Intersectional Women’s History Month Reading List!

This Women’s History Month, let’s get intersectional! in·ter·sec·tion·al·i·ty /ˌin(t)ərsekSHəˈnalədē/ noun What happens when forms of discrimination combine, overlap, and intersect Merriam-Webster marked intersectionality as a “word we’re watching” in 2017, but the term was coined thirty years ago by Kimberlé Crenshaw, law professor and social theorist. "Intersectionality is a lens through which you can see…
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Listen Up: Audiobook Month Listener’s Advisory

This summer, whether you’re traveling, commuting, or taking a little staycation, audiobooks can be a perfect companion. The challenge is finding one that matches your tastes, which can be a little trickier than just picking a “great book.” Here are a few tips and suggestions for helping you find your next great listen: Audiobook-recommending guru Renee…
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Short Story Mixtape

I remember sitting on the mauve carpet of my bedroom in front of my boombox, patiently waiting  with one finger poised above the tape deck’s red RECORD button. As soon as the radio DJ finished their boring spiel and “my song” came on, I jammed that sucker down and silently congratulated myself on yet another…
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Salvage the Bones Ten Years after Katrina

You’re fifteen. You’re smart. You’re poor, black, pregnant, in love, and Daddy says there’s a hurricane coming. Esch lives in Bois Sauvage, a dilapidated town on the Mississippi bayou, and she’s the powerful protagonist in Jesmyn Ward’s novel, Salvage the Bones. Esch’s mama is dead, and she lives with her drunken daddy and three brothers who are…
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One Tough Cookie: Fran Ross’s Oreo Written Decades Before Its Time

There are a handful of books I have re-read several times because I found some deep, emotional connection with the characters, and each read is like a conversation with a dear old friend. (I have a dear new friend who revisits To Kill a Mockingbird every year for similar reasons and to see how his opinions on the text…
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