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Avengers Film Begs a New Look at ’16 Black Panther Comic

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Black Panther has taken the world by storm.  In fact, it is so popular, the new Avengers: Infinity Wars film was moved up from its original release date of May 4 to April 27 and a new trailer featuring more of the beloved characters from the film has appeared on television and across social media. With the success of the film and its star Chadwick Boseman’s hilarious portrayal of T’Challa on SNL, Marvel’s Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1 (written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, winner of the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant) deserves a new, more introspective look. It would be unfair to say that he’s arguably one of the most important…

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New Books About Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks and President Obama in Time for Black Friday Shopping

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This is a big week for shopping and for books and so is our round-up of new releases! While you are making your shopping list (and checking it twice), here are some nice, naughty and feel good books to check out this weekend. Dream Big Dreams: Photographs from Barack Obama’s Inspiring and Historic Presidency (Young Readers), Pete Souza Pete Souza, who served as the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama, was able to capture much more of Obama as a public figure. Now, in his new portrait book, Souza has compiled photographs specifically for young readers, showing Obama as a man who served as an inspiration to generations of people. Behind-the-scenes stories and photographs of the family are included as…

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America the Beautiful: 8 Books That Open Your Heart and Mind

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For some time, the political discourse in America has not reflected our core value of inclusion and it appears intolerance is at an all-time high. Following the Charlottesville incident, which left 32-year old Heather Heyer dead and 19 others injured earlier this month, more people are standing up and rejecting hate in favor of love, diversity and an enduring spirit of cooperation. We’re tired of the racism, sexism, and discrimination against various communities. And while we may not have a plan of action just yet as to how we eradicate these, we can gain insight through research and literature. Literacy opens minds and one way to expand our cultural views is to read and embrace authors of all backgrounds. With…

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Announcing BookTrib’s Best Books of 2015

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The best books of 2015 immersed us in richly imagined stories about marriages, murders and general mayhem, as well as the grim reality of racism in America, memories of a life infused with music and advice on how to tap into our inner creativity. Condensing the year’s great books into a manageable list was challenging, but here’s a look at some you should read or give as gifts as 2015 draws to a close: Best novel: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Riverhead) Why it’s a winner: This sharp-edged dissection of a marriage was a finalist for this year’s National Book Award, but surely there was no book published in 2015 that so deftly cut into gritty pieces the complicated…

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Shelfie Picks: Strand Book Store’s New Contemporary Classics

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Sure, there’s plenty of light summer reading. We went to McLean and Eakin for wonderful summer lovin’ picks, turned to Skylight Books for summer adventures with coming-of-age twists, and even chatted with Elin Hilderbrand, the “Queen of the Summer Novel.” But just occasionally, those lazy summer days inspire deeper thought and encourage us to delve into untested waters. We want to turn the pages of a book that, while still accessible and enjoyable, makes us think and question. That’s what inspiring literary works do, right? A few excellent literary fiction novels have arrived this summer and to help us select three that go above and beyond, we headed to Strand Book Store, “New York City’s legendary home of 18 miles of books.”…

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