Staff Pick

Albert Woodfox was held in solitary confi nement for more than 40 years, reportedly longer than any prisoner in our nation’s history. His wise, insightful memoir, Solitary (Grove, $26)—a finalist for the National Book Award—begins with his growing up poor in the Deep South, turning to petty crime to survive, and landing in jail, uneducated, while still in his teens. During a brief escape, he is introduced to the Black Panther Party before being caught and sent to one of Louisiana’s most notorious prisons, Angola. Soon he is framed for the murder of a white prison guard and confi ned to a 6-by-9 foot cell 23 hours a day. His friendship with two fellow Panthers —they become the Angola Three—sustains him through years of physical and emotional torture and legal chicanery. Determined to maintain his dignity, self-respect, and sanity, he transforms his tiny cell into a makeshift meditation room, gym, debate hall, and classroom where he educates himself through works of literature, philosophy, history, and law. Woodfox, finally released in 2016, is a gleaming example of resilience, spirit, and grace. And his story is a vivid chronicle of why our criminal justice system desperately needs fixing.

Solitary: A Biography (National Book Award Finalist; Pulitzer Prize Finalist) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802129086
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Published: Grove Press - March 5th, 2019

Staff Pick

From the first pages of this memoir, you will be hooked. The author is fourteen years old when her mother wakes her in the middle of the night to confide that her husband’s best friend has kissed her. So begins many secrets shared between mother and daughter. As the author gets older, she continues to be her mother’s confidante while hiding the truth from her beloved stepfather, family and friends. This is the kind of book that you will want to talk about with everybody because it is so full of explosive true-life incidents.

Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781328519030
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 15th, 2019

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 Author of the Binti trilogy (and my favorite sci-fi writer) Nnedi Okorafor opens herself up in this little memoir, giving readers a glimpse into the driving forces behind her powerful storytelling. A child of immigrants from a lively Nigerian hometown, a star athlete who became paralyzed overnight, a black woman who experiences racial harassment—Okorafor has plenty to draw from when creating her characters: strong-willed black women who repeatedly overcome hardships. She believes that out of the broken emerges the fantastic, and this is precisely what you feel in her storytelling.

 

 

Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected (TED Books) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501195471
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Published: Simon & Schuster/ TED - June 18th, 2019

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