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La Casa de Bernarda Alba (Coleccion Letras Hispanicas) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9788437622453
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Published: Ediciones Catedra S.A. - June 1st, 2005

"Esta obra afectó profundamente mi perspectiva sobre el feminismo y la domesticidad. Bernarda Alba te recordará a tu abuela. Gran libro para practicar cómo leer y analizar la literatura española."

Word Up Volunteer -  Carolina


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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524700485
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 17th, 2017

" One word description: Relatable. Unlike any other YA fiction book I’ve read, Sanchez was able to preserve the integrity of what it is to be a modern Mexican-American daughter. She covers topics like mental health to remind all that at the best and worst of times, we are still human. Best fiction I’ve read in years!"

Word Up Volunteer -  Dulce


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Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening Cover Image
By Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda (Artist)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781632157096
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Published: Image Comics - July 19th, 2016

" Each picture is detailed and trancing with each sentence capturing some part of the world it wants to develop. If you want a dark world to envelope you, than I think this is the graphic novel for you."

Word Up Volunteer -  Christian


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Woman on the Edge of Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780449210826
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Published: Fawcett Books - November 12th, 1985

" Amazing sci-fi with a social conscience. Set in a 1970s NYC barrio, a nightmarish mental hospital (think unreconstructed Bellevue), moves into a beautiful, colorful, creative human future. Encourages direct political action (to say the least)! End is a shocker."

Word Up Volunteer -  Jeri


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Something to Declare: Essays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616205584
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 28th, 2014

" Read the beautifully written coming of age essay of Julia’s childhood. She was, is, and always be strong minded and she encourages you to be strong minded. It’s a story of love, having wisdom and being a Latina in the United States."

Word Up Volunteer - Marisol


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The Knife of Never Letting Go (Reissue with bonus short story): Chaos Walking: Book One Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780763676186
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Published: Candlewick - July 22nd, 2014

" The first book in Ness’ trilogy is a relentlessly compelling science fiction adventure with astonishing thematic depth. Todd, a human colonist on an alien planet, is on the run from his town’s maniacal preacher--and soon learns his entire understanding of the world is riddled with lies. As Todd uncovers more of the truth, he becomes embroiled in unavoidable violent compromise. Each book is a cliffhanger, so consider getting them all at once!"

Word Up Volunteer -  Becky


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Where the Dead Sit Talking Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781616958879
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Published: Soho Press - February 20th, 2018

" A seeking, and at times, uncomfortable exploration into the emotional haze that encompass youth who enter the foster care system. The narrator―Sequoyah―navigates the complexities that face children of color in child welfare, in a white world, and bearing the burden from the events leading up to their displacement."

Word Up Volunteer - Robby


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The Voyage Out Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781787246683
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Published: Urban Romantics - July 19th, 2017

" Virginia Woolf's first novel; I love this book because of the unexpected adventure of watching a young, enthusiastic and perceptive British woman take a voyage to South America with a bunch of interesting characters (including Clarissa Dalloway, who later would get her own novel). You meet the Americas as though for the first time, in all their wild beauty. And Virginia W's politics are straightforwardly anti-imperialist to boot (the novel was published in 1915, in the US in 1920!). This book *does* pull some punches -- supposedly critics told her to take some things out -- so, if you want more tart Woolfian political critique of colonialism, and homosexuality and women's suffrage, go look for the "reconstructed" 1912 early version of the novel, which was originally titled Melymbrosia, reassembled by Louise DeSalvo (Cleis Press 2002)."

Word Up Volunteer -  Jeri


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Heavy: An American Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501125652
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Published: Scribner - October 16th, 2018

" Heavy is devastating and incredible. In this memoir Kiese recalls his childhood in Mississippi, his complicated relationship with this mother, his loving relationship with his grandma, and his own relationship to his body. He traces the ways he’s been loved and hurt by the black women in his life, and how he’s loved and hurt them back. He grapples with what it means to tell the truth, when all we’d really like to hear is a lie."

Word Up Volunteer - Allison


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The Last of the Wine Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780375726811
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Published: Vintage - July 10th, 2001

" The adventures of a gay couple living and embracing all the strangeness, sorrows, challenges, and joys of ancient Greek society. How could you not love a book that follows Alexias, a runner, as he falls in love as a young man with the 20s-ish Lysis, a wrestler, and student of Socrates, and lets you meet the whole crew, including Alcibiades, Plato, Critias, Xenophon, Crito and Socrates himself, as they all live through the Peloponnesian War, the fall of Athens first to the 30 Tyrants and then to the Spartans, famine, loss, horrific death, but also takes you with Alexias and Lysis to the Isthmian Games where they compete with athletes from all around Greece... it's hard to describe how much emotion and lived history is packed into this book. See ancient Greece from a very different perspective. Mary Renault's first book about ancient Greece, and I think possibly her best."

Word Up Volunteer - Jeri


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Wolf Hall: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312429980
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Published: Picador - August 31st, 2010

" You've never read historical fiction like this. Packed with verve, wit, and life, it beings a distant era thrillingly into focus through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, an often-derided figure who becomes complicated and sympathetic under Mantel's gaze."

Word Up Volunteer -  Katy


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My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609450786
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Published: Europa Editions - September 25th, 2012

" The first in the Neopolitan Novels series, which, taken together, is one of the finest works of fiction of all time. Start here, strap in, and enjoy."

Word Up Volunteer -  Katy


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Who Fears Death Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780756406691
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Published: DAW - June 7th, 2011

" Nnedi Okorafor’s writing is as keen and unflinching as her novel’s eponymous protagonist, who bears the terrible weight of her post-apocalyptic world from infancy, yet takes on an epic quest to save it. The magic of Who Fears Death is as deeply rooted as its realism, the former in Okorafor’s ancestral Igbo spirituality, the latter in tragically contemporary cruelties and the timeless power of love to sustain and endure."

Word Up Volunteer - Ann


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My Side of the Mountain Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525463467
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 1999

" This outdoors adventure book about a kid who escapes his tame city/suburb life to live alone over winter on a wild mountain taught me so much: that it was ok to be alone for a while; that you can learn by failing then trying again; that you can tame through consistency; that you can learn things your parents don't know; that you are part of the natural world."

Word Up Volunteer - Jeri


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The Romanovs: 1613-1918 Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780307280510
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Published: Vintage - May 16th, 2017

" If you wish Game of Thrones had more sex and violence and were real, try this book."

Word Up Volunteer - Brian


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Aya: Life in Yop City Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781770460829
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - September 4th, 2012

"An Ivorian comic book about life in the big city of Abidjan. The story, loosely based on the author's childhood, follows ordinary girls and boys in Western Africa, far from the mass-media representations of political dramas and generalizations. We witness firsthand a multitude of endearing, well-drawn characters in their warm, animated neighborhood. "

Word Up Volunteer - Arthur


The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780312427993
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Published: Picador - June 24th, 2008

" A grim magisterial masterpiece. The history of the last fifty years on planet Earth is strewn with repressive regimes propping up bad deals like Salvador Dalí elephants drooping over stilts. Surprise surprise, people die when they’re made to pay what they can’t afford for what they need. Economics isn’t rocket science, it’s a revolting horror movie, and Klein expertly catches still-wriggling monsters in the act of booglarizing the body politic. Best read through those plastic sheets they hand out at Gallagher concerts."

Word Up Volunteer - Michael


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The New York Trilogy: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Paul Auster, Luc Sante (Introduction by), Art Spiegelman (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143039839
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 28th, 2006

" The New York Trilogy takes you on a wild ride through a detective's world. Paul Auster to me is one of the greatest living writers; he's earned a loyal readership and continues to surprise and delight with each new publication. This is a classic that should be read by everyone, inspiring love for well-written, entertaining, and engrossing detective stories."

Word Up Volunteer - Marisol 


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Ghetto Klown Cover Image
By John Leguizamo, Christa Cassano (Illustrator), Shamus Beyale (Illustrator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781419715181
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 20th, 2015

" I am in love with Ghetto Klown, John Leguizamo's graphic (in both senses) memoir of growing up, acting, and, gradually, learning how to create his own kind of theater. His artistic collaborators for this Eisner-nominated work, Crista Cassano and Shamus Beyale, do an amazing job of getting Leguizamo's kinetic persona across, and contribute their own share of visual comedy. If you love New York City, the art of the one-person show, crazy personal stories—or just have a soft spot for Johnny Legs—this is the book for you. "

Word Up Volunteer - Ellen


Saga Book One (Saga DLX Ed Hc #1) Cover Image
$49.99
ISBN: 9781632150783
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Published: Image Comics - November 25th, 2014

" Saga is an astonishing story, a Romeo-and-Juliet-like epic in an exuberant universe mixing space opera, science fiction, and fantasy. It follows several colorful and diverse characters on opposing sides of a never-ending war. This graphic novel broaches some interesting and mature subjects, including outer space parenting, with intelligence and often off-the-wall humor. This edition, illustrated by Fiona Staples, is also very beautiful and would make for an excellent gift ;)"

Word Up Volunteer - Arthur


Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781524733131
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Published: Knopf - March 7th, 2017

" While Adichie is known as a controversial and celebrated public speaker, her writings deserve much greater attention and praise. This brief book channels a Riot Grrrl spirit, navigating difficult subjects and offering enlightening perspectives. The book began as an answer to a friend's seemingly simple question, "How do you raise a baby as a feminist?" and given Adichie's considerate and luminous response I would gladly pass this great read along to my future child, however that child identifies."

Word Up Volunteer - Marisol


Becoming Unbecoming Cover Image
By Una
$24.95
ISBN: 9781551526539
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 18th, 2016

" A really powerful graphic novel detailing the many kinds of violence women suffer physically and psychologically. The story mixes historical facts of life in Margaret Thatcher's England with the author's autobiographical recollections. It outlines the failures of modern society, from the brutality of policing to the hidden traumas of family life."

Word Up Volunteer - Arthur


The Devil in Silver: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812982251
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - September 10th, 2013

" A book that's hard to put down—Victor LaValle takes us on a journey with the main character, Pepper, through a modern-day nightmare. We see the dark insides of a mental institution, meet the other patients locked up there, and go on our own adventure of self-discovery and reckoning. A novel that's haunting, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny. One of my all-time faves!"

Word Up Volunteer - Cynthia


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Woman on the Edge of Time: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780449000946
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 23rd, 1997

" This is an amazing utopian novel offering intensely original (and sometimes even humorous) solutions to some of the most pressing problems we face: in particular, this book takes on capitalism, sexism, racism, homophobia, and urban planning, and imagines a future world in which we all choose our own names, have three self-aware and gender-varied "mothers," regularly communicate with animals (including our cranky cats), can take out the Mona Lisa on loan to hang in our room for a few weeks if we are willing to wait our turn, use a transit system based on bike-sharing, have grown up with a strong sense of our own self, and are socially mature, insightful, and self-directed in ways you never even thought about! Despite its imagining a future without New York City (!), I still love this Bible of What Might Be Possible If We Actually Fulfilled Our Human Potential. Not to mention its hero is a 37-year-old Chicana kick-ass mother and possible future science whiz, and that the book occasionally shifts into Spanish and back to English again. Ahead of its time in so many ways!"

Word Up Volunteer - Jerise


El Libro de Los Abrazos (Creacion Literaria) Cover Image
$25.40
ISBN: 9789682315886
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Published: Siglo XXI Ediciones - January 1st, 1991

" Una colección de crónicas tiernas, hermosas, feroces, que cuentan de amor, de tristeza, de la vida muy ordinaria y lo alucinante, que comentan tanto sobre el contenido de nuestros sueños como el imperialismo. Uno de los mejores libros que nunca he leído. Es de esos libros que te dejan con ganas de devorar sus páginas una y otra vez."

Word Up Volunteer - Allison


The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553380965
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Published: Spectra - May 2nd, 2000

" A brave and brilliant young girl armed with a stolen techno-magical storybook charts a world-saving course through a near-future dystopia. One of Neal Stephenson’s most sharply faceted, finely wrought, and fully envisioned epic gems."

Word Up Volunteer - Anne