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A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliot

Haudenosaunee writer Alicia Elliott, her family, and her people have experienced depression—what in Mohawk could be described as “a mind spread out on the ground.” In this incisive collection of autobiographical essays, she picks up and names these pieces, historical and current, of harm still being done to Indigenous North Americans. Here, these realities and their effects are explored through the intersections of poverty, politics, racism, and abuse, making for a book that is complex, clear-eyed, and in its truth-telling, full of life, light, and humanity. —Melinda

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ISBN: 9781612198668
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Published: Melville House - August 4th, 2020

To the Lake: A Balkan Journey of War and Peace by Kapka Kassabova

Like a carp along the bottom of the lake, Kassabova stirs through the murky depths of the Balkan past. As she journeys through her grandmother's place of origin, the people and places she encounters tell the stories of a region long defined by conflict. Part biography, part history, part geography, To the Lake is a pellucid reflection of the weight and trauma of national division, and an urgent call to overcome it. Prepare for a deep dive! —Kalina

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ISBN: 9781644450260
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 4th, 2020

Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body by Rebekah Taussig

Part memoir, part manifesto, Sitting Pretty challenges all of us to imagine a world that is accessible and that invites disabled people to be a part of our most important communications. Rebekah Taussig addresses sticky situations of exclusion and ableism with humor and tact. This book truly made me laugh out loud and made me hopeful for a future that considers all bodies—not for some inclusion award, but because when everyone is included in the conversation we all win. —Celeste

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ISBN: 9780062936790
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Published: HarperOne - August 25th, 2020

Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms by Maya Schenwar & Victoria Law

As the nation revolts in protest to the police’s extrajudicial execution of an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, and sleeping Black woman, Breonna Taylor, police and prisons are being challenged. In Prison by Any Other Name, Schenwar and Law call for abolishing prisons. Using lived experiences and well-researched statistics, they illuminate how “alternatives” to mass incarceration, like parole and mandatory treatment, expand the state’s power to incarcerate in our everyday lives. A must-read to understand what it means to destroy the ever-expanding cages threatening us all!   —Citlalli

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ISBN: 9781620973103
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Published: New Press - July 21st, 2020

Having and Being Had by Eula Biss

I do not pretend to speak from much experience, but Having and Being Had is the most interesting, most resonant writing about capitalism I’ve ever read. Eula Biss’s personal examination begins after buying her first home, follows the peculiarity and discomfort she finds living within the confines of class, property, and ownership, and expands in fascinating ways from there. Each refreshingly bite-sized essay is equal parts intelligence and personality, like the best late-night conversation with your smartest friend—utterly, brilliantly delightful. —Melinda

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ISBN: 9780525537458
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 1st, 2020

Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller

Chanel Miller doesn’t remember being sexually assaulted by Brock Turner because she was unconscious at the time. She does, however, remember all that ensued in the aftermath and in Know My Name she recounts every eviscerating detail. Miller’s story is deeply personal, but it is not unique. She writes beautifully and courageously about the ugly processes that follow her assault: medical exams, trials, therapy, and the struggle she faces to simply get through each day. Constantly barraged with the repercussions of her assault, Miller is unable to forget an event she doesn’t even remember. In revealing her identity—she was previously referred to simply as “Emily Doe”—Miller owns her narrative and proves that victimhood does not make a person powerless.  —Jade

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ISBN: 9780735223721
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Published: Penguin Books - August 18th, 2020

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award–Winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

A comprehensive book that brings to light what some have tried to erase from our history. This is a must-read for all ages, powerfully honest and compelling from start to finish.—Shannon

This book should be required reading for everyone. Jason Reynolds is a genius: He takes a complex issue (the history and modern-day manifestations of anti-Black racism in the US) and makes it accessible for any reader. I love the emphasis on how to be actively antiracist. Also a great choice for adults daunted by the 608-page original! —Stephanie

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ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson

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ISBN: 9780385348713
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Published: Crown - February 25th, 2020

Larson is a master at taking history and bringing it to life. Many people know about the London Blitz, but through the use of diaries, letters, and official documents, a lost and very human narrative begins to emerge. Clerks and secretaries helped form history as much as the giants we all know. I found myself leaning into the story, worried about what would happen next, even though I knew the outcome. Brilliant and engaging, this isn’t one to miss.  —Ivy


Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

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ISBN: 9780307279286
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Published: Anchor - February 25th, 2020

One of my favorite books from 2019 is now in paperback! Say Nothing is an immersive and thoughtful account of the harrowing history of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. The first half is on the ground action: gunfire, murder, rebellion, hope and betrayal. Yet even more heart pounding is the second half, which focuses on how these explosive years are remembered (and misremembered), recorded, and manipulated. This is an incredible book, I can’t recommend it enough! —Tori


Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathaon Through North America’s Stolen Land by Noé Álvarez

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ISBN: 9781948226462
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Published: Catapult - March 3rd, 2020

A child of immigrants, Noe Alvarex grew up working-class in Washington state. Determined to get out of his small hometown and avoid the factory jobs of his contemporaries, Alvarez made it his mission to go to college. However, upon arriving at university he found himself isolated and unmoored, lacking motivation and seeking a greater sense of purpose. Alvarez found that purpose when he discovered the Peace and Dignity Journeys, who organized marathons for native people. Without hesitation, Alvarez dropped out of college and embarked on a 4-month odyssey from Canada to Guatemala, running over thousands of miles of unforgiving terrain and pushing himself physically and mentally in ways he never imagined possible. —Jade


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