New year, new books. Take a look at some of the new nonfiction available at OPL. Happy reading!
IT WAS ALL A DREAM : A NEW GENERATION CONFRONTS THE BROKEN PROMISE TO BLACK AMERICA / Reniqua Allen
Young Black Americans have been trying to realize the promise of the American Dream for centuries and coping with the reality of its limitations for just as long. Now, a new generation is pursuing success, happiness, and freedom -- on their own terms.
The truths we hold: An American journey / Kamala Harris
From one of America's most inspiring political leaders, a book about the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, in her own life and across the life of our country.
DEEP CREEK : FINDING HOPE IN THE HIGH COUNTRY / Pam Houston
In essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air, Deep Creek delivers Houston’s most profound meditations yet on how "to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief…to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive."
MAID : HARD WORK, LOW PAY, AND A MOTHER'S WILL TO SURVIVE / Stephanie Land
Maid explores the underbelly of upper-middle class America and the reality of what it's like to be in service to them. "I'd become a nameless ghost," Land writes about her relationship with her clients, many of whom do not know her from any other cleaner, but who she learns plenty about. As she begins to discover more about her clients' lives-their sadness and love, too-she begins to find hope in her own path.
WOMANISH : A GROWN BLACK WOMAN SPEAKS ON LOVE AND LIFE / McLarin, Kim
Searing in its emotional honesty, Womanish is an essay collection that explores what it means to be a black woman in today’s turbulent times. Writing with candor, wit and vulnerability on topics including dating after divorce, depression, parenting older children, the Obama’s, and the often fraught relations between white and black women, McLarin unveils herself at the crossroads of being black, female and middle-aged, and, ultimately, American.
THE SOURCE OF SELF-REGARD: SELECTED ESSAYS, SPEECHES, AND MEDITATIONS / Toni Morrison
Morrison's newest collection is divided into three parts. The first is introduced by a powerful prayer for the dead of 9/11; the second by a searching meditation on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the last by a heart wrenching eulogy for James Baldin.
BROWN, WHITE, BLACK: AN AMERICAN FAMILY AT THE INTERSECTION OF RACE, GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND RELIGION / Nishta Mehra
Brown White Black is a portrait of Nishta J. Mehra's family: her wife, who is white; her adopted child, Shiv, who is black; and their experiences dealing with America's rigid ideas of race, gender, and sexuality.
THE BOLD WORLD : A MEMOIR OF FAMILY AND TRANSFORMATION / Jodie Patterson
As an African American growing up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in the 1970s, when neighborhoods defined people, Jodie Patterson learned early on to engage with her community for strength and comfort. But then in 2009 this mother of five had her world turned upside down. Realizing that her definition of community wasn’t wide enough for her own child’s needs, Patterson forced the world wide open.
HELP ME! : ONE WOMAN'S QUEST TO FIND OUT IF SELF-HELP REALLY CAN CHANGE HER LIFE / Marianne Power
For years Journalist Marianne Power lined her bookshelves with dog-eared copies of definitive guides on how to live your best life, dipping in and out of self-help books when she needed them most. Then, one day, she woke up to find that the life she hoped for and the life she was living were worlds apart—and she set out to make some big changes. She vowed to test a book a month for one year, following its advice to the letter, taking what she hoped would be the surest path to a flawless new her. But as the months passed and Marianne’s reality was turned upside down, she found herself confronted with a different question: Self-help can change your life, but is it for the better?
Inheritance : a memoir of genealogy, paternity, and love / Dani Shapiro
In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history--the life she had lived--crumbled beneath her.
ZORA AND LANGSTON: A STORY OF FRIENDSHIP AND BETRAYAL / YUVAL TAYLOR
Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes first met in 1925, at a great gathering of black and white literati, and they fascinated each other. They traveled together in Hurston’s dilapidated car through the rural South collecting folklore, worked on the play Mule Bone, and wrote scores of loving letters. They even had the same patron: Charlotte Osgood Mason, a wealthy white woman who insisted on being called “Godmother.” Paying them lavishly while trying to control their work, Mason may have been the spark for their bitter and passionate falling-out. Was the split inevitable when Hughes decided to be financially independent of his patron? Was Hurston jealous of the young woman employed as their typist? Yuval Taylor answers these questions while illuminating Hurston’s and Hughes’s lives, work, competitiveness, and ambition, uncovering little-known details.
THE HEARTBEAT OF WOUNDED KNEE : NATIVE AMERICA FROM 1890 TO THEPRESENT / David Treuer
In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir. Tracing the tribes' distinctive cultures from first contact, he explores how the depredations of each era spawned new modes of survival.
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