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Rayfield Walker: Out of the Jungle

READ WHEN SAFE The heart-wrenching story of one man’s abuse and neglect as a child growing up in Guyana, at the hands of his violent, repressed father. Out of the Jungle follows Rayfield Walker’s escape to New York City, where he finds success as a star student and catharsis in painting, filmmaking, and writing. His

Sandra L. Richards: Rice & Rocks

Tradition takes flight in Rice & Rocks, a picture book celebrating culture and diversity. Giovanni’s friends are coming over for Sunday dinner, and his grandmother is serving rice and beans. Giovanni is embarrassed—he does not like “rice and rocks” and worries his friends will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird. But his favorite Auntie

Scott Westerfeld: Pretties

Make sure to check out my review of Uglies! Gorgeous. Popular.Perfect. Perfectly wrong. Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she’s completely popular. It’s everything she’s ever wanted. But beneath all the fun — the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total

Jesmyn Ward: Sing, Unburied, Sing

A searing and profound Southern odyssey by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward. In Jesmyn Ward’s first novel since her National Book Award winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. Drawing on Morrison and Faulkner, The Odyssey and the Old Testament, Ward gives us an epochal story, a

John Steinbeck: East of Eden

Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his
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