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New biographies and history

South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation By Imani Perry Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062977403
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Published: Ecco - January 25th, 2022

WINNER OF THE 2022 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


The Women's House of Detention: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison By Hugh Ryan Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781645036661
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Published: Bold Type Books - May 10th, 2022

This singular history of a prison, and the queer women and trans people held there, is a window into the policing of queerness and radical politics in the twentieth century.

The Women’s House of Detention, a landmark that ushered in the modern era of women’s imprisonment, is now largely forgotten.


The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family By Kerri K. Greenidge Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781324090847
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Published: Liveright - November 8th, 2022

New York Times Book Review • 100 Notable Books of 2022
Publishers Weekly • 10 Best Books of 2022
Best Books of 2022: NPR, Oprah Daily, Smithsonian, Boston Globe, Chicago Public Library

A stunning counternarrative of the legendary abolitionist Grimke sisters that finally reclaims the forgotten Black members of their family.


Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self By Andrea Wulf Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780525657118
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Published: Knopf - September 13th, 2022

From the best-selling author of The Invention of Nature comes an exhilarating story about a remarkable group of young rebels—poets, novelists, philosophers—who, through their epic quarrels, passionate love stories, heartbreaking grief, and radical ideas launched Romanticism onto the world stage, inspiring some of the greatest thinkers of the time.


Indigenous Continent: The Epic Contest for North America By Pekka Hämäläinen Cover Image
$40.00
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ISBN: 9781631496998
Published: Liveright - September 20th, 2022

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
New York Times Book Review • 100 Notable Books of 2022
Best Books of 2022 — New Yorker, Kirkus Reviews
Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence


The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation By Anna Malaika Tubbs Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250756138
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Published: Flatiron Books - December 28th, 2021

New York Times Bestseller

“This dynamic blend of biography and manifesto centers on Louise Little, Alberta King, and Berdis Baldwin . . . Tubbs’s book stands against the women’s erasure, a monument to their historical importance.
The New Yorker


Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America By Saidiya Hartman, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Foreword by), Marisa J. Fuentes (Afterword by), Sarah Haley (Afterword by), Cameron Rowland (Notes by), Torkwase Dyson (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Saidiya Hartman, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Foreword by), Marisa J. Fuentes (Afterword by), Sarah Haley (Afterword by), Cameron Rowland (Notes by), Torkwase Dyson (By (artist))
$20.00
ISBN: 9781324021582
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 25th, 2022

The groundbreaking debut by the award-winning author of Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, revised and updated.


Illustrated Black History: Honoring the Iconic and the Unseen By George McCalman Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780062913234
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Published: HarperOne - September 27th, 2022

A gorgeous collection of 145 original portraits that celebrates Black pioneers—famous and little-known--in politics, science, literature, music, and more—with biographical reflections, all created and curated by an award-winning graphic designer.


An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY) By Kyle T. Mays Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780807006993
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Published: Beacon Press - November 15th, 2022

The first intersectional history of the Black and Native American struggle for freedom in our country that also reframes our understanding of who was Indigenous in early America


G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century By Beverly Gage Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780670025374
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Published: Viking - November 22nd, 2022

“[A] crisply written, prodigiously researched, and frequently astonishing new biography”—The New Yorker

“Masterful…This book is an enduring, formidable accomplishment, a monument to the power of biography [that] now becomes the definitive work”—The Washington Post


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$17.95
ISBN: 9780807055588
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Published: Beacon Press - August 23rd, 2022

Debunks the pervasive and self-congratulatory myth that our country is proudly founded by and for immigrants, and urges readers to embrace a more complex and honest history of the United States


The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story By Nikole Hannah-Jones (Created by), The New York Times Magazine (Created by), Caitlin Roper (Editor), Ilena Silverman (Editor), Jake Silverstein (Editor) Cover Image
By Nikole Hannah-Jones (Created by), The New York Times Magazine (Created by), Caitlin Roper (Editor), Ilena Silverman (Editor), Jake Silverstein (Editor)
$38.00
ISBN: 9780593230572
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Published: One World - November 16th, 2021

#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.


Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature By Farah Jasmine Griffin Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781324022046
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 2nd, 2022

A PBS NewsHour Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year in Nonfiction
Winner of the 2022 Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award

A brilliant scholar imparts the lessons bequeathed by the Black community and its remarkable artists and thinkers.


Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993 By Sarah Schulman Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781250849120
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Published: Picador - May 17th, 2022

Winner of the 2022 Lambda Literary LGBTQ Nonfiction Award and the 2022 NLGJA Excellence in Book Writing Award.