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Featured Books for April 2021

Book cover sof Eric Gansworth's Apple: Skin to the Core and Jennifer Mathieu's Moxie

April Books

On April 7, we're so excited to share our Book Club episode focusing on Eric Gansworth's Apple: Skin to the Core.

Then, on April 12 and 19, we'll have IG chats about Jennifer Mathieu's Moxie, and on April 26, we'll discuss the Netflix adaptation!. DM us @unabridgedpod to join!

Here are the synopses from the publishers:

Apple: Skin to the Core

"Apple: Skin to the Core, is a YA memoir-in-verse. Eric Gansworth tells the story of his life, of an Onondaga family living among Tuscaroras, and of Native people in America, including the damaging legacy of government boarding schools—and in doing so grapples with the slur common in Native communities, for someone “red on the outside, white on the inside,” and reclaims it."


"Moxie girls fight back!

"Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

"Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution."

Book cover of Ocean Vuong's On Earth We're Brefly Gorgeous and question mark

May Books

On May 5, we'll release our Book Club episode focusing on Ocean Vuong's On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous. Our bookish community will vote on our Buddy Read pick! Stay tuned @unabridgedpod for announcements and updates.

Here is the synopsis from the publisher:

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

"On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one's own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.

"With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years."

Book covers of Mira Jacob's Good Talk and Akwaeke Emezi's Pet

March Books

If you missed our March picks, be sure to check out episode 167, in which we discuss Mira Jacob's Good Talk. We had an amazing chat about Akwaeke Emezi's Pet, an amazing YA novel.

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