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From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo

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I am surprised that I and many others have not heard of Vincent Chin and what had happened to him in 1982. The author, Paula Yoo had written a book about Vincent Chin, his murder, his trial and some may say would be the beginning of the Asian American Movement. In 1982, Vincent Chin, was killed by two white men who were auto workers. At the time, there was a lot of Anti-Asian sentiment because of the rise of Japanese car companies in the United States. Vincent Chin was Chinese, but he was mistaken for being Japanese and killed in a bar in Detroit. The two men who killed Vincent Chin received a rather lenient sentence of only a $3000 fine and three years probation. The protests that followed after led to a federal civil rights trial- the first involving a crime against an Asian American. The book was thoroughly researched from court transcripts, and in person interviews.

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The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

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The protagonist, Taylor Greer, is a young woman who leaves her small Kentucky town, where most women are pregnant early in life, to see what other choices there are in the world. She buys a used car which breaks down almost always on her trip out west. On her journey, she stops in Oklahoma, where a strange woman, leaves a baby with her and flees. She finds herself wanting to take care of the baby as well as finding a new life for herself out west. Along the way, she meets new friends and new cultures. She ultimately winds up in Arizona and as she tries to find out more about the mysterious baby, she finds out that the baby may be part of the Cherokee Tribe. The friends she meets in her new life intersect with the Cherokee Tribe and with Central American refugees. Most of the main characters in the book are strong women who survive whatever life throws at them. I found the book very interesting and educational.

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Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

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Owen Pick’s life is falling apart.

In his thirties, a virgin, and living in his aunt’s spare bedroom, he has just been suspended from his job as a geography teacher after accusations of sexual misconduct, which he strongly denies. Searching for professional advice online, he is inadvertently sucked into the dark world of incel—involuntary celibate—forums, where he meets the charismatic, mysterious, and sinister Bryn.

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One and Only by Jenny Holiday

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Miss Responsibility meets Mr. Reckless… With her bridezilla friend on a DIY project rampage, bridesmaid Jane Denning will do anything to escape–even if it means babysitting the groom’s troublemaker brother before the wedding. It should be a piece of cake, except the “cake” is a sarcastic former soldier who is 100% wicked hotness and absolutely off-limits. Cameron MacKinnon is ready to let loose after returning from his deployment. But first he’ll have to sweet talk the ultra-responsible Jane into taking a walk on the wild side. Turns out, riling her up is the best time he’s had in years. But what happens when the fun and games start to turn into something real?

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The Girls Are All So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

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Ambrosia “Amb” Wellington has moved on from that fateful night in college, until she’s invited back for her ten-year reunion. Amb is going to throw away the invitation until she sees an anonymous note “we need to talk about what we did that night“. Alternating between the reunion and Amb’s freshman year, The Girls Are All So Nice Here is a shocking novel about the brutal lengths girls can go to get what they think they’re owed, and what happens when the games we play in college become matters of life and death. Investigate the truth of what happened during Amb’s freshman year and see if you can figure out what really happened that night before the truth ultimately comes to light. The Girls Are All So Nice Here is recommended for all former mean-girls and anyone who has ever crossed their path. 
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The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

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The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his life in exile from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three half-brothers are killed in an “accident,” he inherits the throne, but is entirely unschooled in the art of politics, has no friends, no allies, no advisors, and whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment. Surrounded by sycophants eager to curry favor with the naïve new emperor, and overwhelmed by the burdens of his new life, he can trust nobody. Amid the swirl of plots to depose him, offers of arranged marriages, and the specter of the unknown conspirators who lurk in the shadows, he must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor. All the while, he is alone, and trying to find even a single friend . . . and hoping for the possibility of romance, yet also vigilant against the unseen enemies that threaten him, lest he lose his throne–or his life.

A fantastic inversion of the classic “scion to the throne becomes king/emperor and everyone lives happily ever after” trope, depicting the sudden ascension to the throne in a far more realistic (and challenging) way. Recommended for readers looking for a political fantasy novel like Game of Thrones, but less dark, less violent. This novel is focused on relationships, politics, and diversity, with a pacifist hero who doesn’t solve problems with violence.

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Sea Glass Sunrise by Donna Kauffman

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A downhearted lawyer and a hard-headed contractor might solve a mystery if they can stop fighting in this romance from a USA Today–bestselling author.

In seaside Blueberry Cove, Maine, friends are just another word for family, and big-city politics take a backseat to local pride. But the real treasure on these shores is always love…

When D.C. lawyer Hannah McCrae heads home to Blueberry Cove for her brother’s wedding, she’s dragging a lot of baggage along with her—and she doesn’t mean suitcases. Betrayed personally, and humiliated professionally, the last thing she wants is a new man. That’s fine with square-jawed, rugged contractor Calder Blue. He and Hannah may be wildly attracted to one another, but all he wants is to build the town’s hotly contested new yacht club and mend a centuries-old family feud. Yet thanks to resentments old and new, day after day the pair wind up tangled in each other’s business—and maybe soon in each other’s arms.

Includes a delicious wedding cake recipe!

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Camp by Lev A.C. Rosen

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Camp Outland. An absolute wonderland of a camp for queer teens. It’s got everything a teen could dream of in a camp experience, except much much gayer. This is the camp that sixteen year-old Randy Kapplehoff has spent his summers the last few years and has met his best friends, who are just as gay and dramatic as he is. This year though, Randy is changing everything: no longer is he gay and flamboyant theatre kid Randy. This year, he is Del, a buff, masculine, sporty young man, in order to get jock Hudson Aaronson-Lim, a guy who’s only into straight-acting dudes, to notice him. What could go wrong?

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Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

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Jam’s mother is a painter. She paints the most beautiful paintings that almost seem real, until one day a painting DOES come alive and the creature crawls out of the canvas and into her mom’s art studio. The creature, whom Jam names Pet, tells her it has come to hunt a monster. And according to Pet, the monster is lurking in her best friend Redemption’s house.

All of the adults keep telling her that there are no more monsters anymore. Should she believe this creature that crawled out of the painting? Or is this creature a monster too?

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The Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

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It is nearly midnight, and very cold. Yet in this dark place of long grass and tall trees where cats hunt and foxes shriek, a girl is waiting… When Saffyre Maddox was ten something terrible happened and she’s carried the pain of it around with her ever since. The man who she thought was going to heal her didn’t, and now she hides from him, invisible in the shadows, learning his secrets; secrets she could use to blow his safe, cosy world apart.

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