identity

Saturday, Aug 18, 2018

Dear Ijeawele begins with a young, new mother's question: "How might I raise my daughter to be a feminist?" This slim book is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's letter of response, acting as an encouraging and thoughtful manifesto for feminism, in fifteen funny, compassionate, and observant suggestions for loving empowerment.

Oh, I love this book, this essay, this letter. So well articulated, Adichie's work is quick and easy to read and underline.

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This Is Us (DVD)

Dan Fogelman
4
Rated by
Edward R.
Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017

This Is Us is a dangerously addictive show about a family over multiple generations and the extreme challenges they face. The pilot episode hooks you into a compelling drama by intertwining the lives of all the characters in a unique way. The story continues with complexities that match real life and yet what we see seems more surreal than reality.

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Into White

Randi Pink
3
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

LaToya goes to a mostly white school. She has no friends and even the other black kids make fun of her. One night she prays to be anything but black, and she wakes up with white skin, blond hair, and blue eyes. Then the real fun begins in this journey of self-discovery that takes shocking and hilarious twists and turns.

This was an interesting book about putting oneself in someone else's shoes. It was not as hard hitting as I might have liked. There were some good moments that got you thinking, but overall, things turned out as expected. I'm not sure what this book was trying to...

https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1476600036_one_half_from_the_east

One Half From the East

Nadia Hashimi
4
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

This novel for young readers is a beautiful and emotional coming of age story exploring life as a bocha posh in modern-day Afghanistan.

When Obayda's father loses both of his legs in an explosion and her family is forced to move to a small village, they are in need of some good luck. Obayda's aunt decides to turn her into a bocha posh, a young girl dressed as a boy. Life in between genders is confusing for her, and she has trouble adjusting to her new life until she befriends another bocha posh. But when everything changes, the two best friends need help to fight for their newfound...

What I've Stolen, What I've Earned

Sherman Alexie
5
Rated by
Hannah Jane C.
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016

What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned is the most original, electric, and soul-altering book of poems I’ve read in more than a year. It reads like a nonlinear memoir that skips around Alexie’s life, with common threads charging the poems like drumbeats.  The largest theme - growing up on an Indian reservation surrounded by a cast of remarkable characters with haunting stories – shows up in nearly every poem.

The Passenger

Lisa Lutz
4
Rated by
Debbie F.
Thursday, Jun 23, 2016

After Tanya Dubois finds her husband's dead body at the bottom of the stairs she decides to run. Not because she's guilty, but because she is living under an assumed name and hiding from the past. She needs a new identity and the only way to get one is to call the man she's hated for 15 years. Roland Oliver has connections and money, two things Tanya needs. His reason for helping her? He has secrets of his own. "I want a clean identity, a name that's prettier than my own and if possible, I'd like to be a few years younger." Thus, Amelie Keen is born.

All American Boys

Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
5
Monday, Feb 1, 2016

All American Boys is a big-issue book that also makes an excellent character study. Rashad, a sixteen-year-old African-American boy, is the victim of police brutality. Quinn, a sixteen-year-old white boy, is a witness to Rashad's beating. These two guys live in the same city and go to the same school. Quinn plays on the same basketball team as some of Rashad's friends. And yet they barely know each other.

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There Will Be Lies

Nick Lake
4
Friday, Dec 11, 2015

There will be two lies, [the coyote] says. Then there will be the truth. And that will be the hardest of all.

And what lies they are. Even more so, as the coyote promises, the lies exposed by the truth. Nothing will be the same.

Not ever.

And that's not even to mention the small surprises and little white lies along the way.

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Eden West

Pete Hautman
4
Thursday, Oct 22, 2015

I know that the World is a terrible place, filled with wild animals and evil men and wicked women.

Denton Little's Deathdate

Lance Rubin
4
Rated by
Debbie F.
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015

I immediately fell for Denton Little. Born at a time when people know the date they will die, Denton knows his funeral is today. No surprise. Tomorrow is his death date. No big deal. But waking up in the bed with his best friend's sister? Now that is a surprise. And a big deal.

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