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    Top of Your Stack 2.23.23

    Here’s to Us  (young adult/romance) by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

    Ben survived freshman year of college, but he’s feeling more stuck than ever. Ben’s only real bright spot is his writing partner Mario, who’s been giving him a lot of Spanish lessons and even more kisses. So why can’t he stop thinking about a certain boy from his past? Arthur is back in New York City for the first time in two years, ready to take the theater world by storm as the world’s best intern to an off-Broadway director. Through a series of events, Ben and Arthur reconnect, but not everyone is happy about that. First loves are special, but it’s way too late for what-ifs. Right?

    Feminist AF (nonfiction/young adult – paperback) by Brittney Cooper, Chanel Craft Tanner & Susana Morris

    Hip-hop and feminism combine in this empowering guide with attitude, from best-selling author Brittney Cooper and founding members of the Crunk Feminist Collective. Loud and rowdy girls, quiet and nerdy girls, girls who rock naturals, girls who wear weave, outspoken and opinionated girls, girls still finding their voice, queer girls, trans girls, and gender nonbinary young people who want to make the world better: Feminist AF uses the insights of feminism to address issues relevant to today’s young womxn.

    Decent People (fiction – hardbound) by De’Shawn Charles Winslow

    From the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize winning author De’Shawn Charles Winslow comes this sweeping and unforgettable novel of a Black community reeling from a triple homicide, and the secrets the killings reveal. In the still-segregated town of West Mills, North Carolina, in 1976, three enigmatic siblings are found shot to death in their home. The people of West Mills—on both sides of the canal that serves as the town’s color line—are in a frenzy of finger-pointing, gossip, and wonder. The crime is the first reported murder in the area in decades, but the white authorities don’t seem to have any interest in solving the case.

    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, February 25 @ 3 pm (free, SF Ferry Building) – Tara Ison, author of At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf

    At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf is the story of a twelve-year-old Parisian Jewish girl in World War II France, living “in hiding” as a Catholic orphan with a family in a small village.

    Tuesday, February 28 @ 1 pm  (free, online) Lesley-Ann Brown, author of Blackgirl on Mars
    Blackgirl on Mars is a radical memoir that chronicles author, educator, and activist Lesley-Ann Brown’s two years’ worth of travel searching for “home.” As she travels across the U.S. during the Black Lives Matter protests and Covid-19 pandemic and then to Trinidad and Tobago to attend the funeral of her grandmother, Brown tells her own life story, as well as writes about race,

    gender, sexuality, and education, and ideas of home, family, and healing. Both a radical political manifesto and a moving memoir about finding your place in the world, Blackgirl on Mars is about what it means to be a Black and Indigenous woman in Europe and the Americas in the 21st century.

    Wednesday, March 1 @ 6 pm (free, Corte Madera) John Sayles, author of Jamie MacGillivray The Renegade’s Journey

    Spanning 13 years, two continents, several wars, and many smoke-filled and bloody battlefields, American filmmaker John Sayles’s thrilling historical and cinematic epic invites comparison with Diana Gabaldon, George R. R. Martin, Philippa Gregory, and Charles Dickens. The novel follows Jamie and Jenny through servitude, revolt, escape, and romantic entanglements—pawns in a deadly game. The two continue to cross paths with each other and with some of the leading figures of the era—the devious Lord Lovat, future novelist Henry Fielding, the artist William Hogarth, a young and ambitious George Washington, the doomed General James Wolfe, and the Lenape chief feared throughout the Ohio Valley as Shingas the Terrible.

    Top of Your Stack – Recommendations from Book Passage
    Published on February 23, 2023