Naomi Osaka: Her Journey to Finding Her Power and Her Voice by Ben RothenbergJournalist and Racquet senior editor Ben Rothenberg's engaging biography of four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka chronicles the tennis phenom's highs and lows both on and off the court. Try this next: My Dream Time by Ash Barty.
Songs on Endless Repeat: Essays and Outtakes by Anthony Veasna So; foreword by Jonathan DeeNamed a Most Anticipated Book of 2023 by Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and more, Anthony Veasna So's second posthumous collection of both new and previously published essays is "a bittersweet testament to an astounding talent" (Publishers Weekly). For fans of: How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee.
Into Siberia: George Kennan's Epic Journey Through the Brutal, Frozen Heart of Russia by Gregory J. WallanceHistorian Gregory J. Wallance's compelling and richly detailed biography of George Kennan chronicles the American explorer's 1885 expedition to Siberia, where he investigated Russia's penal colony system. Further reading: Kennan's own account of his expedition, Tent Life in Siberia: An Incredible Account of Adventure, Travel, and Survival.
The Counterfeit Countess: The Jewish Woman Who Rescued Thousands of Poles During the... by Elizabeth B. White & Joanna SliwaHistorians Elizabeth B. White and Joanna Sliwa's moving account chronicles the daring wartime exploits of Polish Jewish mathematician Josephine Janina Mehlberg, who posed as a countess and helped save thousands of Poles imprisoned at Majdanek concentration camp during World War II. For fans of: Irena's Children: A True Story of Courage by Tilar J. Mazzeo.
Focus on: Black History Month
Vigilance: The Life of William Still, Father of the Underground Railroad by Andrew K. DiemerTowson University professor Andrew K. Diemer penned this evocative and well-researched biography of Philadelphia abolitionist William Still, who was responsible for creating the Underground Railroad's escape routes and helped hundreds of enslaved people find freedom. Further reading: William Still: The Underground Railroad and the Angel at Philadelphia by William C. Kashatus.
Bessie Smith: A Poet's Biography of a Blues Legend by Jackie KayFormer National Poet of Scotland Jackie Kay's intimate and lyrical biography of Bessie Smith explores how the trailblazing blues singer's legacy endures, particularly for Kay herself. Try this next: Why Willie Mae Thornton Matters by Lynnée Denise.
With Her Fist Raised: Dorothy Pitman Hughes and the Transformative Power of Black... by Laura L. LovettUniversity of Pittsburgh history professor Laura L. Lovett celebrates the accomplishments of feminist activist and Ms. magazine and Women's Action Alliance cofounder Dorothy Pittman Hughes in this "well-written biography [that] fills a huge gap in the history of American feminism" (Library Journal). Try this next: 50 Years of Ms.: The Best of the Pathfinding Magazine That Ignited a Revolution, edited by Katherine Spillar.
The Kneeling Man: My Father's Life as a Black Spy Who Witnessed the Assassination of... by Leta McCollough SeletzkyLeta McCullough Seletzky's compelling debut offers a nuanced portrait of her father, undercover police officer Marrell "Mac" McCollough, who was present during the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and who famously appeared in photographs of the event giving aid to King. Try this next: A Spy in Canaan: How the FBI Used a Famous Photographer to Infiltrate the Civil Rights Movement by Marc Perrusquia.
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