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It's Tuesday and we all know that means new books to add to that TBR. My TBR is bonkers. It might be easier to make a list of the books I don't want to read. It would definitely be shorter. So, what's new this week?

This week, non-fiction reigns supreme. So, catch up on whatever fiction book you're reading and get ready for a non-fiction extravaganza. Actually, get ready to maybe cry a lot. I don't know. I waded through the Keto diet books, books about essential oils, one entitled Grow a New Body, which I'm genuinely confused by, and the books about how you shouldn't own books and found some real gems. Here are just a few.

Prisoner: 544 Days in an Iranian Prison, Jason Rezaian.

Sounds like an absolute delight.

Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter an the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party, Jon Ward

Look, I don't typically recommend political books, but this one is not current, so it feels okay.

The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church's Complicity in Racism, Jamar Tisby.

Here we are one day post MLK day and Black History Month begins in a couple weeks. February is the shortest month, so maybe get a head start on your African American history lessons.

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to Present, David Treuer

I chose this book because of what happened a few days ago. You know, when boys were sent to a march regarding women's reproductive rights and they somehow found a way to make it more terrible. The video has circulated, everyone has seen it. I can't seem to unsee it. The look on that boy's face made me feel physically ill. I had to watch two episodes of Rupaul's Drag Race to try to recover and even that didn't work. How Naomi Smalls defying physics and logic wasn't enough to fix me is a testament to just how upset I was. And still am. Then I discovered this book. The author explores Indigenous Peoples' cultures post Wounded Knee, weaving a narrative that is different than the one we've all been taught. Or maybe not taught. I don't know anymore. The boys screaming "Build the Wall" at Indigenous People would imply they don't understand the word indigenous, so maybe start there.

Also, if you're looking for a fiction book in this same vein, I cannot recommend There There by Tommy Orange enough.

Now on to the Jimmy Pat roast. He has a boat load of books coming out this month and next month. And probably March. I didn't dig that deep. Just know, if you're craving some JP, he's coming through for you.

One final note, if you're reading the series, there's a new Flavia De Luce novel out today, The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley. That reminds me, I need to catch up on the Flavia books.

#bookrecommendations #Newreleases

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