Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

"I am born in Ohio but the stories of South Carolina already run like rivers through my veins." In her free-verse memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson shares what it was like growing up Black in the midst of the civil rights movement, having an absentee father, having a beloved uncle who goes to prison, is released, has become a Muslim. She talks about growing up Jehovah's Witness, hearing rhythm and music in the words she hears at the Kingdom Hall, and having doubts about her faith. She remembers noticing the differences between being Black in her home in the North, and Black in her grandparents' home in the South. Woodson's recollections of her childhood are powerful, even when sharing simple moments.…

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Brilliant Imperfection by Eli Clare

Able-bodied people, forget everything you think you believe about health and cure and disability politics, grab a copy of Brilliant Imperfection, and listen to Eli Clare. He covers politics, history, ethics, ableism, gender identity, and more; with all the messy, contradictory intersections that cannot be ignored. Clare's prose is dazzling, the way he states his points so beautiful, that this feels like a mix of nonfiction and poetry. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

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