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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Keiko is thirty-six and has been working at a convenience store for half her life. She has trouble relating to people and understanding how they feel she should behave, but at the store the world makes sense to her. But Japanese culture is telling Keiko what she should want- a higher paying job or a husband and family, and she must choose between the life she wants and the life people tell her she must want.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I finally listened to this one, and of course I loved it. I expected to like it, but I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the perspective of a working mom and a black woman who was never excited to be in the public eye, but leveraged her influence for the best.

After listening to this on audiobook I feel like Michelle and I are friends, and of course I can‘t help feeling sad she‘s no longer in the White House.

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GypsyKat This has been on my TBR list for way too long, I need to move it up on the list! 4w
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Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America | Kekla Magoon, Jason Reynolds, Dhonielle Clayton, Tracey Baptiste, Brandy Colbert, Justina Ireland, Rita Williams-Garcia, Rene Watson, Lamar Giles, Coe Booth, Varian Johnson, Ibi Zoboi, Nic Stone, Tochi Onyebuchi, Liara Tamani, Jay Coles, Leah Henderson
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I love short stories and how the good ones leave you feeling satisfied at the wholeness even in a few pages.

Every single one of these stories was fantastic. As the subtitles says, “Stories of being young & black in America.”

I‘ve read many of these authors before, but I‘m placing holds for books from the authors I didn‘t know. Since 12/17 of the authors identify as Black & female, I‘m still considering this #readingwomenofcolor2019

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Amal Unbound | Aisha Saeed
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Amal helps her mother, and loves attending school in Pakistan. Some day she plans to attend university. On a trip to the market all her plans are suddenly upended when the vicious village landlord is upset by her words after almost running her over. In anger he recalls her family‘s debt and she‘s forced into indentured servitude.

Heartbreaking, powerful, and ultimately hopeful.

#middlegrade
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For Black Girls Like Me | Mariama J. Lockington
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When Keda‘s white parents move the family to New Mexico, Keda is left to navigate a new middle school without her best friend, and just as her family life is unraveling.

This compelling story gives voice to life as a black youth in a white family, and the racism she faces every day while trying to figure out where she belongs.

#fivestars
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Bilal Cooks Daal | Aisha Saeed
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Bilal begins cooking daal with his father, Abu, in the afternoon because “daal takes time.” As Bilal plays with his friends throughout the day his friends wonder when Bilal‘s favorite dish will be ready. Anticipation builds as the friends move from one activity to another, finally joining Bilal and his father at home for a delicious meal.

Great story about food, friendship and patience, followed by the recipe.

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The Wedding Party | Jasmine Guillory
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I enjoyed the The Wedding Date and The Proposal, but this one was... meh. It was also the first one I listened to in audio and I wasn‘t a fan of the narrator, so I‘m sure that played into it some.

I‘m sure I‘ll read her next one, which will be about a 50- something year old woman for a change. I‘ll stick with reading next time though, and skip the audio.

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“Folktales, street rhymes, spirituals - rooted in spoken word.”

Short bursts of texts and gorgeous illustrations give a brief history of rap.

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Bri was born to be a rapper. Like her father before her she hones her talent, which is considerable, but life is complicated. As promises of fame and fortune are made Bri struggles to answer the question, “Who are you?”

This is another stellar book from the writer of The Hate U Give, and another brilliant audio performance from Bahni Turpin.

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britt_brooke Bahni Turpin is 👑! 2mo
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Other Words for Home | Jasmine Warga
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When Jude‘s home in Syria becomes too violent she and her mother flee to the U.S. where her uncle and his family live. As Jude navigates school in a language she is learning, she also finds excitement in trying out for the school play, even as she worries about her father and brother left behind in Syria.

This beautifully told novel in verse is a great read for upper elementary and early middle.

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Peddler410 I bought my copy about a month ago. I‘m making it next in line. 2mo
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