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As common as cotton is to your lives and persons, it's become so ubiquitous to the point of irrelevance. But its history stretches back thousands of years, wars have been fought, peoples subjugated, and revolutions propelled. A history of cotton is an economic history of the modern world. - Ian

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Empire of Cotton: A Global History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375713965
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Published: Vintage - November 10th, 2015

Desmond, a Harvard sociologist, lived in low-income neighborhoods for three years, recording this true story of people in the slums of Milwaukee, as they struggled (and failed) to keep a roof over their heads. Evicted engages the topic of income inequality with honest reportage and real solutions to ensure that everyone has a place to call home. - Jason

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553447453
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Published: Broadway Books - February 28th, 2017

I love nonfiction writing that teaches through objects. Color melds history, science, travel writing, economics, and color theory in a meandering exploration of the world through the pigments that dazzle our eyes at every moment. Finlay has a talent for ferreting out stories and painting pictures with her words. This is a great read for fueling your curiosity! - Clara

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Color: A Natural History of the Palette Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812971422
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Published: Random House Trade - December 30th, 2003

Poverty, racism, and a violent stepfather; comedian Trevor Noah faced many challenges growing up under Apartheid. Born to a black mother and white father, his very existence broke several laws. Noah flits seamlessly between cheeky humor and raw emotion in snapshots of his life from childhood to present day. His story is poignant, inspiring and yes, it’s funny, too. - Jade

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399588174
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - November 15th, 2016

Hirsch’s experiences facing chronic illness are a window into a significant public health and social issue. Ilnesses affecting young women are less likely to be taken seriously and the women are disproportionately affected by barriers in work, relationships, and medicine. Invisible amplifies the diverse voices in order to offer community and arm with information. - Clara

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Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807023952
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Published: Beacon Press - February 27th, 2018

LaValle has written a modern-day fairytale that entrances as it draws you into the unique rhythms of a young family in New York. Apollo, a "book man" who hunts for the big find in boxes of used books, is our window into the old, uncanny forces hovering beneath the surface of the new millennium. This horror fantasy packs a big punch! One of my favorite books! - Clara

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The Changeling Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812985870
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - March 6th, 2018

Is there anything Margaret Atwood can’t do? Part sci-fi, part romance, part mystery, part social commentary, and part historical fiction, The Blind Assassin is a heartbreaking page-turner. It’s also a matryoshka doll of sorts; there’s a story within a story within a story, and somehow all three merge together with a twist that’s both surprising and extremely satisfying. - Jessica

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The Blind Assassin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385720953
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Published: Anchor Books - August 28th, 2001

Munro is quite simply the best short-story writer ever. The recent Nobel Prize in Literature is just icing on the cake. This book brings together the best stories from the first half of her career, including my personal favorite “The Albanian Virgin.” Munro’s compassion and honesty will break your heart, and her artistry will leave you in awe. - Rico

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A Wilderness Station: Selected Stories, 1968-1994 (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101970362
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Published: Vintage - September 15th, 2015

This book reminds me of Jackie Collins back in the day, only in Singapore. Kwan describes the paradox of a culture where people with more money than they know what to do with save the tiniest amount of leftovers but then drop millions on a diamond necklace. Once you get passed their designer clothes, the characters are just as naked as the rest of us. - Karena

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Crazy Rich Asians Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345803788
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Published: Anchor Books - May 20th, 2014

This book reads like an old black and white movie. Think Bogart and Bacall. It’s everything you want in a smart, summer, beach read; tragedy, intrigue, forbidden romance, and dramatic endings. Each chapter keeps you rooting for Grace, cheering her on as she discovers who she is, what she wants, and how strong she really is. - Jenny

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The Stars Are Fire Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345806369
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Published: Vintage - March 27th, 2018

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