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Juj's Reviews

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

In this award winning afro-futurist trilogy, Binti, a young heroine of earth, must battle and befriend both humans and aliens of all forms to forage her own success at an intergalactic university. Thrilling, adventurous and imaginative, Binti is a star you will follow to the ends of the universe. Recommended for anyone who would like to begin reading sci-fi fantasy! - Juj

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$9.99
ISBN: 9780765385253
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Published: Tordotcom - September 22nd, 2015

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

Baldwin has bravely constructed a world in which love can and must overcome the traumas of racial injustice. His characters are created not from his imagination, but from a personal, genuine and vibrant world of neighbors and family. A relevant and important read that feels like a story from a friend. And that's what it's like to read Baldwin: to become like old friends. - Juj

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$14.95
ISBN: 9780307275936
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Published: Vintage - October 10th, 2006

Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance by Jessamyn Stanley

Beloved body-positive yogi Jessamyn Stanley speaks on the everyday trials of self-love and spiritual upkeep in Yoke, her follow-up to Every Body Yoga, which gained her a huge Internet following of those who resonate with her wellness-based practice. In this collection of uplifting, honest, wise, and often funny essays, Stanley navigates the spiritual, sexual, and racial intersections of her yoga-filled life. — Juj

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ISBN: 9781523505210
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - June 22nd, 2021

Postcolonial Astrology: Reading the Planets through Capital, Power, and Labor by Alice Sparkly Kat

This book is an advanced dive into the intersections of astrology, race, and capital in the West. In an academic tone, author Alice Sparkly Kat deconstructs modern notions of planetary rulership as informed by Western mythologies, encouraging practitioners to move toward an intuitive, humanitarian-based methodology. In doing so, Sparkly Kat believes, astrology can become a healing tool in our communities. A manifesto for those dedicated to both astrology and antiracism. — Juj

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ISBN: 9781623175306
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Published: North Atlantic Books - May 18th, 2021

Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir by Akwaeke Emezi

After receiving high praise for their award- winning novels, Akwaeke Emezi’s first nonfiction piece is an intimate and sincere reflection on their life as an ogbanje—an embodied spirit of the Igbo African ontology. Through a series of letters addressed to friends, loved ones, strangers, and almost-family, Emezi openly discusses the process of survival, authorship, and “worldbending” as a multidimensional being. A truly inspiring and instructive memoir for writers young and old. — Juj 

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ISBN: 9780593329191
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 8th, 2021

I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World by Kendra DeColo

Kendra DeColo’s book of poems is a page-turning, mind-bending, hilariously unabashed celebration of defiance. DeColo reinvents what poetic form can be: “A poem should be heavy metal / worn as armor when the world hurts”. She defines motherhood as punk-rock heroism, pop culture as an absurd but necessary addiction, and life as a series of joyful misfortunes. For those who enjoy their poetry with a heaping spoonful of humor and wit. — Juj

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ISBN: 9781950774272
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Published: BOA Editions - April 20th, 2021

nedí nezu (Good Medicine) by Tenille Campbell

Indigenous poet Tenille Campbell, in her sensual, adventurous, and romantic way, embraces love and heartbreak across both physical and virtual social spheres in this volume of poetry. Between would-be lovers and soul connections are the wisdom of mothers and aunties and the intimate songs of her inner voice which, again and again, chooses to love itself. — Juj

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ISBN: 9781551528465
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - April 13th, 2021

Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor, award-winning author of The Binti Trilogy, offers us a new coming-of-age story. Remote Control chronicles the travels of Sankofa, a young Ghanian girl who is endowed with the touch of Death by a mysterious celestial object. Through Okorafor’s skillful storytelling, Sankofa quickly becomes a living legend in this slim Afrofuturistic novella. A wonderful read for lovers of fast-paced sci-fi and female protagonists. — Juj

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ISBN: 9781250772800
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Published: Tordotcom - January 19th, 2021

Guillotine: Poems by Eduardo C. Corral

“How did you make it through those days? / When you’re hurt, you’re not completely in the world.” —Eduardo C. Corral
Guillotine is a mystifying journey between worlds both real and imaginary, where sensation is severe and reason becomes blurred. In Guillotine, Corral has expanded Gloria Anzaldúa’s “borderlands” concept into our present moment, carefully teetering on the small divide between nations, gender identity, sexuality, and realities. Images of desert crossings, bloodied bodies, and dear, untouchable men take shape in bilingual and experimental poetic form. This collection of poems is an essential addition to the developing queer-Latinx imaginary. — Juj

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Published: Graywolf Press - August 4th, 2020

Resistencia: Poems of Protest and Revolution Edited by Mark Eisner & Tina Escaja, Introduction by Julia Alvarez

This collection amplifies and revitalizes the Latin American tradition of protest poetry. Featuring the work of beloved poets such as Cesar Vallejo, Pablo Neruda, Nancy Morejon, and Ana Maria Rodas, this bilingual text asks us to remember that the fight for justice is ongoing and motivated by our own creative and collective power. — Juj

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By Julia Alvarez (Introduction by), Mark Eisner (Editor), Tina Escaja (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781951142070
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Published: Tin House Books - September 15th, 2020

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