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Michael W. Twitty is a food blogger and teacher who is known for his expertise on food in the African American tradition. In this, his first book he explores his genealogy and family tree for the history of African American food traditions. He includes commentary from historians and his own travels across the south to explore the kinds of plants brought from Africa that have become a staple of soul food today.  

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ISBN: 9780062379290
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Published: Amistad - August 1st, 2017

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When I heard Toni Morrison was releasing a book with an introduction by Ta-Nehisi Coates this year, I was elated. The Origin of Others (Harvard, $22.95) gathers the Nobel laureate’s 2016 Norton lectures, in which Morrison discusses what it means to be considered the other in America. Focusing on race, she highlights how those who are not considered white must remain the “other” in order for racial hierarchies to stay intact. Realizing what this means comes by recognizing that we must deny parts of ourselves in order to make people we consider strangers to be just that —strangers. In order to analyze the many ways culture creates and reflects otherness, Morrison uses history, Southern literature, and personal anecdotes to illustrate her theory. Her lectures give an overview of many of her own novels, and readers will be inspired to read or reread them, along with those of the many writers Morrison presents.

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By Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780674976450
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Published: Harvard University Press - September 18th, 2017

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It is the night before Barack Obama’s first election and Malcolm Toussaint is tired of the blatant racism he’s dealt with as a journalist covering the election. He risks his career to state his unpopular opinion but Toussaint quickly realizes losing his job will be the least of his problems. Balancing entertainment with the important conversations around race and coming together as a country, this thriller is sure to please its readers. 

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ISBN: 9781572842014
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Published: Agate Bolden - September 1st, 2016