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Our favourite LGBT books

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It's been really cool seeing LGBT+ people represented in books lately. Here are some of my favourites. 1. Girls Like Me by Nina Packebush is about Banjo, a teenager who identifies as queer and gets pregnant by her genderqueer paramour. After Banjo's paramour commits suicide, she's committed to the psych ward, where she befriends two other patients. I thought it was pretty cool seeing gender non-conforming represented; you don't see them in books much. New, $10.99           2. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart is YA fiction about Lily, a trans teenager and Norbert. Norbert has bipolar...

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Best books for the millennial reader

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I really liked Malinche's Conquest, by Anna Lanyon. It's the story of how an Australian discovered the story behind Malinche, an indigenous woman from Latin America and Mexico who helped the Spanish conquistadors and was later branded a traitor by Mexicans. Used, $0.99  Stan Lee and I both liked The Quelling, by Barbara Barrow. He claimed a copy ages ago, when I brought it home after buying it at the publisher's stall at the local book festival, while I just read it within the last week after getting a copy for Christmas. It's fiction about two sisters who have spent...

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Reading roundup: My favourite books of 2018

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Here are my top 4 books I read in 2018.  1. The Green and the Red New, $9.99 Lea is the idealistic chef and owner of a struggling restaurant in a small French town. Mathieu is the marketing director for the biggest pork producer in town.When the two cross paths, it's under false pretenses: he's posing as a vegetarian, trying to get information that will lead to her restaurant closing. 2. Broken Dolls Used, $0.99 Ella doesn't remember what it's like to be human and she's forgotten what it's like to breathe, eat, even love. When she meets Lisa, a new sly goth...

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The Vampire Innocents, by Matthew Cox

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The Vampire Innocent series by Matthew Cox is not at all a typical vampire series in the best of ways. The stories follow the misadventures of a teenage girl named Sarah who wakes up in a morgue, turned into a vampire right before her death.  At first, she’s unaware of what happened to her, but has to learn to accept her new status and all of the powers-as well as dangers-that come with it.  Sarah’s relatability, her sass, and her sometimes humorous take on serious topics keep the reader entertained. Plus, it’s surprisingly refreshing to read a vampire series that...

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3 books on the immigrant experience

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Like most millennials, I support immigrants and immigrant rights. Here are 3 books on the immigrant experience.  Beyond the Baobab, by Judith Krummeck, is a chapbook of essays about the immigrant experience. It was a fascinating peek into the modern immigrant experience. Triangle: The Fire That Changed America, by David von Drehle, is the tragic story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, one of the worst workplace disasters in America. A lot of the employees who were working that day were immigrants from Italy and Russia; a lot of Russian Jews fled persecution that was somewhat similar to what Hispanics and...

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