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As someone who grew up in poverty (and who stills lives in that nebulous space between poor and middle-class) this book really hit home. Both insightful and infuriating, Desmond details how we all benefit from government assistance and exposes the myth of welfare dependence. I can only hope this book encourages meaningful change.
This is an intricate and intimate story told with minimal dialogue and lush illustrations I found touching and emotional in ways I didn't expect. Anya's journey resonates with all us humans who are trying to find our place and not compromise or burn ourselves out in the process. You'll want this on your shelf to remind you of the magic of life when things are tough.
Sexy, surprising, and starkly human, Emezi has the unique ability to describe recognizable feelings that make you think about them in a whole new way. This book is a beautiful immersion into the messy, complicated, and transformative nature of grief and love.
Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution (Hardcover)
An interrogative historical fiction with a dash of magic as allegory, Kuang both investigates and indicts the plague of imperialism and exploitation of British rule throughout the world in the mid-1800s. Kuang asks us how much we're willing to ignore for the sake of self-preservation while sympathizing with those brought into the Empire without their consent. Complex, rich, brilliant, and unforgettable.
Compelling and sweet, Derrick creates a beautiful love story with an unexpected twist: what happens when you forget your true love? By directly sharing Stevie's feelings as she learns about the years she's lost, Derrick shows us her growth in real time, and her reconciliation with who she became and what she wants. Well-written and honest with sensitivity and depth, this story about love and loss will enchant you.
I have no words except: read this book. It's phenomenal.