31 Reading Recommendations from BLAIS staff!

February 21, 2017

Are you looking for good books to read, as we ease out of this strangely un-frosty month of February? 

Your local library staff here at BLAIS has some ideas - one for every day of March, if you're a speedy reader! 

These are culled from a special #FridayReads list, posted on the @Barnlib Twitter account - check it out here! 

31. Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn, recommended by librarian Charlotte Price

30. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson, recommended by zine librarian Jenna Freedman
29. The Door: A Novel by Magda Szabó, recommended by archivist Shannon O'Neill
28.  Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott, recommended by Charlotte Price 
27. American Genius: a Comedy by Lynne Tillman, recommended by archivist Martha Tenney
26. Ways with Words: Language, Life, and Work in Communities and Classrooms by Shirley Brice Heath, recommended by Assoc. Dir. of IMATS Melanie Hibbert
25. Dear Jenny, We Are All Find by Jenny Zhang, recommended by librarian Vani Natarajan  
24. Someone Knows My Name/The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, recommended by Charlotte & Jenna 
23. Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks, recommended by archivist Martha Tenney
22. Lose Your Mother : a Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route by Saidiya Hartman, recommended by Shannon O'Neill

21.  Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong, recommended by librarian Vani Natarajan

20. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander by cataloger Albert Scott
19. Aya of Yop City series by Marguerite Abouet, recommended by Charlotte Price
18. Voyage of the Sable Venus: and Other Poems by Robin Coste Lewis, recommended by zine assistant Jade Levine
17. Shortandqueer zines by Kelly, recommended by zine librarian Jenna Freedman
16. Redeployment by Phil Klay, recommended by Assoc. Dir. of IMATS Melanie Hibbert
15. Our Sister Killjoy: or, Reflections from a Black-Eyed Squint by Ama Ata Aidoo, recommended by Martha Tenney
14.  Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughn & Cliff Chiang, recommended by Charlotte and Shannon
13. Dirty River : a Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, recommended by Shannon and Vani
12. Taking Care by Joy Williams, recommended by Martha Tenney 
10.  Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera, recommended by 4 Personal Librarians! 
9.  Honey Girl by Lisa Freeman, recommended by Jenna Freedman
8.  To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care by Cris Beam, recommended by Associate Dean for Teaching, Research, and Technology Services Alexis Seeley

7.  In the Break : the Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition by F. Moten, recommended by Martha Tenney

5. Chelsea Girls by Eileen Myles, recommended by Assoc. Dir. of IMATS Melanie Hibbert

3.  Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity by Barnard alum Alexis Pauline Gumbs, recommended by Charlotte Price

2.  Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, recommended by librarian Vani Natarajan

And finally, #1 - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi !