Dian's Staff Picks

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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY #3) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807057834
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Published: Beacon Press - August 11th, 2015

This is a must-read book for anybody interested in social justice. Dunbar Ortiz clearly articulates a history of settler colonialism and its negative impacts on Indigenous lifeways. This book was life-changing! 


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Luster: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374194321
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

Raw, dark, laugh-out-loud hilarious at times, complex, and quintessentially millennial, with deeply cutting descriptions of Edie’s experience as a young Black woman trying to make sense of her life. Leilani paints vivid yet succinct descriptions of the multiple microcosms of NYC and suburban NJ as she explores Edie’s relationship to work, self, her parents, and a complicated open relationship (with a white couple who adopts a Black daughter). Leilani’s breakout novel reads like a memoir as if she is drawing from her own lived experiences, or creating a composite narrative of the daily experiences of many Black women today—always under the watchful and powerful gaze of whiteness and misogynoir. You’ll finish Luster before you know it.


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Just Us: An American Conversation Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781644450215
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 8th, 2020

Rankine's newest set of essays explores her interactions with white people in her life and her travels.  A must-read for all white people and others interested in anti-racism. I read it in a weekend. This is a new take on our relationships to whiteness and anti-Blackness. An auto/ethnographic read that asks many questions of its white readers and leaves you asking many more of yourself.


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Let's Get Back to the Party Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781616209575
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 16th, 2021

I loved this book and read it in a couple sittings. It asks us what it means to be gay, what gay friendship looks like, and how to engage in gay life an ever-changing world. 


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Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781849352604
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Published: AK Press - April 18th, 2017

If you're exhausted with the world, check out Maree Brown's book on creating social change starting with small groups and upscaling to larger systemic shifts. I read this book in a weekend and it changed my entire outlook on how I wanted to do social change work in my life. 10/10 recommend!


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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Cover Image
By Samin Nosrat, Wendy MacNaughton (Illustrator)
$37.50
ISBN: 9781476753836
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 25th, 2017

This is a must-read cookbook for any level of chef. Samin enlightens us on the for most important cooking elements, Salt Fat Acid and Heat. Check out her Netflix special and podcast too!!!


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Eat a Peach: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524759216
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Published: Clarkson Potter - September 8th, 2020

I've loved David Chang ever since visiting Momofuku, watching Ugly Delicious, and reading Lucky Peach. Getting an inside look at this mastermind chef was a *treat*. Don't miss his 33 rules to being a chef, his musings about a future America, and his stories of childhood growing up as a child of a Korean immigrant.


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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

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There There: A novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525520375
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Published: Knopf - June 5th, 2018

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Lord of the Flies Cover Image
By William Golding, Lois Lowry (Afterword by), Jennifer Buehler (Contributions by)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780399501487
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Published: Penguin Books - December 16th, 2003

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The Dark Tide Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781728209982
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - August 4th, 2020

A fun, dark, and witchy novel about the lengths you'd go for and what you'd risk for love. This debut novel is a page turner filled with action, magic, and serpents. I finished the back half of the book in one night!


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Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984820365
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Published: One World - February 25th, 2020

Minor Feelings explores those small gendered and racialized moments in life that reverberate across time. Park Hong articulates the traumas, experiences, and relationships held of Asian American/Korean American ppl in the U.S. and explores this groups relationship to anti-Black racism.  


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Home Body Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781449486808
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - November 17th, 2020

Kaur's latest book of poems brings us back into her world and covers topics we love to hear from her about such as self-love, loss, and relationships. Whenever I finish her collections, I always feel more empowered to take on the new day!


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We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807028346
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Published: Beacon Press - February 4th, 2020

A must-read for anybody that is interested in creating socially just educational spaces, particularly for Black children. Love is a leading voice of a generation of scholar-teacher-activists pushing us all to do more to create a just future. 


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The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525557562
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Published: Viking - July 21st, 2020

Dickey not only explores the strange, weird, and unknown, but also shares the way the mind fills in the gaps in our knowledge in order to help us understand the unexplained in the world. A fast, fun, and exciting read! Ever heard of Lemuria, meat falling from the sky, or bigfoot?!


Bright and Dangerous Objects Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781951142100
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Published: Tin House Books - October 6th, 2020

Imagine: A woman who is an underwater deep sea welder, she’s married and as her relationship is fraying her husband suggests having a baby. At the same time, she secretly enters a competition to be the first humans on Mars. The story is ultimately about motherhood, desire, ambition, highly feminist, and reads quick.


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Eyes That Kiss in the Corners Cover Image
By Joanna Ho, Dung Ho (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062915627
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Published: HarperCollins - January 5th, 2021

What a special book that celebrates difference, beauty, family, and inspires each of us to recognize and celebrate our uniqueness. A must-read for all children! Beautiful art pairs with this important story of self-love.


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All About Love: New Visions (Love Song to the Nation) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060959470
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 30th, 2018

A must-read for anybody interested in delving deeply into love, the psychology of love, and the power of patriarchy. This book is not just about amorous love, but also community love. 


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The Yellow House: A Memoir (2019 National Book Award Winner) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802149039
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Published: Grove Press - June 30th, 2020

Poignant memoir about one of my favorite, and lesser known, parts of New Orleans, New Orleans-East. An enticing memoir of a family, race, class, and place. 


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Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 Cover Image
By Ibram X. Kendi (Editor), Keisha N. Blain (Editor)
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593134047
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Published: One World - February 2nd, 2021

An amazing collection of Black authors spend 2-3 pages each chronicling the experiences of African American people starting with 1619 to today. What a unique way to tell of a complex and rich history. A must read!