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Congratulations Derrick Barnes & Gordon C. James!
Congratulations Derrick Barnes & Gordon C. James!

WINNER! 2018 KIRKUS PRIZE

KIRKUS REVIEW

Safe to say, there’s nothing like the feeling of the fresh cut. You feel so extra visible with a fresh new cut, and this book built from that experience translates it in a way never before brought to the children’s bookshelf. Basquiat-inspired king insignias and a bit of Kehinde Wiley flair shape portraits of all the various ways men (and women too!) come into the black barbershop to restore their cool, leaving the chair with high self-esteem, self-pride, and confidence—if only for as long as their hairlines remain crisp. It’s sacred. The all-important line and the diverse styles take center stage here.

 

One of the best reads for young black boys in years, it should be in every library, media center, and, yes, barbershop. (Picture book. 5-12)

Kirkus page 

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Congratulations to Rebecca Solnit
Congratulations to Rebecca Solnit

WINNER! 2018 KIRKUS PRIZE

Solnit is careful with her words (she always is) but never so much that she mutes the infuriated spirit that drives these essay.

 

For those heartsick at Trumpism, essayist and Harper’s contributing editor Solnit (The Mother of All Questions, 2017, etc.) offers context and support. Optimism? You’re on your own. Read full book review

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Bound by Cultural Expectations…
Bound by Cultural Expectations…
Two Zapatista women, bound by cultural expectations, struggle to express the truth of their lives in the highlands of Chiapas.

When a woman rises, a community is nourished. In the Maya township of Chenalhó in Chiapas, Veronica, a teenage girl, is recovering from a disastrous early marriage. Spurred on by a community program of women telling their stories, she asks her mother Magdalena to record the story of her growing up and that of her best friend, Lucia.

 Highlighted in School Library Journal  list of “September Stars” https://slj.com/?detailStory=50-Spectacular-Titles-September-2018-Stars

 

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Searching for a sense of identity and belonging…
Searching for a sense of identity and belonging…

This is a beautifully written story about a child searching for a sense of identity and belonging, by debut picture-book author Francie Latour. Illustrator Ken Daley has drawn on his knowledge of the Caribbean to create vibrant paintings that convey the flavor of life in Haiti. With a brief introduction to the history of Haiti, including a few of its heroes.

Highlighted in School Library Journal list of September Stars. https://slj.com/?detailStory=50-Spectacular-Titles-September-2018-Stars 

 

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Unique Magical Powers
Unique Magical Powers

A WINTER’S PROMISE

* Starred review from School Library Journal and was highlighted on their list of “September Stars” https://slj.com/?detailStory=50-Spectacular-Titles-September-2018-Stars!!! “Translated from French, this international best-seller is world-building at its best. The unusual settings, original characters, dark intrigue, originality, and fast-moving plot result in a book that leaves readers eagerly awaiting the next volume. It has great adult crossover as the characters and situations cross age levels. ”

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LIZA JANE & THE DRAGON
LIZA JANE & THE DRAGON

Liza Jane believed she could find better parents. So she fired her mom and dad and hired the first applicant who came to the door–what could possibly go wrong?

“A girl frustrated with her parents’ rules fires them and hires a dragon to take their place.”
Publishers Weekly, Fall 2018 Announcements

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Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs (Vol. 1 & 2)
Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs (Vol. 1 & 2)

In June of 2017, an international group of specialists in ethnopharmacology, chemistry, botany, psychology, and anthropology met to discuss their findings of the last fifty years and assess the potential future for investigations into traditional plant-based medicines. The Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs is the defining scholarly publication on both past and current research with psychotropic plant substances for medicinal, therapeutic, and spiritual uses.

 

A defining scholarly publication on the past and current state of research with psychedelic plant substances for medicine, therapeutics, and spiritual uses

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Mexico’s’ Presidential Election & Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Stunning Victory
Mexico’s’ Presidential Election & Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Stunning Victory

“I’m not going to limit myself to condemning corruption and calling for its eradication; I also want to set out . . . a new politics, a different economic model, and the strengthening of cultural, moral, and spiritual values that can revitalize our nation.”

The stunning victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) in yesterday’s Mexican presidential elections follows a campaign that pledged to tackle corruption, halt privatization of the oil industry, invest in education and infrastructure, open a dialogue with the country’s drug cartels, and oppose Donald Trump’s border wall.

 

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A true crime story with a remarkable twist
A true crime story with a remarkable twist

A Lawyer’s Journey through the Historic, Haunting, and Deeply Personal Case of Albert Dyer, the Smiling Monster of Inglewood

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Change Your Personality Later in Life? Yes, It Is Possible
Change Your Personality Later in Life? Yes, It Is Possible

Check out the Wall Street Journal  interview with Dr. Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan about their new book  here

Three experts talk about the resilience of people as they age, and how radical change can be achieved

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