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This week's episodes are:

SKYLIT: Darrel J. McLeod, ”PEYAKOW”

In MamaskatchDarrel J. McLeod captured an early childhood full of the stories, scents, and sensations of his great-grandfather's cabin, as well as the devastating separation from family, ensuing abuse, and eventual loss of his mother that permeated his adolescence. In the equally potent Peyakow, McLeod follows a young man through many seasons of his life, navigating an ever-turbulent personal and political landscape filled with loss, love, addiction, and perseverance.

Weaving together the past and the present through powerful, linked chapters, McLeod confronts how both the personal traumas of his youth and the historical traumas of his ancestral line impact the trajectory of his life. With unwavering and heart-wrenching honesty, Peyakow--Cree for "one who walks alone"--recounts how one man carries the spirit of his family through the lifelong process of healing.

SKYLIT: Rafia Zakaria, ”Against White Feminism”

Upper-middle-class white women have long been heralded as “experts” on feminism. They have presided over multinational feminist organizations and written much of what we consider the feminist canon, espousing sexual liberation and satisfaction, LGBTQ inclusion, and racial solidarity, all while branding the language of the movement itself in whiteness and speaking over Black and Brown women in an effort to uphold privilege and perceived cultural superiority. An American Muslim woman, attorney, and political philosopher, Rafia Zakaria champions a reconstruction of feminism in Against White Feminism, centering women of color in this transformative overview and counter-manifesto to white feminism’s global, long-standing affinity with colonial, patriarchal, and white supremacist ideals.

SKYLIT: Shugri Said Salh, ”The Last Nomad”

Born in Somalia, a spare daughter in a large family, Shugri Said Salh was sent at age six to live with her nomadic grandmother in the desert. The last of her family to learn this once-common way of life, Salh found herself chasing warthogs, climbing termite hills, herding goats, and moving constantly in search of water and grazing lands with her nomadic family. For Salh, though the desert was a harsh place threatened by drought, predators, and enemy clans, it also held beauty, innovation, centuries of tradition, and a way for a young Sufi girl to learn courage and independence from a fearless group of relatives. Salh grew to love the freedom of roaming with her animals and the powerful feeling of community found in nomadic rituals and the oral storytelling of her ancestors.

As she came of age, though, both she and her beloved Somalia were forced to confront change, violence, and instability. Salh writes with engaging frankness and a fierce feminism of trying to break free of the patriarchal beliefs of her culture, of her forced female genital mutilation, of the loss of her mother, and of her growing need for independence. Taken from the desert by her strict father and then displaced along with millions of others by the Somali Civil War, Salh fled first to a refugee camp on the Kenyan border and ultimately to North America to learn yet another way of life.

Readers will fall in love with Salh on the page as she tells her inspiring story about leaving Africa, learning English, finding love, and embracing a new horizon for herself and her family. Honest and tender, The Last Nomad is a riveting coming-of-age story of resilience, survival, and the shifting definitions of home.

Peyakow: Reclaiming Cree Dignity Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571313973
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Published: Milkweed Editions - August 10th, 2021

Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324006619
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 17th, 2021

The Last Nomad: Coming of Age in the Somali Desert Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643750675
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Published: Algonquin Books - August 3rd, 2021

Honey Mine: Collected Stories Cover Image
By Camille Roy, Lauren Levin (Editor), Eric Sneathen (Editor)
ISBN: 9781643620749
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Published: Nightboat Books - June 29th, 2021

Mountains and Desire: Climbing vs. The End of the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781912248933
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Published: Repeater - May 11th, 2021

Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643137483
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Published: Pegasus Books - July 6th, 2021

We Want What We Want: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525654636
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - July 27th, 2021

The Confession of Copeland Cane Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951213251
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Published: Unnamed Press - June 15th, 2021

The Choice We Face: How Segregation, Race, and Power Have Shaped America's Most Controversial Educat ion Reform Movement Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807087480
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Published: Beacon Press - August 10th, 2021

Radiant Fugitives: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640094048
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Published: Counterpoint - August 3rd, 2021