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    Top of Your Stack: Recommendations from Book Passage 3.10.22

    Black Cake (fiction – hardbound) by Charmaine Wilkerson

    Byron and Benny are estranged siblings who are reluctantly reunited in the aftermath of their mother’s death. Benny stayed away from the family for years when she felt rejected by her parents when they realized she was a lesbian. That, combined with her seemingly lack of professional ambition and success, drove a wedge between her and her family. In going through their mother’s will, they learn things about their family that are shocking. Charmaine Wilkerson’s debut novel is a story of how the inheritance of betrayals, secrets, memories, and even names can shape relationships and history. Black Cake is deeply evocative and beautifully written. The novel was Book Passage’s First Edition Club pick last month.

    Charm Offensive (fiction – paperback) by Alison Cochrun

    Dev Deshpande has always believed in fairy tales. So, it’s no wonder then that he’s spent his career crafting them on the long-running reality dating show Ever After. Dev has a great record for casting, but that’s until the show casts disgraced tech wunderkind Charlie Winshaw as its star. Charlie is far from the romantic Prince Charming Ever After expects. This witty and heartwarming romantic comedy is reminiscent of Red, White & Royal Blue.

    The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women’s Rights (nonfiction – paperback) by Dorothy Wickenden

    From the executive editor of The New Yorker comes a riveting, provocative, and revelatory history of abolition and women’s rights, told through the story of three women—Harriet Tubman, Frances Seward, and Martha Wright—in the years before, during, and after the Civil War. Through richly detailed letters from the time and exhaustive research, Wickenden traces the second American revolution these women fought to bring about, the toll it took on their families, and its lasting effects on the country. Riveting and profoundly relevant to our own time, The Agitators brings a vibrant, original voice to this transformative period in our history.

    Upcoming Events

    Tuesday, March 15 @ 6 pm (Shack 15 in the SF Ferry Building) Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, author of In the Shadow of a Mountain
    Silvia Vasquez-Lavado is a Peruvian-American explorer, mountaineer, social entrepreneur, and technologist. In June 2018, she became the first openly lesbian woman to complete the Seven Summits, the tallest mountain on each continent from both the Messner and Bass lists. In the Shadow of a Mountain is a remarkable story of heroism, one which awakens in all of us a lust for adventure, an appetite for risk, and faith in our own resilience.

    Sunday, March 20 @ 4 pm (Corte Madera Book Passage) Michael J. Coffino with Robert Stricker, Truth Is in the House

    Coffino’s Truth Is in the House is an epic and provocative tale that plumbs historical and modern racial themes and explores redemption, forgiveness, and the power of connecting through the human spirit.

    Published on March 10, 2022