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Brown Girl Dreaming Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399252518
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2014

A New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Winner

Jacqueline Woodson, the acclaimed author of
Red at the Bone, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.
 


The Witch's Book of Self-Care: Magical Ways to Pamper, Soothe, and Care for Your Body and Spirit Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781507209141
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Published: Adams Media - December 11th, 2018

“From Wiccan author Arin Murphy-Hiscock comes this fantastic guide to spiritual self-care with a witchy bent. The Witch’s Guide to Self-Care contains recipes for products and spells for self-restoration.” —Bustle

Self-care and magic work together in this guide to help you become the best version of yourself.


Transcendent Kingdom: A novel Cover Image
$25.16
ISBN: 9780525658184
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Published: Knopf - September 1st, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK! • Finalist for the WOMEN'S PRIZE

Yaa Gyasi's stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama
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Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race Cover Image
$18.04
ISBN: 9780465060689
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Published: Basic Books - September 5th, 2017

The classic, New York Times-bestselling book on the psychology of racism that shows us how to talk about race in America.

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy?


Dear Black Girl: Letters From Your Sisters on Stepping Into Your Power Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781523092291
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - March 9th, 2021

"Dear Black Girl is the empowering, affirming love letter our girls need in order to thrive in a world that does not always protect, nurture, or celebrate us. This collection of Black women's voices...


Polite Protest: The Political Economy of Race in Indianapolis, 1920-1970 Cover Image
$55.93
ISBN: 9780253345875
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Published: Indiana University Press - February 15th, 2005

This history of the black community of Indianapolis in the 20th century focuses on methods of political action--protracted negotiations, interracial coalitions, petition, and legal challenge--employed to secure their civil rights. These methods of polite protest set Indianapolis apart from many Northern cities. Richard B.


Let's Talk About Race Cover Image
By Julius Lester, Karen Barbour (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780064462266
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Published: HarperCollins - December 23rd, 2008

"This wonderful book should be a first choice for all collections and is strongly recommended as a springboard for discussions about differences.” —School Library Journal (starred review)


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A Field Guide to Christian Nonviolence: Key Thinkers, Activists, and Movements for the Gospel of Peace Cover Image
$18.69
ISBN: 9781540960122
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Published: Baker Academic - February 8th, 2022

Christian nonviolence is not a settled position but a vibrant and living tradition. This book offers a concise introduction to diverse approaches to, proponents of, and resources for this tradition.


Becoming the Educator They Need: Strategies, Mindsets, and Beliefs for Supporting Male Black and Latino Students Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781416628200
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Published: ASCD - August 14th, 2019

They don't care about their education. They are not capable of learning. I can't work with them. I can't get through to them. Just as you may have thought these things about your students, they, too, may have similar thoughts about you: She doesn't care about my education. He is not capable of understanding me. I can't work with her. I can't get through to him.


Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781492623168
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - August 1st, 2017

The first book in the Latinx-infused Queer fantasy series from highly acclaimed author Zoraida C rdova that follows three sisters--and teen witches--as they develop their powers and battle magic through epic questing in the realms beyond.


The Paper Palace: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593329825
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 6th, 2021

REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK

INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

THE PAPER PALACE IS:


“Filled with secrets, love, lies and a summer beach house. What more could you ask?”—Parade


How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$24.30
ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.


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How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America Cover Image
$26.10
ISBN: 9780316492935
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 1st, 2021

Instant #1 New York Times bestseller. "The Atlantic writer drafts a history of slavery in this country unlike anything you’ve read before” (Entertainment Weekly).

Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, Clint Smith leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks—those that are honest about the past and tho


My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies Cover Image
$17.05
ISBN: 9781942094470
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Published: Central Recovery Press - September 19th, 2017

A NATIONAL BESTSELLER

My Grandmother's Hands will change the direction of the movement for racial justice.— Robin DiAngelo, New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility

In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.


Witchery: Embrace the Witch Within Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781788172042
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Published: Hay House Inc. - March 5th, 2019

Everywhere, the witches are rising. Are you ready to answer the call and embrace your own inner witch?


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Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools Cover Image
By Monique Morris, Mankaprr Conteh (Foreword by), Melissa Harris-Perry (Foreword by)
$17.06
ISBN: 9781620973424
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Published: New Press - January 16th, 2018

The powerful (Michelle Alexander) exploration--featured by The Atlantic, Essence, the Washington Post, New York magazine, NPR, and others--of the harsh and harmful experiences confronting Black girls in schools

In a work that Lisa Delpit calls imperative reading, Monique W.


Native Plants of the Midwest: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 500 Species for the Garden Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781604695939
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Published: Timber Press - November 16th, 2016

Native Plants of the Midwest, by regional plant expert Alan Branhagan, features the best native plants in the heartland and offers clear and concise guidance on how to use them in the garden.


Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781541581203
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - February 2nd, 2021

A must-have--Booklist (starred review)


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501161933
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 29th, 2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“If youre looking for a book to take on holiday this summer, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo has got all the glitz and glamour to make it a perfect beach read.” —Bustle

From the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & the Six—an entrancing and &ldq


Beloved (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400033416
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding New York Times bestseller transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.


The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250217318
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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

A NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER!
A 2021 Alex Award winner!
The 2021 RUSA Reading List: Fantasy Winner!
An Indie Next Pick!
One of Publishers Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020"
One of Book Riot’s “20 Must-Read Feel-Good Fantasies”


Snapdragon Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250171115
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Published: First Second - February 4th, 2020

Kat Leyh's Snapdragon is a magical realist graphic novel about a young girl who befriends her town’s witch and discovers the strange magic within herself.

Snap's town had a witch.


Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (King Legacy #2) Cover Image
By Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King (Foreword by), Vincent Harding (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807000670
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Published: Beacon Press - January 1st, 2010

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript.


Solitary: A Biography (National Book Award Finalist; Pulitzer Prize Finalist) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802148308
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Published: Grove Press - December 3rd, 2019

Praise for Solitary:

FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE IN GENERAL NONFICTION
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN NONFICTION
Named One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2019
Winner of the Stowe Prize
Named the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year


All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom Cover Image
By Angela Johnson, E.B. Lewis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780689873768
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 6th, 2014

Experience the joy of Juneteenth in this celebration of freedom from the award-winning team of Angela Johnson and E.B. Lewis.

Through the eyes of one little girl, All Different Now tells the story of the first Juneteenth, the day freedom finally came to the last of the slaves in the South.


What Is God Like? Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593193310
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Published: Convergent Books - June 15th, 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The late, beloved Rachel Held Evans answers many children's first question about God in this gorgeous picture book, fully realized by her friend Matthew Paul Turner, the bestselling author of When God Made You.


The Gifts of Imperfection: 10th Anniversary Edition: Features a new foreword and brand-new tools Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593133583
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Published: Random House - September 8th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In hardcover for the first time, this tenth-anniversary edition of the game-changing #1 New York Times bestseller features a new foreword and brand-new tools to make the work your own.


Bodies Are Cool Cover Image
By Tyler Feder, Tyler Feder (Illustrator)
$17.09
ISBN: 9780593112625
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Published: Dial Books - June 1st, 2021

This cheerful love-your-body picture book for preschoolers is an exuberant read-aloud with bright and friendly illustrations to pore over.
 


Mexican Gothic Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525620808
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Published: Del Rey Books - June 15th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "It's Lovecraft meets the Bront's in Latin America, and after a slow-burn start Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird."--The Guardian


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The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together Cover Image
$25.20
ISBN: 9780525509561
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Published: One World - February 16th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.
 


The Day You Begin Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator)
$17.09
ISBN: 9780399246531
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018

A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!


Each Kindness Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399246524
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 2nd, 2012

WINNER OF A CORETTA SCOTT KING HONOR AND THE JANE ADDAMS PEACE AWARD!

Each kindness makes the world a little better


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We Can: Portraits of Power Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374389666
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 28th, 2021

"When I was born, the doctors told my mom that if I did survive I would have lots of health problems and be blind, deaf and severely mentally delayed . . . Boy were they wrong!" —Tyler Gordon


Pecan Pie Baby Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780147511287
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Published: Puffin Books - October 17th, 2013

A sweet addition to the family is coming! Written by National Book Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by Caldecott Award-winning illustrator Sophie Blackall.


White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143129677
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Published: Penguin Books - April 4th, 2017


The New York Times Bestseller, with a new preface from the author

“This estimable book rides into the summer doldrums like rural electrification. . . . It deals in the truths that matter.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times


Blackout Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063088092
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Published: Quill Tree Books - June 22nd, 2021

Six critically acclaimed, bestselling, and award-winning authors bring the glowing warmth and electricity of Black teens in love to this charming, hilarious, and heartwarming novel that shines a bright light through the dark.

A summer heatwave blankets New York City in darkness. But as the city is thrown into confusion, a different kind of electricity sparks…


The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780062976581
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Published: HarperOne - October 22nd, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER · WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER  · USA TODAY BESTSELLER


Reborn in the USA: An Englishman's Love Letter to His Chosen Home Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062958693
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Published: Dey Street Books - June 29th, 2021

The #1 New York Times Bestseller


Eyes That Kiss in the Corners Cover Image
By Joanna Ho, Dung Ho (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062915627
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Published: HarperCollins - January 5th, 2021

A New York Times Bestseller and #1 Indie Bestseller

This lyrical, stunning picture book tells a story about learning to love and celebrate your Asian-shaped eyes, in the spirit of Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, and is a celebration of diversity.


The Hate U Give Cover Image
By Angie Thomas, Nikki Giovanni (Foreword by)
$17.09
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

8 starred reviews · Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best  ·  William C. Morris Award Winner · National Book Award Longlist · Printz Honor Book · Coretta Scott King Honor Book · #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds


Deep Magick: A Guide and Spellbook for the New Witch Cover Image
By Anaïs Munier (Illustrator), Sonia K. Woods
$18.19
ISBN: 9798609680310
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Published: Independently Published - February 6th, 2020

Deep Magick -A Guide and Spellbook for the New Witch opens up the mystical world of witchcraft. Explore what power lies hidden in the depths of your mind and is waiting to be awakened. This book offers an introduction to the occult basics, a variety of ritual instructions for love, success, health and protection, as well as tips and tricks for the use of herbs and crystals.


Transcendent Kingdom: A novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984899767
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Published: Vintage - July 6th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK! • Finalist for the WOMEN'S PRIZE

Yaa Gyasi's stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national bestseller Homegoing is "a book of blazing brilliance" (The Washington Post)—a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama
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Kiki's Delivery Service Cover Image
By Eiko Kadono, Emily Balistrieri (Translated by)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781984896698
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Published: Yearling - June 8th, 2021

Soar into the modern classic about a young witch and her clever cat--the inspiration for the Hiyao Miyazaki film that became a phenomenom!

Half-witch Kiki never runs from a challenge. So when her thirteenth birthday arrives, she's eager to follow a witch's tradition: choose a new town to call home for one year.


Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984818324
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 7th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “This book is a gift! I’ve been practicing their strategies, and it’s a total game-changer.”—Brené Brown, PhD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Dare to Lead


The Taking of Jake Livingston Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984812537
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - July 13th, 2021

An Instant New York Times Bestseller

Get Out meets Holly Jackson in this YA social thriller where survival is not a guarantee.


Long Division: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982174828
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Published: Scribner - June 1st, 2021

From Kiese Laymon, author of the critically acclaimed memoir Heavy, comes a “funny, astute, searching” (The Wall Street Journal) debut novel about Black teenagers that is a satirical exploration of celebrity, authorship, violence, religion, and coming of age in post-Katrina Mississippi.


Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982152796
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Published: Atria Books - April 14th, 2020

“Author and poet Cleo Wade will make your day with her inspiring and uplifting outlook on life” (People) and she returns with another moving collection of poems, mantras, and illustrations encouraging you to remain hopeful and harness your inner power and create change through self-care and social justice.

If you are ready to be a part of building a society


Hola Papi: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982141493
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 8th, 2021

From popular LGBTQ advice columnist and writer John Paul Brammer comes a hilarious, heartwarming memoir-in-essays chronicling his journey growing up as a queer, mixed-race kid in America’s heartland to becoming the “Chicano Carrie Bradshaw” of his generation.

“[Brammer] is both kind and piercingly funny, often in the same sentence….Personal and affe


Séance Tea Party: (A Graphic Novel) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781984894151
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Published: Random House Graphic - September 15th, 2020

Lora wants to stay a kid forever, and she'll do anything to make that happen . . . including befriending Alexa, the ghost who haunts her house. A middle-grade graphic novel about growing up that's perfect for fans of Ghosts and Making Friends.

Growing up sounds terrible.


Your Life Matters Cover Image
By Chris Singleton, Taylor Barron (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781952239311
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Published: Bushel & Peck Books - March 9th, 2021

?"Equal parts homage to Black historical and contemporary figures and a reminder of the greatness that lives within each Black child, this is a title for every collection." --School Library Journal, starred review


Miracle Country: A Memoir (Hardcover)

Miracle Country: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.95
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August 2020 Indie Next List


Miracle Country is one of those books that takes on the personality of the place in which it's set, and in the case of the Owens River Valley, that personality is starkly beautiful and full of rugged vitality. Atleework's unflinching combination of personal and natural exploration is the perfect complement to the backdrop of the High Sierra, and she somehow manages to encapsulate both the allure and the contemptuousness of the mountains and existence in general through her examination of her own life. Harsh and brutal, resplendent and inviting, this book makes the Sierra Nevada tangible in a way that only great writing can.”
— David Nurick, Cellar Door Books, Riverside, CA

Description


WINNER OF THE SIGURD F. OLSON NATURE WRITING AWARD

“Blending family memoir and environmental history, Kendra Atleework conveys a fundamental truth: the places in which we live, live on—sometimes painfully—in us. This is a powerful, beautiful, and urgently important book.”
—Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members and The Shakespeare Requirement 


Kendra Atleework grew up in Swall Meadows, in the Owens Valley of the Eastern Sierra Nevada, where annual rainfall averages five inches and in drought years measures closer to zero.

Kendra’s parents taught their children to thrive in this beautiful, if harsh, landscape, prone to wildfires, blizzards, and gale-force winds. Above all, they were raised on unconditional love and delight in the natural world. After Kendra’s mother died of a rare autoimmune disease when Kendra was just sixteen, however, her once-beloved desert world came to feel empty and hostile, as climate change, drought, and wildfires intensified. The Atleework family fell apart, even as her father tried to keep them together. Kendra escaped to Los Angeles, and then Minneapolis, land of tall trees, full lakes, water everywhere you look. 

But after years of avoiding her troubled hometown, she realized that she needed to come to terms with its past and present and had to go back. Miracle Country is a moving and unforgettable memoir of flight and return, emptiness and bounty, the realities of a harsh and changing climate, and the true meaning of home. For readers of Cheryl Strayed, Terry Tempest Williams, and Rebecca Solnit, this is a breathtaking debut by a remarkable writer.  
 

About the Author


Kendra Atleework received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota. An essay that formed the basis for a chapter of Miracle Country was selected for The Best American Essays 2015. She is the recipient of the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award and the AWP Intro Journals Project Award.

Praise For…


A Washington Independent Review of Books Favorite Book of 2020

“Truly something special and refreshing. Kendra Atleework’s powerful debut is the rare trifecta that seamlessly blends personal narrative with historical nonfiction and highly charged, activist-style rhetoric with rarely a misstep or heavy hand . . . Whether you’re in it for the emotional roller coaster or want an armchair view of an area of California not on your radar, Miracle Country works on multiple levels. It reminds us to hold our loved ones close, conserve our resources, treat the land as sacred and stop putting our collective heads in the sand when it comes to climate change.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Drawing parallels between her upbringing and the region's history, [Atleework's] memoir celebrates her home and the region while lovingly portraying her family's eccentricities. Her ability to relay naturalistic majesty in exquisite detail is dynamic yet tender, resulting in captivating storytelling . . . A breathtaking environmental history. Atleework is a shrewd observer and her writing is a gratifying contribution to the desert-literature genre.”
PopMatters

“Atleework captures how the history of the landscape affects how people feel in the present in prose charged with emotion . . . Miracle Country is a beautiful read, Atleework’s prose steeped in her passion for the region and her striking observations. Even more, though, the memoir is important because it reveals Atleework’s deep understanding of the region, of a life defined by an absence, and she points us to the power in this understanding—it can be a tool to stay safe in a desert or on a cliff, a way to connect with other people, a call to counteract climate change, or, as in Atleework’s case, a reason to return home.”
Ploughshares
 
“[A] shimmering memoir . . . A bittersweet tribute to home and family in breathtaking prose that will appeal to lovers of memoirs and history, as well as anyone who enjoys beautifully crafted writing.”
Library Journal, starred review

“[A] beautiful debut . . . Atleework’s remarkable prose renders the ordinary wondrous and firmly puts this overlooked region of California onto the map.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Atleework pays tribute to the drought-ridden California desert of her childhood in this gimlet-eyed memoir . . . Nature lovers will immerse themselves in Atleework's vibrant prose and meditative musings."
Booklist

“Can a book be both radiant with light and shadowy as midnight? Miracle Country can. I felt the thrill I once knew reading Annie Dillard for the first time. Kendra Atleework can really write. She flies with burning wings."
—Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels

“Kendra Atleework has written the most beautiful book about California I ever have read. The author locates the mystery and beauty of her life in the small town of Bishop, on the eastern slope of the Sierra, decades after Los Angeles has stolen the water.  Her poet's prose, on every page, honors the dry land and breathes Nature to life.”
—Richard Rodriguez, author of Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography

Miracle Country is truly some kind of miracle, combining a moving family story with deft, deeply researched history. Written from the crucible of California's water wars, combined with a family story of love and loss in the high desert Eastern Sierra Nevada, Kendra Atleework's book joins the great American accounts of the West, a step beyond Joan Didion, moving from a beloved geography into a jeopardized future.  Kendra Atleework is that rare writer—capable of heart-stopping memoir while performing a work of keen observation and serious history. A work of stunning acuity and candor, essential reading, already a classic narrative.”
Patricia Hampl, author of The Art of the Wasted Day
 
“A soaring homage to California and to the sparsely populated and drought-prone Eastern Sierra, where the author grew up. Blending family memoir and environmental history, Kendra Atleework conveys a fundamental truth: the places in which we live, live on—sometimes painfully—in us. This is a powerful, beautiful, and urgently important book.”
—Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members and The Shakespeare Requirement 

“This eloquent narrative is both a natural history of the author's home place, a seemingly arid region, and a loving portrait of an extraordinary family. Kendra Atleework has an uncanny wisdom and a deep sense of people and their origins, and she writes like an angel.”
—Charles Baxter, author of There's Something I Want You to Do



Product Details
ISBN: 9781616209988
ISBN-10: 1616209984
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: July 14th, 2020
Pages: 320
Language: English