Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

This is an incredibly powerful novel about resilience in the face of adversity and loss. It is about community. It is about taking a stand against the system of oppression, even if it seems hopeless. This is an incredibly difficult read, but it is such an important read. The Bay Area, and Oakland especially, has a long history of activism and holding the police accountable yet there is a long documented history of police brutality there. This novel shines a light on what it is like to be a person of color in Oakland. Compton. Chicago. And countless other cities around the United States. Continue reading

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The Testament of Loki by Joanne Harris

Ragnarok came and went centuries ago, and after Asgard fell the old gods were either dead of stuck in the Netherworld for eternal torment. That is until Loki found a way to escape the Netherworld and into ours… but is he the only god to have found his way to freedom? And will Loki be yet again the pawn in the plans of other gods? Continue reading

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My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd

My Name Is Venus Black is a beautifully written novel that follows the lives of two families in the aftermath of Venus’ crime that set multiple things in motion and altered the courses of many lives. Initially the story is told from two point-of-views, Venus and Leo, but as the tale progresses more perspectives are included in the mix to give a well-rounded and full picture of what is happening and the impact. Continue reading

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