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Summer Newsletter 2022 Nonfiction

Somewhere We Are Human Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings Edited by Reyna Grande & Sonia Guiñansaca

This powerful collection of essays, poems, and art is authored by 41 migrants, refugees, and Dreamers who are all living in the United States undocumented. Their brutal honesty, resilience, hope, anger, fear, beauty, and talent had me turning each page in awe. Every contribution added a layer to the view of what it means to be undocumented in a country that does not always echo integrity back.   —S.M.C.

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Somewhere We Are Human: Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings By Reyna Grande, Sonia Guiñansaca, Viet Thanh Nguyen (Foreword by) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063095779
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Published: HarperVia - June 7th, 2022

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life by George Saunders

George Saunders uses short stories written by four classic Russian authors as a jumping-off point to discuss creative writing, the reading experience, and his philosophies on humanity. Saunders’s love for each writer radiates off the page as he invites the reader to join him in conversing with their stories, asking questions like: What makes a story work? What makes us care about a character? And what role does fiction play in our daily lives?   —Anika

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781984856036
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 12th, 2022

The Trayvon Generation by Elizabeth Alexander

In the summer of 2020, poet Elizabeth Alexander penned an essay to her sons in The New Yorker, a powerful and moving portrait of a generation who are victim and witness to countless acts of racial brutality. This seminal essay, as much from a mother as a cultural critic, is now in book form and is accompanied by poetry, art, and reflection on the embedded racism of our institutions, people, and places and how “people make movements and history with the force of creativity” to survive. A slim but affecting statement of our times.  —Casey

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$22.00
ISBN: 9781538737897
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 5th, 2022

You Are Not Too Late by Nikki McClure

If you’ve been a fan of Nikki McClure’s poster art and calendars, this is your chance to collect them in book form. I’ve enjoyed her always inspiring and often perplexing papercut works for many mystified years. This time we get some enlightening commentary to go along with each, though you might want to just stretch your perplexed muscles instead.  —Dave

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$29.99
ISBN: 9781419758386
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Published: Abrams - April 19th, 2022

In Praise of Good Bookstores by Jeff Deutsch

Reader first, and director of a very good bookstore, the Seminary Co-op in Chicago, Jeff Deutsch has written my new guide, hymnal, and manifesto for being a worthy bookseller and lover of bookstores. While offering thoughtful and wide-ranging insight on the business and philosophy of bookstores, this erudite anthem is for all of us browsers on our way to our next discovery. What a joyful celebration—may its lasting importance keep us together in the stacks. —Melinda

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$19.95
ISBN: 9780691207766
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Published: Princeton University Press - April 5th, 2022

How to Raise an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

This book is SO good, it’s life changing. If we're to leave our children with a more equitable world, then as parents we must acknowledge our own shortcomings, be actively antiracist in raising them, and work to exclude our biases from their lives, baby proofing for racial harm as much as injury. This is true, most especially, for those growing up in predominantly white environments like Santa Cruz. This book is going to be required reading for every person who cares for my children going forward. —Ivy

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593242537
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Published: One World - June 14th, 2022

I’ll Show Myself Out: Essays on Midlife & Motherhood by Jessi Klein

Motherhood is hard and not always glamorous, but it is, above all a journey. Some might even say a hero’s journey. At least, Klein does, and she proves it. Hilarious and bitingly honest, I’ll Show Myself Out reflected my own journey back to me—the joy of overcoming infertility, feeling like a monster when I just want to go to the bathroom by myself for once, goddamnit. This book is the perfect panacea for mothers, especially when we all need to laugh to avoid crying. —Ivy

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062981592
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Published: Harper - April 26th, 2022

Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship by Catherine Raven

One can only hope to find a friendship like that of biologist Catherine Raven and the little red fox who sought her out. While rooted deeply in the land, the flora and fauna of their rural Montana home, this book is not just immersive nature writing, self-discovering memoir, philosophical journey, or literary tribute to Saint-Exupéry and Melville. It is sweet and expansive, and it all starts with a scientist and a fox, both a little wild and a little tame—an understanding that could help us all. —Melinda

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ISBN: 9781954118119
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - June 28th, 2022

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