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Normal People by Sally Rooney is an addictive and exciting coming of age story that follows young Connell and Marianne through their school and college years. Although this novel is a touching and honest account of friendship and first love, it also features cunning and subtle political commentary on social class and how we interact with the world around us. With witty psychological observation, and sharp, cutting prose, Rooney paints intimate portraits of both characters while also giving grander perspective to how two lives can irreparably influence one another.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781984822178
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Published: Hogarth - April 16th, 2019

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Pod Save the People's DeRay Mckesson begins On the Other Side of Freedom (Viking, $25) with the Ferguson protests of 2014, and keeps your adrenaline surging for the rest of the book. He writes a heartfelt and brutally honest memoir of growing up black in America, the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement, and his continuing work in education, policy, and advocacy. This book is a perfectly executed balancing act: we see heart-wrenching story telling as well as powerful suggestions aimed at dismantling oppressive systems in our society. Mckesson consistently calls on his readers to challenge the legacy of racism with the hope that pressing issues, such as police brutality, can be solved within our lifetime. Brimming with emotion, intelligence, and most importantly, hope, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to understand the reality of justice in America—past and present—and the way forward. 

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780525560326
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Published: Viking - September 4th, 2018

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Enamoring and impossible to put down, Lauren Groff's Florida (Riverhead, $27) is a collection of eleven short stories that explore timeless themes such as loneliness, anger, family, and marriage. Each story is vastly different, but all are connected by Florida as their centerpiece. We meet dissatisfied mothers, sisters, and sons encountering the anxieties of Floridian swamps and suburbia. This collection exemplifies Groff's ability to write from many different perspectives effectively; her writing is somehow superbly lyrical while also cutting and precise. Although in reading we encounter snakes, panthers, and untrustworthy terrain, many of the threats present in Florida are of a psychological sort--proving Groff's singular talent to write beautiful, evocative prose that shakes you long after you finish reading. This collection is a must read for any fiction lover

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$29.00
ISBN: 9780525631965
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Published: Random House Large Print - June 5th, 2018