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A seasoned journalist in the U.K., Gary Younge decided to see how many children in America were killed by gunfire over the course one calendar day, November 23rd 2013. Heartbreaking and infuriating all at once, we are allowed inside the lives of parents who have lost their children too early in life. Each story not only looks at the prevalence of gun culture in America, but also examines how our society writ-large either helps us or fails us, by researching the life circumstances of the ten children who died on that random day.  This book is a good choice for anyone who questions whether and how gun control measures can reduce gun violence, and what the social realities are at the heart of this contentious issue.

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$25.99
ISBN: 9781568589756
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Published: Bold Type Books - October 4th, 2016

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Set in sunny Jamaica, Here Comes the Sun (Liveright, $26.95) by Nicole Dennis-Benn, chronicles lives that are anything but. While Jamaica is known for its great resorts, few who live there have pampered lives. Thandi, though the youngest in her family, is cast in the role of support and even savior of her mother and sister, Margot. Already, on the basis of her excellent grades, they expect her to raise the family from the island’s endemic poverty. Meanwhile, Thandi’s mother, Delores, sells trinkets to tourists and Margot is one of the local resort’s best workers; they see their labor as an investment in Thandi’s future—and through her, their own. But how realistic is their hope? This novel quickly became one of my favorites because Dennis-Benn’s writing grabs you and completely immerses you in Jamaican culture and the lives of her characters. She uses her fiction to show how poverty, greed, and colonialism affect those on the island and how these people do their best to make ends meet. Margot, Thandi, and Delores are three characters that will remain in your memory for a long time.

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781631491764
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - July 5th, 2016

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781631492945
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - June 6th, 2017

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Following in the footsteps of James Baldwin and his collection of essays, The Fire Next Time, Jesmyn Ward has gathered the work of today’s leading black writers for The Fire this Time (Scribner, $25). Featuring Claudia Rankine, Edwidge Danticat, Isabel Wilkerson, and many others, this collection makes an important contribution to the current discussion of race relations in America. Ranging from essays on Rachel Dolezal and the murals instructing New Yorkers what to do if they witness police brutality, to poetry and the legacy of Baldwin and his contemporaries, this forum reminds readers that the black community continues to experience the same bias it did when Baldwin was living and working. These pages are full of history, cultural criticism, and vivid first-hand accounts of what it means to be a part of the black community. Readers familiar with The Fire Next Time will find that its namesake does not copy nor repeat Baldwin’s original work, but draws from that powerful writer and expands on his thought in new ways. This quickly became one of my favorite books of the year. The power of hearing multiple black voices in one collection makes The Fire This Time well worth reading and a great holiday gift.

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781501126345
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Published: Scribner - August 2nd, 2016

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781501126352
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Published: Scribner - June 20th, 2017

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