Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything's a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It's up to you. If you have never heard of this story before, it's teenage romance meets self-care meets strange reality. And I really enjoyed reading it. The mixed-race main character Maddy Whittier is basically allergic to everything and spends her life isolated in her house... Continue Reading →

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

I first learned about Roxane Gay when I read her review of Jodi Picoult Small Great Things. She sparked in me an appreciation for her deliberate telling of what she saw and didn't sugarcoat her observations, but also didn't appear cruel in her suggestions. So, Ben & I listened to her book of essays Bad Feminist... Continue Reading →

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everyone: what Tupac Shakur called THUG LIFE. Angie Thomas does a brilliant job intertwining the real-world issues of racism, police brutality, gang violence, poverty, and privilege in her novel for young adults. The book is no joke- more than 400 pages of a narrative that I've seen on... Continue Reading →

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

For Christmas 2014, I asked for Michelle Alexander's book The New Jim Crow. It is 300+ pages of dense notes exposing racial disparities in the United States' criminal justice system. Not exactly light reading or a cheerfully seasonal gift. But the text's importance is urgent, and I am slowly but surely working my way through all... Continue Reading →

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