In the Time of the Butterflies

Author: Julia Alvarez Language: English Summary: Set during the waning days of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic in 1960, this extraordinary novel tells the story the Mirabal sisters, three young wives and mothers who are assassinated after visiting their jailed husbands. From the author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents comes this tale of courage and sisterhood set in the Dominican … Continue reading In the Time of the Butterflies

Girl, Woman, Other

Author: Bernardine Evaristo Language: English Summary: Winner of the Booker Prize 2019. Grace is a Victorian orphan dreaming of the mysterious African father she will never meet. Winsome is a young Windrush bride, recently arrived from Barbados. Amma is the fierce queen of her 1980s squatters’ palace. Morgan, who used to be Megan, is blowing up on social media, the newest activist-influencer on the block. … Continue reading Girl, Woman, Other

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Japan Unmasked: The Character & Culture of the Japanese

Author: Boye Lafayette De Mente

Language: English

Summary: The growing globalization of world business, culture and communication—and Japan’s increasingly important role as a leader in that world—makes understanding Japanese culture critical for business people, diplomats, students, educators and anyone else with an interest in Japan.
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Lupe Wong Won’t Dance

Author: Donna Barba Higuera

Language: English

Summary: Lupe Wong is going to be the first female pitcher in the Major Leagues. She’s also championed causes her whole young life. Some worthy… like expanding the options for race on school tests beyond just a few bubbles. And some not so much… like complaining to the BBC about the length between Doctor Who seasons.
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All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel

Author: Dan Yaccarino

Language: English

Summary: Dan Yaccarino’s great-grandfather arrived at Ellis Island with a small shovel and his parents’ good advice: “Work hard, but remember to enjoy life, and never forget your family.” With simple text and warm, colorful illustrations, Yaccarino recounts how the little shovel was passed down through four generations of this Italian-American family—along with the good advice.
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The Book of New Family Traditions: How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Every Day

Author: Meg Cox

Language: English

Summary: Quality family togetherness—everyone wants it, but it seems increasingly harder to achieve. In a world run by cell phones, computers, and virtual networking, the comfort of human connection grows more important— and rarer— all the time.

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