Teasha's Staff Recommendations

Welcome to Teasha's recommendations! Teasha is new to book selling and has been working at Boswell for over a year now. Some of her favorite reading genres include, African American and Feminist Studies which can be seen below in her recommendations. Her favorite book of all time is the Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison because of the flawed and complex characters Morrison creates to tackle internalized racism.

Check out what Teasha has been reading below! 

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The Hate U Give Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 28th, 2017

Life was normal for 16-year-old Starr, but that was before she witnessed a tragedy that she struggles to reconcile along with her internalized feelings of alienation in two vastly different worlds. There's the ‘Garden Heights’ Starr, the sole witness to the shooting of her best friend Khalil by the local police and there's also ‘Williamson’ Starr who is the only African American student at her predominately white private school and far removed from Garden Heights and the community problems that live there. With the weight of the community's hunger to avenge Khalil, Starr comes forth hoping for justice, however she quickly learns how complicated things can become. With inspiration from the Black Lives Matter movement, along with Starr's introspection, Angie Thomas' creates a sentimental, compelling novel that proves that we should always do what is right, even when it is hard.

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By Loryn Brantz, Loryn Brantz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781484778586
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 11th, 2017

Feminist Baby is the heroine everyone needs! She's smart, bold, and uniquely and entirely her own person. Feminist Baby exudes confidence and encourages everyone to be their authentic self. What a special children's book! 

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You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain Cover Image
By Phoebe Robinson, Jessica Williams (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780143129202
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Published: Plume Books - October 4th, 2016

Comedienne and co-host of podcast Two Dope Queens, debuts with a stunning book of essays including ‘Tips for the First Black Female President’ and my personal favorite ‘Token Black Friend.’ Robinson uses her charm, wit, and playful banter to create empathy and understanding for the reader on social issues that they may not have experienced before. Robinson's intersectional feminist framework not only covers everyday social issues that plague black women and the black community, but also shines an honest spotlight on the status and mistreatment of black women in media and culture. And, yes, Robinson finally answers the all-so-elusive question: can I touch her hair?

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ISBN: 9781101911761
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Published: Anchor Books - February 3rd, 2015

If you haven't read any of Adichie's work, please start here and then continue on to her fiction! We Should All Be Feminists  is a champion essay that supports the equity and equality of all. It dispells the misogynic myths about feminism that are supported by the status quo, exposes the danger and damage social and cultural norms, and lastly describes the best future for all, when we all are feminist.

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ISBN: 9781476777122
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 13th, 2016

Shonda Rhimes, you've heard of her, right? The creator and powerhouse behind the hit TV shows, How To Get Away With Murder, Grey's Anatomy, and Scandal, well, she's just like us and she has fears. She shares in her self-help memoir that her biggest fear is she doesn't say yes to anything. Dinner at the White House? -Eh maybe, instantly comes up with excuse. Deliver commencement address at Alma Mater? -Far too busy with work, maybe next year. Rhimes notices that time and time again she lets her fear and negative self talk keep her from doing amazing once in a lifetime things, therefore she makes a change. She challenges herself to be more open to all that life has to offer. Her life begins to beautifully blossom once she lives her comfort zone. Rhimes shares that while she is successful, that at times she once let fear control and limit her. An amazing memoir that is perfect for graduates or anyone who is looking to make a change in their life. 

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ISBN: 9781595586438
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Published: New Press - January 16th, 2012

This debut from Alexander is eloquent, profound, detailed, and extensive in the explaination of the prejudice against people of color, especially African American men, and the criminal justice system. Alexander through vast research and analysis of our country's history and justice system, explains how as a culture we have become desensitized to the injustice and thus promoting the continuance of this modern new Jim Crow era. Electric and unapologentic in the unmasking of systemic corruption will ignite a spark within the reader. 

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ISBN: 9780316277297
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 7th, 2016

Rory's quest for a pet companion is by far the FUNNIEST children's book that I’ve read to date. Rory upon seeing his friend's pet decides that he too would like a pet of his own. Thus begins his quest for a pet! However, Rory the quickly discovers that sometimes life finds you when you stop looking. Rory's quest for a pet is absoluetly sweet, thoughtful, and overall excellent. Climo's creative yet simplistic artwork along with her witty writing makes for a great story that children and adults will both enjoy immensely. Be prepared to laugh! 

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By Mac Barnett, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781423123125
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Published: Hyperion Books - June 2010

What is one to do when their science project tries to destroy the world? They fight back! This hilarious tale of a science project gone rogue features everything children's storytelling should feature. A strong, bright female main character-check. Problem solving, using math and science-check. And last, but certainly not least, imaginative, bold illustrations-check. This is a refreshing story and is the perfect way to change things up from the storytime classics.  

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By Simms Taback (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781609052126
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Published: Blue Apple Books - April 10th, 2012

This is such a great dino book for the budding paleontologist!  Not only are the facts cool and interesting, but the flip out pages colorful and create beautiful full posters of your favorite dinosaurs. Any dino lover will love this book and all of the twist and turns on ever page!