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Planting stories : the life of librarian and storyteller Pura Belpré book cover

Planting stories : the life of librarian and storyteller Pura Belpré

Anika Denise

jE Denise
Read Woke, Picture Books, Nonfiction, Biographies

"From the author of MONSTER TRUCK and STARRING CARMEN comes a gorgeous and lyrical story about Pura Belpré, a Puerto Rican librarian who changed the world"--

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Planting stories : the life of librarian and storyteller Pura Belpré book cover

Planting stories : the life of librarian and storyteller Pura Belpré

Anika Denise

jE Denise
Read Woke, Picture Books, Nonfiction, Biographies

"From the author of MONSTER TRUCK and STARRING CARMEN comes a gorgeous and lyrical story about Pura Belpré, a Puerto Rican librarian who changed the world"--

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Danza! : Amalia Hernández and el Ballet Folklórico de Mexico book cover

Danza! : Amalia Hernández and el Ballet Folklórico de Mexico

Duncan Tonatiuh

eBOOK
Read Woke, Picture Books, Nonfiction, Sports

"This is a picture book biography for children ages 6-10 about Amalia Hernandez (1917-2000), the dancer and choreographer who founded the Mexican Folkloric Ballet, a dance organization that continues to perform today. The author/illustrator is Duncan Tonatiuh"--

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The year of living Danishly : uncovering the secrets of the world's happiest country book cover

The year of living Danishly : uncovering the secrets of the world's happiest country

Helen Russell

eBOOK
Nonfiction

After being given an opportunity for a new life in Jutland, the author shares her experiences living in the happiest place on Earth for a year, discussing where the Danes get it right and wrong and how others can benefit from living a bit more Danishly.

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How to be an antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

eBOOK
Nonfiction

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God's hotel : a doctor, a hospital, and a pilgrimage to the heart of medicine book cover

God's hotel : a doctor, a hospital, and a pilgrimage to the heart of medicine

Victoria Sweet

610.92 /Sweet
Nonfiction

"San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the Hotel-Dieu (God's Hotel) that cared for the sick in the Middle Ages. Ballet dancers and rock musicians, professors and thieves--"anyone who had fallen, or, often, leapt, onto hard times" and needed extended medical care-ended up here. So did Victoria Sweet, who came for two months and stayed for twenty years. Laguna Honda, lower tech but human paced, gave Sweet the opportunity to practice a kind of attentive medicine that has almost vanished. Gradually, the place transformed the way she understood her work. Alongside the modern view of the body as a machine to be fixed, her extraordinary patients evoked an older idea, of the body as a garden to be tended. God's Hotel tells their story and the story of the hospital itself, which, as efficiency experts, politicians, and architects descended, determined to turn it into a modern "health care facility," revealed its own surprising truths about the essence, cost, and value of caring for body and soul"--Provided by publisher.

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Hillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis book cover

Hillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis

J. D. Vance

eBOOK
Nonfiction

Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.'s grandparents were "dirt poor and in love," and moved north from Kentucky's Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance's grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America.

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Maid : hard work, low pay, and a mother's will to survive

Stephanie Land

eBOOK
Nonfiction

A journalist describes the years she worked in low-paying domestic work under wealthy employers, contrasting the privileges of the upper-middle class to the realities of the overworked laborers supporting them.

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