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    My Name Is Leon
    by Kit De Waal

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    Kit de Waal's striking debut, My Name is Leon, has inspired this big, long, complicated question: Have you ever read a book about a character that is very unlike you, yet the ...

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    The Brixton Riots

    With his nappy black hair and dark complexion, the boy at the center of Kit de Waal's debut, My Name is Leon, is caught up in the middle of the racial tensions of 1981 South London. The biracial child has a nine-year-old's agenda, ... Beyond the Book
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    New People
    by Danzy Senna

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    Danzy Senna has spent virtually her entire writing career exploring the complicated intersections of race, heredity, appearance, and identity. From her first novel, Caucasia (...

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    The Jonestown Settlement

    In New People, Maria's dissertation focuses on the Jonestown settlement in Guyana and on the massacre that resulted in the death of some 900 men, women, and children from poisoning on November 18, 1975. Jonestown was developed, and sold to believers,... Beyond the Book
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    In this penetrating and fearless memoir, author Roxane Gay discusses her battle with body acceptance and PTSD stemming from her rape at age twelve by a group of boys. After ...

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    Obesity and Childhood Trauma

    In Hunger, Roxane Gay associates her ongoing struggle with obesity to the rape she endured at age twelve. Psychological studies indicate that she is not alone. Dr. Vincent Felitti of the Kaiser Permanente Department of Preventative Health in San ... Beyond the Book
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    The Black Witch
    by Laurie Forest

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    In The Black Witch, Laurie Forest introduces her readers to an immersive fantasy world where protagonist, Ren, is forced out of her sheltered life and into the far more ...

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    Sometimes Fantasy is More Real Than Nonfiction

    Ask me with a gun to my head if I believe in them, all the gods and myths that I write about, and I'd have to say no. Not literally. Not in the daylight, nor in well-lit places, with people about. But I believe in the stories we can tell ... Beyond the Book

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