Nonfiction Recommendations

Ghetto : The Invention of a Place, The History of an Idea

Ghetto : the invention of a place, the history of an ideaBy Duneier, Mitchell author.
"By expertly resurrecting the history of the ghetto from Venice to the present, Duneier's Ghetto provides a remarkable new understanding of an age-old concept. He concludes that if we are to understand today's ghettos--including the recent events in Ferguson--the Jewish and black ghettos of the past should not be forgotten." Publisher annotation
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The Fire This Time : A New Generation Speaks about Race

The fire this time : a new generation speaks about raceBy Ward, Jesmyn
"A groundbreaking anthology on race in America bringing together the most important voices of a new generation"...Baldwin's 'fire next time' is now upon us, and it needs to be talked about." (Publisher)
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Blood at the Root : A Racial Cleansing in America

Blood at the root : a racial cleansing in AmericaBy Phillips, Patrick, 1970- author.
"A gripping tale of racial cleansing in Forsyth County, Georgia, and a harrowing testament to the deep roots of racial violence in America." Publisher annotation
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The Long Game : How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America's Role in the World

The long game : how Obama defied Washington and redefined America's role in the worldBy Chollet, Derek H, author.
"Describes how President Obama has changed and improved the course of American foreign policy through the way he approached difficult global challenges including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, turbulence in Syria and the rise of ISIS." Pub annotation
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National Book Awards 2016 Finalists in Nonfiction (5 items)

Strangers in their own land : anger and mourning on the American rightBy Hochschild, Arlie Russell, 1940- author.
In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into the heart of the bayou of Lake Charles, Louisiana, a stronghold of the conservative Right.
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Kill 'em and Leave : Searching for James Brown and the American Soul

Kill 'em and leave : searching for James Brown and the American soulBy McBride, James, 1957-
"National Book Award winner James McBride goes in search of the "real" James Brown--and his surprising journey illuminates the ways in which our cultured heritage has been shaped by Brown's legacy."-Jacket
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Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching : A Young Black Man's Education

Invisible man, got the whole world watching : a young black man's educationBy Smith, Mychal Denzel, author.
"Smith cautiously sketches a useful blueprint for radical and intersectional politics in a country where a black child can grow up to be president but where living while black is still dangerous." -Kirkus Review
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White Rage : The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

White rage : the unspoken truth of our racial divideBy Anderson, Carol (Carol Elaine)
Carolyn Anderson says "it is time to rethink America" in her insightful, challenging new book, which expands on her Washington Post article " "Ferguson isn't about black rage against cops. It's white rage against progress."
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The Black Presidency : Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America

The Black presidency : Barack Obama and the politics of race in AmericaBy Dyson, Michael Eric author.
Noted author, journalist and commentator Michael Eric Dyson gives us an extremely well-written, in-depth look at all the major junctions in the 8 years of Barack Obama’s presidency. Dyson presents a cogent analysis of the self-imposed, disciplined limitations and outside political pressure Obama has been working under when it comes to the representation of race.... Read more
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Rosalie Lightning

Rosalie Lightning : a graphic memoirBy Hart, Tom, 1969-
Tom Hart teaches at New York City’s School of Visual Arts and is Director of the Sequential Artists Workshop in Florida. He is the creator of the Hutch Owens comics. His graphic memoir, Rosalie Lightning, is a tribute to his daughter, who died suddenly in her crib at the age of two. Hart pours out his heart in this book, in words and pictures, to the extent that the sensitive reader will be moved to tears.... Read more
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The Evolution of Everything : How New Ideas Emerge

The evolution of everything : how new ideas emergeBy Ridley, Matt author.
Matt Ridley, a writer for The Times (London) and The Wall Street Journal, author of The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves, offers up his newest book, which is sure to engender vigorous debate.... Read more
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Democracy in Black : How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul

Democracy in black : how race still enslaves the American soulBy Glaude, Eddie S., Jr., 1968-
Princeton University professor Glaude’s important book debunks any notion of America being a post-racial society. The challenges and discrimination faced by black people today are as virulent and substantial as anything seen in Jim Crow south, and it will take nothing short of a “revolution of value” to change because Americans continue to hold on to the “belief that some people are better than others because they are white”.... Read more
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Rebel Souls

Rebel souls : Walt Whitman and America's first bohemiansBy Martin, Justin
Designed for general readers of historical nonfiction, this book centers on the circle of rebellious writers, performers, and experimenters that gathered in Pfaff's Saloon in New York City in the years before the Civil War.... Read more
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Stamped From the Beginning : The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Stamped from the beginning : the definitive history of racist ideas in AmericaBy Kendi, Ibram X, author.
In this deeply researched, provocative narrative, Kendi offers a comprehensive history of anti-Black racist ideas: their origins in fifteenth-century Portugal, their arrival in England in the mid-sixteenth century, and their blossoming in the United States, where they became the founding principles of our nation’s institutions and guarantors of its power. (PUB)
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The Plant Recipe Book

The plant recipe book : 100 living arrangements for any home in any seasonBy Chapman, Baylor
Baylor Chapman’s plant expertise and Paige Green’s photography combine for a gorgeous and informative how-to book for creating table-size living plant container gardens. Chapman gives you a list of exactly what is needed for each arrangement (her “ingredients”) starting with one of the 40 featured plants (and includes variations using additional plants in the arrangement).... Read more
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The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects

The backyard homestead book of building projectsBy Carlsen, Spike, 1952-
Want to extend the growing season of your vegetable garden, keep that lawn/garden brown bag standing up while you fill it, make your own concrete planters, walkway or a backyard chicken coop? How about a bat house or beehive? This is the book for you: not only does the author explain all the tools, materials and safety tips, but gives you clear how-to drawings to build any of 76 projects for the backyard gardener to the small scale homesteader.... Read more
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The Woman Who Would Be King/ Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt

The woman who would be kingBy Cooney, Kara.
In this riveting piece of non-fiction, Cooney charts King Hatshepsut's rise to power. Don't be surprised if you have never heard of Hatshepsut. At the age of twenty, she ruled Egypt as king, despite little precedence for female rulers, especially widowed ones without male heirs. She reigned for nearly twenty years, becoming Egypt's longest-lived and most successful female monarch.... Read more
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How to Watch a Film

How to watch a movieBy Thomson, David, 1941-
David Thomson has been called “the greatest living film critic and historian”. His new book will help all those who really love the cinema to get more out of their viewing by understanding a bit about the nuts and bolts the movie makers use to put together the films we see.... Read more
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Part of our Lives : A People's History of the American Public Library

Part of our lives : a people's history of the American public libraryBy Wiegand, Wayne A., 1946-
Celebrated library historian Wayne A. Wiegand, a former library science professor and author of many articles and books over the course of his career, gives us a very readable and interesting look at the institution that has played such an important part in most lives: the American public library. He traces their growth and progress from private lending collections to the modern community-oriented information centers we know and love.... Read more
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If the oceans were ink : An unlikely friendship and a journey to the heart of the Quran

If the oceans were ink : an unlikely friendship and a journey to the heart of the QurʾanBy Power, Carla, author.
Journalist Carla Powers, with an Oxford degree in Middle Eastern Studies and many years of residence in several Asian/Middle Eastern countries, narrates this well-written and completely engrossing memoir of the year she spent reading and studying the Qur’an with Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi. Powers met Nadwi at Oxford, in residence to write a multi-volume biography of Muslim women scholars, as well as lecturing.... Read more
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Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice

Unfair : the new science of criminal injusticeBy Benforado, Adam.
It is the opinion of many of us that there is something terribly wrong with our current system of criminal justice.... Read more
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The Jefferson Rule: How the Founding Fathers Became Infallible and Our Politics Inflexible

The Jefferson rule : how the founding fathers became infallible and our politics inflexibleBy Sehat, David.
Ever notice how politicians and patriots of every political persuasion and point of view are forever invoking the Founding Fathers and/or the Constitution to prove their points?... Read more
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No Longer Clueless

The kind mama:a simple guide to supercharged fertility, a radiant pregnancy, a sweeter birth...By Silverstone, Alicia
Despite being yet another celebrity-authored work (as if!), "The Kind Mama" has real value. If you're a vegan looking to conceive, are pregnant or want to raise your baby vegan, this book is absolutely for you. If you're a healthy eater, not necessarily vegan, who wants to avoid putting chemicals into her body and you are starting a family, this book is for you.... Read more
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The Power of Comics: History, Form, and Culture

The power of comics : history, form and cultureBy Duncan, Randy, 1958-
Many schools and colleges now have courses on comics. Duncan’s book can serve as a textbook for such a course, complete with end of chapter questions, a glossary, and activities. His co-authors, Matthew J. Smith and Paul Levitz, are both well-versed in comic history and culture (Levitz is a former President of DC Comics and the two other co-authors teach communications at the college level).... Read more
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Between the World and Me

Between the world and meBy Coates, Ta-Nehisi
Ta-Nahisi Coates is an award-winning senior writer for Atlantic, author of their June, 2014 cover story, “The Case for Reparations”. His newest book is certain to become a classic work on race relations in America.... Read more
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