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    The House of Eve

    1950s teen Ruby is on track to be the first in her family to attend college but is caught up in a taboo love affair that threatens that dream. College studen Eleanor falls in love with on of D.C.'s elite and feels isolated and hopes a child can bridge the gap between her and her new family. Their stories collide in unexpected ways.

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    Under the Skin

    Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and the Health of Our Nation by Linda VillarosaPublished by: Doubleday BooksPublish Date: June 14, 2022Genre(s): Non-Fiction, Racism, Medical HistoryHB&W Rating: 4View on GoodreadsBuy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository Synopsis In 2018, Linda Villarosa’s New York Times Magazine article on maternal and infant mortality among black mothers and babies in America caused an awakening. Hundreds of studies had previously established a link between racial discrimination and the health of Black Americans, with little progress toward solutions. But Villarosa’s article exposing that a Black woman with a college education is as likely to die or nearly die in childbirth as…

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    The Condemnation of Blackness – Book Review

    As someone who was raised in the North, I used to believe that I was not racist, particularly because I hail from the northern states, and frown at the outright, in-your-face racism of the South. I mean, the North won the Civil War after all. Clearly we're the good guys, right? I'm ashamed to say that I thought that way for far too long, blind to the systemic racism inherent in everything, even here in the North, and especially that within myself. Thankfully, books like this one were written.

  • An iPad with the cover of the ebook "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng sits on a wooden tray next to a vase of peachy pink and cream flowers, a small glass bud vase on a cream colored coaster, a pair of metal filigree embroidery scissors, and a crochet project with a brown swirl Furls Streamline hook.
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    Everything I Never Told You – Book Review

    There are so many layers that drive this story all the way to its heart-wrenching conclusion.We see how each character's insecurities cause them to misconstrue the words and actions of those around them and how those insecurities embitter them toward one another as well. Will the characters' individual insecurities and motivations break the family apart, or will they be able to heal together after their loss?

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    A Good Neighborhood – Book Review

    This novel explores the disparity between whites and BIPOC, between socioeconomic classes, and, to a lesser extent, between the genders that is still so relevant today in the wake of the unjustified police brutality against people of color, the #metoo movement, and the power imbalance associated with these things, as well as the very real fear that exists for the victims in each of these scenarios. More specifically, it explores the entitlement and hubris of the wealthy white male in society today, a society which hasn't come as far as we would have hoped by this point in time.

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    Children of Blood and Bone

    Her family ripped apart, her father a shell of the man he used to be, she and her brother do what they can to take care of their father and each other, to put food on the table, and find what little enjoyment they can in life when they have so little, until one fateful day, the day magic returned, the day their lives changed forever.

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    Little Fires Everywhere

    This novel starts out with a line that could be the start of a great mystery or thriller, but this is not that kind of story. It's a slow-moving, in depth character study of human nature and the complexities of relationship dynamics. It shows how people are apt to rationalize and justify crossing a moral line to suit their purposes.