African American Nonfiction
A variety of recently published African American nonfiction titles recommended by our librarians.
Ballad of An American
The first-ever graphic biography of Paul Robeson, Ballad of an American, charts Robeson's career as a singer, actor, scholar, athlete, and activist who achieved global fame.
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The Black Church
In this book, his tender and magisterial reckoning with the meaning of the Black church in American history, Gates takes us from his own experience onto a journey across more than four hundred years and spanning the entire country.
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Black Women, Black Love
Stewart begins her investigative analysis in the earliest years of the slave state, showing that American slavery could only flourish if its stakeholders strategically disrupted and even extinguished Black love.
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The Chiffon Trenches
Despite racism, illicit rumors, and all the other challenges of this notoriously cutthroat industry Tally became one of the most renowned voices and faces in fashion.
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The Compton Cowboys
A group of African-American men and women defy stereotypes and continue the proud, centuries-old tradition of black cowboys in the heart of one of America's most notorious cities.
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The Disordered Cosmos
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Four Hundred Souls
A chorus of extraordinary voices comes together to tell one of history's great epics: the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present.
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Girl Gurl Grrrl
A provocative, humorous, and, at times, heartbreaking collection of essays on what it means to be black, a woman, a mother, and a global citizen in today's ever-changing world.
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The Golden Thirteen
Until 1942, black men in the Navy could hold jobs only as cleaners and cooks. The Navy reluctantly decided to select the first black men to undergo officer training in 1944, after enormous pressure from ordinary citizens and civil rights leaders.
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Healthy at Last
Brooklyn Borough President and mayoral candidate Eric Adams is on a mission to tackle one of the most stubborn health problems in the country: chronic disease in the African American community.
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