So Many Exciting New Books!

The following article may be found on pages 1-2 of this month’s newsletter, The Spire. We encourage you to read more!

The First Parish library has about 40 new books on a variety of racial justice themes. They are here for you to borrow; just e-mail and we will arrange a drop off or pickup. Here’s a small sample of the new offerings. Click on the links for more information.

The Vanishing Half  by Brit Bennett
A novel of identical twins and racial identity. “Beautifully written, thought-provoking and immersive.”

Such a Fun Age  by Kiley Reid
A provocative page-turner of a novel, full of tough questions about race, class and identity.

They Called Us Enemy  by George Takei
A graphic-novel adaptation of the actor’s childhood experience of incarceration in a World War II camp for Japanese Americans.

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies
by Resmaa Menankem
Hard to sum up; just check it out!

How to Make a Slave and Other Essays
by Jerald Walker
“The essays in this collection,” says the New York Times, “are restless, brilliant, and short.…[the author] can alight on a truth without pinning it into place.”

The Line Becomes a River   by Francisco Cantu,
formerly an agent for the U.S. Border Patrol

The Turtle Watchers  by Pamela Powell
A novel for young folks (and adults, too), set in the Caribbean with an environmental message by First Parish’s own Pamela Powell.


Last summer about 30 First Parish folk read and discussed Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi. Now Kendi has worked with writers and illustrators to produce two remixes of this powerful book for teens and middle-grade kids. As NPR said, these books are finding a way to teach about racism to a new generation. Brilliant! Check them out:

These books and many more are here for you to enjoy and to help us as a community grow in understanding about our diverse land. For a list of the full collection, e-mail There is something for everyone on our shelves.

— Mary Fusoni

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