Friday Black
 
Our November Book of the Month
Friday Black
by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

 John: Literary semtex. Seriously. You carry this book around with a kind of awesome reverence for fear it may explode in your hands. Stories of racial violence, gun violence and, yes, retail violence(!) have formed a special haunting in my mind long after reading. Like master short story writer George Saunders's stories though, they are also touched by humanity, with moments that lift the soul. An incredible debut. One of the books of 2018.

 
Dean: Racism 'managed' through virtual reality. Black Friday where you die in a bargain-crazed throng. Happiness that's pharmacological. Love, despite everything. Friday Black tackles urgent issues of racism and cultural unrest and explores the many way we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world. One of the most anticipated debuts of the year.  
 

Lenny
 
Our November Kids' Book of the Month
Lenny's Book of Everything
By Karen Foxlee

Mischa: This book is so beautiful and tender. Lenny made my heart feel so full. Raised by her single mother, Lenny is a young girl who is forced to grapple with responsibilities beyond her years as she looks after her seven-year-old brother, Davey, who has a rare form of gigantism. Karen Foxlee has the most magical touch for creating emotive prose that often moved me to tears as much as it filled me with love and warmth. The included sections of Burrell's Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia (the book in which Lenny and Davey are able to experience the wonders of the world vicariously) drive the novel and are used as an allegory to mark key moments in the children's lives. Foxlee explores the complexities of grief and the many dimensions of familial love with a sensitivity and richness that reads almost like a love letter to humanity. This book taught me so much about empathy and made me feel more human for reading it. Heart-warming and transformative, Lenny's Book of Everything is sure to be the next Wonder and is an Australian classic in the making! 10+

$19.99

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