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Climate Anxiety and the Kid Question: Deciding Whether to Have Children in an Uncertain Future By Jade Sasser Cover Image
ISBN: 9780520393820
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Published: University of California Press - April 9th, 2024

No matter what generation, what level of understanding you have of the climate crisis, what you think you know about those generations faced with increasing climate catastrophes, what you think about how these issues land differently on marginalized communities, what kinds of solutions you see for our future, I guarantee this book will demand that you reconsider both your personal and political ideas and actions. Despite the subject matter, this is not a doomsday book. Rather it is a call to inclusivity both in research and the search for solutions. The expertise of marginalized communities in creating communities and dealing effectively with existential crises is essential to planning the future. Accessible, brilliant, and a serious kick in the pants, read this and give it to everyone affected by climate crisis…okay, everyone.

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The Heart of It All By Christian Kiefer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781685890810
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Published: Melville House - September 12th, 2023

Welcome to Ohio, not Cleveland or Cincinnati, but a small town that has seen its factories close, felt the economic constraints of a country no longer enamored with the people who build it, one chip at a time. It is a town where people see national politics ignoring their needs and wish for a mythic time in which what they did was valued. Most importantly, this is about folks who find ways to support each other, who struggle with the ideas that it is “others,” immigrants, people of color, those unlike themselves, who are at fault for their struggles. They find paths to support each other through their losses and pain, by creating community through bowling leagues and churches, through friendship and family. These people are not perfect, but they are trying. Put this alongside books by Richard Russo, Jesmyn Ward, Rachel Stark, Kiese Laymon, and Barbara Kingsolver. There is hope in human resilience and the kindness often found in the human heart.

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Perris, California: A Novel By Rachel Stark Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593656204
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Published: Penguin Press - March 26th, 2024

In these times when cruelty, viciousness, and inhumanity rule, we need this book because it reminds us that we can be different, better. This town on the edge of the Southern California desert and her people are both tragic and heart-wrenchingly beautiful. Perris, California holds horrors, tragedies, the difficulties of a working- class that lives constantly on the edge of not enough and the frustration of dreams denied. When teenage Tessa shows up on Angie and Buck’s porch in the middle of the night battered and bloody but with a powerful will to survive, they take her in and make sure she will not be bothered again by her assailants. Ten years later, Tessa is pregnant with her third child, living in a trailer on her mother-in-law’s property, and haunted by her past. When her first love, Mel, moves back to town, Tessa must reexamine the life she lives. Moving between 1989 and 1999 and the voices of characters trying desperately to figure out how to love each other well, Perris, California is filled with fire and wisdom, the love slathered onto every lunch and breakfast made, the heartbreak that happens when love is thwarted by hate, and the utter grace of love fueled by the deepest regard of others.

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The Fox Wife: A Novel By Yangsze Choo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250266019
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - February 13th, 2024

A tale told from two perspectives of loves lost, a mother’s quest for revenge, mysterious deaths, and the mystique of foxes, all woven together with the most exquisite of storytelling. Choo’s writing is much like the magic of the foxes: enchanting, mesmerizing, and heartbreaking. Snow gives up the relative safety of the countryside to find a man, a man she wishes to kill, but a beautiful woman traveling alone in early 1900s China takes certain risks, even a fox woman. Bao is a detective of sorts; his strength is in his ability to know when someone is lying, a “gift” that he has had since childhood when his nanny prayed for a Fox’s help. When he is asked to find the name of a young woman found frozen but smiling on the doorstep of a restaurant, he begins a quest that will take him into a past that has haunted him. As the myriad motivations of both humans and foxes come to light, you will find yourself anxiously turning pages, hoping these characters whom you have come to love will…ah, but I can’t tell you that, can I? Enjoy!

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Behind You Is the Sea: A Novel By Susan Muaddi Darraj Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063324237
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Published: HarperVia - January 16th, 2024

Shattering stereotypes of Palestinian Americans with a beautiful community of individuals who cross generational, class, and religious divides. The Baladis, the Salamehs, and the Ammars have all immigrated to Baltimore but individual experiences of America vary as much as their sense of what they have left behind in Palestine. The motivations of these beautifully wrought characters, their pain and humor, their determination and failings, give the reader insight into a community rarely illuminated for American readers. Community, though, is what gives these families strength, despite the disagreements and problems. Honest, funny, heartbreaking and healing, this is the story of immigration, the power of community even when it is separated by an ocean, and love.