Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmond

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This is a really good book. Weaving together statistics with personal anecdotes, Desmond dives into America’s long history of (gutting) welfare programs, wage theft, and tax evasion by the country’s wealthiest citizens, enumerating the reasons the richest country on earth also has the highest rates of poverty and inequality. His study is accessible, thoroughly researched, and well argued. It will inform you--and then it will make you really angry. By the end, you’ll have a head full of numbers and, hopefully, someday, a belly full of the rich you’ve eaten. 

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ISBN: 9780593239919
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Published: Crown - March 21st, 2023

The Luis Ortega Survival Club by Sonora Reyes

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Despite cute clothes and journalistic aspirations, Ari struggles to be noticed by her peers, who just see her as an autistic girl who doesn’t speak. When she catches popular Luis’s attention, things rapidly escalate, and, though Ari doesn’t consent, they have sex at a party. Rumors spread, then an anonymous note leads Ari to a group of kids Luis has harmed and who want to expose his predatory behavior. Deftly tackling trauma, queerness, and difficult parent-child relationships, this book is a testament to friendship, love, and the fact that, in Reyes’s words, revenge is good, actually. 

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ISBN: 9780063060302
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 23rd, 2023

The Salt Grows Heavy by Cassandra Khaw

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In this gorgeously gory epilogue to a classic fairy tale, a mute mermaid and her aloof companion, a plague doctor, flee the kingdom her carnivorous daughters have demolished. While traveling through the frozen boreal forest, they arrive in an eerie village ruled by three diabolical "saints" and inhabited by bloodthirsty children. Over the three nights spent in the village, the protagonists begin to uncover gruesome secrets while fighting for their lives. Simultaneously a beautiful love story and a bloody tale of survival, this novella will have you on the edge of your seat!  

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ISBN: 9781250830913
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Published: Tor Nightfire - May 2nd, 2023