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May 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction
The Blood of Emmett Till. By Timothy B. Tyson. 2017. Simon & Schuster, $27 (9781476714844).
Tyson offers fresh perspectives on the tragic death of young Emmett Till, in 1955 Mississippi, including an interview with the white woman at the center of the case.
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race. Ed. by Jesmyn Ward.
2016. Scribner, $26 (9781501126345).
Building on James Baldwin’s famous essay collection, Ward has assembled poetry and prose by writers such as Natasha Tretheway and Kevin Young to address racial tensions in twenty-first-century America.
I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual. By Luvvie Ajayi. 2016. Holt, $17 (9781627796064).
Ajayi, aka popular blogger Awesomely Luvvie, has crafted an astute and humorous handbook about how to navigate social media and its impact on everything from self-esteem to racial attitudes.
Island People: The Caribbean and the World. By Joshua Jelly-Schapiro. 2016. Knopf, $28.95 (9780385349765).
Jelly-Schapiro presents a fascinating look at the Caribbean, with its influential multicultural traditions and historical role in globalization.
Our Black Sons Matter: Mothers Talk about Fears, Sorrows, and Hopes.
Ed. by George Yancy and others. 2017. Rowman & Littlefield, $34 (9781442269118).
This collection of powerful and thoughtful reflections addresses the concerns of mothers who worry about whether their black sons will survive to manhood.
Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin. By Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. 2017. Random, $26 (9780812997231).
Fulton and Martin candidly describe their shock, grief, and grueling quest for justice after their son, Trayvon Martin, was murdered, creating a galvanizing account of how a personal loss inspired a national movement.
Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim. By Sabeeha Rehman. 2016. Arcade, $25.99 (9781628726633).
Rehman chronicles her transformation from a young woman in Pakistan to a Pakistani American in New York, charting various degrees of identity, assimilation, and community involvement.
True South: Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize, the Landmark Television Series That Reframed the Civil Rights Movement. By Jon Else. 2017. Viking, $30 (9781101980934).
Combining a behind-the-scenes history of the making of the pioneering civil rights documentary Eyes on the Prize and a portrait of its guiding light, Henry Hampton, Else’s hard-driving account is richly revealing and sharply relevant.
When We Rise: My Life in the Movement. By Cleve Jones. 2016. Hachette, $27 (9780316315432).
LGBTQ activist Jones, father of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, imbues his enlightening memoir with a powerful sense of history in the making as his story illuminates both LGBTQ-rights breakthroughs and painful setbacks.
Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico’s Most Dangerous Drug Cartel.
By Dan Slater. 2016. Simon & Schuster, $26.95 (9781501126543).
Slater portrays “wolf boys,” recruited by Mexican cartels to be hit men, as part of his riveting report on the history and current intricacies of the illicit drug trade along the U.S.-Mexico border.
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