Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America
by Jill Leovy
Bryant Tennelle, the son of a Los Angeles Police Department detective, has been murdered. His case is among hundreds of unsolved murders of young African American men in Los Angeles. There are some in the LAPD who don’t even try to crack these cases and then there is Detective John Skaggs. Skaggs believes that every victim is “some daddy's baby” and deserves to have their murders given a proper investigation. Despite obstacles such as the lack of witnesses, a general mistrust of the police by the local community, gang-related threats, Skaggs persists in seeking justice for the young victims of violent crime in Ghettoside.
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
"For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him--most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear. What were they afraid of? ... Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings--moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police"
The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
by Jenny Nordberg
In Afghanistan, there are girls, boys, and bacha posh - these are girls dressed up as boys. Driven by their families to dress like boys in order to receive the education and benefits that are given to sons, not daughters, the bacha posh live between two worlds. Following the story a number of bacha posh, Nordberg traces their life from birth to adulthood. Their families’ expectations for them to marry and raise families, even though many have grown up pretending to be men, causes friction and some, decide to continue their identity as men into adulthood.
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
by Jon Krakauer
"The Department of Justice investigated 350 sexual assaults reported to the Missoula police between January 2008 and May 2012. Few of these assaults were properly handled by either the university or local authorities." Krakauer "chronicles the...experiences of several women in Missoula -- the nights when they were raped; their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; the way they were treated by the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys; the public vilification and private anguish; their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them"
Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching : A Young Black Man's Education
by Mychal Denzel Smith
What does it mean to be young and black in America today? That is the question the author wrestles with in this book. Growing up under Barack Obama’s presidency, with virtually daily news reports of police shooting young black men, Smith describes his struggles with depression and how he came to understand place in the world.
Negroland: A Memoir
by Margo Jefferson
Growing up, Jefferson’s family was considered a member of the “colored aristocracy.” Her father was the head of the pediatrics department in one of the oldest black hospitals in the US. Her mother was a socialite. Jefferson shares her story as a member of the upper crust black society she grew up in and how it navigated the race, class and gender divides of the 1950s-1960s.
They Can't Kill Us All : Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement
by Wesley Lowery
"What does the loss of any one life mean to the rest of the nation?" Washington Post journalist interviews hundreds of families, local activists, and victims to try to investigate the causes of violence against young African Americans. He examines the failing schools, the mistrust of the police, decaying infrastructure, the high unemployment rate due to lack of jobs and their effects on these struggling communities.
Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, & a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South
by Beth Macy
A pair of African-American albino twins was kidnapped in Truevine, Virginia. This is the true story of how they were sold to a circus and forced to perform as a sideshow act billed as “Human bodies with sheep-like heads,” and “Ambassadors from Mars.” As a sideshow act, the Muse brothers were told that their mother had died and they would never be going home. What they didn’t know is that their mother was trying to track them down for 28 years and that even though they were exploited as a sideshow act, they were allowed to do things very few African-Americans ever dreamed of such as flying in an airplane or performing for the Queen of England.