Five Days, by Wes Moore

Staff Pick

Wes Moore’s third book brings him back to Baltimore, where he spent part of his childhood and resides now, to explore the undercurrents of Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of police in April 2015. Moore, currently head of The Robin Hood Foundation, focuses on the five days from Gray’s arrest for allegedly possessing an illegal knife to his death in a coma in a local hospital. Gray’s case made national news and ushered in a period of reckoning for a city on edge. Through interviews with eight Baltimoreans directly affected by the news coverage and protests that followed Gray’s death, Moore details the roots of injustice that led to this cataclysmic moment for the city—and that may yet augur a glimmer of hope for the future.

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ISBN: 9780525512363
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: One World - June 23rd, 2020

IQ by Joe Ide

Staff Pick

Isaiah Quintabe, the protagonist of this fabulous debut crime novel set in Long Beach, is nicknamed IQ for a reason. A brilliant young man who excels in school, he loses his parents and revered older brother as a teenager, leaving him orphaned and adrift. After turning to crime – and using his brains to pull off artfully conceived robberies – he shifts his attention to solving crimes in his inner-city neighborhood and eventually becomes a local folk hero. Ide gives readers a richly developed character in IQ, as well as other sidekicks and antagonists who grace the narrative, and a plot that is absorbing, refreshing, and at times very funny. One of my favorite novels of the past year.

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By Joe Ide
ISBN: 9780316267731
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 19th, 2017

The Book of Gutsy Women by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton

Staff Pick

The Book of Gutsy Women (Simon & Schuster, $35) is the first book that Hillary Rodham Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton, both prolific authors, have written together. In it they identify 103 women they define as “gutsy”—women who have changed the world through their ideas, actions, creativity, courage, and persistence. The list is diverse. It includes women across generations, races,
cultures, ethnicities, geographical boundaries, vocations, and avocations. And while some are well known—former congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, tennis champion Billie Jean King, and teenage
climate activist Greta Thunberg, for example—others work or worked in virtual anonymity: scientists like Ada Lovelace and Flossie Wang-Staal, education activists like the rebellious 17th-century nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and modern crusaders like child marriage activist Fraidy Reiss and workers’ rights champion Ai-Jen Poo, and dozens more. In recounting these stories, the authors give voice to women collectively, helping to flesh out a historical narrative that has systematically excluded, ignored, or discounted the experiences, perspectives, and accomplishments of half of the world’s inhabitants. For that alone, and on behalf of womankind, thank you Hillary and Chelsea. P.S. Hope there is a volume 2!

The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience By Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501178412
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 2019