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New biographies and history

An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY) By Kyle T. Mays Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780807011683
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Published: Beacon Press - November 16th, 2021

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


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.


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$27.95
ISBN: 9780807036297
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Published: Beacon Press - August 24th, 2021

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


Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells By Michelle Duster Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982129811
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Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - January 26th, 2021

Journalist. Suffragist. Antilynching crusader. In 1862, Ida B. Wells was born enslaved in Holly Springs, Mississippi. In 2020, she won a Pulitzer Prize.

Ida B. Wells committed herself to the needs of those who did not have power. In the eyes of the FBI, this made her a “dangerous negro agitator.” In the annals of history, it makes her an icon.

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Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993 By Sarah Schulman Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780374185138
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 18th, 2021

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


Patricia Highsmith: Her Diaries and Notebooks: 1941-1995 By Patricia Highsmith, Anna von Planta (Editor) Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781324090991
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Published: Liveright - November 16th, 2021

New York Times • Times Critics Top Books of 2021
The Times (of London) • Best Books of the Year
Excerpted in The New Yorker
Profiled in The Los Angeles Times


How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America By Clint Smith Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316492935
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 1st, 2021

Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction


Winner of the Stowe Prize

Winner of 2022 Hillman Prize for Book Journalism


PEN America 2022 John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction Finalist

A New York Times 10 Best Books of 2021

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A Night at the Sweet Gum Head: Drag, Drugs, Disco, and Atlanta's Gay Revolution By Martin Padgett Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781324007128
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 1st, 2021

An electric and intimate story of 1970s gay Atlanta through its bedazzling drag clubs and burgeoning rights activism.

Coursing with a pumped-up beat, gay Atlanta was the South's mecca—a beacon for gays and lesbians growing up in its homophobic towns and cities. There, the Sweet Gum Head was the club for achieving drag stardom.


Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America By Keisha N. Blain Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780807061503
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Published: Beacon Press - October 5th, 2021

National Book Critics Circle 2021 Biography Finalist

53rd NAACP Image Award Nominee: Outstanding Literary Work - Biography/Autobiography


Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature By Farah Jasmine Griffin Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393651904
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 14th, 2021

A PBS NewsHour Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year in Nonfiction

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


The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity By David Graeber, David Wengrow Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780374157357
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 9th, 2021

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A dramatically new understanding of human history, challenging our most fundamental assumptions about social evolution—from the development of agriculture and cities to the origins of the state, democracy, and inequality—and revealing new possibilities for human emancipation.


Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution: An Oral History By Lynn Breedlove (Introduction by), Walter Crasshole (Editor), Yony Leyser (Editor), Anna Joy Springer (Introduction by), Liam Warfield (Editor) Cover Image
By Lynn Breedlove (Introduction by), Walter Crasshole (Editor), Yony Leyser (Editor), Anna Joy Springer (Introduction by), Liam Warfield (Editor)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781629637969
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Published: PM Press - June 29th, 2021

Through exclusive interviews with protagonists like Bruce LaBruce, G.B.


Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts By Rebecca Hall, Hugo Martínez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rebecca Hall, Hugo Martínez (Illustrator)
$29.99
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ISBN: 9781982115180
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 1st, 2021

A Best Book of 2021 by NPR and The Washington Post

Part graphic novel, part memoir, Wake is an imaginative tour-de-force that tells the “powerful” (The New York Times Book Review) story of women-led slave revolts and chronicles scholar Rebecca Hall’s efforts to uncover the truth about these women warriors who, until now, have been left out o


Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own By Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525575337
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Published: Crown - July 27th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A powerful study of how to bear witness in a moment when America is being called to do the same.”—Time
 
James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the civil rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. What can we learn from his struggle in our own moment?


The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X By Les Payne, Tamara Payne Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781324091059
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Published: Liveright - October 19th, 2021

An epic, award-winning biography of Malcolm X that draws on hundreds of hours of personal interviews and rewrites much of the known narrative.


Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All By Martha S. Jones Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781541600256
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Published: Basic Books - December 7th, 2021

“An elegant and expansive history” (New York Times) of African American women’s pursuit of political power—and how it transformed America   
 
In Vanguard, acclaimed historian Martha S. Jones offers a new history of African American women’s political lives in America.


His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope By Jon Meacham, John Lewis (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Jon Meacham, John Lewis (Afterword by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984855046
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 7th, 2021

#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 


A Black Women's History of the United States By Daina Ramey Berry, Kali Nicole Gross Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807001998
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Published: Beacon Press - March 16th, 2021

2021 NAACP Image Award Nominee: Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

Honorable Mention for the 2021 Organization of American Historians Darlene Clark Hine Award


She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs By Sarah Smarsh Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781982157296
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Published: Scribner - September 7th, 2021

In this Time Top 100 Book of the Year, the National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Heartland “analyzes how Dolly Parton’s songs—and success—have embodied feminism for working-class women” (People).


A Handful of Earth, a Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia Butler By Lynell George Cover Image
$30.00
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.