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Trista's Favorite 5 Reads in 2018

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Friday Black Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328911247
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Published: Mariner Books - October 23rd, 2018

The sharpest social critique in masterful short stories, Friday Black dives deep into the dehumanizing forces of racism and consumerism in American culture today. Adjei-Brenyah pulls the reader in, down into those too-real depths, challenging us to recognize our world -- complete with insidious violence and glimmers of hope. - Trista's Favorite 5 Reads in 2018

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Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501133091
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Published: Scribner - September 18th, 2018

Sarah Smarsh upends conventional depictions of working class life in the American heartland in this book. She tells incisive, moving stories of personal experiences and her family's history in Kansas, and in doing so, she lays bare the real reasons many people suffer financial insecurity. HEARTLAND documents how generations can remain trapped in poverty despite working hard. Smarsh details all the factors beyond an individual's control -- such as exposure to toxic, hazardous work environments; gender norms that force women to choose between domestic violence or itinerant lifestyles; and wages that can't keep pace with the commodity-driven American Dream. Smarsh contextualizes these issues in their historical, political, and geographical landscape to provide a compelling, personal perspective on labor and class in the heartland. - Trista's Favorite 5 Reads in 2018

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Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501181795
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 2nd, 2018

Angry women transform the world. In Good and Mad, Rebecca Traister explores the hidden history of how women's rage has fueled progressive movements in America. In doing so, she elevates marginalized feminist voices and affirms the political power of women's fury for the contemporary moment. - Trista's Favorite 5 Reads in 2018

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Melmoth: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062856395
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Published: Custom House - October 16th, 2018

A dark secret hidden for decades. A ghostly observer haunting from the shadows. Sarah Perry's Melmoth stalks present-day Prague and centuries past, drawing readers into the deepest cruelties of humanity, always asking: Who witnesses to our worst moments? Can we bear that implacable gaze? - Trista's Favorite 5 Reads in 2018

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Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501189555
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Published: Atria Books - September 11th, 2018

In RAGE BECOMES HER, Soraya Chemaly serves a heaping portion of sociological research about how misogyny manifests in contemporary culture. Each chapter ignites fury on behalf of women in a different way. The anger I experienced while reading this book never dulled. In hindsight, Chemaly's copious examples of gender inequalities and violence toward women should fatigue a reader, but they don't. Chemaly has found a way to sustain her reader's righteous indignation throughout this well-researched book. Still, I was deeply grateful for the final chapter, which pivots from why women should be angry to offering specific, practical suggestions of how we can own that rage, how we can put it to use to improve our lives, our communities, and society at large. - Trista's Favorite 5 Reads in 2018