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The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

Phenomenal story and writing! A set of twins, light-skinned Black 16-year-old girls, run away from their small southern town together to live where skin color is hopefully judged less by their community. But one of them disappears, striking off on her own to pass as a White woman. This multi-generational tale of secrets and struggles with racial identity will stay with you a long time.

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You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538719367
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 12th, 2021

My jaw literally dropped over and over as I read what racist crap these two sisters have had to deal with. The book is often hilarious (written by a comedy writer) but it ultimately gave me – not a person of color – a peek into the everyday experiences that too many POC endure.

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Valentine: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062913272
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 2nd, 2021

This is tough stuff, but so well written and unblinkingly honest. And it's a debut novel! Valentine is one of my favorite books of the year and I can't wait to read more by Elizabeth Wetmore.

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Dear Edward: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984854803
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - February 2nd, 2021

I just love "Dear Edward." It is uplifting, beautiful, and full of hope. And, yes, it's a story about the sole survivor of a commercial plane crash. How does boy go on after losing his family? Even worse, how does he cope with being the sole survivor of the plane crash that took them and everyone else on board? It is a difficult, yet inspiring journey Edward is on, and the reader is privileged to go along with him. This book will be one of my very favorites for years to come.