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Before Island Is Volcano

The anti-imperialist theme, reminiscent of Neruda’s Canto general, will be especially appealing to Latinx readers in general and to the Borinquen community in particular.

Producing Politics: Inside the Exclusive Campaign World Where the Privileged Few Shape Politics for All of Us

For readers wanting a glimpse into the closed club of political campaign consultants.

Vinegar Hill: Poems

A novelist’s poetry is, with a very few exceptions, a pleasure for the completist, but in this collection Tóibín supplies poems that should interest readers beyond his usual audience.

Education Across Borders: Immigration, Race, and Identity in the Classroom

Though full of thought-provoking ideas, the work doesn’t feel unified. Those with a vested interest in education may be interested, but the book is unlikely to entice general readers.

Two Billion Caliphs: A Vision of a Muslim Future

Recommended for its novel perspectives and invitation for dialogue.

Poor Richard’s Women: Deborah Read Franklin and the Other Women Behind the Founding Father

For lovers of biography, American history, and women’s studies. This is a terrific read: poignant, provocative, and probing.

Undoing the Knots: Five Generations of American Catholic Anti-Blackness

Recommended for readers interested in assimilation issues faced by Irish Catholic immigrants as well as the varied aspects of racism in the United States.

Buddhish: A Guide to the 20 Most Important Buddhist Ideas for the Curious and Skeptical

Salguero’s is not a work for academic researchers or readers already versed in Buddhist philosophy; in fact, he dissuades such readers in the introduction. It will most suit niche readers with a skeptic’s mindset who are seeking basic information about Buddhism. Not a necessary acquisition.

The Spirit of Our Work: Black Women Teachers (Re)member

Highly recommended. Dillard has written a remarkable book that will move readers committed to making the United States a more just and inclusive society.

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