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  • How the Word Is Passed

    A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

    by Clint Smith ...
    This “important and timely” (Drew Faust, Harvard Magazine) #1 New York Times bestseller examines the legacy of slavery in America—and how both history and memory continue to shape our everyday lives.Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, Clint Smith leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks—those that are honest about the past and those that are not—that offer an ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Bomber Mafia

    A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War

    Dive into this “truly compelling” (Good Morning America) New York Times bestseller that explores how technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war—from the creator and host of the podcast Revisionist History.In The Bomber Mafia*,* Malcolm Gladwell weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • No Name in the Street

    by James Baldwin ...
    series Vintage International
    From one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century—an extraordinary history of the turbulent sixties and early seventies that powerfully speaks to contemporary conversations around racism.**“It contains truth that cannot be denied.” —**The Atlantic MonthlyIn this stunningly personal document, James Baldwin remembers in vivid details the Harlem childhood that shaped his early ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Nobody Knows My Name

    by James Baldwin ...
    series Vintage International
    From one of the most brilliant writers and thinkers of the twentieth century comes a collection of "passionate, probing, controversial" essays (The Atlantic) on topics ranging from race relations in the United States to the role of the writer in society.Told with Baldwin's characteristically unflinching honesty, this “splendid book” (The New York Times) offers illuminating, deeply felt essays ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Rest Is Resistance

    A Manifesto

    by Tricia Hersey ...
    ***INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER***Disrupt and push back against capitalism and white supremacy. In this book, Tricia Hersey, aka The Nap Bishop, encourages us to connect to the liberating power of rest, daydreaming, and naps as a foundation for healing and justice.What would it be like to live in a well-rested world? Far too many of us have claimed productivity as the cornerstone of success. ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Light We Carry

    Overcoming in Uncertain Times

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER • ONE OF TIME’S 100 MUST-READ BOOKS OF 2022 • In an inspiring follow-up to her critically acclaimed, #1 bestselling memoir Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama shares practical wisdom and powerful strategies for staying hopeful and balanced in today’s highly uncertain world.There may be no tidy solutions or pithy answers to life’s big challenges, ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • Quietly Hostile


    by Samantha Irby ...
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A hilarious new essay collection from #1 bestselling unabashed fan-favorite Samantha Irby invites us to share in the gory particulars of her real life, all that festers behind the glitter and glam."In case you haven’t wet yourself laughing recently…. One of our culture’s greatest humorists is back with another collection.” —Glamour“Has anyone else written so movingly ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • All Boys Aren't Blue

    A Memoir-Manifesto

    In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson's All Boys Aren't Blue explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia.A New York Times Bestseller!Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Today Show, and MSNBC feature storiesFrom the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • The Warmth of Other Suns

    The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    **NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this beautifully written masterwork, the Pulitzer Prize–winnner and bestselling author of Caste chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.“Profound, necessary and an absolute ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Cooking Gene

    A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South

    2018 James Beard Foundation Book of the Year | 2018 James Beard Foundation Book Award Winner inWriting | Nominee for the 2018 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Nonfiction | #75 on The Root100 2018A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry—both black and ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The 1619 Project

    A New Origin Story

    **#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER • A dramatic expansion of a groundbreaking work of journalism, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story offers a profoundly revealing vision of the American past and present.FINALIST FOR THE KIRKUS PRIZE • ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The Washington Post, NPR, Esquire, Marie Claire, Electric Lit, Ms. magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist**In ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Believing

    Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence

    by Anita Hill ...
    **“An elegant, impassioned demand that America see gender-based violence as a cultural and structural problem that hurts everyone, not just victims and survivors… It's at times downright virtuosic in the threads it weaves together.”—NPRWinner of the 2022 ABA Silver Gavel Award for BooksFrom the woman who gave the landmark testimony against Clarence Thomas as a sexual menace, a new manifesto about ... Read more

    $8.99 USD $7.99 USD

  • Say It Loud!

    On Race, Law, History, and Culture

    A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR • A collection of provocative essays exploring the key social justice issues of our time—from George Floyd to antiracism to inequality and the Supreme Court. Kennedy is "among the most incisive American commentators on race" (The New York Times).Informed by sharpness of observation and often courting controversy, deep fellow feeling, decency, and wit, Say ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Stony the Road

    Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow

    **“Stony the Road presents a bracing alternative to Trump-era white nationalism. . . . In our current politics we recognize African-American history—the spot under our country’s rug where the terrorism and injustices of white supremacy are habitually swept. Stony the Road lifts the rug." —Nell Irvin Painter, New York Times Book ReviewA profound new rendering of the struggle by African-Americans ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Set Boundaries, Find Peace

    A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself

    **The instant New York Times bestsellerEnd the struggle, speak up for what you need, and experience the freedom of being truly yourself.**Healthy boundaries. We all know we should have them--in order to achieve work/life balance, cope with toxic people, and enjoy rewarding relationships with partners, friends, and family. But what do "healthy boundaries" really mean--and how can we successfully ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • The Wretched of the Earth

    Translated by Richard Philcox ...
    With a new essayFans of Fanon’s work include Ta-Nehisi Coates, Claudia Rankine, Cornel West, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Desmond Cole, John Edgar Wideman, Mitchell Jackson, among othersTie-in to 60th anniversary of the publication of Wretched of the Earth and of Frantz Fanon’s death ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Africa Is Not a Country: Notes on a Bright Continent

    by Dipo Faloyin ...
    An exuberant and stereotype-busting portrait of contemporary Africa in all its splendid diversity, by one of its leading new writers.So often Africa is depicted simplistically as a uniform land of famines and safaris, poverty and strife. In this funny and insightful book, Dipo Faloyin offers a much-needed corrective. He unearths surprising truths about many African countries’ colonial heritage, ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?

    series City Lights Open Media
    Written from the perspective of someone who was shot by police, and who advocates for justice for himself and the police officer killed.Mumia gives a voice to African Americans whose lives have been taken by police activity.Mumia names our current political moment in order to transform it.The national Black Lives Matter movement continues to grow and intensify in response to news of police ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Drama Free

    A Guide to Managing Unhealthy Family Relationships

    **Instant New York Times BestsellerFrom the bestselling author of Set Boundaries, Find Peace, a road map for understanding and moving past family struggles—and living your life, your way.**Every family has a story. For some of us, our family of origin is a solid foundation that feeds our confidence and helps us navigate life’s challenges. For others, it’s a source of pain, hurt, and conflict that ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • The Sum of Us

    What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.**WINNER OF THE PORCHLIGHT BUSINESS BOOK AWARD • ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Time, The Washington ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Bicycles

    Love Poems

    In her legendary career, artist and activist Nikki Giovanni has established herself as a writer who can entertain and challenge, and a voice for social justice who can inform and inspire in times of national crisis. Controversial, revolutionary, ethereal, or illuminating, her poems about race, Black lives, violence, gender, and family move readers of all ages and backgrounds.With BICYCLES, she’s ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $7.99 USD

  • Unapologetic

    A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements

    A manifesto from one of America's most influential activists which disrupts political, economic, and social norms by reimagining the Black Radical Tradition.Drawing on Black intellectual and grassroots organizing traditions, including the Haitian Revolution, the US civil rights movement, and LGBTQ rights and feminist movements, Unapologetic challenges all of us engaged in the social justice ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Fire Next Time

    by James Baldwin ...
    series Vintage International
    NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The book that galvanized the nation, gave voice to the emerging civil rights movementin the 1960s—and still lights the way to understanding race in America today. • "The finest essay I’ve ever read.” —Ta-Nehisi CoatesAt once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Terraform

    Building a Better World

    by Propaganda ...
    In this debut collection of essays and poetry, musician, speaker, and activist Propaganda inspires us to create a better, more equitable world.“If we get to make the very cultures that shape who we are, then let us remake them in the best way possible.”In this deep, challenging, and thoughtful book, Propaganda looks at the ways in which our world is broken. Using the metaphor of terraforming ... Read more

    $12.99 USD