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STAFF PICK | February

Viv Albertine

“ Viv Albertine formed the legendary London punk band The Slits in 1977. The original riot girls, the band had all but burnt themselves out at the beginning of the eighties. Split into two parts, Side One chronicles her life from the working class council houses of north London and the problems that she faced forming an all-girl band in a city and age that was both patronizing and sexist. Side Two deals with a woman re-inventing herself amid self doubts and motherhood. A pioneer...and a true warrior. ”
Glenn
STAFF PICK | February

Edited by Jeffrey Eugenides

“ Perpetually on my Valentine's wish list. ”
Bonnie
A Raisin in the Sun
STAFF PICK | February

Lorraine Hansberry

“ An amazing American play that has made its way into the literary canon like Death of a Salesman. Set in South Side Chicago, the play follows the dreams and hopes of three generations within the same family. A wonderful work that analyzes race, family, and the nature of dreams. ”
Sharya
Dead Man's Cell Phone
STAFF PICK | February

Sarah Ruhl

“ A woman gets more than she bargained for when she happens upon a deceased stranger in a cafe and answers his ringing phone. From the author of In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) and 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write. ”
Sarah
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales
STAFF PICK | February

Virginia Hamilton

“ Celebrate Black History Month with this collection of traditional black folklore, gloriously illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. ”
Mary
STAFF PICK | February

“ A commuter's best friend. ”
Nikkitha
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
STAFF PICK | February

Maya Angelou

“ The first of five autobiographical volumes of Angelou's life. Written beautifully in Angelou's distinct voice, the reader lives through her childhood years witnessing her loneliness, growth, joy, and sorrow. ”
Sharya
STAFF PICK | February

Renata Adler

“ Adler—a pioneer of the collage narrative—tells a story of being young in New York City. Spend your weekend with this brilliant, elusory meditation. ”
Andrew
STAFF PICK | February

Edward P. Jones

“ Cited as a counterweight or companion piece to Toni Morrison's Beloved, The Known World is an epic, original, and complex novel set on a Virginia plantation, post Civil War. Like Beloved, The Known World illuminates the African American experience and is an unforgettable piece of literature. ”
Mary
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom
STAFF PICK | February

Lynda Blackmon, Elspeth Leacock, and Susan Buckley

“ An excellent companion to the movie Selma, Lowery recounts her compelling story (which is a lesser-known facet of the Civil Rights Movement) as a child who marched from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. ”
Mary

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