Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Diaz
Reminiscent of Tara Westover’s Educated, Kiese Laymon’s Heavy, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club, and Terese Marie Mailhot’s Heart Berries, Jaquira Díaz’s memoir provides a vivid portrait of a life lived in (and beyond) the borders of Puerto Rico and its complicated history—and reads as electrically as a novel.
Fault Lines by Meena Alexander
Passionate, fierce, and lyrical, Meena Alexander’s memoir traces her evolution as a postcolonial writer from a privileged childhood in India to a turbulent adolescence in the Sudan and then to England and New York City. In this tenth-anniversary edition of Fault Lines, this Alexander challenges the assumptions of life as a South Asian American woman writer in a post-9-11 world.
The Book of Delights by Ross Gay
Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights is a genre-defying book of essays—some as short as a paragraph; some as long as five pages—that record the small joys that occurred in one year, from birthday to birthday, and that we often overlook in our busy lives.
Disability Visability: First-Person Stories From the 21st Century, Edited by Alice Wong
One in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some disabilities are visible, others less apparent—but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture. Now, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong brings together this urgent, galvanizing collection of contemporary essays by disabled people.
Soul Food: The Surprising Story of American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time by Adrian Miller
This refreshing look at one of America's most celebrated, mythologized, and maligned cuisines is enriched by spirited sidebars, photographs, and twenty-two recipes.
Nan Dòmi An Initiate's Journey into Haitian Vodou by Mimerose Beaubrun
The first and only insider's account of Vodou's private, mystical, interior practice, a compelling story of initiation and transformation.
The President's Kitchen Cabinet by Adrian Miller
James Beard award-winning author Adrian Miller vividly tells the stories of the African Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards, and servers for every First Family since George and Martha Washington.
Migrating to Prison: America's Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants by César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández
A leading scholar’s powerful, in-depth look at the imprisonment of immigrants addressing the intersection of immigration and the criminal justice system
The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues by Angela Y. Davis
Angela Davis's only book of speeches on racism, community, freedom, and politics in the United States.
Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America by Lisa Gray-Garcia, aka Tiny
A daughter’s struggle to keep her family alive, through poverty, homelessness and incarceration
Have Black Lives Ever Mattered by Mumia Abu-Jamal
A must-read for anyone interested in social justice and inequalities, social movements, the criminal justice system, and African American history. An excellent companion to Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow and Ava DuVernay's documentary '13th'."—Library Journal, Starred Review
Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia
A heart-wrenching, eye-opening, and giggle-inducing memoir about what it's like to grow up not sure if you're (a) a boy, (b) a girl, (c) something in between, or (d) all of the above.
Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America by Joanne Griffith
Conversations with black leaders and activists exploring current African American political and cultural life.
Retablos: Stories From a Life Lived Along the Border by Octavio Solis
Octavio Solis's memoir about growing up at the U.S./Mexico border. Recommended three times by the NY Times, and called one of the best books of the year by Buzzfeed.
Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves
An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature.
The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose by Chris Wilson
Harrowing, heartbreaking, and ultimately triumphant, The Master Plan is a memoir for this moment, proving that every person is capable of doing great things.
Everything's Trash But That's Okay by Phoebe Robinson
Robinson's latest essay collection is a call to arms. She tackles a wide range of topics, such as giving feminism a tough-love talk in hopes it can become more intersectional
The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation.
The Purpose of Power by Alicia Garza
The moving story of one seminal activist's education in organizing, and an essential guide to building transformative movements for the challenges of the twenty-first century, from one of the country's leading activist voices and a founder of Black Lives Matter..