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Maya Bon - Bookseller in Manchester

I love to read, knit, hike, cook, swim, make tinctures, dance, paint with watercolors, and drink chai. I am a songwriter and a passionate lover of most things musical. I am new to Vermont and feel blessed that I get to spend time at Northshire Bookstore with all of you!

Intimations: Six Essays by Zadie Smith - Book Review

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$10.95
ISBN: 9780593297612
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Published: Penguin Books - July 28th, 2020

Smith spun me into her world in the early months of quarantine when life suddenly took an entirely new form. Asking deep questions like, "why do I write?" and answering them with daring, somewhat bleak honesty, this was just the right book for me to read as a creative struggling with similar questions. I feel a sense of gratitude that Smith allowed the reader to be in these moments with her, processing the chaos that ensued at the start of quarantine, honoring her truth that writing is, at its core, just something to do. ~ Reviewed by Maya Bon


The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences Working Toward Freedom by Alice Kim - Book Review

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By Alice Kim (Editor), Erica Meiners (Editor), Jill Petty (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781608468997
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Published: Haymarket Books - October 9th, 2018

This collection of essays, stories, poetry, and art is a burst of light, a breath of fresh air, a motivated step towards the future we all deserve. The perspectives shared by each contributor provided lessons and insights that I carry with me. Approaching the complexity of mass incarceration through the lens of the personal is a daunting task, but one which Kim expertly accomplished. ~ Reviewed by Maya Bon


Paradise Rot: A Novel by Jenny Hval - Book Review

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By Jenny Hval, Marjam Idriss (Translated by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781786633835
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Published: Verso - October 2nd, 2018

Hval's miry, everchanging world encapsulates the struggles of unrequited love and unkempt decay. This magical realist novel sent me off and away into a surrealist depiction of desire and desolation. ~ Reviewed by Maya Bon


Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine - Book Review

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$20.00
ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

This book-length poem is so deep, so profound, and so insightful that it leaves the reader bobbing in its waves for days to come. Sharing her own personal experiences and digging into infuriating current accounts of anti-Black racism (most notably discussing Serena Williams and the disturbing treatment she has received in the limelight), Rankine's stark honesty is as heart-wrenching as it is refreshing. ~ Reviewed by Maya Bon


Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde - Book Review

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By Audre Lorde, Cheryl Clarke (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580911863
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Published: Crossing Press - August 1st, 2007

Audre Lorde's distinctive voice offers insight into the Black, queer femme experience. Her teachings have helped carve a brighter feminist sphere, providing a much needed critique of the exclusive and dismissive white feminist perspectives that left her feeling, in her own words, like an outsider. ~ Reviewed by Maya Bon


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