We Are Each Other's Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy by Natalie BaszileWhat it is: an inspiring collection of interviews, essays, photographs, and poems chronicling Black farming in the United States, from the Emancipation to the present.
Why you should read it: Queen Sugar author Natalie Baszile's engaging and well-researched anthology pays tribute to an essential (but lesser-known) facet of American history.
The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos by Judy BatalionWhat it's about: the courageous Jewish women resistance fighters operating in Poland during World War II.
Read it for: a propulsive and richly detailed account that's "sure to become part of the WWII canon" (Booklist).
Movie buzz: Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg has optioned The Light of Days for a film adaptation.
In Search of a Kingdom: Francis Drake, Elizabeth I, and the Perilous Birth of the... by Laurence BergreenWhat it's about: how pirate Sir Francis Drake's exploits on behalf of Elizabeth I helped establish the British Empire.
Why you might like it: Rife with descriptive accounts of swashbuckling derring-do and plenty of court intrigue, acclaimed historian Laurence Bergreen's dramatic latest offers fresh insights into the relationship between Drake and the queen.
Children Under Fire: An American Crisis by John Woodrow CoxWhat it is: a sobering study examining the traumatic impact of gun violence on children.
What's inside: heartwrenching profiles of survivors and those who've lost loved ones to gun violence; persuasive calls for gun reform backed by extensive research.
Book buzz: Children Under Fire is an expansion of reporter John Woodrow Cox's Pulitzer Prize-nominated Washington Post series.
Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America by Alec MacGillisWhat it is: an impassioned account of Amazon's destabilizing impact on American communities and labor practices, featuring interviews with Amazon employees.
Topics include: how Amazon fosters competition between cities vying to host its new facilities, despite limited job growth for the "winners;" how its campuses contribute to gentrification and displacement.
For fans of: Jessica Bruder's Nomadland.
Eleanor in the Village: Eleanor Roosevelt's Search for Freedom and Identity in New York... by Jan Jarboe RussellWhat it's about: In 1920, during a rough patch in her marriage to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt moved to Greenwich Village, becoming active in the neighborhood's progressive causes.
Read it for: an evocative portrait of New York City's bustling bohemian scene and its impact on the future First Lady's political ambitions.
Did you know? Roosevelt's involvement in the city's lesbian circles caught the attention of J. Edgar Hoover, who racked up a nearly 4,000-page file on her.
Horizontal Vertigo: A City Called Mexico by Juan Villoro; translated by Alfred MacAdamWhat it is: Mexican novelist Juan Villoro's inventive essay collection exploring the history of Mexico City, from ancient times to the present.
What sets it apart: Villoro's engaging nonlinear narrative, grouped by themes including "Places," "City Characters," and "Ceremonies," evokes the experience of travel by encouraging readers to discover the city on their own terms.
What's in a name? "Horizontal Vertigo" refers to the decision to build the city outward rather than upward to mitigate damage from earthquakes.
The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women's Rights by Dorothy WickendenStarring: "co-conspirators and intimate friends" Harriet Tubman, Frances Seward, and Martha Coffin Wright, each of whom played a key role in the women's suffrage and abolitionist movements.
Read it for: an accessible and eye-opening history of the intersection of progressive causes in 19th-century America and the often unheralded women at the forefront of fighting for them.
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