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A lot of punch is packed into this slender debut novel, one of my favorites of the year. Set in Lagos, it is the story of two sisters, opposites in every way, whose experiences of beauty, love, family, and social responsibility collide ferociously but ultimately keep them bonded together amid questions about their individual ethics and honesty. Brathwaite relies on spare, vivid prose and a deft use of satire to make this novel a gem of comic noir. And yes, it is about a series of boyfriends who meet their deaths at the hands of one of the sisters. I’m not going to say more!




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ISBN: 9780525564201
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Published: Anchor - July 30th, 2019

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Albert Woodfox was held in solitary confinement for more than 45 years, longer than any prisoner in our nation’s history. Framed for the murder of a white prison guard in 1972 in retaliation for his membership in the Black Panther Party, he was confined to a 6-by-9 foot cell 23 hours a day, and routinely subjected to abuse and injustice. He maintained his dignity and humanity by reading works of literature, philosophy, history, and law, transforming his cell into his own university. His extraordinary memoir chronicles his experiences with insight and wisdom, vividly exposing just how broken our criminal justice system is.

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ISBN: 9780802129086
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Published: Grove Press - March 5th, 2019

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I put off reading The Library Book by Susan Orlean because. . . enough about books already! But I’m glad I finally decided to pick it up. Once I did, it was hard to put down. Not only does Orlean remind us of the extraordinary role that libraries play in the civic life of our communities, she showcases her skill at narrative reconstruction. The book is about the fire that consumed the Los Angeles Public Library in 1986, the investigation that followed, and the ramifications of such destruction on people throughout the community (including the main suspect in what was widely assumed to be an act of arson). Fascinating!

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ISBN: 9781476740188
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2018