Stephanie's to-be-read pile usually includes sci-fi/fantasy, lyrical literary fiction, and books about who we are and how we can work to make things better. She also has a weakness for British TV and loud action movies.
My Monticello is a gorgeously written, audacious, and indelible collection.
This useful, thoughtful workbook balances sobering reality and a serious call to action with a healthy dose of humor.
Crystal Wilkinson's writing is magic. In revealing herself, she reveals worlds.
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies is just an amazing collection of stories--visceral, incisive, intimate, and real.
Gorgeous, devastating, and indelible.
Uhart shows us the remarkable in the usually unremarked lives of our non-human fellow earthlings. Engrossing, poignant, and delightful.
In his debut, “Black Buck”, Mateo Askaripour offers up a raucous, biting, funny, and finally, affecting skewering of corporate culture and festering racism. The book is constructed as a self-help memoir for the aspiring Black salesperson and this generates a few laugh-out-loud moments. There are also a few moments that induce the urge to slap Darren square in the mouth, and others that might make you want to stand up and root for him or fold him into your arms for a long hug. In the end, “Black Buck” asks necessary questions about America, capitalism, bias, and the nature of success while being a blast to read.
This tiny little book packs a vital wallop. We have choices and we need to exercise them while we still can.
This powerful and thoughtful book calls for clear-eyed reckoning with the inequity and systemic racism that infect all corners of society, including Buddhist communities. The authors eloquently call to action with love and commitment to diminishing suffering, making the work valuable for anyone interested in all forms of liberation.
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N. K. Jemisin is a master world builder. This time, she starts with a world we think we know (NYC) and gives it an entirely new, harrowing, mind-blowing life.
Three books. Three Hugo awards. A fantasy tour de force that makes a beautiful gift.
The Power is the story of a world inexorably changed by the ability of (almost all) women to electrocute with a touch. This is not a fable for the essentialist or the faint of heart. The patriarchy does go, but not quietly. The titular power shifts the balance, but it also corrupts as thoroughly as any other. The narrative is by turns infuriating and exhilarating, hopeful and terrifying, unnerving and wickedly funny--all of which make for an indelible reading experience.
The title quotes a specific reference to the Reconstruction and its demise amidst resurgent post-Civil War white supremacy. The disheartening symmetry of the more recent eight years of the Obama presidency and what followed is exposed by Coates’s powerful, insightful, beautifully written, meticulously researched, and unflinching essays.
Navigating the daily horrors of Jim Crow leaves the marvelously-drawn protagonists well-prepared to cope with the supernatural challenges Ruff throws at them. The book is creepy, dread-filled, thought-provoking, and darkly witty. Just a great read!
This children's book is a beautifully illustrated reminder of the value and joy in the present moment.
Ferdinand is big and strong. More importantly, he is gentle and kind and he is true to himself. This classic children’s book has as much to say today--to people of all ages--as it did in 1936.
I'm not going to be a Supreme Court Justice, but I can work out like one! The exercises are presented with great illustrations of gym and home versions, making them accessible and as challenging as you need them to be.
Just when you think you know what these stories are revealing, and how, Chiang tells you something else entirely. His writing style is sparse yet lush and utterly compelling. Science, math, linguistics, history, religion, and philosophy share a wonderfully resonant stage in each of the pieces and in the whole.