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Irreverent,  this is just my face will resonate with anyone who has ever felt different, and untraditional, hilarious, and with anyone who has ever felt inspired to make a dream come true. What she offers of herself in these pages is a gift. Roxane gay   in this is just my face,  gabourey sidibe—the “gives-zero-effs queen of Hollywood AND perceptive best friend in your head” Lena Dunham—paints her unconventional rise to fame with full-throttle honesty.

. Sidibe is fearless, incredibly funny, and gorgeously open. Sidibe tells engrossing, her first job as a phone sex “talker,  inspiring stories about her Bed-Stuy/Harlem/Senegalese family life with a polygamous father and a gifted mother who supports her two children by singing in the subway, ” and her Oscar-nominated role in Lee Daniels’s Precious.

This memoir is a book you will want to give your daughter. New york times  “sidibe’s hilarious twitter account is no fluke—the Empire actress’s memoir about growing up in New York City and finding unexpected fame in Hollywood is sharp, witty, and wonderfully substantive. Entertainment Weekly. Gabourey sidibe’s delightful memoir offers a memorable look into what happens when a black girl’s dreams come true, from the inside out.

Makes us love her” —O Magazine.

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in White America

From one of the fiercest critics writing today, feminism, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today—perfect for fans of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, black history, Morgan Jerkins’ highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, and Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists.

Morgan jerkins is only in her twenties, but she has already established herself as an insightful, brutally honest writer who isn’t afraid of tackling tough, controversial subjects. In this will be my undoing, jerkins becomes both narrator and subject to expose the social, cultural, and historical story of black female oppression that influences the black community as well as the white, male-dominated world at large.

In this will be my undoing, to exist as—a black woman today? this is a book about black women, she takes on perhaps one of the most provocative contemporary topics: What does it mean to “be”—to live as, but it’s necessary reading for all Americans. Doubly disenfranchised by race and gender, silenced, black women are objectified, in ways both obvious and subtle, often deprived of a place within the mostly white mainstream feminist movement, and marginalized with devastating consequences, that are rarely acknowledged in our country’s larger discussion about inequality.

Whether she’s writing about sailor moon; rachel dolezal; the stigma of therapy; her complex relationship with her own physical body; the pain of dating when men say they don’t “see color”; being a black visitor in Russia; the specter of “the fast-tailed girl” and the paradox of black female sexuality; or disabled black women in the context of the “Black Girl Magic” movement, Jerkins is compelling and revelatory.

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Eventually, they moved to America, through a United Nations refugee program, only to face yet another ethnic disconnect. Remarkably, the rebel didn’t pull the trigger, and Sandra escaped. Thus began a new life for her and her surviving family members. She had watched as rebels gunned down her mother and six-year-old sister in a refugee camp.

Sandra may have crossed an ocean, but there was now a much wider divide she had to overcome. And it started with middle school in New York. In this memoir, sandra tells the story of her survival, of finding her place in a new country, of her hope for the future, and how she found a way to give voice to her people.

With no home and no money, they struggled to stay alive. Junior library guild selection * new york public library's best books for teens * goodreads choice awards nonfiction finalist * chicago public library’s Best of the Best Books for Teens: Nonfiction * 2018 Texas Topaz Nonfiction List * YALSA's 2018 Quick Picks List  * Bank Street's 2018 Best Books of the Year“This gut-wrenching, poetic memoir reminds us that no life story can be reduced to the word ‘refugee.

New york times book review“a critical piece of literature, contributing to the larger refugee narrative in a way that is complex and nuanced. School library journal starred reviewthis profoundly moving memoir is the remarkable and inspiring true story of Sandra Uwiringiyimana, a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who tells the tale of how she survived a massacre, immigrated to America, and overcame her trauma through art and activism.

Sandra was just ten years old when she found herself with a gun pointed at her head.


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Now, she's ready to take these topics to the page—and she’s going to make you laugh as she’s doing it. Using her trademark wit alongside pop-culture references galore, Robinson explores everything from why Lisa Bonet is “Queen. Bae. Comedian phoebe robinson has experienced her fair share over the years: she's been unceremoniously relegated to the role of “the black friend, ” as if she is somehow the authority on all things racial; she's been questioned about her love of U2 and Billy Joel “isn’t that.

. White people music?”; she's been called “uppity” for having an opinion in the workplace; she's been followed around stores by security guards; and yes, people do ask her whether they can touch her hair all. Jesus, to giving her less-than-traditional advice to the future female president, ” to breaking down the terrible nature of casting calls, and demanding that the NFL clean up its act, 2 Dope Queens, all told in the same conversational voice that launched her podcast, to the top spot on iTunes.

Time. A new york times best seller • “a must-read. Phoebe robinson discusses race and feminism in such a funny, real, and specific way, it penetrates your brain and stays with you. Ilana glazer, co-creator and co-star of broad citya hilarious and timely essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from comedy superstar and 2 Dope Queens podcaster Phoebe RobinsonBeing a black woman in America means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities every day.




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Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

In brittney cooper’s world, neither mean girls nor fuckboys ever win. It’s what makes Michelle Obama an icon. Eloquent rage keeps us all honest and accountable. An emma watson "our shared shelf" selection for november/december 2018 • named a best book of 2018 by: the new york public library • mashable • the Atlantic • Bustle • The Root • NPR • Fast Company "10 Best Books for Battling Your Sexist Workplace"Rebecca Solnit, wrenching, The New Republic: "Funny, pithy, and pointed.

Roxane gay: "i encourage you to check out Eloquent Rage out now. Joy reid, cosmopolitan: "A dissertation on black women’s pain and possibility. America ferrera: "Razor sharp and hilarious. In the black feminist tradition of audre Lorde, Brittney Cooper reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting.

Far too often, black women’s anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of American democracy. It’s what makes beyoncé’s girl power anthems resonate so hard. There is so much about her analysis that I relate to and grapple with on a daily basis as a Latina feminist.

Damon young: "like watching the world’s best Baptist preacher but with sermons about intersectionality and Beyoncé instead of Ecclesiastes. Melissa harris perry: “i was waiting for an author who wouldn’t forget, ignore, or erase us black girls.


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Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin

Trayvon’s father—a truck driver named Tracy—tried to get answers from the police but was shut down and ignored. The watchman was briefly detained by the police and released. Five years after his tragic death, Trayvon Martin’s name is still evoked every day. It’s the story of the beautiful and complex child they lost, the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and the hostility of the legal system, and the inspiring journey they took from grief and pain to power, and from tragedy and senselessness to meaning.

A beautiful, searing account. The washington post“a reminder—not only of Trayvon’s life and death but of the vulnerability of black lives in a country that still needs to be reminded they matter. Usa today “a brave, heart-rending narrative from the parents who lost their son far too soon. Kirkus Reviews starred review.

And at the head of a growing nationwide campaign for justice were Trayvon’s parents, who—driven by their intense love for their lost son—discovered their voices, gathered allies, and launched a movement that would change the country. Trayvon martin’s parents take readers beyond the news cycle with an account only they could give: the intimate story of a tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement.

Now a docuseries on the paramount network produced by shawn carteron a february evening in 2012, in a small town in central Florida, seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking home with candy and a can of juice in hand and talking on the phone with a friend when a fatal encounter with a gun-wielding neighborhood watchman ended his young life.

But in a matter of weeks, their son’s name would be spoken by President Obama, honored by professional athletes, and passionately discussed all over traditional and social media.


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When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Book awards winner the root best of 2018"this remarkable book reveals what inspired Patrisse's visionary and courageous activism and forces us to face the consequence of the choices our nation made when we criminalized a generation. Deliberately and ruthlessly targeted by a criminal justice system serving a white privilege agenda, Black people are subjected to unjustifiable racial profiling and police brutality.

For patrisse, the most vulnerable people in the country are Black people. Library journal Best Books of 2019. Time magazine's "best Memoirs of 2018 So Far. O, oprah’s magazine’s “10 Titles to Pick Up Now. Politics & current Events 2018 O. W. L. When they call you a terrorist is Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele’s reflection on humanity.

It is an empowering account of survival, strength and resilience and a call to action to change the culture that declares innocent Black life expendable. This book is a must-read for all of us. Michelle alexander, new york times bestselling author of the New Jim CrowA poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America—and the co-founding of a movement that demands justice for all in the land of the free.

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And yet, through all her travels, her favorite food remained the simple rice she first ate sitting on the cool floor of her grandmother’s kitchen in South India. Poignant and surprising, ruled by ferocious and unforgettable women, and What We Ate is Lakshmi’s extraordinary account of her journey from that humble kitchen,  Love, Loss, to the judges’ table of Top Chef and beyond.

It chronicles the fierce devotion of the remarkable people who shaped her along the way, from her headstrong mother who flouted conservative Indian convention to make a life in New York, to her Brahmin grandfather—a brilliant engineer with an irrepressible sweet tooth—to the man seemingly wrong for her in every way who proved to be her truest ally.

A memoir rich with sensual prose and punctuated with evocative recipes, tastes, it is alive with the scents, and textures of a life that spans complex geographies both internal and external. Love, loss, and what we ate is an intimate and unexpected story of food and family—both the ones we are born to and the ones we create—and their enduring legacies.

. Shuttling between continents as a child, she lived a life of dislocation that would become habit as an adult, never quite at home in the world. A vivid memoir of food and family, survival and triumph, loss, how we comfort,  love, she learned that how we eat is an extension of how we love, and What We Ate traces the arc of Padma Lakshmi’s unlikely path from an immigrant childhood to a complicated life in front of the camera—a tantalizing blend of Ruth Reichl’s Tender at the Bone and Nora Ephron’s HeartburnLong before Padma Lakshmi ever stepped onto a television set, how we forge a sense of home—and how we taste the world as we navigate our way through it.

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Mcspadden never imagined that her son’s name would inspire the resounding chants of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri,  and ignite the global conversation about the disparities in the American policing system. The revelatory memoir of lezley mcspadden—the mother of michael Brown, the African-American teenager killed by the police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014—sheds light on one of the landmark events in recent history.

I wasn’t there when Mike Mike was shot. Mcspadden writes passionately about the hours, and months after her son was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson, how she was treated by police and city officials, days, recounting her time on the ground with peaceful protestors, and how she felt in the gut-wrenching moment when the grand jury announced it would not indict the man who had killed her son.

In tell the truth & shame the devil, her son, mcspadden picks up the pieces of the tragedy that shook her life and the country to their core and reveals the unforgettable story of her life, and their truth. Tell the truth & shame the devil is a riveting family memoir about the journey of a young woman,  triumphing over insurmountable obstacles, and learning to become a good mother.

With brutal honesty, mcspadden brings us inside her experiences being raised by a hardworking,  single mother; her pregnancy at age fifteen and the painful subsequent decision to drop out of school to support her son; how she survived domestic abuse; and her unwavering commitment to raising four strong and healthy children, even if it meant doing so on her own.

I didn’t see him fall or take his last breath, but as his mother, and that’s how to tell my son’s story, I do know one thing better than anyone, and the journey we shared together as mother and son. Lezley mcspadden when michael orlandus darrion brown was born, and most of all by his sixteen-year-old mother, his father, uncles, he was adored and doted on by his aunts, grandparents, who nicknamed him Mike Mike.




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2018 james beard foundation book of the year | 2018 james beard foundation book award winner inwriting | nominee for the 2018 hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Nonfiction | #75 on The Root100 2018A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, in this illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry—both black and white—through food, race, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom.

Southern food is integral to the american culinary tradition, yet the question of who "owns" it is one of the most provocative touch points in our ongoing struggles over race. Along the way, he reveals a truth that is more than skin deep—the power that food has to bring the kin of the enslaved and their former slaveholders to the table, where they can discover the real America together.

Illustrations by Stephen Crotts. Twitty takes readers to the white-hot center of this fight, tracing the roots of his own family and the charged politics surrounding the origins of soul food, barbecue, and all Southern cuisine. From the tobacco and rice farms of colonial times to plantation kitchens and backbreaking cotton fields, Twitty tells his family story through the foods that enabled his ancestors’ survival across three centuries.

As he takes us through his ancestral culinary history, Twitty suggests that healing may come from embracing the discomfort of the Southern past. He sifts through stories, recipes, genetic tests, and historical documents, and travels from Civil War battlefields in Virginia to synagogues in Alabama to Black-owned organic farms in Georgia.

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Calling My Name is a treasure. Nic stone, naomi shihab nye, spirituality, and self—ideal for readers of Jacqueline Woodson, and literary exploration of family, luminous, New York Times–bestselling author of Dear MartinCalling My Name is a striking, Jandy Nelson, and Sandra Cisneros. This unforgettable novel tells a universal coming-of-age story about Taja Brown, battling family expectations, a young African American girl growing up in Houston, and deftly and beautifully explores the universal struggles of growing up, discovering a sense of self, Texas, and finding a unique voice and purpose.

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