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    Mood Swings

    This book begins with a bombastic premise. Seemingly fed up with the heating planet, the world's animals have launched a revolution against humans. Rats swarm city streets while once gentle cats and ...

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    Montreal in Literature

    Much of Frankie Barnet's novel Mood Swings takes place in Montreal. Nestled in the southwest of Canada's francophone province of Quebec, Montreal is a multicultural and largely bilingual city with...

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    The Ballad of Jacquotte Delahaye

    Our titular heroine's story begins in Yáquimo, Santo Domingo. Jacquotte Delahaye is a young mixed race woman, born to a Black Haitian mother and a white French father. After the death of her ...

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    The Mysterious Life of Pirate Captain Jacquotte Delahaye

    Briony Cameron's debut novel, The Ballad of Jacquotte Delahaye, is an imagined look at the life of a female pirate captain sailing the Caribbean in the 17th century. While some of her contemporaries, ...

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    Another Word for Love

    "I write about beautiful things because I live in a country that has tried to kill me and every single one of my ancestors." This might serve as Carvell Wallace's mission statement. His ...

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    An Interview with Carvell Wallace

    Carvell Wallace's debut memoir, Another Word for Love, explores how spirituality and embracing his queer identity helped him heal from childhood trauma. The journalist and podcaster is known ...

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    The Flower Sisters

    Michelle Collins Anderson's novel The Flower Sisters, based in part on a real tragedy that occurred in the author's hometown in 1928, received considerable praise from our First Impressions reviewers....

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    The Bond Dance Hall Explosion

    Michelle Collins Anderson's historical novel The Flower Sisters draws inspiration from a tragic event that occurred in the author's hometown of West Plains, Missouri: the explosion of a dance hall ...

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    Craft

    You may have heard about books that are letters to God, but what about books that are letters to the devil? In a non-creepy-cult-y-horror-y way, I mean. If you can't think of an example, Ananda Lima's...

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    The Devil Personified: How He Shapeshifts in Literature

    The Hebrew word 'Satan' can be translated as 'adversary,' or 'accuser,' so in his nomenclature, he wasn't exactly set up for success. Satan, or the devil, is a figure who has origins in Abrahamic ...

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    The Great Abolitionist

    A decade before Confederate troops fired upon Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, initiating the Civil War, Charles Sumner entered the United States Senate. A political career had never been an ambition...

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    Is Separate Equal? The Sarah Roberts Case

    At the age of four, when Sarah Roberts was ready for school, her father Benjamin was insistent that she have the best education. It was the late 1840s in Boston. Benjamin Roberts had been ...

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