moments of their lives while honestly depicting their suffering. She has a stellar ability to present the personalities of her loved ones, especially the women in her life. This memoir is a compelling testament to the power of women’s relationships.
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Awakening: #MeToo and the Global Fight for Women’s Rights

Complete with a broad selection of resources for advocacy, this call-to-action will spark the interest of aspiring activists.
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Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine

An informative account for readers interested in public health’s impact on historical and current practices in medicine and science.
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Every Minute Is a Day: A Doctor, an Emergency Room, and a City Under Siege

Overall, this memoir and sociological account enlightens, reminds us how far we have come, and is a model for practicing gratitude.

Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption

While Zakaria’s argument is not the only one of its kind, her examination of current examples from politics and pop culture furnishes crucial evidence of the continued colonization of feminism by white women, and she helps to bring this conversation into mainstream view.

Don’t Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body

Nolan’s writing on identity and self-worth is captivating from start to finish; her words will resonate long after the last page.

Love for Liberation: African Independence, Black Power, and a Diaspora Underground

With accessible writing that will engage both general readers and scholars, Hayes’s finely crafted book effectively shows that civil rights require sustained collective action and solidarity.

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies

An excellent, well-written starting point for researchers. Will interest a wide variety of readers, including people considering transition and people studying or working in a variety of fields (social sciences, family studies, law, history, think tanks, counseling, medicine).

Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now To Save Reproductive Freedom

The authors make clear that the ability to determine for oneself how and when to bear children is a human right and is essential to a person’s agency over their own life and future. An essential guide; recommended for all collections.

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Celebrating Cape Cod & the Islands: Traditions, Festivals, and Food

Readers who enjoy high-end settings, food and wine, or art will be pleased.
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The Power of Strangers: The Benefits of Connecting in a Suspicious World

An eye-opening account blending sociology and self-help. After this enlightening and uplifting exploration, readers will undoubtedly view strangers in a different way.
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When the Stars Begin To Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America

Johnson supports his argument with a mix of stories, both personal and historical, which brings a personal aspect to a work that can be academic at times. While the book covers the same territory as recent works by Isabel Wilkerson and Ibram X. Kendi, Johnson’s particular point-of-view makes his call to action feel like a patriotic duty.
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¡Hola Papi!: How To Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons

Brammer’s worldview is grounded in realism and self-deprecating humor; his book is likely to be a well-loved addition to any collection of personal essays or memoirs.
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The Natural Mother of the Child: A Memoir of Nonbinary Parenthood

A wholly unique memoir that will speak to readers navigating nonbinary parenthood, as well as those who seek to understand the limitations of the U.S. legal system when it comes to nonbinary and trans parenthood.
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Fat and Queer: An Anthology of Queer and Trans Bodies and Lives

This must-have title is a radically necessary addition that will bring joy and understanding to readers. The contributors revel in their identities, thrive despite challenges, and claim the space they deserve.

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The Ex-Girlfriend of My Ex-Girlfriend Is My Girlfriend: Advice on Queer Dating, Love, and Friendship

While many of these questions come from people in their twenties, the valuable advice and relatable anecdotes will have YA crossover appeal. LGBTQ+ people of all ages will find stories that resonate deeply, and will appreciate Court’s candor and humor throughout.
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To Poison a Nation: The Murder of Robert Charles and the Rise of Jim Crow Policing in America

This straightforward recounting of a notable, sometimes forgotten moment in American history deserves attention; the riots’ lingering effects are still felt in the 21st century.
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There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness

Godin covers a lot of ground in this wide-ranging account. Though sometimes dense with detail, her writing stands out for the way it emphasizes that disability is often an afterthought when it comes to diversity, and that disabled people are not a monolith.

Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White

This is the best work to date on Kennedy’s civil rights record; it is a must for all historians of the 1960s, and for activists working for a more just society.

The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid

While there are already several other books about COVID-19 and its sociological impact on the United States, this wide-ranging yet deeply personal account is a great starting point. At times infuriating, unbelievable, heartbreaking, and even witty, Wright’s narrative is sorely needed.

The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter

This engaging political biography, similar in scope to Jonathan Alter’s His Very Best, will introduce Carter to a new generation, and will remind other readers of a truly transitional time in U.S. politics.

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House of Sticks

Readers will fall into this memoir by a talented new author. It will appeal to many, as a coming-of-age story and a firsthand look into the psyche of a young immigrant.

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Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal

Packer extends an evaluative eye towards every corner of the United States and offers a path for recovery and renewal. A thought-provoking work recommended for history, sociology, and politics readers everywhere.
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Race and Sports: A Reference Handbook

Will be of interest to social sciences and physical education students, as well as those interested in athletics.

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Women and the Military: Global Lives in Focus

This work’s wide range (albeit limited by data availability) will make it a useful initial source for students of sociology, women’s studies, and the military.

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Love Lockdown: Dating, Sex, and Marriage in America’s Prisons

This work by Greenwood (Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud) offers an engaging, informative, open-minded account of family dynamics that are often overlooked.
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The Architecture Lover’s Guide to Paris

Lively prose and great photography bring the architecture of Paris to travelers and armchair explorers alike.
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The Fashion Lover’s Guide to Milan

Perfect for fashion lovers, armchair travelers, and those making plans to visit Milan.
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All Made Up: The Power and Pitfalls of Beauty Culture, from Cleopatra to Kim Kardashian

While at times this book can feel jumbled because of how much content it seeks to cover, the topic and analysis are welcome and insightful, and the global nature of the coverage is especially appreciated.

Everybody: A Book about Freedom

There are moments in this book that may feel too theoretical; yet, when Laing explores and expresses the ways in which our bodies are full of power, she offers a form of support we could all use more of as we navigate our own bodies and relearn what it means to value them. This is worthwhile, reflective reading.
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Notes on Grief

A worthwhile mediation on coming to terms with grief. Especially as we continue to reckon with loss, this reflective account will be valuable to the many people unexpectedly grieving from afar.

The Day the World Stops Shopping: How Ending Consumerism Saves the Environment and Ourselves

An insightful account offering a starting point for change that is highly recommended for all libraries.

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How To Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes: Science-Based Strategies for Better Parenting—From Tots to Teens

Moyer shows readers how to grow alongside their child and effect positive change. However, the book would benefit from a greater variety of perspectives.
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The Psychology of Parenting Teenagers: Thriving Throughout Their Teenage Years

Not every case study or suggestion will work for every child’s situation, which this book acknowledges. Cullen’s self-reflective guide will nevertheless aid parents in multiple ways.

The 2000s Made Me Gay: Essays on Pop Culture

A funny, accessible analysis of pop culture that will benefit nonfiction collections; it informs about gay history and grounds its importance in real experience. And for many gay readers, even if the cultural touchstones aren’t their own, Perry’s anecdotes will still be relatable and uplifting.
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Parenting for Social Justice: Tips, Tools, and Inspiration for Conversations and Action with Kids

A must-have in the field of anti-bias education. This work gives ideas for having conversations with young people about social justice and putting knowledge into action.
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License To Parent: How My Career as a Spy Helped Me Raise Resourceful, Self-Sufficient Kids

With tips for staying safe online, living by one’s principles, and finding a healthy balance with risk, this is a fascinating and useful take on parenting.

Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn’t Ours

Sentilles writes candidly and humanely about her experience of building a family beyond immediate kin and discovering the depths of love and protection. Essential reading for those hoping to be foster parents.

On the Job: An Encyclopedia of Unique Occupations Around the World

With engrossing subject matter, excellent writing, and thorough, up-to-date research, this reference work will enrapture high school students, undergraduates, and curious browsers.

Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization

An illuminating yet conversational study that takes an anthropological approach to a widespread and often puzzling human behavior.
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The Sandbox Revolution: Raising Kids for a Just World

The range of narrators is representative and inclusive; their perspectives and expertise add value to this work, which is sure to be of ongoing interest.

The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice

A thoughtful exploration of the importance of collective memory. It is particularly poignant as 2021 marks the centennial of the massacre. A must-read for all who are interested in how history continues to impact the present.
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Let’s Talk about Hard Things

Besides listeners of her podcast, this will appeal to any adult struggling to broach these topics.
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Raised in the Kitchen: Making Memories from Scratch One Recipe at a Time

Filled with fun family recipes and ideas for even the pickiest of eaters, this book is sure to be a hit with both parents and children.
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Booth Girls: Pregnancy, Adoption, and the Secrets We Kept

With its vivid historical detail, and careful examination of the emotional lives of parents on either side of the adoption process, this book is recommended for parents of adopted children, and for readers of memoir.
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The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years

This quick read can help parents form a decision making framework. Some of the book’s topics (camp, cell phones, etc.) don’t adequately address an economically diverse readership, limiting the audience for this book.
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My Time Will Come: A Memoir of Crime, Punishment, Hope, and Redemption

Manuel provides a firsthand account of the U.S. prison system’s inhumanity for minors, and he writes a compelling call for change. A raw look at the intersection of the U.S. legal system, racism, and trauma.
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The Word Gobblers: A Handbook for Parents Working with Children Struggling To Read

A helpful volume for parents, caregivers, and teachers of children who struggle with reading.

You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience

Within these pages, Black readers in general, and Black women in particular, will find at least one essay they can relate to, or that offers validation for their lived experience. An essential read.

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The Zen Mama Guide to Finding Your Rhythm in Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond

An attractive volume with beautiful photos and easy-to-implement ideas; it’s sure to be a hit. However, its perspective is often limited; it discusses adoption, financial precarity, and being uninsured, but there is little to address specific challenges faced by families of color or queer families.

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Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy: The New Science for a Safe Birth and a Healthy Baby

A helpful guide for expectant parents, with information both practical and scientific.

On Juneteenth

This beautifully written memoir makes the case that the history of Black Texas is central to the history of the United States. Gordon-Reed’s writing will move all readers of U.S. history.

How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

An excellent travelogue and introduction to slavery’s impact on both the United States and its people. It will hold the interest of readers who are only starting to grapple with the topic.
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Take More Vacations: How To Search Better, Book Cheaper, and Travel the World

Highly recommended for frequent travelers or travelers who are flexible and would like to travel more often.

America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s

Readers interested in social movements in the United States, past or present, will not want to miss this illuminating work.
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