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This fascinating book is divided into four subjects of fundamental interest to the US now and when it was established: Freedom, Equality, the Law, and Foreign Affairs. With wit, historical knowledge and enlightening insight, Ellis first elucidates what a chosen thinker among the Founders thought about his signature topic. How each worked to reconcile philosophy and the practicality of nation-building is fascinating. The second part of each chapter compares the results to where we are now in our thinking and politics. I found this excitingly ingenious and informative approach galvanizing in how it clarified essential aspects (and follies and distortions) of the conflicts that embattle us today. I couldn’t put it down and can’t stop thinking about now.
This fantasy based on Middle Eastern mythology and politics is unputdownable. The characters are all interesting and you just want to find out more. Nahri and Ali, the two narrators, have distinct points of view and perspectives. Nahri, especially, since she comes from our world and is transported into this new land. The book depicts the complexities of the geo political, religious, tribal and cultural differences of the people who live in our Middle East as well as the fantastical world. The issues are so complex and everything is in shades of grey and somehow, you just want everyone to find some middle ground so there can be peace in the region.
— Audrey H.
A sweet story with even sweeter illustrations. Harold's beloved woolly hat is stolen by a crow who just won't give it back. But when Harold learns that his hat is being put to good use, he realizes he doesn't need his hat to know that he's special. A great book that teaches it's not what we have but what we do that matters.
This is a story of Black Girl Magic as well an honest, compassionate, and difficult portrayal of what it means to be poor and Black. Bri is as relatable as any teenager, and her struggles are a window for many readers, and a mirror for many more. Even with some of her snap decisions, you'll be rooting for Bri to succeed, as she battles stereotypes and assumptions to discover who she really is, and what she stands for.
Real American is written in a non-traditional format – short paragraphs with lots of space in-between, and some pages with only a sentence, making it feel like the author is talking directly to you. Lythcott-Haims, the daughter of a black father and white mother, had a difficult time identifying as black, because of being raised in a white environment. She struggled with her identity and self-esteem for years, despite being wildly successful. I found this book to be extremely impactful and emotional.
There is only one abortion clinic left in the state of Mississippi, and a man has entered it with a gun, opened fire on employees and patients alike, and is now holding an array of its occupants hostage. Taking place over the course of a day, the narrative begins in the evening, and goes through the day backwards. Motivations, relationships, and secrets are revealed, lives intersect in surprising ways, and red herrings and plot twists make this book impossible to put down.
“In all marriages there is struggle and ours was no different in that regard. But we always came to the other shore, dusted off, and said, There you are, my love.” Poet Elizabeth Alexander's memoir on the sudden death of her husband, Ficre. A tale that begins with tragedy and loss but is ultimately a love story.
This is a gem of a short story collection. It is deep and insightful, exploring love in its many facets - the love between partners, parents and children, friends. There is an honesty and bravery in its exploration of the way we feel about others. It rang true and made me care about the characters in all of their complexity. What a treasure!
Mary Oliver's essays are just as beautiful as her poems. Read them and you'll see.
Such a sweet, nostalgic story about a little girl who must choose only one doll to take to a party and how she makes this difficult choice. The illustrations are gentle, the lesson of what we value and love, timeless.
A delicious mix of college drama, team shenanigans, and stress baking, Check, Please! started as a webcomic and is now collected in this first bound volume. Bitty is a former figure skater now on his college hockey team. He bakes, he vlogs, and he might just be falling in love with the team captain. Don't let the cute art style fool you - this graphic novel is definitely for the older reader. An effervescent read!
This was such a fun read! The unique mixture of science fictional and mythological elements is so engaging and endlessly interesting as you follow the adventures of a young fox spirit in human form who travels through space to find her missing brother. This is really a magical book.
You can take the girl out of Boston but you can't take the witch out of the girl! WIth dark family secrets, histrionic sisters, chilly New England woods and mysterious visions there's not much missing from this modern Gothic novel. When three sisters from a wealthy family are uprooted from their Boston home and brought to the woods after a curious incident, strange things occur. The family hides a generations old secret that will surely be revealed in between the Bronte-esque love affairs and ghostly apparitions. Willow Hall has a witch- but which witch is it?
— Miriam L
This is a lovely story about growing up and growing into who you are, and who doesn't love a great romance set in a bakery? Ari and Hector's story is certainly rocky at times, but it is worth it to watch Ari learn and fail and try again as he stumbles towards discovering what it is he really wants. Sometimes heartbreaking, but the resolution is definitely worth it.
Perry shines a loving light on the first Black woman writer to have her play on Broadway. This unconventional biography focuses its deep gaze on Hansberry’s inner life, her revolutionary thought and activism, her love of women, her friendships with James Baldwin, Nina Simone and W.E.B Du Bois, and her fearless commitment to speak truth to power. I love the way Perry at times inserts herself into the narrative, and, in doing so, “continues the dialogue” that Hansberry began.
In a story taken from her childhood, McKissack gives us proud and strong Tricia Ann who risks traveling through the hurtful and dangerous streets of her segregated 1950s Southern town to arrive at a special place where all are welcome—the public library. McKissack wrote to “build bridges with books.” This is a triumphant book with important messages from history for today’s children.
I read and reread this collection of essays to get to the final one again, a return to ourselves as we relate to scientific truths. "What are we in this boundless and glowing world?" Rovello explores relativity, quantum mechanics, the cosmos, particles, quantum gravity, and black holes in simple, clear and yet poetic terms. It begs us to understand our world and universe so that we might better understand ourselves and our place in space and time. Lovely and special.