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Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

 It is both an invitation and a request. A plea - even. Dolen Perkins-Valdez compels us to feel. To do so deeply and to not rush past the uncomfortable, the egregious, the injustice. Take My Hand is a story for right now.  It is part mother-to-daughter letter, a reckoning with the past we sometimes do when something captures us at a moment in time and we spend decades grappling with the aftereffects.  It is part a glimpse into the post Civil Rights era between Selma and Montgomery, that after the time and becoming time of what we are now dealing with in the simple right to autonomy. This story hurt me, disturbed me, angered me, and invited me. I read it in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's leaked writings about abortion and in the horrific days after innocents were slaughtered because of this country's unending, insatiable appetite for violence. One can not turn away from what this book lays bare. We are compelled to face it, full on, the effects of decisions, even if o