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FOR THE PERSON WHO CANNOT READ ANOTHER BOOK FROM THE CANON

1. Be Holding by Ross Gay

Ross Gay’s first book of poetry since the publication of his award winning collection CATALOG OF UNABASHED GRATITUDE, winner of the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, The Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Award. This collection, BE HOLDING, is a book length poem, celebrating Dr. J, Julius Erving, one of the most influential basketball players of the 20th century.

2. The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar

A remarkably moving and lyrical novel following three generations of Syrian Americans who are linked by a mysterious species of bird and the truths they carry close to their hearts.

3. Make Me Rain by Nikki Giovanni

One of America’s most celebrated poets challenges us with this powerful and deeply personal collection of verse that speaks to the injustices of society while illuminating the depths of her own heart.

4. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies explores the raw and tender places where Black women and girls dare to follow their desires and pursue a momentary reprieve from being good. The nine stories in this collection feature four generations of characters grappling with who they want to be in the world, caught as they are between the church’s double standards and their own needs and passions.

5. The Great Offshore Grounds by Vanessa Veselka

A wildly original, cross-country novel that subverts a long tradition of family narratives and casts new light on the mythologies—national, individual, and collective—that drive and define us.

6. The Street by Ann Petry

The Street follows the spirited Lutie Johnson, a newly single mother whose efforts to claim a share of the American Dream for herself and her young son meet frustration at every turn in 1940s Harlem. Opening a fresh perspective on the realities and challenges of black, female, working-class life, The Street became the first novel by an African American woman to sell more than a million copies.

HOLIDAY 2020 GIFT GUIDE: REFORMED LIT MAJOR
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