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"Reclaiming Her Time" by Helena Andrews-Dyer and R. Eric Thomas

"Excuse me. It's my time to talk." Ugh, it's frustrating when someone doesn't honor your voice or respect your ideas. When it's your time to speak, they should at least be quiet, and you shouldn't feel bad for wanting to ...

"Bunheads" by Misty Copeland, illustrated by Setor Fiadzigbey

These days, helping others is on point. It's the best thing to do – not just for them, but for you. Everybody's happy when you work together because it makes the task a little easier, and learning is better when ...

"Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads" by Reverend Al Sharpton

You're beat down. Tired, ready to rest, just plain done. So much racism, so many politicians doing so many things. You're wiped, laid low with no more go, and you're not sure you have the energy for more of this. ...

“My Own Words” by Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams

Please and Thank You. Those were The Magic Words you learned at your mother’s knee, the ones that opened doors and gained favors. That was also when you learned something important, as you’ll see in “My Own Words” by Ruth ...

"A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of America's First All-Black High School Rowing Team" by Arshay Cooper

Either, or. The choice is yours: do you pick one thing, or take the other? Stay where you are, or reach for better? This or that, any way, you always have to decide: do you take either, or... as in ...

"Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own" by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Did you see that? Sure you did. You couldn't miss it, actually, because you can spot hatred, discrimination, and bad trouble a mile away. You know when something's wrong and you saw it; saw it coming, in fact, and you ...

"The Shared Room" by Kao Kalia Yang, illustrations by Xee Reiter

Sometimes, things change in a minute. You look, and it's one way. You look again, it's different, and you didn't even see the change happening. You might not like it but that never matters. As in the new picture book ...

"Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man" by Mary L. Trump, Ph.D.

You hadn't seen that container in ages. You really can't remember when you put it on the shelf. Sometime this year, six years ago, when you moved last? What's in it must be worth something, though, or you wouldn't've saved ...

"55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better Life" by Elizabeth White

Your last regular paycheck has come and gone. That was awhile ago, back before you were downsized / laid off / reassigned right out of a job and you're not sure what to do. Your savings are nearly gone, your ...

"The Business of Lovers" by Eric Jerome Dickey

How is it that there's never enough money? No matter how much comes in, more goes out, even when you work hard, scrimp, and save. You can't keep doing this, don't know how long you can keep your nose above ...

"Grand: A Grandparent's Wisdom for a Happy Life" by Charles Johnson

That little face holds so much expectation. You meet the eyes of your grandchild, and you know you have a big job ahead of you. She expects you to love her as much as she loves you, and you do. ...

"Where'd My Jo Go?" by Jill Esbaum, pictures by Scott Brundage

Remember the time you couldn't find your Mom? Maybe you'd just rather forget when that happened because it was probably really scary. First she was there – then she wasn't, and what did you do? If you looked for a ...

"Brave. Black. First." by Cheryl Willis Hudson, illustrated by Erin K. Robinson

Step right up. When you want to be first in line, that's what you have to do: get in place at the head, let everybody else queue behind you, and lead them forward. You might have to show them how ...

"Odetta: A Life in Music and Protest" by Ian Zack

The first note had your foot tapping. It didn't stop until the set was over or the LP needed flipping. The song moved you; those words meant everything. And the singer of those tunes? She was the entire reason those ...

"The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America's Urban Heartland" by Walter Thompson-Hernández

The guy with the white hat has a nice horse. The guy with the white hat has rugged boots with spurs like stars on his heels. He wears crisp jeans, a starched shirt, a big belt buckle, and a bigger ...

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