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Backman’s ability to guide his characters through trauma and grief with kindness and tenderness makes his newest novel impossible to put down. A balm for the soul in these anxious times; this is a story to savor and share.
An eye-opening celebration of one's connection to place juxtaposed to the continuous upheaval and uprooting of Black Americans. Jerkins writes with tenderness, empathy, sorrow, and a complete commitment to honoring her ancestors and her heritage through not only written documentation but generations of oral histories and traditions.
With vivid, engrossing, and unabashedly grotesque imagery, Bazterrica paints a world that one never wants to live in (cannibalism, anyone?) but perhaps in some ways, we already do. This book will stay with you, for better or worse.
A modern and fantastical story of NYC where the hatred that can be tempted within all of us comes up against the love and power we create within our communities and cities. It left me inspired and scared and pushing it upon everyone I know.
Seemingly a story of adventure on a magical train with talking animals, Grossman sneaks in messages about climate change, conservation, and environmental responsibility in a way that is direct, yet hopeful. Filled with illustrations and silliness, it is the perfect read aloud and I can't recommend it enough.