Nonfiction Round-Up (5/4/22)

We’re rounding up some of May’s nonfiction with a young activist’s memoir and affirmative story of hope, a meditation on love and survival, and a fascinating insight into the notable speeches that were never delivered.

MY SEVEN BLACK FATHERS: A Young Activist’s Memoir of Race, Family, and the Mentors Who Made Him Whole by Will Jawando

4 starred reviews!

“In this rousing debut, attorney and community leader Jawando brilliantly uses the arc of his life to root out how ‘Black male mentors… make America a more just place for Black boys and a better place for all Americans.’”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“His talent for creating striking imagery and memorable scenes draws readers in to his masterfully constructed world…A beautifully written and innovatively structured memoir of a biracial Black man’s life journey.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Jawando has written an enlightening, heartfelt memoir that will appeal to readers looking for a ‘different’ all-American story; one that shows the power of community to uplift Black men in the United States.”–Library Journal, starred review

“This book is a clarion call to families and communities to provide crucial support to young people, particularly young Black men.”–Booklist, starred review

MA AND ME: A Memoir by Putsata Reang

2 starred reviews!

“In wringing compassion from her complicated legacy, Reang offers a nuanced mediation on love, identity, and belonging. This story of survival radiates with resilience and hope.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Food, language, family, career, displacement, community, and love form a powerful web in this brave, deep think of a life-telling about expectations and the stories that bind us to, and divide us from, those we love.”–Booklist, starred review

UNDELIVERED: The Never-Heard Speeches That Would Have Rewritten History by Jeff Nussbaum

“Throughout, Nussbaum weaves in enlightening behind-the-scenes details about the process of speechwriting and makes a strong case for the power of speeches ‘to educate, inform, inspire, incite, and move people to action.’ The result is a fascinating look at what might have been.”–Publishers Weekly

MY SEVEN BLACK FATHERS: A Young Activist’s Memoir of Race, Family, and the Mentors Who Made Him Whole by Will Jawando; 9780374604875; available now.
MA AND ME: A Memoir by Putsata Reang; 9780374279264; 5/17/22.
UNDELIVERED: The Never-Heard Speeches That Would Have Rewritten History by Jeff Nussbaum; 9781250240705; 5/10/22.

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