Asian American Histories of the United States by Catherine Ceniza ChoyWhat it is: an insightful and well-researched history that foregrounds the Asian American experience from the 19th century to the present.
Why you should read it: Exploring themes of violence and resistance, this latest volume in the ReVisioning History series offers illuminating perspectives on the erasure of Asian Americans from U.S. histories.
Further reading: The Making of Asian America by Erika Lee; the anthology My Life: Growing Up Asian in America.
The Big Lie: Election Chaos, Political Opportunism, and the State of American... by Jonathan LemireWhat it is: an incisive look at the damaging impact of disinformation campaigns launched before, during, and after Donald Trump's presidency.
About the author: Journalist Jonathan Lemire is the White House bureau chief at Politico and the host of Way Too Early on MSNBC.
Further reading: Battling the Big Lie: How Fox, Facebook, and the MAGA Media Are Destroying America by Dan Pfeiffer.
The Sewing Girl's Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America by John Wood SweetWhat it's about: the first known recorded rape trial in American history.
What happened: In 1793 New York City, well-to-do Harry Bedlow raped 17-year-old seamstress Lanah Sawyer. Though Sawyer took Bedlow to court for his crimes, an all-male jury acquitted him.
Why it matters: The trial and subsequent aftermath sparked conversations about class privilege, sexual politics, and the limitations of the criminal justice system that endure to this day.
Focus on: Hispanic Heritage Month
The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo VillavicencioWhat it is: journalist and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient Karla Cornejo Villavicencio's impassioned reportage on undocumented people living in the United States.
What's inside: compelling and empathetic profiles of immigrants trying to get by in a country that often dehumanizes them.
Awards buzz: The Undocumented Americans was a New York Times Notable Book of 2020 and a National Book Award finalist.
El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America by Carrie GibsonWhat it is: a sweeping five century history of the influential role Hispanic people and cultures have played in North America's origins.
Why it matters: This thought-provoking work from historian Carrie Gibson (Empire's Crossroads) eschews Anglo-American narratives in favor of elevating marginalized or overlooked perspectives.
Reviewers say: "an essential acquisition for all American history collections" (Booklist).
Finding Latinx: In Search of the Voices Redefining Latino Identity by Paola RamosWhat it's about: Vice journalist Paola Ramos' travels throughout the United States to amplify "the voices that are often neglected in the back of the room."
What's inside: profiles and photographs of diverse Hispanic and Latino/a people who have embraced the inclusivity of the term "Latinx," including queer and trans people, Muslim Latinx, "Blaxicans" (Black Mexicans), and undocumented immigrants.
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