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RebL

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I absolutely do believe what happened to Lacey. It‘s easier to be aghast at the overt acts of racism than the less visible micro aggressions resulting from unexamined racism. Those acts are more critical for perpetuating racism because people see them as benign, so racism festers. It‘s critical behavior for in-group/out-group management (social control) without looking like a bad guy.

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I‘ve loved so many people with big terrible things that I would have to talk to a therapist before I could discern what I think of this book.
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It‘s been almost a decade since my ex moved out. This weekend, my 20 YO baby is helping make space for me in my home, starting with three filing cabinets. So much paper!

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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I don‘t create an ambience for reading; I don‘t burn candles all that often; I don‘t read a lot of romance. However, I poured these candles at a time I listened to & thoroughly enjoyed the tagged book. I like the idea of all the bookish things, so all in all, a pleasant experience.

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Idk about this book. I‘ve never been a good consumer. Firstly because I didn‘t have the money. Then, I didn‘t want to. My big question coming out of this book is, assuming we are willing to adjust away from a consumer economy, what would that look like & how long would it take?
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Behold the rusty vinegar from cleaning my clippers. 🎧

Tamra Such a difficult question! I don‘t think it will be voluntary, if it happens at all. 🤔 2w
RebL @Tamra I don‘t see it happening either, but it doesn‘t seem like maintaining a problematic economy for the problematic economy‘s sake makes sense. 2w
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Across the Desert | Dusti Bowling
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Bowling writes this story from a place of experience & the middle schoolers in my reading program at work appreciate that. They say they heard about opioids on television, but this book provided them a clearer understanding of the issue.
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Bowling also shared interesting behind the scenes writing stories, like how Marty developed. Powerful author visit.

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Other Words for Home | Jasmine Warga
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I appreciate how Warga writes about harsh experiences with softness. Jude embodies resilience & an adaptation that keeps the old home dear & the new home a place with a future. Warga also could have put a wedge between mother & daughter, but instead brings them towards shared understandings.

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Efren Divided | Ernesto Cisneros
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I feel like I read this before, but maybe it‘s just true to life of families in SoAz as in SoCal. In any event, this is certainly a book that can encourage empathy in young readers who may not be familiar with the stories of people living on the border. I appreciate the care each character is given. Deserving of the awards it received.

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Starfish | Lisa Fipps
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So many opportunities to learn about empathy in this book. One thing that stuck with me, and is a thing you know but don‘t think about, is that the word “teasing” minimizes the verbal violence we inflict on each other.

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The Agathas | Kathleen Glasgow, Liz Lawson
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This book is a great way to spend a weekend. If you know much about Agatha Christie, your pleasure will be all the deeper.
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Kathleen Glasgow met with the teen group (cropped out) I help organize. My favorite thing about Kathleen is how much she cares about her readers & teens in general. If you‘re on TikTok, she‘s pretty fun there too!

RebL The tagged book doesn‘t include co-author Liz Lawson! 😯 1mo
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The Talk | Alicia D. Williams
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Williams makes this topic approachable by introducing a regular kid & his friends. Over time he gets taller & his family grows concerned for him. We see people‘s silent reactions (esp white ppl) to our young hero, which necessitates talks. Small talks lead to the big one. The big talk is wordless. The au & il do an artful job balancing the tension of a kid living his best life & the realities of being Black & male in the US.

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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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I am not likely to do well in any apocalyptic scenario, & I can‘t get behind the effort to create a utopia. However, this story is going to make a great film/limited series, ala Walking Dead but more femme.
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My one apocalyptic skill, I can change a flat in no time. How many flats should one person have in a year?

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State of Terror: A Novel | Louise Penny, Hillary Rodham Clinton, To Be To Be Confirmed Simon & Schuster
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I needed a book that would snatch me up in the story. At the same time… so much anxiety 😬

Readergrrl Your bookmark is 🔥🔥🔥 3mo
RebL @Readergrrl 💖 Thank you! I work with a team of exclusively university student workers. Every spring semester we make bookmarks together. We “borrow” extensively from the World Wide Web. (edited) 3mo
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I love this book. It‘s smart, informative, funny & reminds me of my dad. The whole time I read it, I wished my dad were alive to read it. He would have devoured it. My son is next on the list, so 💕

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Front Desk | Kelly Yang
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This is a full on yes book for me. I would recommend it to any middle schooler. I loved going to my parents‘ workplaces & had a full-on fantastical belief that I was ready for a career. Here‘s Mia doing just that—while challenging prejudice & learning she can gain skills against feedback that would indicate otherwise. This also could serve as an intro to some of the particular ways Chinese people have been discriminated against in the U.S.

mandarchy I just learned that there are 3 sequals to Front Desk! The author is on Twitter and posted that Barnes & Noble is refusing to carry the 4th title. She's writing faster than I can read. 3mo
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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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Excellent Litsy Made Me book, so thanks to everyone who put this in my feed.
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As a younger teen, I would become totally absorbed in my mom‘s romance books. Reconnecting with that part of me, especially with a smart, modern story like this, seemed as though it could be healing. But, nope. My shriveled heart rejects that plan. Other stories are calling.

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Meet Tyrus Wong, a paper son & Disney illustrator whose work on Bambi influenced animation in important ways. Hard to read this book & not be a little upsety. The book depicts Wong's positive outlook & a kid could read it & be inspired. But capitalist America has not shared the bounty with equity.

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Coolies | Yin, Chris K. Soentpiet
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The word for the braided ponytail this character wears is queue! In this book, brothers work on the railroad at the turn of last century. The big brother teaches his young brother calligraphy. The younger brother eventually becomes the go-to person in his community to write letters home. Someone donated the softest Chinese paper to us, & so I'm thinking around an invitation for patrons to try their hand at writing Chinese characters with it.

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Paper Son: Lee's Journey to America | Helen Foster James, Virginia Shin-Mui Loh
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I'm exploring children's books in which characters are affected by the Chinese Exclusion Act (specifically paper sons/daughters) as I prep an exhibit around this book. We have all the original illustrations, so I hope to create an experience where patrons feel like they are walking into the book. We interviewed the illustrator, Wilson Ong, & I learned interesting tidbits about oil as a medium for illustration.

LMK if you have a recommendation.

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A Song Below Water: A Novel | Bethany C. Morrow
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Before I went on vacation (NOLA aquarium pictured), I edited a booklist of African mythology inspired mermaid tales. I was surprised that the post author found a dozen of these, so I thought I‘d read a few. This is a fun one in terms of the author‘s imagination.

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Ambivalence. How we love/hate our bodies! How we are empowered/dispowered while using our sexuality! How we lift all choices for women & judge women‘s choices! I don‘t even know how I feel about this book, but I read it fast on a slow train. Also, the modeling industry is still full of d*cks.
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Gifted by a friend.

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Persist | Elizabeth Warren
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Warren is so familiar to me. SO familiar. OKC, Norman, & Wewoka are also my top three Okla towns. I‘m playing catch-up with Litsy, so I‘m not sure what I thought about this book after I read it, but I definitely now understand why Warren feels like home.

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While we focus on books for children and adolescents, we work almost exclusively with adult patrons -- adults who apparently will stash an unfinished cookie.
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This book features stories & autobiographical accounts of southern African experiences with Apartheid. It was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults around 1990.

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I'm Hungry! / Tengo hambre! | Angela Dominguez
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This book is dedicated to the author's “family, dinosaur fans, and picky eaters.“ Also, look at the adorable “q“ this font posts. IDK why anyone, including a dinosaur, would turn up their nose at pan con mantequila. That's a big plot hole.

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We Are Better Together | Bill McKibben
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I hear that the best way to get through a catastrophe, such as an extreme heat event, is through community. Since I'm not a prepper, this appeals to me! lol. Share your volumes of toilet paper with me, & I'll share my solar-powered refrigerator with you.
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That's not the focus of this book. This book looks at community activities to make things better, not just survive. Plenty of racial representation, but not so much for the disability community.

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Any obsession I have with biographies of journalists aside, I am 💯 into the layered illustrations in this book. Check out the words on her dress!

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Itzel and the Ocelot | Rachel Katstaller
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What a joy seeing this book, which features a character with the same name as one of our teen program participants. I assume Itzel is familiar with this Salvadorian tale. Even so, who doesn't love seeing their name in media?

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Someone has a message for potential readers of this book.
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Also, this book is old. I did what any self-respecting book lover would do -- I took it to a student co-worker & commanded, “Smell this.“

AlaMich 🤣🤣 5mo
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Hopscotch Around the World | Mary D. Lankford
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When you're auditing one side of the bookshelf & see violence on the other side.

Smrloomis 😱 What happened??? 5mo
RebL @smrloomis IKR?! Our shelves are tight, & it's time to weed. When one of those hard cover books got squeezed onto that shelf, the paperback couldn't launch a proper resistance to being shoved backward. 5mo
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This story centers around a character's experience of emancipation & is accessible for early elementary-aged children. It's powerful in that the author & illustrator capture a variety of reactions to learning about emancipation. They've included plenty of factual data in the backmatter, including the illustrator's note from which I pulled this quote. #Juneteenth #PictureBook

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Plenty of information in this book makes it appropriate for upper elementary students, if you think people age-out of picturebooks. They don't. Pull this into a history class for high school students. They'd get it. I prefer the timeline in the backmatter of this book to most I've seen. #Juneteenth #PictureBook

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This is the other #PictureBook we're giving away to workshop participants this weekend. In an ESL class, children share their traditions around tea. As an author's note points out, readers won't see Irish or English students in this book even though they are heavy tea drinkers. Why not? There's no reason for an English speaker to be in an ESL class!

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Rainbow Hands | Mamta Nainy
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Although an adult may want to label this book LGBTQI+, I'm not sure that a child would. Regardless of gender identity or expression, kids like painting their nails & playing with color generally. In any event, I'm pretty sure everyone needs a Dadaji (grandfather) like the one in this book. We have a workshop this weekend and this is one of two books we're giving to participants. #PictureBooks

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The Old Man | Sarah V
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Readers won't find a happy resolution in this story about an unsheltered man who can't get warm or a good rest. It's a straightforward & honest story with muted illustrations. #PictureBooks

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Raymond | Yann Le Bec, Gwendal Le Bec
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Raymond lives the life I dreamed of as a cash-strapped youth. If I had resources, I'd have been the most basic. Now Raymond is looking for work/life balance. Not sure this is for the kiddos. I thought to post because this dog with the magazine and coffee felt like goals. Now, as I type this out, I'm taking the book kinda personal.

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Poo Bum | Stephanie Blake
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Posting because this green wolf is serving the side eye. This book is about the futility of eating children as a method for curbing potty mouth.

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Grown-ups Never Do That | Davide Cali, Benjamin Chaud
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The kids are watching!

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The Visitor | Antje Damm
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This is a yes for me. A reader can get lost in the illustrations, which get more colorful as the story progresses. But also, I like the story -- a frightened woman who lives alone is interrupted by a paper airplane and its maker. She both breaks and sets boundaries. #PictureBook

EvieBee Wow! This sounds great. Just ordered a copy. Thanks for the recommendation! 6mo
RebL @EvieBee Awesome 🙌 I hope you enjoy it! 6mo
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What a comforting book about sadness! Maybe not this particular illustration. This more validates. Still, a book that validates, normalizes, and gives strategies for dealing with sadness -- so good. #PictureBooks

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You be Me, I'll be You | Pili Mandelbaum
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I am with Anna's mom on this one. It's time for these two to jump in the shower! Sensibilities may be more European than North American. #PictureBooks

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I was drawn to punk/grunge, but the scene seemed fueled by apathy. I spent enough time in that headspace. This book is a whole lotta Grohl geeking out, and I am here. for. it. Yes, some tough stories. We all have those. The best parts are the ones where he recognizes in the moment that he‘s living his dream. It‘s also cool that he creates that moment for others.

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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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We do live in a haunted age.
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I subscribed to AARP the second I turned 50.
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Super glad I got to go into this one without too much foreknowledge.

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Into the Heartless Wood | Joanna Ruth Meyer
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This is my second JRM book. Both were for youth programming & both solid fairytale retellings. This time around, she fielded questions about the human capacity for love & forgiveness. Meaty convos with potential spoilers. Great teen response.

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This is a Litsy Made Me Listen book & I‘m so glad I did! Check out the stress fractures on my mouthguard. I needed this book. I have zero east coast connections & this is not my generation, but it felt warm, familiar, welcoming & funny.

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This book gave me the memory feeling of when I first read of Like Water for Chocolate. The books are not comparable (except they are magical realism). I‘m talking about my mood reading them. I was transported to another time in my own life. It was an escape from the grind.

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The Plentiful Darkness | Heather Kassner
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Kassner plays with characters who incorrectly make assumptions about others & people who make bad choices but aren‘t bad people. Her writing is eerie without being scary. Middle grade students invited her to our final meeting of the year after we read The Plentiful Darkness. Would recommend her books & author visits.

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“Around and around went the frisbee. Around and around and around.”
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Found this while inventorying our books featuring characters with disabilities. It‘s not overly sentimental or explanatory. It‘s just a story about a kid with autism, his sister & a maybe new friend.

RebL “Sarah almost put her pink frisbee back into her backpack with the big brown Teddy. Instead, she held the pink frisbee out, to Rosie this time.” 7mo
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Music Is History | Questlove
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Part history, playlist & memoir—so much contained between these covers. It could be a textbook—a whole class! If life were different rn, I‘d reread this book from the beginning.
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As much as I enjoyed audio gardening & caught my first roma while listening, this book deserves the reader‘s full attention.

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The Bone Garden | Heather Kassner
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Creepy middle grade may be my jam. I was definitely into spooky books when I was in middle school, but not so much as an adult. Def do not like creepy books for adults (except maybe southern gothic).
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Kassner said at an author event this weekend at my work that her grandmother was a librarian, & Grimm‘s fairy tales featured big in childhood read alouds.

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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel
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This is a #BlameItOnLitsy read & I completely enjoyed it.
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I didn‘t enjoy having my tire stabbed six times resulting in a blow out on the way home from work on Friday. However, I‘m a pro with flats & had a donut on in less than 10 minutes. I was at the part where Johnathon calls Vincent into his work, so of course I kept listening.

Bookwormjillk Your tire was stabbed? Oh no! 7mo
RebL @Bookwormjillk I know! Rude. 7mo
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