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Ho, Jean Chen.
Best friends since second grade, Fiona Lin and Jane Shen explore the lonely highways and seedy bars of Los Angeles together through their teenage years, surviving unfulfilling romantic encounters, and carrying with them the scars of their families' tumultuous pasts. Strained by distance and unintended betrayals, the women float in and out of each other's lives, their friendship both a beacon of home and a reminder of all they've lost. Print run 20,000.
Indigenous science has long been ignored and otherized. Jessica Hernandez introduces and contextualizes Indigenous environmental knowledge and proposes a vision of land stewardship that heals rather than displaces, that generates rather than destroys. Through case studies and historical overviews, Hernandez makes the case that if we're to recover the health of our planet we need to stop the eco-colonialism ravaging Indigenous lands and restore our relationship with Earth to one of harmony and respect. Print run 7,500.
The Kamanga Kings, a Khartoum jazz band of yesteryear, is presented with the opportunity of a lifetime when a surprise letter arrives inviting them to perform in Washington, D.C. The only problem is - the band no longer exists. Determined to see a life beyond his own home, Rushdy, son of an original Kamanga King, sets out to revive the band. Aided by his unreliable best friend, all too soon an unlikely group are on their way, knowing the eyes of their country are on them. Author of "A Line in the River."
Growing up living the suburban American dream, young Wajahat Ali was as American as his neighbours, with roots all over the world. Then, 9/11 happened - and he became an accidental spokesman and ambassador of all ordinary, unthreatening things Muslim-y. Ali tackles the dangers of Islamophobia, white supremacy, and chocolate hummus, peppering personal stories with astute insights into national security, immigration, and pop culture. In this refreshingly bold, hopeful, and uproarious memoir, Ali offers indispensable lessons for cultivating a more compassionate, inclusive, and delicious America.
Maggie Atwood and Becky McCabe, mother and daughter, both champion riders, vowed to never, ever, go up against one another. Until the tense, harrowing competitions leading to the Paris Olympics. Mother and daughter share a dream: to be the best horsewoman in the world. Coronado is Maggie's horse. An absolutely top-tier Belgian warmblood. Sky is Becky's horse. A small, speedy Dutch warmblood. Print run 300,000.
Most people think of themselves as "good," but it's not always easy to determine what's "good" or "bad" - especially in a world filled with complicated choices and pitfalls and booby traps and bad advice. Television writer and producer Michael Schur explains concepts like deontology, utilitarianism, existentialism, ubuntu, and more so we can sound cool at parties and become better people. By the time the book is done, we'll know exactly how to act in every conceivable situation, so as to produce a verifiably maximal amount of moral good. Print run 200,000.
Madeleine Dore interviewed hundreds of creative thinkers and experts to find the secret to productivity. What she discovered: there is more to value in each day than what we did or didn't do. Dore explores the various ways we encounter productivity guilt - including comparison to others, striving for perfection, and our great expectations - to point to how a day doesn't have to be optimized, but simply occupied. Dore shares how to take productivity off its pedestal and find more connection, creativity, and curiosity in its place.
Joan is a thirtysomething ICU physician at a busy New York City hospital. She's a workaholic with little interest in having friends, and her medical colleagues misread her dedication to work as ambition. When Joan's father suddenly dies, her mother returns for a visit to America. The hospital provides Joan some cover - until things shift yet again. The hospital's new HR "wellness initiative" requires Joan to take a mandatory leave of absence, to foster a better work/life balance. But when Joan returns to the city, she is faced with crisis larger than anything she's encountered before. Author of "Chemistry."
Shaka Senghor has lived the life of two fathers. With his first son, Jay, born shortly after Senghor was incarcerated for second-degree murder. With his second, Sekou, born after Senghor's release, he has experienced healing, transformation, intimacy, and the possibilities of a world where men and boys can openly show one another affection, support, and love. In this collection of letters to Jay and Sekou, Senghor traces his journey as a Black man in America and unpacks the toxic and misguided messages about masculinity, mental health, love, and success that boys learn from an early age. Print run 75,000.
Too often, psychiatric disorders are confused with the inherent stresses and challenges of human experience. Have we raised a "snowflake" generation? Or are today's young people subjected to greater stress, exacerbated by social media? The real question in need of answering is: how should we distinguish between 'normal' suffering and actual illness? Dr. Lucy Foulkes explains it is essential to distinguish between normality and disorder if we are to provide the appropriate help, but no clear line between the two exists in nature. Print run 60,000.
After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. But the bridges Kenna burned are proving impossible to rebuild no matter how hard she works to prove herself. The only person who hasn't closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward. The two form a connection despite the pressure surrounding them, but as their romance grows, so does the risk. Kenna must find a way to absolve the mistakes of her past in order to build a future out of hope and healing. Author of " It Ends with Us."
Zucchino, David, author
By 1898 Wilmington, North Carolina, was a shining example of a mixed-race community - a bustling port city with a thriving African American middle class and a government made up of Republicans and Populists. But across the state - and the South - white supremacist Democrats were working to reverse the advances. This brutal insurrection is the only violent overthrow of an elected government in American history. David Zucchino uses contemporary newspaper reports, diaries, letters and official communications to create a gripping narrative that weaves together individual stories of hate, fear, and brutality.
Blackburn, Lizzie Damilola.
Meet Yinka: a thirty-something, Oxford-educated, British Nigerian woman with a well-paid job, good friends, and a mother whose constant refrain is "Yinka, where is your huzband?" Yinka's aunties frequently pray for her delivery from singledom. But Yinka herself has always believed that true love will find her when the time is right. Still, when her cousin gets engaged, Yinka commences Operation Find-a-Date for Rachel's Wedding. Aided by a spreadsheet and her best friend, Yinka is determined to succeed. Will Yinka find herself a huzband? And what if the thing she really needs to find is herself?
Hurston, Zora Neale.
This is the quintessential gathering of provocative essays from Zora Neale Hurston. Spanning more than three decades and penned during the backdrop of the birth of the Harlem Renaissance, Hurston's writing showcases the roles enslavement and Jim Crow have played in intensifying Black people's inner lives and culture rather than destroying it. These pages reflect Hurston as the controversial figure she was - someone who stated that feminism is a mirage and that the integration of schools did not necessarily improve the education of Black students. Print run 100,000.