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15 June 2020
Quick and Super-Sloppy Book Talks on the First Seven Fiction Novels Ms. Moayeri Read During Pandemic 2020
"All The Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr
"One Of Us Is Next" by Karen M. McManus
"Royals" by Emma Forrest
"Imaginary Friend" by Stephen Chbosky
"Attachments" by Rainbow Rowell
"I, Claudia" by Mary McCoy
"Normal People" by Sally Rooney
16 June 2020
More Quick and Sloppy Book Talks on the First Five Non-Fiction Books Ms. Moayeri Read During Pandemic 2020
"October Mourning" by Lesléa Newman
"Photographic" by Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña
"Then It Fell Apart" by Moby
"Set The Boy Free" by Johnny Marr
"Autobiography" by Morrissey
19 June 2020
We carry a lot of diverse books in our library. I thought I would highlight a few that are culturally relevant at this point in history. Some are my favorites that I've read in recent years by current popular young adult authors and some I read growing up that had a big impact on me and helped with my developing a broader understanding of the world.

Part 1:
"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas
"On The Come Up" by Angie Thomas
"Long Way Down" by Jason Reynolds
"All American Boys" by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
"Dear Martin" by Nic Stone
"Children of Blood and Bone" by Tomi Adeyemi
Part 2: 
"Monster" by Walter Dean Myers
"Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson
"Black Boy" by Richard Wright
"I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou
"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett
"Caucasia" by Danzy Senna
25 June 2020
Eve Babitz "Slow Days, Fast Company"
A memoir published in the late '70s about life in Los Angeles as a writer living in Hollywood and being very social in the early '70s.
Great descriptions, wonderful imagery, makes Los Angeles feel like a living, breathing, tangible entity, much as it is today.
 
2 July 2020
Dorothy Baker "Cassandra at the Wedding"
A novel published in 1962, purportedly based on the author's daughter and herself. Cassandra and Judith are deeply connected twins and when Judith first leaves Cassandra alone in Berkley where they go to university for New York to study music, then returns to their family ranch to get married, Cassandra has an increasingly difficult time being separated from her sister. She returns to the ranch for the wedding and attempts suicide, but is saved by her sister's doctor husband. Lesbian themes are lightly touched on but not explored very much. 
 
14 July 2020
Kathy Valentine "All I Ever Wanted"
Awesome memoir from Kathy Valentine, the bass player for the legendary and groundbreaking Los Angeles group The Go-Go's. Honest, heartbreaking and uplifting in turns, highly recommend this one. Published this year, in March, it's a super fast read because it's so good.