Apryl's Picks

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A Good Neighborhood: A Novel Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781250237293
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 2nd, 2021

The Good Neighborhood is a story about the dark underbelly of the typical suburban life. Following intertwing characters showing their true colors - even with denial trying to eat them alive. The amount of care Fowler gives the young characters in the story should be applaulded. Racism, ageism, sexism with everything in between are in these pages. The journey of all characters being pulled by one core value. Protect your family at all cost.  A swift ending not for the faint of heart. 


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Wow, No Thank You.: Essays Cover Image
$14.36
ISBN: 9780525563488
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Vintage - March 31st, 2020

Call me biased but Irby has got to be one of the realest individuals I have ever met. A personal friend who just keeps it 100 to the point of no return. A hilarious truth to becoming the writer she is today. A juxaposed of sucess and real life problems writers don't talk about. Its wrapped in can't catch your breath humor and the honest realistic narrative Irby can only grasp. You won't be sorry! 


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Reading Quirks Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781941920893
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Pepitas/WD - December 17th, 2019

We all have that friend. You know the weird one who reads all the things, talks about all the things they read and has an unhealthy obsession with fictional characters (but maybe never told you about that one.) This is the book for them! A hilarious and wholesome look into the mind of a reader. The adorable illustrations with every emotion showcased in a four picture graphic. A perfect gift for the bibliophile in your life. 


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The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde Cover Image
$19.76
ISBN: 9780393319729
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 17th, 2000

Audre Lorde speaks for herself. One of my all time favorite writers, activist and of course poets. To be honest she should be EVERYONES favorite (top 3 at least!) Tears poured from my eyes as I read 'Now I am forever with child.' My eyes grazing over each letter, syllable, noun, adjective and sentence. She is the rock that slides between your hand black, solid and smooth. Touching each knuckle, each wrinkle. Someone so intricate that took hundreds of years to be on this earth. Don't sleep on Audre's poetry! 


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Unfollow Me: Essays on Complicity Cover Image
$23.40
ISBN: 9781635577112
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 7th, 2021

@Jillisblack is the thing of the past. The real Jill Busby is here and telling her story! This seems like just speaking to a friend about everything that is right and wrong in today's society. As well as the complexities of relationships and beyond. Busby tells of her realm of living her life with the heaviness of being a black, queer woman with a social justice esque online persona that seems entirely exhausting. The juxtaposed BS of Instragam while doing what she can despite it. Also I appreciate her spilling the tea as well! Put this one on top of your TBR pile! 


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The Grip of It: A Novel Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780374536916
Availability: Backordered. Will not ship for 2 weeks or longer.
Published: FSG Originals - August 1st, 2017

I am beginning my journey into horror / thriller genre. Let me state this is not for the horror elite. But it certainly has its place within the category. The eeriness of this novel follows you through out. The feeling that creeps on the back of your neck while you read it under a blanket. A young couple troubled in their marriage has tried to do the classic ' let's do something big to fix the problem' situation. So they embark on buying a fixer upper in a small town. The house has a history that no one in town speaks of. Set between the vast ocean and a seemingly dark forest, which both bring along their own set of fear. The oddness of suspicious characters, a house that has its own dubious agenda and the balancing of relationships. The creep factor is real and The Grip of It doesn't disappoint.


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Such a Fun Age Cover Image
$23.40
ISBN: 9780525541905
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-7 business days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 31st, 2019

What does being a millennial, racism, barriers in interracial relationships; wealth and white feminism and same history have in common? THIS BOOK! The mammy complex is written in a matter-of-fact style that Reid captures perfectly. Emira Tucker is a recent college graduate trying to find her way in the everyday grind. With her love life on the fence, friends light & airy judgement She soon becomes a nanny for the wealthy up and coming blogger named Alix. One very common eventful night leads to a domino effect of the ever balance black folks face on the daily basis. Kiley’s elegance and true humor shines bright in her debut novel.


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Magical Negro Cover Image
$14.36
ISBN: 9781947793187
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Tin House Books - February 5th, 2019

Spike Lee coined the term “Magical Negro.” Definition: In the cinema of the United States, the Magical Negro is a supporting stock character who comes to the aid of white protagonists in a film. Basically, the black character is the backbone of the characters development. So to have this title for this particular book of poetry really sets the tone of what you are about read. Its about to get real! Now, to note; I am NOT a poetry buff but the moment I saw this title and the lux of the cover I knew it called to me. Parker breaths life with words the complexity & incomprehensibleness of being black in modern day America. Almost every poem flows in a way that brings so emotion or lack thereof until they do. Things I didn’t even know I felt until the words jumped out at me and I simply rested. Tender, exhilarating and tranquil. This book will certainly leave a tear or 50 in your eyes.