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Indie Bookstore offering culturally diverse & inclusive books by BIPOC authors.

πŸ“ BOOK REVIEW πŸ‘‰πŸΎ One of Tuma's Books Diverse Reads picks for September, Plantains and Our Becoming, is a wonderful poetry collection by fellow New Yorker Melania Luisa Marte.

Perfect for LatinΓ©/Hispanic Heritage Month, this imaginative collection looks at the identities and histories of the Dominican Republic and Haiti in order to celebrate and center the Black diasporic experience. Through the exploration of themes like self-love, nationalism, displacement, generational trauma, and ancestral knowledge, this collection confronts stereotypes while creating new ideals for Black identity and personhood.Β 
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This is a beautiful, stunning poetry collection about the identities and lived experiences of an Afro-Latina woman from NYC. I marked so many entire poems and lines as faves - my copy bursting with post it tabs.

Marte's poems about Hispaniola were insightful and thoughtful. They made me interested in learning more about Haiti and DR's tumultuous history despite sharing an island.

At the core of Marte's collection is the power of telling one's own story. Rather than let anti-Blackness rhetoric erase her identity -- she is unapologetic about embracing both her African ancestry and Dominican culture.

Marte also explores what is lost in immigration -- leaving a kind of paradise for a land that doesn't accept you as you are, wanting you to become something else. I really loved her way with language. It was accessible and easy to understand-- Heart-first vs. Head-first poetry is my fave. Some poems did make me think but most made me FEEL- warm, mad, shocked, disappointed, understood, stunned, etc.

Overall, loved this poetry collection and would highly recommend for folks who enjoy works about cultural identity, home, belonging, family, immigration, and history.Β 
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What aspects of poetry resonate with you most? Comment below.

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🚨 The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas. If you loved Cemetery Boys or their Peter Pan retelling book (I'm forgetting the name right now), then you NEED this book.

πŸ›’ Two ✌🏿Bargain Copies in excellent condition available for purchase. $15 + $5 shipping. You can send payment however you like, cause I got everything. lol Comment or message if interested. ⬇️

πŸ“– Here's the synopsis:
Welcome to The Sunbearer Trials, where teen semidioses compete in a series of challenges with the highest of stakes, in this electric new Mexican-inspired fantasy from Aiden Thomas, the New York Times bestselling author of Cemetery Boys.

"Only the most powerful and honorable semidioses get chosen. I'm just a Jade. I'm not a real hero."
As each new decade begins, the Sun's power must be replenished so that Sol can keep traveling along the sky and keep the chaotic Obsidian gods at bay. Sol selects ten of the most worthy semidioses to compete in the Sunbearer Trials. The winner carries light and life to all the temples of Reino del Sol, but the loser has the greatest honor of all--they will be sacrificed to Sol, their body melted down to refuel the Sun Stones, protecting the world for another ten years.
Teo, a seventeen-year-old Jade semidiΓ³s and the trans son of the goddess of birds, isn't worried about the Trials . . . at least, not for himself. His best friend, Niya is a Gold semidiΓ³s and a shoo-in for the Trials, and while he trusts her abilities, the odds of becoming the sacrifice is one-in-ten.
But then, for the first time in over a century, the impossible happens. Sol chooses not one, but two Jade competitors. Teo, and Xio, the thirteen-year-old child of the god of bad luck. Now they must compete in five trials against Gold opponents who are more powerful and better trained. Worst of all, Teo's annoyingly handsome ex-best friend and famous semidiΓ³s Hero, Aurelio is favored to win. Teo is determined to get himself and his friends through the trials unscathed--for fame, glory, and their own survival.

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