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Friday Book Debrief Vol 36

Every week we’re sharing what our some of our writers are currently reading.

For all of our US readers, we now have our own Bookshop! You can find the full list of the below books here and with every purchase you will be helping local independent bookstores! If you do not live in the US please support your local independent stores, lots are now doing local deliveries and they need your help more then ever in these uncertain times. - ❤️

Witches: The Transformative Power of Women Working Together by Sam George-Allen - Mel

I was so excited to dive into a feminist nonfiction, as I’ve been mostly invested in fiction lately. This is just the fix I needed—it addresses the catty/competitive stereotypes assigned to and assumed by women and goes on to demonstrate the power women have despite it all. 

Buy it here.

Hold Still by Lynn Steger Strong - Melissa

My favorite book in high school was called Hold Still, but it was by Nina Lacour. That's part of the reason why I felt drawn to this book, partnered with the fact that I love anything centered around family drama. I'm really loving the author's voice so far—I've never read anything by her before! 

Buy it here.

Seasonal Associate by Heike Geissler - Nikki

If I didn't already buy few to zero products on Amazon thanks to living in New Zealand, this book would make that happen. A nonfiction account of the author's experience working as a seasonal laborer at one of the biggest corporations on Earth, Seasonal Associate examines the psychological effects of working underpaid, underappreciated jobs out of financial necessity. It's infuriating.

Buy it here (NOT ON AMAZON)

Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir - Courtney

I was in need of something exciting and fantastical to escape to so I prowled the ebooks available to me from work and have stumbled across a Roman Empire inspired fantasy series. This is the first book but after around 170 electronic pages I am excited to stay in this gladiator-esque magical world. 

Buy it here.

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll - Courtney

I have never read this absolutely undeniable classic before and have felt like a bookish fraud for a long time. I won’t say it’s blowing me away but I’m happy to be slowly getting through it. 

Buy it here.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt - Courtney

Do I even need to say anything here???? ♥️♥️♥️♥️

Buy it here.

Once I Was You by Maria Hinojosa - Marian

Mexican American award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa has written a heartrending memoir about her experiences in the U.S. including detailing her parents’ immigration in the early 1960s. The book is framed with the metaphor of self-reflection. When Hinojosa crosses paths with a Guatemalan girl in the McAllen, Texas airport, she sees herself in the little girl leaving a detention center enroute to Houston. I am only a few chapters in and am utterly enthralled in Hinojosa’s story.

Pre-order for September 15 2020.

A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley - Cat

Short stories are really appealing to me and my scattered attention at the moment, allowing me to dip in and out as I find the time and headspace. The nine short stories in this collection explore Black masculinity and experience, often with a focus on relationships and a desire for connection to others. While I've liked some stories more than others so far (I'm about halfway through), Brinkley's writing is immersive and compelling throughout. One of the best collections I've read this year.

Buy it here.

Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women by Kate Manne - Maggie

I am flying through this nonfiction account on the entitlement of men and how it creates an unjust society and leads to extreme violence against women. It is infuriating.

Buy it here.

Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldúa - Karen

Since finishing This Bridge Called My Back I have been in search of the writers that made up that beautiful collection. My search led me to Anzaldúa's Borderlands, a mix of prose and poetry bringing language to the Chicanx experience and it stands as a feminist book as well. I'm only a few pages in but I'm so thankful for this book already. 

Buy it here.

Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen by Dexter Palmer - Victoria

Mary Toft tells the story of a woman in England in 1726 who confounded the medical community by giving birth to seventeen rabbits. The novel itself isn't quite as absurd as you'd think, with a premise like that, but it's definitely absorbing.

Buy it here.

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole - Jessica Maria

A delightful read that's also proven to be surprising in how much it talks about infectious diseases, since the main character, Naledi, is training to be an epidemiologist. Not that that takes over the intense romance brewing between her and a masquerading prince... 

Buy it here.


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