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Short Review: I’m Just Happy to be Here

The creator of the Renegade Mothering blog, Janelle Hanchett, explores motherhood, addiction, and mental illness in her moving memoir, I’m Just Happy to be Here. When she was 21, Janelle Hanchett found herself pregnant. Newly married, Hanchett soon began to struggle with depression and substance abuse issues. Hanchett’s writing is raw and honest—motherhood is not […]

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America Is Not the Heart

The modern-day Filipino-American experience is intimately explored in Elaine Castillo’s debut novel America Is Not the Heart.

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Home After Dark

In David Small’s new graphic novel Home After Dark, he soberly explores a 13-year old’s struggle with belonging. Just as he did with the critically acclaimed Stiches: A Memoir, David Small has crafted a somber and compelling coming-of-age story that will resonate with people of all ages.

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The Vegetarian

Violence, obsession, and repressed desires are explored in Han Kang’s visceral, vivid, and undeniably compelling The Vegetarian. The story begins simple enough; Yeong-Hye decides to turn vegetarian. Despite her husband’s consternation regarding her decision, Yeong-Hye provides only a vague explanation for her sudden change, “I had a dream.” Unbeknownst to her husband and others around […]

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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Set in a small town called King’s Abbott, the ever-so witty and peculiar Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, is asked to investigate the murder of a wealthy man, Roger Ackroyd.

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When They Call You a Terrorist : A Powerful Black Lives Matter Memoir

“We deserve love. Thick, full-bodied and healthy. Love.” – Patrisse Khan-Cullors, When They Call You a Terrorist Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele’s When They Call You a Terrorist is a powerful memoir full of love, hope, and healing. Growing up poor in Van Nuys, California, Cullors witnessed her brothers and their friends being searched by […]

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What It Means To Be Free

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad is a literal and figurative exploration of the historical Underground Railroad of mid-19th century America. 

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Confessions

A mother is out to seek vengeance for her murdered four-year old daughter.

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A Quest to Save the Swans

Set in Ankara, Turkey, Ece Temelkuran’s The Time of Mute Swans follows the lives of two children, Ali and Ayse, as they try to comprehend the changing world around them.

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Stay With Me

Ayobami Adebayo’s debut novel Stay With Me tells the story of a couple who attempt to rise beyond the traditional attitudes of the Nigerian culture.

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The Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer offers an interesting critique of the Vietnam War’s aftermath, holding both the American and the Vietnamese people responsible.

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Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp tells the story of a young girl who struggles to read.