Stop by during regular business hours and peruse our book shelves for new releases, contemporary titles, up and coming authors, and more.
During February, take 15% off any of these staff favorites: Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson, (Sally Bittner Bonn); I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé, by Michael Arcenaeux, (Chris Fanning); Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now, by Andrea Perry, (Dan Herd); A Mercy, by Toni Morrison, (Rachael Kisenyi); Pleasure Dome: New and Collected Poems, by Yusef Komunyaka, (Alison Meyers); Citizen, by Claudia Rankine, (Clara O’Connor); The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings, by Olaudah Equiano, (Tristan Tomaselli); Complete Poems, by James Weldon Johnson (Laura Trowbridge); Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens (Kathy Pottetti); Heavy: An American Memoir, by Kiese Laymon, (Karen vanMeenen); and How To Get Over, by T’ai Freedom Ford, (Misty Yarnall).
Reviews from the staff:
“Essential reading. Peerless.” – Alison Meyers, Pleasure Dome: New and Collected Poems, by Yusef Komunyaka
“Read this and know the preternatural horrors that occur at the tip of enslavement’s spear; read this and know the grace and fortitude one is capable of in the struggle for freedom. A truly remarkable piece of literature to emerge from the eighteenth century, Equiano’s autobiographical Narrative is essential reading for all freedom fighters.” – Tristan Tomaselli, The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings, by Olaudah Equiano
“T’ai Freedom Ford’s poetry covers topics such as meeting her absent father, a family after a house fire, and black oppression in public schools. I got the privilege of meeting t’ai this past October during her visit to Rochester to discuss her poems further. My favorite can be found on page 71.” – Misty Yarnall, How To Get Over, by T’ai Freedom Ford
“Arcenaeux’s reflection on his childhood gave me pause to stop and think about my own experience. I’m sure we are not alone in the late night prayers to Jesus to make us “like everyone else”. How freeing it is to accept yourself and be accepted by others. It’s also liberating to know that you will never change everyone’s mind, and at least there will always be a Beyonce song to fall back on for support.” – Chris Fanning, I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé, by Michael Arcenaeux.