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Fledgling: A Novel by Octavia E. Butler
Fledgling: A Novel

Courtney Young, November 30, 2012

Octavia Butler's Fledgling is a solid read. A book that is many parts fantasy with a bit of action and mystery, it tells the story of Shori, a 52 year old vampire in the body of an 11 year old who wakes up one day badly injured with no memory of her past. The novel charts her journey to find out who and what she is as well as her efforts to steer clear of those who want her dead. Fledgling is an intelligent vampire novel with themes that span the gamut of race, family, gender, and age. An enjoyable and smart read!
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Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America by Sharifa Rhodes Pitts
Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America

Courtney Young, November 28, 2012

Harlem is Nowhere is one of the best books that I've read all year. In the way that Joan Didion writes about California and Suketu Mehta wrote about Bombay, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts has done the same for Harlem. An exhaustive and well-written account of the cultural, historic, and political legacies of one of America's most well-known cities, Harlem is Nowhere is not to be missed!
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The Round House by Louise Erdrich
The Round House

Courtney Young, November 28, 2012

The Round House, winner of the National Book Award, is simply superb. Told in the first person perspective of a 13 year old boy named Joe, the book chronicles his family's trauma after the rape of his mother. Erdrich's language is exquisite as is the book's pacing. Through the microcosm of this wonderfully told story, Erdrich also brings light to the issue of sexual assault on reservations. This book is definitely one of the must reads of 2012, excellent from beginning to end!
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Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Courtney Young, August 9, 2012

If you are starting your own business or interested in changing your professional path, this book is a must read. Godin is a brilliant entrepreneur who can distill innovative, interesting ideas into conversational, relatable prose. Linchpin, like his other books Purple Cow and Tribes, is full of common sense advice that is applicable to anyone looking to change their professional course. This book does not disappoint!
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Bitter in the Mouth by Monique Truong
Bitter in the Mouth

Courtney Young, August 8, 2012

Bitter in the Mouth is a great novel. Truong's language is spot on in this tale of family and secrets set amid a Southern backdrop. It's clear Truong was inspired by Harper Lee and Carson McCullers when writing this novel. Her first book, The Book of Salt, was a more powerful read for me. But Bitter in the Mouth is strong in its own right. Definitely a worthwhile read!
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