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Esther’s Notebooks

Readers seeking to experience a strange, yet at its core, familiar slice of life in a country steeped in multiple cultures will enjoy the perspective provided in this collection.
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The Phantom Scientist

A puzzle, a panopticon, and an invitation to seek answers even as obstructions abound, this is an engaging, dryly funny read for armchair philosophers, disillusioned academics, and the unceasingly curious.
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The Man Born To Be King: Wade Annotated Edition

Readers interested in Sayers’s religious writings or in general religious literature will find this book to be informative and useful.

Feels Like Home: A Song for the Sonoran Borderlands

Ronstadt celebrates her roots in this engaging, personal and entertaining hybrid family memoir/cookbook and social history.
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Three Cowboys and a Baby

Primarily set on a cattle ranch, fans of Carolyn Brown will welcome this rustic treat with a bit of spice.
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Mormon Envoy: The Diplomatic Legacy of Dr. John Milton Bernhisel

Worthen’s biography of Bernhisel is also an elegantly written history lesson. Recommended.
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Create Naturally: Go Outside and Rediscover Nature with 15 Makers

An interesting study of art inspired by and integrating nature. Not an essential purchase for an art section but will likely be of interest to many artists and makers.
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Colour Crochet Unlocked: The Ultimate How-To Guide

Overall, a fair introduction to colorwork for the experienced crocheter up for a challenge. Given the intended audience (UK and experienced crocheters), this book is best for larger libraries’ crochet collections.
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Made with Love: Get Hooked with 30 Knitting and Crochet Patterns

There is plenty to like about this book. Its only drawback is that it is written exclusively for right-handers. Experienced left-handed crafters must do their own conversions, and left-handed beginners are advised to look elsewhere. An optional purchase for libraries with craft sections.

Red Carpet Oscars

A delectable compilation, sure to please fashion and film devotees.

TCM Underground: 50 Must-See Films from the World of Classic Cult and Late-Night Cinema

Adventurous film buffs will enjoy the keen-eyed observations and backstories about these obscure, odd, and underappreciated films.

The World Itself: Consciousness and the Everything of Physics

An excellent addition to any science collection, Danielsson’s book serves as an exceptional ingress into the universe of theoretical physics and how it relates to a diverse cross section of human interests.
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The Peaceful Transfer of Power: An Oral History of America’s Presidential Transitions

A guide to decision-making past, present, and future that users will likely want to consult repeatedly.

The Hidden Company That Trees Keep: Life from Treetops to Root Tips

This one belongs in every academic library and in most public libraries. Highly recommended.

Tenacious Beasts: Wildlife Recoveries That Change How We Think About Animals

This makes for an excellent recommendation to readers searching for thoughtful but hopeful books on the future of nature.
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Barrow of Winter

This novel from Long (Temple of No God) is a self-contained story that can be read without reading the previous titles set in the same universe, but readers will definitely want to seek out the others. Fans of character-centric fantasy with a well-built world will find much to love about Thray, the Hall of Smoke world, and its denizens.

The Vegan Week: Meal Prep Recipes To Feed Your Future Self

Hamshaw’s collection of balanced, bountiful recipe templates will add vibrancy to any time-crunched cook’s repertoire, vegan or not.
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Downshiftology Healthy Meal Prep: 100+ Make-Ahead Recipes and Quick-Assembly Meals; A Gluten-Free Cookbook

Recommended for all public libraries
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Parks and Recreation Galentine’s Day: The Official Guide to Friendship, Fun, and Cocktails

This is everything readers would expect in an official guide composed of recipes and crafts from the show. Gather some friends, and enjoy!

The Edge of the Plain: How Borders Make and Break Our World

A timely, valuable discussion of a pivotal issue.

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Bitter Medicine

Urban fantasy readers will appreciate the well-crafted hidden world, and lovers of bad boy or Mafia romances will see Luc as their darkly delicious type, all while Elle’s long sacrifice will break readers’ hearts. Fans of Sarah J. Maas’s epic paranormal fantasies will also find much to savor in Tsai’s debut.

Assassin of Reality

As with the previous book, inventive storytelling delves into philosophical concepts such as time, meaning, and language. This is a novel that transcends genre and will astound readers looking for serious, contemporary fiction.

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Don’t Think, Dear: On Loving and Leaving Ballet

Captures ballet’s romance as well as its dark and traumatic side.
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The Woman Who Dared: The Life and Times of Pearl White, Queen of the Serials

Sometimes there’s too much detail, but this is a well-researched biography that covers White’s life and offers a good assessment of the silent-film industry.
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See What You’re Missing: New Ways of Looking at the World Through Art

Twenty-five crisp chapters on 25 separate artists allow Gompertz the room to explore both detail and concept in this well-organized labor of love. His first-person perspective places the historical artworks in the present while making all the artwork immediate and relevant. Effortless prose and laser focus on the communicative potential of art make this a worthwhile read for students, professionals, or interested observers.
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White: The History of a Color

Thorough research and abundant illustrations characterize this sixth and final volume in Pastoureau’s scholarly series primarily of interest to art and academic libraries.
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I Wanna Dance with Somebody: The Official Whitney Houston Film Companion

An interesting take on the art of filmmaking and a touching tribute to Houston and her lifelong search for home.

In Living Color: A Cultural History

A must-read book on the history of a show that molded Black comedy sketches and brings together different threads of social awareness, race, entrepreneurship, comedy, resilience, and bravery in the face of a world not used to seeing “in living color.”

The Wonder Paradox: Embracing the Weirdness of Existence and the Poetry of Our Lives

Warmth and enthusiasm suffuse Hecht’s enchanting prose, which make this book a moving, hopeful read.

Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light: Fifty Poems for Fifty Years

Harjo is a national treasure, perhaps even a national resource, and this important book is an essential addition to contemporary poetry collections everywhere.
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The Disney Animation Renaissance: Behind the Glass at the Florida Studio

An intriguing piece of Disney lore, but only for completists.

Freedom Moves: Hip Hop Knowledges, Pedagogies, and Futures

All academic libraries as well as public libraries with high community activism should purchase this. Includes photos and an index.
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As We See It: Artists Redefining Black Identity

This is an attractively illustrated global travelogue featuring a selective group of contemporary Black artists with a slim, interpretative look at theme and technique based on information culled mostly from websites and a few recent texts. A handy, colorful start for art students in particular, to explore how Black culture is being redefined through popular expression.
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Punk: The Definitive Guide to the Blank Generation & Beyond

Though not unearthing any new material or assembling the definitive guide to his subject, Weidman offers a rock-solid, well-informed overview of punk rock and its offspring for the uninitiated.
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Harvard, Hollywood, Hitmen, and Holy Men: A Memoir

This memoir is muddled. Only for confirmed film enthusiasts.
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Oscar Hammerstein II and the Invention of the Musical

Winer’s exploration of Hammerstein’s journey is timely, respectful, and deserving of inclusion in strong performing arts collections.
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A Fire in My Head: Poems for the Dawn

It’s “time to write on the face of the earth/ the value and meaning of every name,” Okri writes. Globally engaged, accessible, and relevant.

Elizabeth Taylor: The Grit & Glamour of an Icon

There have been countless biographies of Elizabeth Taylor, but this one offers fascinating insight and may stand as the definitive one about the legendary actress.

Acting Naturally: The Magic in Great Performances

An intriguing book by one of the greatest living writers about film.

Poetry Unbound: 50 Poems To Open Your World

With his intimate tone, Ó Tuama takes poetry out of the classroom and puts it back into the hands of the reader. He thereby makes the world a better place. Recommended for poetry collections everywhere.
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Bring It On: The Complete Story of the Cheerleading Movie That Changed, Like, Everything (No, Seriously)

Libraries should have a copy for fans of the film and its (as of 2022) six movie sequels.
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The Half Known Life: In Search of Paradise

While the premise and the prose seem a bit meandering at times, Iyer’s latest book is a joyful travelogue that many readers will likely enjoy.
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The Fresh Prince Project: How The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Remixed America

While this is an entertaining chronicle of an important sitcom, its appeal is limited to die-hard fans of the original series or the new reboot, Bel-Air.
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Ain’t But a Few of Us: Black Music Writers Tell Their Story

Recommended as a secondary purchase for academic libraries, especially those with music and journalism programs.
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The McCartney Legacy, Vol. 1: 1969–73

Meticulously researching the topic and writing in a lively, conversational style, the coauthors have delivered the definitive work about the immediate post-Beatles times of Paul McCartney. It is likely to be too detailed for general readers but represents a treasure trove of information for Beatlemaniacs.
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(Don’t) Stop Me If You’ve Heard This Before: and Other Essays on Writing Fiction

Academic libraries that support creative writing programs and those looking for new perspectives and resources on fiction writing and analysis will appreciate this volume.
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Queen of Dust

Dare, who also writes contemporary romance as Hanna Earnest, here pens a science-fiction romance that leans heavily into its tropes and brings forth a successful story. Fans of enemies-to-lovers will be thrilled with this book.

It’s One of Us

Ellison (Her Dark Lies) spotlights the issue of infertility, based on her own experiences, then adds betrayal, obsession, and familial ties that bind to create a tension-filled story with an intriguing theme. Readers will race through the pages to an end they didn’t see coming.
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The Easy Life

While this early work is less taut than her best novels, Duras plumbs the harshness of Francine’s life and the catastrophic effect that Francine’s detachment has on those around her.
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Hayley Aldridge Is Still Here

This is a perfect, unputdownable book for fans of celebrity gossip and pop-culture fiction.

The Devil You Know

The series protagonist is a wonderfully complex and likable character, as are the supporting cast. Tracy’s ability to weave multiple plots into a satisfying story makes this a must-read for mystery lovers.
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Three Can Keep a Secret

Readers who enjoy the library and community connections in Victoria Gilbert’s “Blue Ridge Library” mysteries will want to try this mystery that hints at future answers to the ongoing story line of the murder of Greer’s husband.
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How To Turn into a Bird

The escapist scenario may remind readers of Italo Calvino’s The Baron in the Trees, and the theme of the value and place of nonconformity in today’s society will ring true.
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Right Girl, Wrong Side

The latest from Baird (after First Bride To Fall) is perfect for fans of Netflix’s Love in the Villa and those looking for a romantic beach read.

Artist

Ma skewers his cast’s overblown sense of entitlement and lack of self-awareness with terrific deadpan wit. While subplots concerning the misuse of royalty payments owed to artists whose music is popular in karaoke bars and the inner workings of public arts foundations prove a bit dry, Ma’s perspective on the value of originality, the power of celebrity, and the debt one generation of artists owes to those that follow are truly thought-provoking.

Blood of the Virgin

A stunningly ambitious, emotionally complex work from an artist with a distinct perspective on the pursuit of artistic fulfillment.
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One Night with the Duke

Though it’s possible that fans of Malpas’s contemporary romances might be satisfied with this effort, those who typically enjoy Regency romances are unlikely to be as forgiving. This novel is unevenly paced, with inconsistent characters who feel out of place in their setting, and provides an unnecessarily convoluted plot.

The Do-Over

Park’s (So We Meet Again) latest does an excellent job of navigating topics of anxiety, self-doubt, nepotism, and misogyny through an enjoyable second-chance romance with great characters. This book is an essential read and highly recommended.
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My Soul Twin

In this fraught tale of how the sins of the parents haunt and punish their offspring, the tension and sadness are almost too much to bear. Billed as a modern-day Wuthering Heights.
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Super Spy

A tightly plotted, high-stakes masterwork about the terrible cost of life in the shadows.

Episode Thirteen

In this subversion of the classic haunted-house/found-footage story, DiLouie demonstrates his ability to toy with and eventually upend readers’ expectations. What could have been a story full of the typical tropes becomes an unsettling exploration into what lies beyond life, death, and reality itself.
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The Handy Engineering Answer Book

This well-organized, comprehensive reference book may inspire readers to explore engineering as a career. Recommended for anyone who wishes to learn more or to brush up on their knowledge about engineering.

Last on His Feet: Jack Johnson and the Battle of the Century

Lyrical narration and powerfully evocative black-and-white illustration combine for an uncommonly propulsive, completely immersive biography.
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The Extraordinary Part, Book One: Orsay’s Hands

A fast-paced, unpredictable, and utterly original story rendered in delicate linework and vibrant color.
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Too Dead To Die: A Simon Cross Thriller

A thoroughly entertaining, loving riff on familiar pulp characters that raises compelling questions about their viability in a rapidly changing world.
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The Lonely War of Capt. Willy Schultz

Creators Franz and Glanzman (A Sailor’s Story) provide enough explosive action to satisfy the genre conventions of the time in which the story was created, but with a distinct, stunningly powerful, anti-war perspective. This volume collects the entire series for the first time.
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The Exile

Kriek’s luscious brushwork, attention to detail, and refusal to impose modern notions of morality or justice on his characters result in an immersive, provocative saga.

Pandora

Twisted characters, plots and counterplots, a magpie that seems to be more than a mere bird--all of these elements comprise a novel that will draw in readers and, quite possibly, keep them up late into the night to see what the next chapter brings.

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Frank & Marilyn: The Lives, the Loves, and the Fascinating Relationship of Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe

There’s a lot of content with little substance. Billed as a largely untold story, it’s not.
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Roman Polanski: Behind the Scenes of His Classic Early Films

This scholarly interpretation of Polanski’s work will be appreciated by his most devoted fans and cinephiles who appreciate ’60s films.

Chekhov Becomes Chekhov: The Emergence of a Literary Genius

Blaisdell’s incredibly researched work is a treasure trove of insight and information for scholars and fans of Russian literature. For generations to come, it will be a staple for Chekhov studies. Highly recommended for academic libraries and Russian literature collections.
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But Have You Read the Book?: 52 Literary Gems That Inspired Our Favorite Films

This well-researched book with its 10-page bibliography and addictive compendium will likely inspire movie buffs and literature mavens alike to take her advice.

Saxophone Colossus: The Life and Music of Sonny Rollins

A memorable work that will become the standard biography of the saxophone giant and should be embraced by all jazz fans and general readers. Highly recommended.

Oscar Wars: A History of Hollywood in Gold, Sweat, and Tears

This lively, gossip-rich account is ideal reading for cineastes.

Musical Landscapes in Color: Conversations with Black American Composers

A book that should be in every music lover’s library.
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Unraveling: What I Learned About Life While Shearing Sheep, Dyeing Wool, and Making the World’s Ugliest Sweater

Orenstein recounts her adventures in learning new skills with the openness and keen observations of a wise friend. This is a delight to read and will be of interest not only to crafters but also to anyone who’s learned something new as an adult.

Finding the Fool: A Tarot Journey to Radical Transformation

A primer that is also a deep dive, appropriate and inclusive for all persons at all levels of expertise, Wall’s book is a likely candidate to join the canon of must-read guides for the serious student of the tarot.
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Local: A Memoir

This is the perfect book for anyone feeling lost, working through grief, and attempting to find a connection with someone to feel less alone.
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Hanging Out: The Radical Power of Killing Time

This book is recommended for those interested in social theory, time management, and relationships.
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The E Suite: Empathetic Leadership for the Next Generation of Executives

A solid basic introduction to empathy-centered leadership. Will likely appeal to first-time managers and those looking to move into leadership positions.
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Shirley Chisholm: Champion of Black Feminist Power Politics

Strongly recommended for social science students and public collections where similar titles circulate well.
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Oh Love, Come Close: A Memoir

While interesting, this memoir reads more like poetry, so ideal readers will need to have that expectation.
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Sexuality Beyond Consent: Risk, Race, Traumatophilia

A powerful examination of clinical data alongside popular culture, this is a theoretical text appropriate for university-level classes on gender and sexuality. It also includes elements that will be of interest to general readers tired of self-help books designed to “fix” brokenness and interested in exploring what it means to find worth in and through trauma.
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Drinking Games: A Memoir

A good choice for those seeking personal narratives of experiences of alcoholism in the 21st century; readers who appreciate stand-alone chapters instead of a more linear narrative will likely find it especially effective.

The Hard Parts: A Memoir of Courage and Triumph

This book is not only for sports fans but also for the multitude of readers who will likely want to learn more about this remarkable and courageous woman, who achieved her dream despite challenges. Highly recommended.
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Northeaster: A Story of Courage and Survival in the Blizzard of 1952

This vividly told tale should attract history buffs and anyone who loves a good story.
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Native Agency: Indians in the Bureau of Indian Affairs

A critical addition to sociological, historical, and anthropological collections, this book provides a multifaceted account of working within the BIA. Lambert has a rich perspective as a citizen of the Choctaw Nation, anthropologist, and former United States government employee.
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The Sh!t No One Tells You About Divorce: A Guide to Breaking Up, Falling Apart, and Putting Yourself Back Together

While some readers will appreciate the author’s no-nonsense approach, others may be turned off by references to casual sex and drug use. Readers will learn that surviving divorce is a process, but contentment is possible if one is willing to do the work to achieve it.

Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom

Readers interested in studies about the enslaved, abolitionism, and antebellum history should read this insightful new work.
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The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens

A primer for a citizenship that preserves democratic institutions.
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The Scythian Empire: Central Eurasia and the Birth of the Classical Age from Persia to China

Highly recommended for all students of the Scythians and Classical Persia or China. A similar work that focuses on the archeological evidence left by the Scythians is Barry Cunliffe’s The Scythians.
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Cancel Wars: How Universities Can Foster Free Speech, Promote Inclusion, and Renew Democracy

Recommended for all education collections.
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Audacious AF: An Empowering Guide to Running an Authentic Business

Tidbits about business topics, such as branding, entrepreneurship, the effective use of social media, and the important concept of pricing are all included, which is great, but these messages become somewhat lost in the book’s excessive profanity.
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Waco Rising: David Koresh, the FBI, and the Birth of America’s Modern Militias

Thrilling, evenhanded, and liable to resonate with readers drawn to true crime and current events.
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Sink: A Memoir

This is a compulsively readable and brave memoir.
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Love Stories: Uplifting True Stories About Love

Together, it forms a story told through multiple voices that reminds readers that the ineluctable links between heartache and romance are what make emotions (and relationships) so worthwhile.

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How To Read the Wilderness: An Illustrated Guide to the Natural Wonders of North America

This affordable, compact, and user-friendly guide is best suited for public library collections. Perfect for casual explorers, seasoned hikers, and students alike.
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Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater

This exceptional resource will be useful for students and researchers wishing to know more about the remarkable works of Asian American artists and writers over the past 150 years. A recommended purchase for large public libraries and all academic collections.
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