Community Reading Program

By Lit. on Fire Books

By Lit. on Fire Books
That Can Be Arranged: A Muslim Love Story

That Can Be Arranged: A Muslim Love Story

Huda Fahmy

$16.99 $15.80

"...the author highlights the importance of self love, which people of all ages should be reminded of. Simply a delightful and fun read." - Chatelaine Saint Jean

Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person

Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person

Anna Mehler Paperny

$16.95 $15.76

"The information contained within is well-researched, well approached, and current as of printing; covering medications and different therapeutic approaches, as well as supportive efforts made by different medical, governmental, and social organizations." -Dave Denney

Sharks in the Time of Saviors

Sharks in the Time of Saviors

Kawai Strong Washburn

$27.00 $25.11

"Washburn effectively and often poetically combines his Hawaiian heritage and knowledge of local folklore into a poignant novel that addresses issues of class, culture, and complicated family dynamics. This is a magnificent debut work..." -Morgan Fulton

Braised Pork

Braised Pork

An Yu

$25.00 $23.25

"it was part love story, part self reflection, part survival for a widow in a big expensive city. The ending was again strong and I enjoyed how it wrapped up. In the end, I think it didn't click entirely for me, but was a good book that might resonate strongly with other people." -Ava Strough

Above Us the Milky Way

Above Us the Milky Way

Fowzia Karimi

$28.00 $26.04

"Readers who appreciate experimentation with language, who seek out new ways of meaning-making, who are interested in the divide between different cultures, times, and place, or who are fascinated by vivid visual language will be enthralled by Karimi’s illuminated alphabet." -Jillian C. Hefner

Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco

Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco

Alia Volz

$27.00

"The book had me held from the beginning with the explanation of how her mother came to California. I thoroughly enjoyed the way all the electic personalities of all the people she encountered was written. Seeing how dangerous everything was as they made deliveries and such gave me a new perspective on cannabis as a plant. " -Krystopher Brown

How to Argue with a Racist: What Our Genes Do (and Don't) Say about Human Difference

How to Argue with a Racist: What Our Genes Do (and Don't) Say about Human Difference

Adam Rutherford

$21.95 $20.41

"In an age where pseudoscience is being used to justify prejudice, the disrespect of human dignity, and far too often atrocious acts, Adam Rutherford’s How to Argue With a Racist: What Our Genes Do (and Don’t) Say About Human Difference is a necessary read for our generation. Delving deep into the realm of human genetics, this book shines a light on the scientific falsity of race, the misconceptions of racial purity, and the many dangers of misrepresenting science. Speaking as one who is not well versed in the field of genetics, the science can feel overwhelming at times. However, if you put in the hard work of further enlightenment, you will be well equipped with “a tool—a weapon—to be brandished when science is warped, misrepresented or abused to make a point, or to justify hatred” (Rutherford, 39) and, ultimately, yet another reason to appreciate the beautifully diverse makeup of humankind." -Karyn Phillips

Windows on the World

Windows on the World

Robert Mailer Anderson, Jon Sack, et al.

$24.99

"Following the journey of Fernando to the United States as an illegal immigrant was powerful. His search for his father during the 9/11 aftermath definitely gave me some somber thoughts about that day. Seeing someone else's view on how they handled that day and thereafter made for some soul searching indeed after this book." -Krystopher Brown

Weird But Normal: Essays

Weird But Normal: Essays

Mia Mercado

$17.99

"This book reads like a weekend getaway with your best friend you've had for a million years & you reminisce about all your silly anxieties that have plagued you your whole life & find you're not alone. Mia is totally relatable. She understands the midwest & the love we have for the niceness here. It's just so nice. With so many throw backs to her cringeworthy youth, Mia brought up some of my own long repressed memories of cringy AIM screen names & adolescent "relationships." Mia legit had me cackling with her quips. I had the same experiences with Tinder too. She understands the seriousness of the frivolous." -Candice Schoedel

White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia

White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia

Kiki Petrosino

$15.95 $14.83

"A hauntingly beautiful search for answers which instead lead to more and more questions, in places where time has purposely buried painful and shameful truths. Her words draw you in and then reduce your inner privileges to dust with a syllable. If you are not moved by this work of written art I wonder about your soul." - Chatelaine Saint Jean

Burn Our Bodies Down

Burn Our Bodies Down

Rory Power

$18.99 $17.66

"Margot just wants normal. She wants normal, which is family and love and being wanted. This book is her quest for that, for normal, for answers to why she doesn't have normal... The writing is beautiful. Rory Power has a way of describing things that are such a joy to read even when it's weird and unsettling and heartbreakingly painful. The pacing is perfect." -Aud Simmons