Books

When Crack Was King: A People’s History of a Misunderstood Era

A kaleidoscopic account of the crack cocaine era and a community’s ultimate resilience, told through a cast of characters whose lives illuminate the dramatic rise and fall of the epidemic

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Liliana’s Invincible Summer: A Sister’s Search for Justice

In the early hours of July 16, 1990, Liliana Rivera Garza was murdered by her abusive ex-boyfriend. A life full of promise and hope, cut tragically short, Liliana’s story instead became subsumed into Mexico’s dark and relentless history of domestic violence. With Liliana’s case file abandoned by a corrupt criminal justice system, her family, including her older sister Cristina, was forced to process their grief and guilt in private, without any hope for justice.

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Ordinary Notes

A singular achievement, Ordinary Notes explores profound questions about loss and the shapes of Black life that emerge in the wake. In a series of 248 notes that gather meaning as we read them, Christina Sharpe skillfully weaves artifacts from the past–public ones alongside others that are poignantly personal–with present realities and possible futures, intricately constructing an immersive portrait of everyday Black existence.

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We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I: A Palestinian Memoir

A subtle psychological portrait of the author’s relationship with his father during the twentieth-century battle for Palestinian human rights.

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Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World

In May 2016, Fort McMurray, the hub of Canada’s oil industry and America’s biggest foreign supplier, was overrun by wildfire. The multi-billion-dollar disaster melted vehicles, turned entire neighborhoods into firebombs, and drove 88,000 people from their homes in a single afternoon.

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I Saw Death Coming: A History of Terror and Survival in the War Against Reconstruction

The story of Reconstruction is often told from the perspective of the politicians, generals, and journalists whose accounts claim an outsized place in collective memory. But this pivotal era looked very different to African Americans in the South transitioning from bondage to freedom after 1865.

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Temple Folk

A groundbreaking debut collection portraying the lived experiences of Black Muslims grappling with faith, family, and freedom in America. In Temple Folk , Black Muslims contemplate the convictions of their race, religion, economics, politics, and sexuality in America. In Temple Folk , Black Muslims contemplate the convictions of their race, religion, economics, politics, and sexuality in America.

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Ponyboy

An evocative debut novel of trans-masculinity, addiction, and the pain and joy of becoming.

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This Other Eden

A novel inspired by the true story of the once racially integrated Malaga Island off the coast of Maine, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Tinkers. In 1792, formerly enslaved Benjamin Honey and his Irish wife, Patience, discovered an island where they could make a life together.

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