Friday Book Debrief Vol 28

By The Book Slut

By The Book Slut

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (Hunger Games Novel)

Suzanne Collins

$27.99 $25.75

I loved the Hunger Games trilogy almost a decade ago when I finished my degree and needed to read something I wouldn't be graded on. The new prequel is an easy read for times my brain is whirring too much, and is somehow keeping me engaged despite despising the protagonist. - Jessica

Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Talia Hibbert

$15.99 $14.71

I’m on a romance kick and picked this up on a whim as I’ve seen it all over Instagram. As a chronic pain sufferer myself I was surprised to see that the main character, Chloe, is too. I was immediately hooked. - Mel

What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

Mona Hanna-Attisha

$18.00 $16.56

Having been on my shelf for too long, I finally decided to pick up this inspiring and informational book on the Iraqi doctor who discovered the lead poisoned water crisis in Flint, Michigan in 2015. The front cover has a blurb from O Magazine that said this reads like a thriller, which I found strange, but it's true! It is paced like a scientific thriller that unearths how misguided policies, broken democracy, and callous ignorance for public health hurts our most vulnerable. If you want a first-hand look at environmental racism and want to prioritize dismantling it, this book is for you. - Maggie


Nell Zink

$14.99 $13.79

An extremely intriguing blurb and a $2 price tag had me grabbing this one. However, I am not sure the blurb completely captures the innards of this novel. Safe to say I’m pushing on in the hopes of a full circle resolution but I can’t confidently say it’ll end up on my favorites list. - Courtney

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Anniversary)

Michelle Alexander

$18.99 $17.47

As soon as I finished The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner, about a woman serving two life sentences and her equally incarcerated friends, I ordered a pile of books on the school-to-prison pipeline (and its intersection with race). A few days later, the world was set ablaze after the murder by the police of an African-American. Did you know that the US currently has a higher percentage of its Black population in jail than South Africa did at the height of apartheid? Or that the Constitution literally says that slavery isn't allowed—unless it's as punishment for a crime? This book will make you angry, as is often the case with the truth. - Christina

Mexican Gothic

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

$27.00 $24.84

This book releases in a couple of weeks and I’m in love with idea of a gothic tale told in the Mexican countryside. I’ve loved the Moreno-Garcia books I’ve read in the past, and I’m settling into the rhythm of this mystery… - Jessica Maria

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Ibram X. Kendi

$19.99 $18.39

As the Black Lives Matter revolution continues, a group of Bookstagrammers announced a readalong for this National Book Award winning book, starting today, on Juneteenth. I’m looking forward to reading with such a large group of people—I think reading in groups allows for so much more perspective on a text and different ways to learn from it. I ordered the book from Frugal Bookstore in Roxbury, Massachusetts, a Black-owned independent bookstore that I recommend! - Jessica Maria