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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY #3) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807057834
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Published: Beacon Press - August 11th, 2015

This is a must-read book for anybody interested in social justice. Dunbar Ortiz clearly articulates a history of settler colonialism and its negative impacts on Indigenous lifeways. This book was life-changing! 


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Luster: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374194321
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

Raw, dark, laugh-out-loud hilarious at times, complex, and quintessentially millennial, with deeply cutting descriptions of Edie’s experience as a young Black woman trying to make sense of her life. Leilani paints vivid yet succinct descriptions of the multiple microcosms of NYC and suburban NJ as she explores Edie’s relationship to work, self, her parents, and a complicated open relationship (with a white couple who adopts a Black daughter). Leilani’s breakout novel reads like a memoir as if she is drawing from her own lived experiences, or creating a composite narrative of the daily experiences of many Black women today—always under the watchful and powerful gaze of whiteness and misogynoir. You’ll finish Luster before you know it.


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Just Us: An American Conversation Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781644450215
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 8th, 2020

Rankine's newest set of essays explores her interactions with white people in her life and her travels.  A must-read for all white people and others interested in anti-racism. I read it in a weekend. This is a new take on our relationships to whiteness and anti-Blackness. An auto/ethnographic read that asks many questions of its white readers and leaves you asking many more of yourself.


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Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781849352604
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Published: AK Press - April 18th, 2017

If you're exhausted with the world, check out Maree Brown's book on creating social change starting with small groups and upscaling to larger systemic shifts. I read this book in a weekend and it changed my entire outlook on how I wanted to do social change work in my life. 10/10 recommend!


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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Cover Image
By Samin Nosrat, Wendy MacNaughton (Illustrator)
$37.50
ISBN: 9781476753836
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 25th, 2017

This is a must-read cookbook for any level of chef. Samin enlightens us on the for most important cooking elements, Salt Fat Acid and Heat. Check out her Netflix special and podcast too!!!


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Eat a Peach: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524759216
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Published: Clarkson Potter - September 8th, 2020

I've loved David Chang ever since visiting Momofuku, watching Ugly Delicious, and reading Lucky Peach. Getting an inside look at this mastermind chef was a *treat*. Don't miss his 33 rules to being a chef, his musings about a future America, and his stories of childhood growing up as a child of a Korean immigrant.


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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

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There There: A novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525520375
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Published: Knopf - June 5th, 2018

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Lord of the Flies Cover Image
By William Golding, Lois Lowry (Afterword by), Jennifer Buehler (Contributions by)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780399501487
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Published: Penguin Books - December 16th, 2003

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The Dark Tide Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781728209982
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - August 4th, 2020

A fun, dark, and witchy novel about the lengths you'd go for and what you'd risk for love. This debut novel is a page turner filled with action, magic, and serpents. I finished the back half of the book in one night!