Michael's Notes

Michael's Notes
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Greetings everyone,

To welcome 2022, we'd like to begin featuring monthly selections from our friendly, knowledgeable bookstore staff. Check out our picks for January...

Yarill's January selection is The Stonewall Generation: LGBT Elders on Sex, Activism, and Aging. In this 2020 Nautilus Award Winner in the Social Change and Social Justice category, Jane Fleishman shares the stories of fearless elders in the LGBTQ community who came of age around the time of the Stonewall Riots of 1969. A sex-positive and unapologetic depiction of LGBTQ culture and identity, this essential book includes the voices of those frequently marginalized in mainstream tellings LGBTQ history. For anyone committed to intersectional activism and social justice, The Stonewall Generation provides a much-needed resource for empowerment, education, and renewal.

Lyn's pick for this month is Notable Native People: 50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers, and Changemakers from Past and Present. Here is an accessible and educational illustrated book from Adrienne Keene and artist Ciara Sana, profiling 50 notable American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian People--from NBA Star Kyrie Irving of the Standing Rock Lakota to Wilma Mankiller, the first female principle chief of the Cherokee Nation. This powerful and informative collection also offers primers on important Indigenous issues, from the legacy of colonialism and cultural appropriation to food sovereignty, land and water rights, and more.

And Michael's selection is James Baldwin's The Price of the Ticket. Comprising Baldwin's complete non-fiction from 1948 to 1985, these essays provide the perfect entry into this prophetic writer and thinker's prescient commentary on race, sexuality, and identity in an unjust American society. Along with 46 additional pieces, this collection includes the full text of dozens of famous essays from such books as: Notes of a Native Son, Nobody Knows My Name, The Fire Next Time, No Name in the Street, and The Devil Finds Work.

Keep reading!

Michael Colyott, Bookstore Manager

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