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Holiday Anticipation

Happy Turkey Day!

I was walking through my library and noticed the stack of books I’m reviewing for the 2023 season of the literary circle.

This time of year is always a great opportunity to visit local, independent bookstores and find out what new titles to introduce to our readers.

If you are like me, you enjoy the season of slowing down, spending time with family, and just curling up with a warm mug and blanket.

What are you reading this holiday?

I’m reading April Ryan’s book, Black Women Will Save The World: An Anthem. I have already invited our college circlers to visit this work by the only African American woman who was in the White House Press Corp

The fiction I’m reading is a big one – Island Queen by Vanessa Riley. It is over 500 pages long and this historical fiction piece is going to capture the rest of my holiday season.

The YA book I want to read is Simone Breaks All the Rules by Debbie Rigaud. I picked this up on one of my recent trips and was intrigued by the cover.

Where do I shop? Lately, most of my purchases have been from these stores:

Kindred Thoughts Bookstore in Bridgeport CT

Mahogany Books in Washington DC

Uncle Bobbie’s in Germantown, Philadelphia

The Key Bookstore in Hartford CT

Baldwin & Co in New Orleans

All of these stores ship. visit http://www.bookshop.org and search for the bookstore or better yet, find a local, independent bookstore where you live and shop there instead of Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

We are also watching the HarperCollins strike and as the strikers said, don’t stop buying the books from the authors, like April Ryan’s book was published by the Amistad arm of that company. We can do two things at once in using our dollars and our voice.

Happy holidays and happy reading!

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