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A girl smiles up at the camera, from her position sitting on the floor.Clara read Oscar Wilde at age 7 and pretty much decided her life path from there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker

This history book was written for anyone who loves true crime or scandalous drama. The narrative follows Nicolas de la Reynie, the man appointed by Louis XIV to clean up crime-ridden Paris as the city’s first chief of police. La Reynie’s investigation into the twisted “Affair of the Poisons” takes us deep into a thrilling story of murder, witchcraft, intrigue, sex, and revenge. - Clara

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ISBN: 9780393355437
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 10th, 2018

Gay Berlin by Robert Beachy

Beachy writes a history of Berlin and of the development of our modern conceptions of gender and sexuality, breaking new ground in the politics, activism, and social scenes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This book stands out to me for its passionate respect for and interest in the institutional and intellectual creations of gay and transgender people and their legacies. - Clara

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ISBN: 9780307473134
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Published: Vintage - October 13th, 2015

Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli

Organizing her thoughts around the 40 questions posed to undocumented minors, Luiselli tells the stories of child migrants from their origins, to crossing the border, to experiences with border patrol and immigration court. This compact, powerful book is required reading for public conversation about immigration, the border, and the human costs of racism and nationalism. - Clara

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By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian

I've long been a fan of Cat Sebastian's  queer historical romances and wondered about her transition to Avon. I should never have feared, this book is everything I could have hoped for! Both of the protagonists are unique for the genre (bisexual protagonist! nonbinary protagonist!!) but more than that they're compelling and complicated enough to keep you from anticipating all the twists and turns. This was a wonderful romance and a wonderful read. - Clara

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ISBN: 9780062821607
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Published: Avon Impulse - May 29th, 2018

Rome: A History in Seven Sackings by Matthew Kneale

Author Matthew Kneale uses the many sackings of Rome as a genius framing device for studying one city over 2500 years. Each time Rome gets sacked we pause to learn about the lives of the Romans of the era, the regional and political factors leading to the conflict, and the transformations made in the crucible of war. Rome comes alive as clearly in 387 b.c.e. as it does in 1943 in this brilliant ode to the city and its history. - Clara

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ISBN: 9781501191091
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 15th, 2018

Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston

Barracoon would be a significant document were it only about Cudjo (Kossola) Lewis, the last survivor of the last recorded slave ship to the United States. His memories, recounted orally, preserve a trans-Atlantic history that has long been suppressed. But Barracoon is also a story about Zora Neale Hurston, the Harlem Renaissance, and the reclamation of African American folklore. Woven throughout Hurston and Lewis’s conversations is a yearning for roots and a fight for identity. - Clara

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Barracoon: The Story of the Last
By Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker (Foreword by), Deborah G. Plant (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780062748201
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Published: Amistad - May 8th, 2018

Abraham Joshua Heschel: Essential Writings

Heschel remains one of the most insightful and progressive spiritual thinkers. This collection, edited by his daughter, excerpts speeches and writings on social justice, prayer and inner life, faith and science, and the spiritual center of tradition in modernity. I recommend Heschel to anyone interested in living mindfully and affecting positive change in their communities. - Clara

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ISBN: 9781570759192
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Published: Orbis Books - May 18th, 2011

American Hookup by Lisa Wade

The sexual politics of college (and post-college) life are central to successful discussions of gender equality. In this must-read book Wade investigates what hookup culture looks like, the unequal impacts of it (oftentimes along racial and gender lines), and its relationship to an ever-changing lineage of American youths and how they initiate and experience sex and romance. - Clara

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ISBN: 9780393355536
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 13th, 2018

Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay

I love nonfiction writing that teaches through objects. Color melds history, science, travel writing, economics, and color theory in a meandering exploration of the world through the pigments that dazzle our eyes at every moment. Finlay has a talent for ferreting out stories and painting pictures with her words. This is a great read for fueling your curiosity! - Clara

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ISBN: 9780812971422
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - December 30th, 2003

Invisible by Michele Lent Hirsch

Hirsch’s experiences facing chronic illness are a window into a significant public health and social issue. Ilnesses affecting young women are less likely to be taken seriously and the women are disproportionately affected by barriers in work, relationships, and medicine. Invisible amplifies the diverse voices in order to offer community and arm with information. - Clara

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ISBN: 9780807023952
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Published: Beacon Press - February 27th, 2018

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