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Featured Books for March 2021

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

March Books

On March 3, we're so excited to share our Book Club episode focusing on Mira Jacob's Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. We'll also have an IG Book Club chat on March 15 at 8:00 PM EST.

Then, on March 8 and March 22, we'll have IG chats about Akwaeke Emezi's Pet. DM us @unabridgedpod to join!

Here are the synopses from the publishers:

Good Talk

"Mira Jacob's touching, often humorous, and utterly unique graphic memoir takes readers on her journey as a first-generation American. At an increasingly fraught time for immigrants and their families, Good Talk delves into the difficult conversations about race, sex, love, and family that seem to be unavoidable these days.

"Inspired by her popular BuzzFeed piece '37 Difficult Questions from My Mixed-Raced Son,' here are Jacob's responses to her six-year-old, Zakir, who asks if the new president hates brown boys like him; uncomfortable relationship advice from her parents, who came to the United States from India one month into their arranged marriage; and the imaginary therapy sessions she has with celebrities from Bill Murray to Madonna. Jacob also investigates her own past, from her memories of being the only non-white fifth grader to win a Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest to how it felt to be a brown-skinned New Yorker on 9/11. As earnest and moving as they are sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, these are the stories that have formed one American life."


"Pet is here to hunt a monster.

Are you brave enough to look?

"There are no more monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. With doting parents and a best friend named Redemption, Jam has grown up with this lesson all her life. But when she meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colours and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood, she must reconsider what she's been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption's house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question — How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?

"In their riveting and timely young adult debut, acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi asks difficult questions about what choices a young person can make when the adults around them are in denial."

Book cover of Eric Gansworth's Apple: Skin to the Core and Text: Double Feature

April Book

On April 7, we'll release our Book Club episode focusing on Eric Gansworth's Apple: Skin to the Core, which will also be our Buddy Read pick for the month! (Selections are subject to change.)

Here is the synopsis from the publisher:

"The term 'Apple' is a slur in Native communities across the country. It's for someone supposedly 'red on the outside, white on the inside.'

"In APPLE (SKIN TO THE CORE), Eric Gansworth tells his story, the story of his family—of Onondaga among Tuscaroras—of Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds.

"Eric shatters that slur and reclaims it in verse and prose and imagery that truly lives up to the word heartbreaking."

Book covers of Sonali Dev's Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors and Emily Henry's A Million Junes

February Books

If you missed our February picks, be sure to check out episode 163, in which we discuss Sonali Dev's Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors. We had an amazing chat about Emily Henry's A Million Junes, a YA novel from the author of Beach Read (check out book club episode 132, all about that romance novel)!

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