Notes on Recommended Reading, July 25, 2019

Publisher Top Shelf was kind enough to provide a review copy of the March trilogy by Congressman John Lewis. First, I would praise the multiset volume for the importance of its subject matter. We can never afford to forget the monumental work that was during the Civil Rights Movement to carve out the hope that society now has for improving more and more.

I will also note the work of artist Nate Powell here. Powell uses shadows and light, alongside powerful images to create a haunting atmosphere on some pages, conveying the sense of danger that the Freedom Riders faced.

I recommend this entire three-volume work for classroom use, library purchase, and individual reading. The use of racial epithets and violent scenes are present, depicted wisely, and were sometimes hard to read simply because of the nature of the material -- but these are stories that have to be told, and must be remembered.

Deciduous Qween by [Glasgow, Matty Layne]

Words spill out on the page like precious gems in this poetry collection. It is a perfect addition to any verse lover's bookshelf. 

Deciduous Qween is powerful writing that shares experience with emotion and honesty, and showcases author Mary Lane Glasgow's talent.  The poems make use of unexpected juxtaposition and interesting ideas.  Another wonderful read from publisher Red Hen Press.

Saints and Curses: A Collection of Fantasy Short Stories by [Lantgen, Alexis]

Saints & Curses by Alexis Lantgen came to my attention through a social media contact. This collection varies, with stories ranging from darker to lighter fare. The fantasical story "Grackle" sets the stage well for the reader, providing a glimpse into a creative mind that takes us to a variety of places throughout this story collection.

Other favorites included "Cinnamon Ultra Pumpkinator" (what's not to love about that title?), "The King of Rats," and "Elven Carols." I'm looking forward to reading the next book on my list from Alexis Lantgen.

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