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February 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction
100 Amazing Facts about the Negro. By Henry Louis Gates. 2017. Pantheon, $40 (9780307908711).
Gates revisits the 1957 book of the same name, providing a much-needed foundation for historical and cultural identity and paving the way for future editions.
Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News. By Kevin Young. 2017. Graywolf, $30 (9781555977917).
Poet and scholar Young’s compelling examination of the American roots of fraud and its particular ties to racial anxieties is timely and eye-opening.
The Cooking Gene: A Journey through African-American Culinary History in the Old South. By Michael W. Twitty. 2017. Amistad, $28.99 (9780062379290).
Twitty explores southern cuisine through the lens of the nation’s troubled racial past while uncovering his own family history.
Cuba on the Verge: 12 Writers on Continuity and Change in Havana and across the Country. Ed. by Leila Guerriero. 2017. Ecco, $26.99 (9780062661067).
These astute essays, by both authors writing in Cuba and visiting, offer a beckoning window onto a nation just 90 miles from American shores, though far away in practice and culture.
Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. By Danielle Allen. 2017. Norton/Liveright, $24.95 (9781631493119).
Allen lights the path that led to her cousin’s incarceration at age 15 and to his murder at 29, less than a year after his release. Both a searching elegy and a sure-footed and searing lamentation of the systems meant to protect us.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. By Roxane Gay. 2017. Harper, $25.99 (9780062362599).
Powerfully taking readers through realities that vex and guide her and inform her work, Gay considers both victims of sexual violence and people whose bodies don’t adhere to conventional ideals.
Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition. By Elijah C. Nealy. 2017. Norton, $27.95 (9780393711394).
Nealy, a counselor who has worked in the GLBTQ community for decades and is trans himself, presents a thoughtful and comprehensive guide.
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy. By Ta-Nehisi Coates. 2017. Random, $28 (9780399590566).
Presenting historical parallels to the present, Coates’ essay collection examines the recurrence of certain themes in the black community, the need for uplift and self-reliance, debate over how to respond to racism, and virulent reactions to racial progress.
Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir. By Amy Tan. 2017. Ecco, $28.99 (9780062319296).
Tan’s memoir is electric with her forensic curiosity and extraordinary ability to extract from suffering startling insights into the mind-body connection, inheritance, memory, and creativity.
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me. By Sherman Alexie. 2017. Little, Brown, $28 (9780316270755).
In his memoir, a profoundly candid union of prose and poetry catalyzed by the recent death of his Spokane Indian mother, Alexie expresses emotions ranging from anger to awe and reveals many tragic dangers and traumas of reservation life.
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