PositiveBooklistKing draws on court documents and FBI archives to offer a compelling chronicle of the accusation, which led to a paroxysm of violence against the black community in Groveland, reminiscent of the destruction of Rosewood, in 1923; brutal beatings that led to forced confessions; and the dramatic trial.
PositiveBooklistFascinating in their own rights as major literary figures, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston are also fascinating for their complicated relationship, which ended in a spectacular clash ... Taylor has created an intimate portrait of two luminaries of American literature against a backdrop of the cultural, political, and economic forces that influenced them.
PositiveBooklist...steeped in sharp intelligence and imagination ... This collection of essays and speeches covers a wide variety of topics that resonate with current issues ... starting with a touching eulogy of James Baldwin, Morrison takes a close look at her own work and that of writers and artists.
Dorothy Butler Gilliam
RaveBooklistIn her compelling memoir, [Gilliam] recounts her trailblazing career during the turbulence of the Vietnam War, the civil rights and women’s movements, and Watergate and looks beyond her personal journey to examine efforts to diversify the staffs of news organizations and other challenges currently facing the press.
Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, Minyon Moore, and Veronica Chambers
PositiveBooklistIn this intimate portrait of their careers, the Colored Girls detail their separate but overlapping journeys ... They describe the behind-the-scene feel of political campaigning, conventions, deal making, policy shaping, and voter courting ... Told with obvious deep respect and affection, this is a spirited look at the politics and personal lives of four iconic women.
RaveBooklistAcker brings keen observation of black culture, the lives of black women, and the city of Washington, D.C., to her first short story collection ... Beautifully rendered characters struggle to find a sense of themselves in their complex lives.
RaveBooklist Online\"Even as the nation celebrates the triumph of gay marriage rights, inequalities continue, particularly for LGBTQ youth, overwhelmingly minorities, who are part of the foster care system. Berg was a caseworker in a New York group home for young people in foster care ... Through their compelling stories, Berg looks at inequalities suffered by LGBTQ youth in housing, public safety, health care, prison, immigration, employment, poverty, and homelessness.\
RaveBooklistYoung presents a rogue’s gallery, including Grey Owl, Bernie Madoff, and Lance Armstrong, paying particular attention to the especially heinous frauds of journalists, including Stephen Glass and Jayson Blair. Young closes with an examination of today’s constant bombardment of intertwined facts and factoids and the need for each of us to try to suss out the truth. Compelling and eye-opening.
RaveBooklist\"As he charts social changes, Coates also offers a fascinating look at his own transformation as a black man and a writer. Before each essay, Coates provides context in light of recent political developments and concludes with an epilogue on the post-Obama era, noting that the Obama presidency aligned with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, \'America’s preeminent existential crisis.\' Coates’ always sharp commentary is particularly insightful as each day brings a new upset to the cultural and political landscape laid during the term of the nation’s first black president.\
PositiveBooklistWard alternates perspectives to tell the story of a family in rural Mississippi struggling mightily to hold themselves together as they are assailed by ghosts reflecting all the ways humans create cruelty and suffering. In her first novel since the National Book Award–winning Salvage the Bones (2011), Ward renders richly drawn characters, a strong sense of place, and a distinctive style that is at once down-to-earth and magical.