“In this densely packed memoir, it’s not really the destination that matters most, but rather the journey itself that goes over very rough territory and asks probing questions about race, e
Let’s write two or more. This year there are a number of books about the great Chicago baseball player Ernie Banks that made it into the publisher’s lineup.
“This case had everything: ‘a vicious ax murder, a baby burned alive, a political scandal, murderers set free, an innocent man tortured with a blackjack and a pan of charred bones fighting
“Tisby, an African American Christian, outlines a devastating bill of particulars in this comprehensive, unrelenting indictment, which he hopes will spur positive change.”
“The story of Onwuachi’s climb up, with its attendant pitfalls, is masterful.”
“In that larger tradition of transcendent art, if we let them into our hearts, these new poems from Jericho Brown will awe and unsettle us.”
“Yuval Taylor’s love telling tale is intriguing, funny, and filled with much speculation. It’s a book that might be ready for the big screen.
There is something about the word delights that quickly brings to mind such things as sweetness, laughter, and endless flirtation. Ross Gay’s small book seems designed for the backpack.
“Its exercise in deeper sight works like a certain clairvoyance, as you realize the dancing you heard before, was the sound of feet trying to run from oblivion, to save themselves by provin
“The Women’s Suffrage Movement is for men as much as it is women. It’s for everyone, no matter what their sex, gender, ethnicity, or the color of their skin.
“The night a stone-fisted neo-barbarian would beat her to gashes and aches everlasting.”
“In documenting this country’s fateful journey from slavery through thwarted Reconstruction to segregation, Luxenberg paints on a broad canvas, elegantly narrating several captivating and s
Emmett Till’s murder was the “first great media event of the Civil Rights movement.” Let the People See: The Story of Emmett Till provides new detail: the family, the trial, and o
“this graphic novel is for readers who know how to snap their fingers while turning the page.”
“real-life thriller about courage, despair, and an unbreakable human spirit.”
“a book that speaks loudly to black lesbians and to anyone who dares to love fiercely.”
“In Breaking Barriers, Stark has taken on an important chapter in American Sport and in the history of desegregation in America.”
"The War Before the War is not an encyclopedia but a deep, scholarly, engrossing introduction to its subject that impacts us even today and in many ways.
Back in 2013 Michelle Obama took her anti-childhood obesity campaign to Mississippi. She spoke at an elementary school not far from Jackson.
“after reading her story, you might want to remove the modifiers: Eunice was not just a brilliant African American woman lawyer; she was a brilliant lawyer.”
". . .a major achievement in the biographer’s art."
In “The Accidental Rebel,” an op-ed published in The New York Times on the 40th anniversary of the Columbia student uprising of 1968, novelist Paul Auster (Columbia ’69) asserted that stud
“This book of essays reaches out to Americans of varied ethnicity and backgrounds with the goal Powell’s mother set for him as a child: to overcome all obstacles to tell the unvarnished tru
“An American Quilt [is] nothing less than a reexamination of American history through the lens of race, class, and gender.”
“The long collective hatred of blackness, the calculated policing of sexual difference, the intentional ghettoization of urban centers, and the lure of the American dollar are just a few of the str