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Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316551243
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 7th, 2018

Historian Beth Macy examines the current opioid epidemic responsible for the loss of countless Americans—unfortunately many of us know this story firsthand. Macy chronicles the rise of opioid prescriptions (Mississippi has one of the highest per-capita rates of opioid prescriptions in the nation), implicating pharmaceutical companies and doctors. She illustrates how the crisis started in trailer parks and crossed the highway into the country club. Everybody is involved, like the small town drug dealers, the addicted high school football star, the local doctor, the police, and the famiies of the deceased. Dopesick provides an understanding, while pointing to a way out.

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Grief Is the Thing with Feathers: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977412
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 7th, 2016

Written unconventionally and with a fragmented narrative, this genre-bending story follows a man, his two young sons, and a giant crow who aids the family after the unexpected death of the family's matriarch. Funny, heartbreaking, beautiful, and insane, like all the best things.

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They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us Cover Image
By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781937512651
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

Music is church and a vehicle for Hanif Abdurraqib to explore and understand the contemporary moment, particularly how black identity and white identity fit together within the current political landscape. The essays are lent strength in his authoritative and poetic voice. Thoughtful and nuanced cultural criticism with a good built-in mix tape, because you gotta listen to what he's writing about while you read it.

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ISBN: 9780988518391
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Published: Tyrant Books - July 11th, 2017

One of the best books of 2017.

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Sunshine State: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062434876
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 11th, 2017

These essays are political in the sense that they depict everyday life and how cultural and political forces dictate society. Themes include friendship, family, gender, class, domestic abuse, sexual assault, hurricanes, destruction, and more.

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ISBN: 9780062676139
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Published: Ecco - March 6th, 2018

This book is incredible.

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941040539
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Published: Tin House Books - February 14th, 2017

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620972250
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Published: New Press - September 6th, 2016

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The Kingdom: A Novel Cover Image
By Emmanuel Carrère, John Lambert (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780374184308
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 7th, 2017

Did you grow up in the church and abandon it, but sometimes catch yourself thinking about Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit? Read this.

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ISBN: 9780399575891
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 12th, 2016

Claire-Louise Bennett's sprawling prose captures the tone of the story she's trying to tell in this debut novel. It's like reading the universe. She easily transports the reader into the mind of the narrator, who lives in solitude and chronicles her experiences into something meaningful. I didn't think I wanted read about what vegetables somebody had on their cold stone window sill until I read this book. She makes the seemingly boring into something interesting and then it all unravels.

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Don't Call Us Dead: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977856
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

Very powerful poetry.

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ISBN: 9781555977351
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 26th, 2016

This book is Maggie Nelson's memoir-ish about her experience with her gender fluid partner. Nelson's poetic essays (read her poetry, too) tells the story of the making of a queer family. Great.

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Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

We need more books like this.

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I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone (American Made Music) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496810540
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Published: University Press of Mississippi - March 23rd, 2017

Full of remarkable anecdotes, illustrious characters, and personal musings ("I still maintain that rock 'n' roll should be self-taught")—and interspersed with Dickinson's poetry—this posthumous autobiography reads as a Who's Who in the Memphis and greater southern music scenes. His take on southern music will prove to be an important document for those who study the genre's history. Jim, by the way, was the founder and leader of the Yalobushwackers (Thacker Mountain Radio's house band) for a number of years. Please join us April 6th for an event with Dickinson's widow, Mary Lindsay Dickinson.

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Let the Dead Bury Their Dead Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156505154
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Published: Mariner Books - June 4th, 1993

Roadside Geology of Mississippi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780878426713
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Published: Mountain Press Publishing Company - October 15th, 2016

This book is accessible to anybody with a curiosity and a C in Geology 101.

Did you know there was once a volcano where present-day Jackson sits? What about how Mississippi was ground zero for the collision of two continents?

Fascinating! Mississippi rocks!