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New biographies and history

A Handful of Earth, a Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia Butler Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781626400634
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Published: Angel City Press - October 20th, 2020

A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler offers a blueprint for a creative life from the perspective of award-winning science-fiction writer and "MacArthur Genius" Octavia E. Butler. It is a collection of ideas about how to look, listen, breathe--how to be in the world. This book is about the creative process, but not on the page; its canvas is much larger.


Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own Cover Image
$24.30
ISBN: 9780525575320
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Published: Crown - June 30th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the civil rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. In our own moment, when that confrontation feels more urgently needed than ever, what can we learn from his struggle?
 


Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist Cover Image
$23.36
ISBN: 9780807019290
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Published: Beacon Press - February 25th, 2020

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year for Nonfiction

One of the most influential disability rights activists in US history tells her personal story of fighting for the right to receive an education, have a job, and just be human.


The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X Cover Image
$31.50
ISBN: 9781631491665
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Published: Liveright - October 20th, 2020

WINNER — 2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION • TIME Magazine — 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2020 • A New York Times Notable Book of 2020 and Editors' Choice Selection • Best Books of 2020: NPR, Washington Post, Library Journal, Chicago Public Library •  Excerpted in The New Yorker • Longlisted — Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction •


His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope Cover Image
By Jon Meacham, John Lewis (Afterword by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984855022
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Published: Random House - August 25th, 2020

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of America 


Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism Cover Image
$23.39
ISBN: 9781595589170
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Published: New Press - August 25th, 2020

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by NPR

A timely and groundbreaking argument that all Americans must grapple with Latinos' dynamic racial identity--because it impacts everything we think we know about race in America


Our Voices, Our Histories: Asian American and Pacific Islander Women Cover Image
By Shirley Hune (Editor), Gail M. Nomura (Editor)
$38.50
ISBN: 9781479877010
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Published: New York University Press - March 10th, 2020

An innovative anthology showcasing Asian American and Pacific Islander women's histories

Our Voices, Our Histories brings together thirty-five Asian American and Pacific Islander authors in a single volume to explore the historical experiences, perspectives, and actions of Asian American and Pacific Islander women in the United States and beyond.


Black Power Afterlives: The Enduring Significance of the Black Panther Party Cover Image
By Diane Fujino (Editor), Matef Harmachis (Editor)
$24.26
ISBN: 9781642591262
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Published: Haymarket Books - October 13th, 2020

The first book to comprehensively examine how the Black Panther Party has directly shaped the practices and ideas that have animated grassroots activism in the decades since its decline, Black Power Afterlives represents a major scholarly achievement as well as an important resource for today's activists.


Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
$28.80
ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • “An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times


A Black Women's History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY #5) Cover Image
$25.16
ISBN: 9780807033555
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Published: Beacon Press - February 4th, 2020

A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of African American women to show how they are—and have always been—instrumental in shaping our country


She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs Cover Image
$19.80
ISBN: 9781982157289
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Published: Scribner - October 13th, 2020

The National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Heartland focuses her laser-sharp insights on a working-class icon and one of the most unifying figures in American culture: Dolly Parton.

Growing up amid Kansas wheat fields and airplane factories, Sarah Smarsh witnessed firsthand the particular vulnerabilities—and strengths—of women


Secret Atlanta: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure Cover Image
$18.86
ISBN: 9781681062587
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Published: Reedy Press - March 15th, 2020

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals Cover Image
$16.16
ISBN: 9780393357622
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 14th, 2020

Winner of the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism

"Exhilarating…A rich resurrection of a forgotten history." —Parul Sehgal, New York Times


The Power of Adrienne Rich: A Biography Cover Image
$29.25
ISBN: 9780385541503
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Published: Nan A. Talese - November 17th, 2020

The first comprehensive biography of Adrienne Rich, feminist and queer icon and internationally revered National Book Award winning poet.