Airplane Mode: An Irreverent History of Travel by Shahnaz HabibDebut author Shahnaz Habib's witty and thought-provoking blend of memoir, travelogue, and cultural history explores the legacies of colonialism and capitalism in travel. Try this next: Travelling While Black: Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move by Nanjala Nyabola.
The Savage Storm: The Battle for Italy 1943 by James HollandWorld War II historian James Holland (Brothers in Arms) chronicles the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Italy in his dramatic and compelling latest, featuring diary excerpts, letters, and other firsthand accounts. Further reading: The Force: The Legendary Special Ops Unit and WWII's Mission Impossible by Saul David.
Focus on: Black History Month
African Founders: How Enslaved People Expanded American Freedom by David Hackett FischerBrandeis University historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Hackett Fischer (Washington's Crossing) explores how enslaved Africans and their cultural practices shaped colonial America in this "comprehensive demographic history with a powerful and important corrective thesis" (Booklist). Try this next: Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War by Howard W. French.
My People: Five Decades of Writing About Black Lives by Charlayne Hunter-GaultJournalist and civil rights activist Charlayne Hunter-Gault shares 50 years of her reportage and essays in this affecting and non-chronological collection chronicling the Black American experience. For fans of: You Don't Know Us Negroes: And Other Essays by Zora Neale Hurston.
Saying It Loud: 1966 -- The Year Black Power Challenged the Civil Rights Movement by Mark WhitakerIn this "essential volume" (Kirkus Reviews), journalist Mark Whitaker chronicles how 1966 was a pivotal year for the civil rights movement, detailing how the rise of the Black Power movement clashed with the nonviolent resistance efforts of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Further reading: Stayed on Freedom: The Long History of Black Power Through One Family's Journey by Dan Berger.
I Saw Death Coming: A History of Terror and Survival in the War Against Reconstruction by Kidada E. WilliamsLonglisted for the 2023 National Book Award for Nonfiction, historian Kidada E. Williams' compelling and well-researched debut explores how formerly enslaved Black people strove to create their own communities and exercise their political rights amid the racist violence and white supremacy of the Reconstruction South. Try this next: By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow's Legal Executioners by Margaret A. Burnham.
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