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The Must-Read “A Heart in a Body in the World”

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In A Heart in a Body in the World (Simon Pulse), Deb Caletti has written a gripping story for the young adult market, but it’s a novel everyone should take the time to read. The extremely timely novel, which was just released this month, follows Annabelle, a troubled teenager, who struggles with the notion that women are responsible for every bad thing that happens to them. Caletti does an excellent job getting inside the head of the protagonist who believes she is responsible for a boy’s actions, even though she did nothing wrong. The reader is first introduced to Annabelle as she sits in a parking lot of a local fast-food joint called Dick’s. After a stranger inappropriately touches her in the restaurant, memories…

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Race Relations in America: 3 Books to Grow Your Empathy Muscles

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We don’t live in a post-racial America, no matter how much we might wish it were true. To understand what people of color live with on a daily basis, and to begin the kind of deep listening that might lead to change, The Elliott Bay Book Company recommends three books that explores topics so brilliantly discussed by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Located in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood business district, Elliott Bay is home to more 150,000 titles. They’re known for their readings by famous authors and literary events throughout the year. Here are their recommendations: The Making of Asian America: a History by Erika Lee (Simon & Schuster, 2015) Recommended by bookseller Karen Allman: “The Making of Asian America brings…

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