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Book Review: Michelle Good’s Five Little Indians

Book Review: Michelle Good’s Five Little Indians

As much about Indigenous joy as it is about Indigenous pain, this book is a moving and tender portrait of the living effects of the residential schools. It provides a gentle resistance to the whitewashing of history and ongoing struggle to return the remains of Indigenous children to their tribes.

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Book Review: Sahar Mustafah’s The Beauty of Your Face

Afaf’s life is recounted through flashbacks, while in the present she comes face-to-face with a gunman in the Muslim all-girls school where she is principal. Mustafah reveals a face of the immigrant experience that I feel is often overlooked: the healing power of religion.

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Book Review: Pamela Sneed’s Funeral Diva

Book Review: Pamela Sneed’s Funeral Diva

Pamela Sneed takes it all in and writes it back out. The danger of silence. The business of Beyoncé. The American Dream as a side hustle for businessmen. How Black Panther uses Africa as a backdrop rather than a living setting. She covers it all while harkening back to the lessons of the poets who raised her and the revolutionaries who uplifted us.

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Book Review: Aiden Thomas’ Cemetery Boys

Cemetery Boys reads like that one fanfic everyone knows and quotes by heart, except it doesn’t have to fix canon, because it is canon. The characters are gay and found family abounds and there aren’t any shitty studio execs demanding they be straight-washed, whitewashed, and gritty-grimdark-universe’d. It’s kind of tropey, in the way even the best YA books are. I loved it, and I dare anyone to read it and not love it too.

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