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27 Essential Principles of Story: Master the Secrets of Great Storytelling, from Shakespeare to South Park Cover Image
ISBN: 9781523507160
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - August 18th, 2020

Author Daniel Joshua Rubin has written for theater, television, and digital productions, and has taught dramatic writing at Loyola University and the University of California at San Diego. His work, 27 Essential Principles of Story, is a great choice for anyone who has a story to tell. 

The book is divided into three parts: the first has ten chapters, or essential principles, on plot, the second part has nine essential principles on character, and the third part has seven essential principles on dialog, setting, and theme. 

Every important dynamic of classic dramatic story structure is described, demonstrated, explained, and presented with a short test. To do this, each principle is given utilizing examples from various writers with very different styles. From Shakespeare to Eminem, every fundamental step in story-creation is shown in explicit and easy to follow fashion.

In plot, you see how to establish a central dramatic question, create risk, clash expectation with reality, and intensify action. In character, you learn to make the hero active, have the characters perform at the top of their intelligence, how to use masks, and have strong antagonists. You’ll see how the setting affects the whole story, and how your theme can actually be attacked in order to strengthen its persuasiveness and better its function of leading the narrative, and how dialog is used to illustrate the characters.

At times, this work seemed like a collection of highly useful tricks designed to obtain the best story possible, such as having the hero move closer to his goal while simultaneously moving further away, or finding paths to the appropriate mindset when writing.

While story-creation may be thought of as the creation of fiction, it is worthy to note that its purpose regularly goes far beyond entertainment. Humans make facts from fiction-consider corporations, nations, religions, and money. The purposes of story include helping us make sense of the world, and validating our experiences.

A pleasant surprise for me was the enjoyment of experiencing the works of the various authors Rubin uses to demonstrate the principles. His familiarity with their works made it a ride on a carousel of literary styles.

March 11, 2021

Steven Brehm

32nd Avenue Books, Toys & Gifts


Lifespan: Why We Age—and Why We Don't Have To Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501191978
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Published: Atria Books - September 10th, 2019

In his book Lifespan, Harvard geneticist and researcher David A Sinclair describes various methods of increasing lifespans and also healthspans, or the duration of vitality. The work begins with a primordial earth spawning the first life forms and ends with the Earth’s most advanced organism amending and altering its own shape.

The path of evolution has its start with a progenitor organism with the imagined name of Magna Superstes, or “great survivor.” Its genetic survival mechanism is based on its ability to switch its forces back and forth from replication to repair, and it foretells a nature common to all future life, no matter how complex the form.

The author defines a host of “hallmarks” of aging. They are: genomic instability caused by DNA damage; attrition of the protective endcaps of the chromosomes, the telomeres; alterations to the epigenome that controls which genes are turned on or off; loss of healthy protein maintenance, known as proteostasis; deregulated nutrient sensing caused by metabolic changes; mitochondrial dysfunction; accumulation of senescent zombie-like cells that inflame healthy cells; exhaustion of stem cells; altered intercellular communication and the production of inflammatory  molecules. Dr. Sinclair believes that, should any of these conditions be halted, the process of aging may be slowed, and should all of them be halted, aging, in theory, could be stopped.

In order to halt those aging processes, gene-editing interventions may be performed in the embryo, using enzymes such as I-Ppol or Cas9. thus allowing certain regenerative processes to be activated later in life. Another area of research is the development of senolytics, or medicines that destroy zombie cells. 

According to the author, the three main pathways to longevity involve mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin), AMPK (an enzyme that assists in nutrient sensing), and sirtuins (proteins that regulate cellular homeostasis and require NAD to function. NAD is a coenzyme important to mitochondrial function) Some therapeutic agents, such as NMN (a supplement that can treat metabolic disorders) and metformin, may stimulate longevity circuits. 

Some lifeforms, such as Greenland sharks and bristlecone pines, already have vastly greater lifespans than humans, and therefore are subjects of research. Another life form, the tardigrade, has a much greater ability to repair DNA damage, so its genetic nature is under deserved scrutiny. And surprising research with lab mice and yeast cells show that aging may be diminished or even ended.

Moreover, challenging oneself with temperature (being a little bit cold or hot), reducing the intake of calories, avoiding amino acids from animal sources, and engaging in exercise will likely lead to a longer and healthier lifespan.

For me, the most important take-away from this work was the realization that there is no definite limit to a lifespan should aging itself is brought under control. Reading Dr. Sinclair’s work was a journey from disbelief to expectation.

March 2, 2021

Steven Brehm

32nd Avenue Books, Toys & Gifts


A Promised Land Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524763169
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Published: Crown - November 17th, 2020

In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency--a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation's highest office.

Reflecting on the presidency, he offers a unique and thoughtful exploration of both the awesome reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as singular insights into the dynamics of U.S. partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings readers inside the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room, and to Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, and points beyond. We are privy to his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, wrestles with a global financial crisis, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune's Spear, which leads to the death of Osama bin Laden.

A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective--the story of one man's bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of "hope and change," and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible.

This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama's conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.

Naturalist: A Graphic Adaptation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610919586
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Published: Island Press - November 10th, 2020

Created to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Naturalist, E.O. Wilson’s autobiography, this graphic adaptation by Jim Ottaviani and C.M. Butzer depicts the life history of E. O. Wilson, arguably the world’s most accomplished myrmecologist, or ant expert. This work employs great use of parallel structure, beginning with the mature Wilson visiting the young Wilson in the Pensacola of the 1930’s, and later with the middle-aged Wilson in various settings. There is frequent use of binomial nomenclature, such as  Sistrurus miliarius.

His early years in Pensacola, the divorce of his parents, his placement in the Gulf Coast Military Academy, the remarriage of his parents, his travels throughout the South with his father, his time in the Boy Scouts, and his friendship with Elis Macleod are all presented, as are many of the other significant events of his life.

In 1945, at the age of 16, he decided to become an entomologist, eventually specializing in myrmecology. For me, his early embrace of biology was noteworthy. While he had always found fascination with the southern biome, his recognition of, value for, and commitment to biology at such an early age was remarkable. 

Seeking a path to college, he tried to enlist in the Army, but failed due to blindness in one eye. The University of Alabama accepted him, and there he received a Bachelor of Science degree. After a brief stay at the University of Tennessee, he went to Harvard where his first research project involved the study of the Lasius ant. From there, his work involved much travel, deeper research, important social and professional relationships, and unique discoveries. He worked on expeditions in Cuba, Mexico, Australia, New Guinea, Fiji, Europe, America, and several other places.

He discovered that citronella, as well as other compounds, are secreted by the glands of ants, and that this is a major way they communicate. He first identified the Solenopsis fire ant in the U.S., and discovered a new species of ant in Australia. He found Aneuretus simoni, a link between two worldwide groups of ants, the Myrmicinae and the Dolichoderinae in Ceylon. He helped discover the evolutionary dynamics of hybridization and character displacement, which help explain how individuals within a species can become more alike or more different. He formulated the taxon cycle, a biogeographical theory of evolution involving range expansion and contraction. He is the founder of sociobiology, a field of biology that connects the social behavior of species to evolution. He remains a voice for the preservation of biodiversity on Earth.

This adaptation provides a quick journey through the life of this talented and accomplished scientist. As a graphic novel, it offers the reader the chance to enjoy a visual excursion while learning the story of a man whose life’s work remains significant in its influence.

C. M. Butzer is an illustrator, printmaker, and cartoonist. Jim Ottaviani writes graphic novels about scientists, and Hilary Sycamore is a colorist who has taught art and design. Edward O. Wilson has written more than 30 books, including The Ants and On Human Nature, both of which won Pulitzer Prizes. Dr. Wilson is Faculty Emeritus in the Museum of Comparative Zoology and Pellegrino University professor, Emeritus at Harvard University.

Steve Brehm

32nd Avenue Books, Toys & Gifts Bookstore

Dearly: New Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063032491
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Published: Ecco - November 10th, 2020

The soul of a poet lives in a special place near the borderlands of words and emotions, and Margaret Atwood is no stranger to that place. Her work, Dearly: New Poems, has the imprint of her style: crafty and slightly dark, at times melancholy, and always varied. She writes of women and sisters, the past, odd remembrances. She reminisces about cats and aliens, werewolves and nature. Her wit and effect are genuinely and easily enjoyable. (Also available on CD - read by the author)



Steve Brehm

32nd Avenue Books, Toys & Gifts

The Arrest: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062938787
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Published: Ecco - November 10th, 2020

From the award-winning author of The Feral Detective and Motherless Brooklyn comes an utterly original postapocalyptic yarn about two siblings, the man that came between them, and a nuclear-powered super car.

The Arrest isn't post-apocalypse. It isn't a dystopia. It isn't a utopia. It's just what happens when much of what we take for granted--cars, guns, computers, and airplanes, for starters--quits working. . . .

Before the Arrest, Sandy Duplessis had a reasonably good life as a screenwriter in L.A. An old college friend and writing partner, the charismatic and malicious Peter Todbaum, had become one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. That didn't hurt.

Now, post-Arrest, nothing is what it was. Sandy, who calls himself Journeyman, has landed in rural Maine. There he assists the butcher and delivers the food grown by his sister, Maddy, at her organic farm. But then Todbaum shows up in an extraordinary vehicle: a retrofitted tunnel-digger powered by a nuclear reactor. Todbaum has spent the Arrest smashing his way across a fragmented and phantasmagorical United States, trailing enmities all the way. Plopping back into the siblings' life with his usual odious panache, his motives are entirely unclear. Can it be that Todbaum wants to produce one more extravaganza? Whatever he's up to, it may fall to Journeyman to stop him.

Written with unrepentant joy and shot through with just the right amount of contemporary dread, The Arrest is speculative fiction at its absolute finest.

Dark Tides: A Novel (The Fairmile Series #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501187186
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Published: Atria Books - November 24th, 2020

#1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory's new historical novel tracks the rise of the Tidelands family in London, Venice, and New England.

Midsummer Eve 1670. Two unexpected visitors arrive at a shabby warehouse on the south side of the River Thames. The first is a wealthy man hoping to find the lover he deserted twenty-one years before. James Avery has everything to offer, including the favour of the newly restored King Charles II, and he believes that the warehouse's poor owner Alinor has the one thing his money cannot buy--his son and heir.

The second visitor is a beautiful widow from Venice in deepest mourning. She claims Alinor as her mother-in-law and has come to tell Alinor that her son Rob has drowned in the dark tides of the Venice lagoon.

Alinor writes to her brother Ned, newly arrived in faraway New England and trying to make a life between the worlds of the English newcomers and the American Indians as they move toward inevitable war. Alinor tells him that she knows--without doubt--that her son is alive and the widow is an imposter.

Set in the poverty and glamour of Restoration London, in the golden streets of Venice, and on the tensely contested frontier of early America, this is a novel of greed and desire: for love, for wealth, for a child, and for home.

Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616209179
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 2nd, 2021

Debut author Amelia Pang, an award-winning investigative journalist, has produced Made in China, a work that is moving, illuminating, and purposeful. The story begins when an American woman named Julie Keith discovers an SOS note in some old Halloween decorations. In broken English, the note asks the finder to notify the “World Human Right Organization” of the plight of forced laborers in a laogai, or ReeducationThrough Labor camp, where the sender is detained. Ms. Keith is quite upset, and eventually contacts Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). She is interviewed by ICE, which subsequently makes a formal request to visit the Masanjia RTL camp, where the note originated. They are refused.

This book is largely an exposé of China’s horrid forced labor camps, and other extralegal detention facilities, in which people may be “detained” indefinitely, without benefit of defense or meaningful trial, and how their sad conditions, along with environmental degradation, are the true cost of China’s low cost merchandise, and our unbridled consumerism. Torture and threats to family members are involved. 

The book’s emphasis is on the story of Sun Yi, author of the SOS note: his background, family, and involvement in Falun Gong, a system of healing meditations and moral codes. He was imprisoned for this involvement. 

The millions of Chinese killed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the Great Leap Forward and in the Cultural Revolution left a China transformed into something very different from the China of its past. The author observes that, “This is why modern mainland Chinese tend to place higher value on social stability than human rights. The last thing they want is another revolution.” Instability, it seems, is the mother of tyranny. 

There are also stunning revelations about China’s pervasive artificial intelligence-enhanced facial recognition cameras. In Xinjiang, the northwestern province of the Turkic Uyghurs, the CCP collects not only their images, but alarmingly, their biometric data, ostensibly to monitor their health. Such data would be crucially important, should the CCP ever decide to massacre Uyghurs for their bodily organs. Such a possibility exists since the Uyghurs, who widely oppose the CCP,  live in a location that China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” program of expansion aims to traverse.

There is excellent advice on ways to resist China’s aggressive foreign trade practices, particularly through the use of social media to force corporate compliance with sourcing laws. This is perhaps the best way to counter the nightmarish oppression of dissidents and minorities in the laogai.

For me, the most important conclusion from reading this work was the understanding that tyranny depends absolutely on uniformity of thought. Any ideas or notions that do not serve its precepts constitute an existential threat to it, chief among which would be the notion of liberty itself.

32nd Avenue Books: I was compelled to ask this significant and talented writer if she could envision a future China in which the CCP is no longer in control, and whether she felt that any countries in the West might find themselves on a path to communism. I am quite pleased to present her observations:

Amelia Pang: We would all like to see China transition to a democracy. But I don't think that can happen unless the masses in China revolt to topple the CCP. Unfortunately, the average person in China does not see the CCP as an authoritarian regime. For many Chinese people, criticizing the CCP means criticizing China. It would feel unpatriotic. This is the result of decades of propaganda, as well as cultural and historical factors like the "Century of Humiliation." A lot of people in China are reluctant to accept that Western democracy is a good fit for China. That's why it is so rare to come across a dissident in China. And it is tragic that, instead of organizing and mobilizing the masses, these individuals are stuck in labor camps making our cheap products.

And I don't see any countries on the path to China's version of communism. The Chinese Communist Party is a misnomer in some sense. "Socialism with Chinese characteristics" is really just capitalism, albeit authoritarian capitalism.

November 1, 2020

Steve Brehm

32nd Avenue Books, Toys & Gifts Bookstore

Racial Awareness - A Reading List for Adults


The Water Dancer: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399590610
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Published: One World - November 17th, 2020

"Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage--and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child--but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known. So begins an unexpected journey into the covert war on slavery that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia's proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the deep South to dangerously utopic movements in the North. Even as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, all Hiram wants is to return to the Walker Plantation to free the family he left behind--but to do so, he must first master his magical gift and reconstruct the story of his greatest loss."-

The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

"The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect? Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins. As with her New York Times-bestselling debut The Mothers, Brit Bennett offers an engrossing page-turner about family and relationships that is immersive and provocative, compassionate and wise"--

When No One Is Watching: A Thriller Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062982650
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 1st, 2020


"Sydney Green is Brooklyn born and raised, but her beloved neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. Condos are sprouting like weeds, FOR SALE signs are popping up overnight, and the neighbors she's known all her life are disappearing. To hold onto her community's past and present, Sydney channels her frustration into a walking tour and finds an unlikely and unwanted assistant in one of the new arrivals to the block--her neighbor Theo. But Sydney and Theo's deep dive into history quickly becomes a dizzying descent into paranoia and fear. Their neighbors may not have moved to the suburbs after all, and the push to revitalize the community may be more deadly than advertised. When does coincidence become conspiracy? Where do people go when gentrification pushes them out? Can Sydney and Theo trust each other--or themselves--long enough to find out before they too disappear?"

Such a Fun Age Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525541905
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 31st, 2019

"Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right. But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix's desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix's past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other"--

The Underground Railroad: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345804327
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Published: Anchor - January 30th, 2018

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood--where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned--Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.
In Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor--engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.
Like the protagonist of Gulliver's Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey--hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632864130
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 5th, 2017

From the Civil War to our combustible present, White Rage reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America--now in paperback with a new afterword by the author, acclaimed historian Carol Anderson.

As Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in August 2014, and media commentators across the ideological spectrum referred to the angry response of African Americans as "black rage," historian Carol Anderson wrote a remarkable op-ed in The Washington Post suggesting that this was, instead, white rage at work. With so much attention on the flames, she argued, everyone had ignored the kindling.

Since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains. The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with the Black Codes and Jim Crow; the Supreme Court's landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision was met with the shutting down of public schools throughout the South while taxpayer dollars financed segregated white private schools; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 triggered a coded but powerful response, the so-called Southern Strategy and the War on Drugs that disenfranchised millions of African Americans while propelling presidents Nixon and Reagan into the White House, and then the election of America's first black President, led to the expression of white rage that has been as relentless as it has been brutal.

Carefully linking these and other historical flashpoints when social progress for African Americans was countered by deliberate and cleverly crafted opposition, Anderson pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of white rage. Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, White Rage will add an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America.

Heads of the Colored People: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501168000
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Published: 37 Ink - January 22nd, 2019

"Calling to mind the best works of Paul Beatty and Junot Diaz, this collection of moving, timely, and darkly funny stories examines the concept of black identity in this so-called post-racial era. A stunning new talent in literary fiction, Nafissa Thompson-Spires grapples with black identity and the contemporary middle class in these compelling, boundary-pushing vignettes. Each captivating story plunges headfirst into the lives of new, utterly original characters. Some are darkly humorous--from two mothers exchanging snide remarks through notes in their kids' backpacks, to the young girl contemplating how best to notify her Facebook friends of her impending suicide--while others are devastatingly poignant--a new mother and funeral singer who is driven to madness with grief for the young black boys who have fallen victim to gun violence, or the teen who struggles between her upper middle class upbringing and her desire to fully connect with black culture. Thompson-Spires fearlessly shines a light on the simmering tensions and precariousness of black citizenship. Her stories are exquisitely rendered, satirical, and captivating in turn, engaging in the ongoing conversations about race and identity politics, as well as the vulnerability of the black body. Boldly resisting categorization and easy answers, Nafissa Thompson-Spires is an original and necessary voice in contemporary fiction"--

The Nickel Boys: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345804341
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Published: Anchor - June 30th, 2020


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In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

When Elwood Curtis, a black boy growing up in 1960s Tallahassee, is unfairly sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, he finds himself trapped in a grotesque chamber of horrors. Elwood's only salvation is his friendship with fellow "delinquent" Turner, which deepens despite Turner's conviction that Elwood is hopelessly naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. As life at the Academy becomes ever more perilous, the tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades.

Based on the real story of a reform school that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor Cover Image
By Layla Saad, Robin Diangelo (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781728209807
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Published: Sourcebooks - January 1st, 2020

"When Layla Saad began an Instagram challenge called #meandwhitesupremacy, she never predicted it would become a cultural movement. She encouraged people to own up and share their racist behaviors, big and small. She was looking for truth, and she got it ... Thousands of people participated in the challenge, and over 80,000 people downloaded the supporting work Me and White Supremacy. Updated and expanded from the original edition, Me and White Supremacy teaches readers how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too"--


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