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Go Tell It on the Mountain (Vintage International) by James Baldwin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780345806543
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013

A semi-biographical tale, Baldwin paints a vivid picture of the meaning of religion and identity in the lives of those heavily affected by racism and family secrets. This is the empowering story of a young boy's life told through multiple perspectives of his family living in 1930s Harlem as they reveal past relationships, hardships, and how religion has become a main focus of their lives. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Annie Muktuk and Other Stories (Robert Kroetsch) by Norma Dunning - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781772122978
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Published: University of Alberta Press, an Imprint of Un - June 6th, 2017

A beautiful and often gritty collection of short stories focused around the Inuit people of Canada. Dunning's debut proves that she has a fascinating creative mind greatly capable of depicting the depth and complexities of being an Inuk during modern times. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143128045
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Published: Penguin Books - May 5th, 2015

This was my first time reading a Shirley Jackson book and I think I love her. Her storytelling is delightful, amusing, and makes even the most mundane moments charming and humorous. Life Among the Savages is the true story of her domestic life in Bennington, Vermont raising her sassy and entertaining young children who will easily keep you smiling and laughing. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Dominicana: A Novel by Angie Cruz - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250205940
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 25th, 2020

This novel is an inspiring ode to the author's mother when she originally immigrated to New York City in the 1960s from her beloved Dominican Republic. The story of a complicated and loveless arranged American marriage, Cruz shows that a 15 year old girl can still find moments of happiness and self-fulfillment when left to her own devices in a new and foreign city. I admittedly devoured this incredible novel in just two sittings. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780465060689
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Published: Basic Books - September 5th, 2017

If you are looking for a psychological and intelligent book that delves into the mindset of growing up as a Black individual in America, then this is the book for you. Meant to be read with a curious and open mind, Tatum beautifully explains how racism has been buried under the surface for many White Americans who were taught that indifference is safer than standing up against racism. Providing numerous insightful responses to questions about race, Tatum's classic book is not to be missed when learning how to be an anti-racist in today's world. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780807047415
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Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

“Stopping our racist patterns must be more important than working to convince others that we don’t have them. We do have them, and people of color already know we have them; our efforts to prove otherwise are not convincing.”
A very honest, very educational experience. DiAngelo allows us to accept that racism is “a practice not restricted to bad people,” but that racial prejudice and white fragility are a part of the social norm in America, and we cannot just pretend that other races do not exist or that racism is only for “the bad guys.” You don’t have to be wearing a KKK bedsheet to be a racist; and you cannot say you aren’t racist because you “don’t see color,” or you have “that one black friend.” This book says enough with the excuses--let’s just acknowledge that racism is real and here and now, and what can the white community do to improve upon their behavior? How can we educate our future generations to not adapt the social norms we’ve created post Civil Rights Movement? Very relevant, and extremely needed information right now! ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


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