1919

Poetic reflections on race, class, violence, segregation, and the hidden histories that shape our divided urban landscapes The Chicago Race Riot of 1919, the most intense of the riots that comprised the Red Summer of violence across the nation s cities, is an event that has shaped the last centur

Hot Comb

Hot Comb offers a poignant glimpse into black women s lives and coming of age stories as seen across a crowded, ammonia scented hair salon The titular story Hot Comb is about a young girl s first perm a doomed ploy to look cool and to stop seeming too white in the all black neighborhood her f

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

The stunning story of an Alabama serial killer and the true crime book that Harper Lee worked on obsessively in the years after To Kill a Mockingbird Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s With the help of a sav

The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games

Reveals the diversity crisis in children s and young adult media as not only a lack of representation, but a lack of imagination Stories provide portals into other worlds, both real and imagined The promise of escape draws people from all backgrounds to speculative fiction, but when people of color

Becoming

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era As First Lady of the United States of America the first African American