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Posted on June 14, 2021 at 11:03 AM by Genesis Gaule
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Who is RuPaul? by Nico Medina
Who HQ // RuPaul Andre Charles always knew he was meant to be a performer. Ru developed his drag-queen personality and launched his career in the 1980s. He now hosts and judges the widely popular and long-running show RuPaul's Drag Race, which has raised the profile of the art of drag, and drag queens around the world.
Sincerely, Your Autistic Child by Emily Paige Ballou, Sharon daVanport, and Morenike Giwa Onaiwu
What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew About Growing Up, Acceptance, and Identity // Sincerely, Your Autistic Child represents an authentic resource for parents written by people who understand this experience most, autistic people themselves. Tackles the everyday challenges of growing up while honestly addressing the emotional needs, sensitivity, and vibrancy of autistic girls and nonbinary people.
Plunder by Menachem Kaiser
A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure // Kaiser takes up his Holocaust-survivor grandfather’s former battle to reclaim the family’s apartment building in Sosnowiec, Poland. He makes a discovery that his grandfather’s cousin wrote a secret memoir while a slave laborer in a vast, secret Nazi tunnel complex. A band of Silesian treasure seekers revere the memoir as the guidebook to Nazi plunder.
Every Day is a Gift by Tammy Duckworth
A Memoir // Learn the incredible story of Illinois senator and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth and see what inspired her to follow the path that made her who she is today. The book traces her impoverished childhood, her decision to join the Army, the months spent recovering from the RPG attack that shot down her helicopter and nearly took her life, and her subsequent mission of serving in elected office.
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Tag(s): World War II, politics, parenting, nonfiction, memoir, LGBT, celebrities, book notes, autism
Posted on June 11, 2021 at 2:26 PM by Genesis Gaule
It’s June which means it’s PRIDE MONTH! Pride is when the world’s LGBTQIA communities come together to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising in New York City, 1969, to honor LGBTQIA activists and organizers, and to draw attention to issues still plaguing members of the community.
Pride really took off as a commemoration of the Stonewall uprising in New York, but even before 1969, members of the LGBTQIA community marched to draw awareness to the discrimination they faced. Starting in 1965, members of gay rights groups called the Mattachine Society and the Daughters of Bilitis marched past Independence Hall as an “Annual Reminder” march. The Declaration of Independence stated that “all men are created equal” and the Mattachine Society and Daughters of Bilitis wanted to remind everyone of that.
The second police raid in one week of the gay bar the Stonewall Inn on June 28th, 1969, prompted the gay and lesbian residents of Greenwich Village to react. They were angry that the Stonewall, a place that they felt safe, had been raided and destroyed by the police. They reacted violently, throwing anything they could find at the police, resisting arrest, rocking police cars, slashing tires. The riots lasted for three days, but they became the catalyst for an emerging gay rights movement.
Pride has come a long way since 1969, along with LGBTQIA rights. June was officially recognized as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month in 1999 by President Bill Clinton and Pride marches and parades take place in many major cities in June.
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Tag(s): US history, recommendations, memoir, LGBT, junior fiction, history, fiction, biography, article, Andrea Lorenz
Posted on June 7, 2021 at 3:49 PM by Genesis Gaule
The Believer by Ralph Blumenthal
Alien Encounters, Hard Science, and the Passion of John Mack // Dr. John Mack risked his career to investigate the phenomenon of human encounters with aliens and give credibility to the stories shared by people who were utterly convinced they had happened. Over the course of his career his interest in alien abduction grew from curiosity to wonder, ultimately developing into a limitless, unwavering passion.
Finding Rhythm by Ali?nor Salmon
An International Dance Journey // In a world where we are over-connected but increasingly disconnected from one another, dance offers an authentically human experience. In this dance-travelogue, you’ll learn the history and steps of dances like salsa, samba, and tango, and enjoy a resplendent meditation on happiness and wanderlust.
The Officer’s Daughter by Elle Johnson
A Memoir of Family and Forgiveness // Elle’s cousin Karen was killed in a failed robbery. Years later, when one of Karen’s killers was eligible for parole, Elle was tasked with writing a letter arguing against his release. Elle realized that before she could condemn a man she had never met to remain in prison, she had to face her own past. A memoir that explores what parents can and cannot do to protect their children and the overwhelming power of forgiveness, even in the face of unspeakable tragedy.
Who Is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson? by James Buckley, Jr.
Who HQ Now // Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is best known as a former professional wrestler that later came to dominate Hollywood with a series of blockbuster movies. Dwayne’s life hasn’t always been a linear track of successes. However, he never gave up and pushed himself to be the best he could in everything he applied himself to.
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