Staff Pick

This is the one adult coloring book that stands out from the rest. Part poetic exploration of self, and part surrealist coloring book, Avie’s Dreams captures, in brief, powerful, statements and wildly exploratory woman-centered drawings, a mesmerizing narrative about race, gender, sexuality and body image. Dedicated to exploring Afro-centricity, gender dynamics and Black womanhood, Makeda Lewis’s Afro-feminist coloring book is a must have.

Avie's Dreams: An Afro-Feminist Coloring Book Cover Image
By Makeda Lewis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781558619388
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Feminist Press - September 13th, 2016

Staff Pick

Monique Morris’s book is a superb examination of the policies and cultural practices of our educational and criminal justice systems that continue to fail Black girls today. Focused on the cultural sexualization of black girls, Morris’s narrative is personal, powerful, and thoroughly researched. Michelle Alexander (author of The New Jim Crow) called Pushout a “powerful indictment of the cultural beliefs, policies and practices that criminalize and dehumanize Black girls in America.” Highlighting another side of persistent racial inequities, Morris’s book is an essential and important read.

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620970942
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New Press - March 29th, 2016

Staff Pick

Sequential Drawings (Pantheon, $25) collects a decade of Richard McGuire’s spot illustrations—the small drawings breaking up large pages of text—featured in The New Yorker. Perhaps the master of this art of deceptively simple visual acrobatics, McGuire, the award-winning artist of Here, takes things as familiar as seasonal changes and street scenes and makes them newly arresting with just a few lines. Notice how he renders movement from a mirrored surface through windows and doorways—the illustration is both straightforward and irreverent. Throughout this powerful album, McGuire’s work is humorous without being kitschy, and thoughtful without being overwrought.

Sequential Drawings: The New Yorker Series (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
By Richard McGuire, Luc Sante (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781101871591
Availability: Backordered
Published: Pantheon - November 1st, 2016