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Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk by Sasha LaPointe - Book Review

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781640094147
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Published: Counterpoint - March 8th, 2022

A poetic and heart wrenching autobiography of an indigenous woman, that includes the stories of her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. LaPointe shares the struggles of her life and the generational trauma of the women in her family. From sexual assault and homelessness, to alcoholism and child loss; she experiences her pain and anger through her love of punk rock, combining a punk aesthetic with the spiritual teachings of her culture, to heal herself. With her loving descriptions of the landscape of her home enriched by references to songs by Bikini Kill and PJ Harvey, LaPointe's writing is rich and intense. Might end up being in my top five favorites for 2022! ~ Reviewed by Misty Henrichsen


An Abolitionist's Handbook: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World by Patrisse Cullors - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250272973
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 25th, 2022

Insightful and honest step-by-step advice about self-reflection, honest conversation, and accountability that needs to be visited over and over again when building communities that are working toward the goal of equity and justice. Meant to be used as a guide and even a bit of a journal, to aid in the battle for a better future. ~ Reviewed by Misty Henrichsen


Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery by Brom - Book Review

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By Brom
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ISBN: 9781250622006
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Published: Tor Nightfire - September 14th, 2021

The story begins with the awakening of an unknown creature in the woods, and a mail order bride from London on her way to church with her Puritan husband. Abitha is the daughter of a "cunning woman" struggling to acclimate to the Puritan way of life. The people of the village purchase her charms and medicinal balms, but hate her for her ungodly ways. When Abitha's loving husband dies, she finds a loophole in the law that allows her to keep her land, but her brother-in-law accuses her of witchcraft to get her out of the way. What none of the village understands is that she has befriended the creature in the forest and the nature spirits don't take kindly to the torture of their favorite human. Revenge and mayhem ensue. This book ends exactly how I wish every witch trial in real life could have ended! ~ Reviewed by Misty Henrichsen


Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062915894
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 18th, 2021

A midchild fiction that seems like a ghost story, but is so much more. A young girl is awakened one night by her father's ghost who was murdered for exercising his right to vote as a black man. They escape as men burn the house down, and after her father "moves on", Ophie continues to see ghosts. Ophie and her mother escape from the Jim Crow South to the North, which is still racist, in a different way. Ophie gets to know the ghosts in the home she and her mother work in, and decides to solve the murder of one of the ghosts that she makes friends with. There is an unexpected turn, and Ophie learns how dangerous some ghosts can be. ~ Reviewed by Misty Henrichsen


Assembly by Natasha Brown - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316268264
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 14th, 2021

A Black woman in corporate London considers a life-altering choice as the reader follows her through a myriad of daily microaggressions and blatant racism. Is money and "success" worth a lifetime of this?
An important read for those who want to learn the difference between opportunities that come with a life-long cost vs. challenges faced while privileged. ~ Reviewed by Misty Henrichsen


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