PositiveShelf AwarenessTurner\'s vivid recollections of her girlhood in Bronzeville ground Three Girls from Bronzeville in the experiences of those in the Chicago neighborhood, as Turner expertly combines memoir and social history in her analysis of the many systems that made Bronzeville into the place it is today--and how those same oppressive systems shape the lives of even society\'s youngest neighbors.
Ae-Ran Kim, Trans. by Chi-Young Kim
RaveShelf AwarenessMy Brilliant Life, translated from the Korean by Chi-Young Kim, is an achingly beautiful story of a boy forced to come to terms with aging and death far earlier than any child should. More than that, though, it is that boy\'s attempts to share all that he has learned, all that he wants the world to know ... Kim\'s novel so perfectly captures the voice and sense of longing in young Areum that it is easy to forget that My Brilliant Life is a work of fiction. As Areum and his thoughts and feelings and family come to life on its pages, the novel delivers an important reminder that life is truly what one makes of it--even if, and sometimes especially when, that life is cut too short.
PositiveShelf Awareness... a comprehensive history of the United States Constitution\'s First Amendment and the many ways that the ideal of free speech has evolved over the course of the country\'s relatively short history ... Cose...proceeds to untangle that complex history in a way that is accessible to a layperson without a law degree. In doing so, Cose provides readers with tools to understand better the concept of free speech in the United States...and how various limits to free speech have played out in well-known (and some less well-known) court cases.
Ausma Zehanat Khan
PositiveShelf Awareness... does not offer a glancing look at hate, used solely as a vehicle by which to move the plot of a novel forward; instead, like Khan\'s past books, the subject is the starting point for a deeper dive into animosity in its many forms. In a fast-paced and expertly plotted mystery, Khan explores the depths of human complexity and the very human costs of hate.
RaveShelf AwarenessComplex, ambitious ... In less capable hands, this could feel gimmicky. But Choo pulls it off brilliantly, never once slipping into territory that feels silly or coincidental ... The magic of The Night Tiger, then, is not in where or what or even who. It is in the why ... Choo builds characters that are rich and nuanced, with fully imagined backstories that are revealed slowly as the story builds ... a fine example of historical fiction, a work of magical realism, a ghost story, a mystery, a romance, a coming-of-age tale. Each of these is impressive, but most impressive is Choo\'s ability to weave them all together in a way that feels authentic, and to use that intricate process to tell a story of colonialism and self-determination, love and death, family and tradition.
RaveShelf AwarenessSteeped in historical detail, surprisingly timely statements on gender norms and mental health, and suspenseful moments of choice and deliberation, Never Anyone But You is a captivating and heartfelt tale of love and the many shapes it can take.