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Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness? What it Means to Be Black Now by Touré
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Sonic Wind by Craig Ryan
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John Stapp's research is fascinating - he strapped himself to a rocket sled that slammed to a stop to test whether humans can survive extreme g-forces - but he was a military man in mid-century America. As a result, the book is a mix of unbelievable ...more
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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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This is brilliant and heartbreaking and so, so valuable and will be ignored by those who need its compassion the most. It's a letter to his son about how black people are excluded from America through caustic indifference and the worst assumptions. T ...more
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
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The iterative fact after fact after fact style put me in the head of an autistic boy, which is a confusing, chaotic world. The mutual confusion, caused by illiteracy in each other's language, enables some awful exchanges between Christopher and his p ...more
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Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
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A McGuffey Reader for well-meaning drunks and scoundrels.
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Unruly Places by Alastair Bonnett
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An overview of places, mostly obscure, that fit into categories normally defined as marginal or ephemeral. I liked the descriptions of corners of the globe I had never considered, but because each chapter was short with only the smallest exposition, ...more
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Marcovaldo by Italo Calvino
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A series of tales surrounding Marcovaldo and his family in Northern Italy. Marcovaldo is an idealist and notices the world around him, leading to escapist adventures in which he is quickly over his head. The writing is less towering and tortuous than ...more
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In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
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I was touched by the story, which, spoiler alert, follows the doomed path of a set of revolution-minded sisters in Robert Trujillo's Dominican Republic. Their death is foretold in the first chapter, which lends weight and dread to every decision made ...more
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Brave Companions by David McCullough
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A collection of essays about American historical figures, but one focused on some of the lesser-known "firsts", like Alexander Von Humboldt (an explorer and naturalist in the mold of Darwin and Lewis & Clark, but overshadowed by both), the buildi ...more
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The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Few words are used to tell a lush, imaginative story about the madness of power. It is fantastic.
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