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Rooted: The American Legacy of Land Theft and the Modern Movement for Black Land Ownership

Readers interested in a broad interpretive sketch of dispossessive effects of colonization, enslavement and its aftermath may be drawn to Baker’s personalized recounting of the continuing significance of Black people’s efforts to realize the dream of owning land and the profits it produces.


Recommend this atmospheric, character-driven story to readers who enjoy coming-of-age novels laced with sharp social commentary.

The Upcycled Self: A Memoir on the Art of Becoming Who We Are

A welcome addition to memoir collections. The book is at its best when Trotter talks about his family and his love of art.

Lone Women

LaValle grips readers with the subtle terror of inevitability, only to hold tight with tenderness.

The Mad Emperor: Heliogabalus and the Decadence of Rome

A must for anyone interested in the Classical era.

The Emergency: A Year of Healing and Heartbreak in a Chicago ER

Shedding light on the social justice implications on the health care system and an important snapshot of a grim moment in time, this account will appeal to a wide range of readers. Highly recommended.

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story

Like the magazine version of the 1619 Project, this invaluable book sets itself apart by reframing readers’ understanding of U.S. history, past and present.

Home, Land, Security: Deradicalization and the Journey Back from Extremism

A compelling exploration of the factors that drive extremism; it emphasizes the need for human connection. Recommended for readers interested in politics or in affecting change in their communities.

Angel & Hannah: A Novel in Verse

Though Hannah and Angel’s story is not pure tragedy, their love’s inability to transcend the accumulated weight of history, poverty, and family will wrench readers’ hearts. A moving novel in verse, filled with energy and raw emotion.

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