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If You Could be Mine

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ISBN: 9781616202514
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - August 20th, 2013

Sahar told her mother she was going to marry Nasrin when she was six years old. The problem is that Nasrin is her best female friend. And in Iran, it is a very dangerous place for two girls in love. Sahar’s journey to trying to find a way to be with Nasrin takes many unusual turns. The world of Iran comes to life. First novel. Ages 13 up. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


In the Body of the World

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ISBN: 9780805095180
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Published: Metropolitan Books - April 30th, 2013

The woman who brought us the amazing "Vagina Monologues" is back with an equally important, yet sobering, memoir. Ensler draws irrefutable parallels between her cancer and the raping of Congolese women: each is undeserved, a violent upset to the balance of the body/world, irreversibly damaging, leaving tangible marks upon its victims through disconnect and guilt. Simply astounding. ~ Reviewed by Jess Hanlon


Ask the Passengers

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ISBN: 9780316194679
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2013

A coming of age novel that takes a realistic look at the people around a teenage girl coming to terms with who she really might be. But she has been forced to live within the rules, constraints and “boxes” of how a small town and society as a whole looks at people for so long, can she find out who that is? Ages (mature) 13 up. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Conflict

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ISBN: 9781250032096
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Picador - June 4th, 2013

Some have called Badinter "downright offensive." I, however, call her "necessarily blunt." Birthrates are plummeting across the globe, women and men are waiting until later in life to have children (if at all), and more mothers are rejecting the stay-at-home-mom model set by their mothers to pursue careers. These changes have not gone unnoticed by sociologists, yet the main cause remains a mystery. Badinter claims the main culprit is a return to naturalism, which rejects any model of motherhood that doesn't include on-demand breastfeeding, reusable diapers, organic foods, co-sleeping, or attending to the needs of their children 24 hours a day. This is a thorough, well-researched examination of the double-edged sword facing women today as they are pitted against each other in pursuit of the "ideal" mother figure. ~ Reviewed by Jess Hanlon


Quirky Collections

I like short story collections. It is a great way to be introduced to a number of authors all at once. Plus, no handshaking involved! You just have to turn a page. Two new collections that are great page-turners and are as unique as they powerful are Letter Q by Sarah Moon and James Lecesne and the collection edited by Jon Scieszka, Who Done It?

Moon and Lecesne collected over 60 author’s advice to their younger selves in Letter Q. Each letter gives his or her adolescent self the counsel they wish they had when they were coming of age. A time when it is difficult for anyone, but even more so for young men and women coming to terms with how “different” they think they are. Open and honest, each letter (written or illustrated) gives the reader (be they questioning their own sexuality or trying to understand friends or family dealing with the same situations) a look at people who have “gone before.” Written with humor, love and understanding this book is a refreshing look at the GLBT community. References in the back (and some even in the letters) are provided to help find more information. (READ MORE)

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By Sarah Moon (Editor), James Lecesne (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780545399333
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 29th, 2014

The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves

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By Sarah Moon (Editor), James Lecesne (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780545399333
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 29th, 2014

Over 60 authors were asked to write a letter to their younger self. Each author gives his or her younger self the advice they wish they had back then. Open and honest, each letter (written or illustrated) gives the reader (be they questioning their own sexuality, dealing with the same issues, or trying to understand friends or family dealing with the same situations) a look at people who have “gone before.” References in the back and some even in the letters provided. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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