Featured Books thru Feb. 27
By George Orwell
A startling and haunting vision of the world, 1984 is so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the influence of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.
A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
By J.D. Vance
Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.
The Home Place
Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature
By J. Drew Lanham
Dating back to slavery, Edgefield County, South Carolina—a place “easy to pass by on the way somewhere else”—has been home to generations of Lanhams. In The Home Place, readers meet these extraordinary people, including Drew himself, who over the course of the 1970s falls in love with the natural world around him. As his passion takes flight, however, he begins to ask what it means to be “the rare bird, the oddity.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Last Interview and other Conversations
From Melville House's Last Interview Series
This collection ranges from an early 1961 interview in which King describes his reasons for joining the ministry (after considering medicine), to a 1964 conversation with Robert Penn Warren, to his last interview, which was conducted on stage at the convention of the Rabbinical Assembly, just ten days before King's assassination.
Race to Incarcerate
A Graphic Retelling
By Sabrina Jones and Marc Mauer w/forward by Michelle Alexander
With a preface by Mauer and a foreword by Alexander, Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling presents a compelling argument about mass incarceration’s tragic impact on communities of color—if current trends continue, one of every three black males and one of every six Latino males born today can expect to do time in prison. The race to incarcerate is not only a failed social policy, but also one that prevents a just, diverse society from flourishing.
More February Featured Books
Homemade Potions to Make Love More Likely, More Pleasurable, and More Possible
By Julie Burton-Seal and Matthew Seal
A book of make-your-own aphrodisiacs with ingredients and recipes to create a variety of love-enhancing elixirs, tinctures, oils, and edibles, all illustrated with original photography by authors.
How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game
By Jon Birger
Using a combination of demographics, statistics, game theory, and number-crunching, Date-onomics tells what every single, college-educated, heterosexual, looking-for-a-partner woman needs to know: The “man deficit” is real. It’s a fascinating, if sobering read, with two critical takeaways: One, it’s not you. Two, knowledge is power, so here’s what to do about it.
Love in the Stars
Find Your Perfect Match With Astrology
By Brad Kroken
No matter what the stars reveal―a propensity for harmony and romance, a challenging “star-crossed” attraction, or a passionate pairing with more fireworks than the Fourth of July―Love in the Stars shows you the most effective way to pursue, woo, and be happy with your objet d’amour of ANY sun sign.
Love That Boy
What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About A Parent's Expectations
By Ron Fournier
LOVE THAT BOY is a uniquely personal story about the causes and costs of outsized parental expectations. What we want for our children—popularity, normalcy, achievement, genius—and what they truly need—grit, empathy, character—are explored by National Journal’s Ron Fournier, who weaves his extraordinary journey to acceptance around the latest research on childhood development and stories of other loving-but-struggling parents.
Love Your Body
A Positive Affirmation Guide for Loving and Appreciating Your Body
By Louise Hay
Louise L. Hay shows your how to Love Your Body. This powerful work by Louise Hay will help you to create and maintain a positive self-image. Includes over 51 affirmation treatments, each focusing on a specific body part.
Whatever Arises Love That
A Love Revolution That Begins with You
By Matt Kahn
Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean & Southern Flavors Remixed
By Bryant Terry
African, Caribbean, and southern food are all known and loved as vibrant and flavor-packed cuisines. In Afro-Vegan, renowned chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry reworks and remixes the favorite staples, ingredients, and classic dishes of the African Diaspora to present wholly new, creative culinary combinations that will amaze vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike.
My Song A Memoir
Wtih Michael Shnayerson
Harry Belafonte is not just one of the greatest entertainers of our time; he has led one of the great American lives of the last century. Now, this extraordinary icon tells us the story of that life, giving us its full breadth, letting us share in the struggles, the tragedies, and, most of all, the inspiring triumphs.
And enjoy this New York Times article that celebrates Belafonte's life as his 90th birthday approaches.
How the Largest Migration in History is Reshaping Our World
By Doug Saunders
A powerfully argued work that combines reporting, sociology, economics, and urban studies to show how the migration of workers from villages to urban centers has become one of the most significant forces in the world today.
The Nature Fix
Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
By Florence Williams
The Nature Fix demonstrates that our connection to nature is much more important to our cognition than we think and that even small amounts of exposure to the living world can improve our creativity and enhance our mood. In prose that is incisive, witty, and urgent, Williams shows how time in nature is not a luxury but is in fact essential to our humanity. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas―and the answers they yield―are more urgent than ever.
Three Books by Charles Johnson
By Charles Johnson
Now with a new introduction from renowned writer and critic Stanley Crouch, this twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Middle Passage celebrates a cornerstone of the American canon and the masterwork of one of its most important writers. "Long after we’d stopped believe in the great American novel, along comes a spellbinding adventure story that may be just that."
This wide and varied collection of essays, reviews, and short stories by the renowned author Charles Johnson offers incisive views on poltics, race, and Buddhism. Johnson notes that in his life the two activities that have anchored him and reinforce each other are creative production and spiritual practice. This book is a crystallization of what he has learned during his passage through American literature, the visual arts, and the Buddhadharma.
From Charles Johnson—a National Book Award winner, Professor Emeritus at University of Washington, and one of America’s preeminent scholars on literature and race—comes an instructive, inspiring guide to the craft and art of writing.
Honoring Diverse Culture with Three Books by Jake Jackson
Populated by gods, High Kings, wilfull Queens, noble warriors, fairies, goblins and wizards, the Celtic myths are unsurpassed in their variety and power. This new book is a dazzling collection of the most gripping Celtic tales, vividly retold, gathering together the legends and sagas of this ancient culture in a tribute to the heroism, romance and mystery of the Celtic people.
The Algonquins, Iroquois, the legend of Hiawatha and The Last of the Mohicans – the tribes of North America and their folk tales are deeply fascinating because they are unique amongst the mythologies of the world. The retold tales collected for this new book celebrate the diverse tribal vision of a rich and powerful land that still resonates today.
The Vikings and their norse gods fought a constant battle with nature. Their landscape, with its stark mountains and long nights created a particularly rough mythology, with profound contrasts and unforgettable heroes: Odin, Thor and Loki are just some of the familiar characters that maintain an influence over us today through movies, TV series and comics, to great fiction and epic poetry. This fabulous new book offers all the main tales with an introduction to the characters and the land that inspired them.
Children of the Days
By Eduardo Gleano
Unfurling like a medieval book of days, each page of Eduardo Galeano's Children of the Days has an illuminating story that takes inspiration from that date of the calendar year, resurrecting the heroes and heroines who have fallen off the historical map, but whose lives remind us of our darkest hours and sweetest victories.
Books in Support of Upcoming Events
This publication is featured in support of our 2/25 event.
With the release of the publication’s first issue on February 7, 2017, Riverwise magazine is officially part of the local media landscape. Part of its stated mission is to be inclusive in ways not normally associated with print media.
When the World Wounds
By Kiini Ibura Salaam
This book is featured in support of our 2/26, 1p Book/Author Talk.
In this eagerly-awaited collection, Kiini Ibura Salaam continues her exploration of the dark, the sensual, and the mysterious with fiction that disturbs, delights, and dazzles. The five stories and one novella collected in When the World Wounds examine the tumultuous nature of the human condition through such wild imaginings as sensual encounters with deer, escapism in a dystopic prison, and volcano women.
Black Faces, White Spaces
By Carolyn Finney
This book is featured in support of our 2/26, 4p Book/Author Talk via Skype.
Why are African Americans so underrepresented when it comes to interest in nature, outdoor recreation, and environmentalism? In this thought-provoking study, Carolyn Finney looks beyond the discourse of the environmental justice movement to examine how the natural environment has been understood, commodified, and represented by both white and black Americans.
Revolution Where You Live
By Sarah Van Ghelter
This book is featured in support of our 2/27, 6p.m. Book/Author Talk.
Sarah Van Ghelter, Founder of Yes Magazine, bought a used pickup truck and camper and set off on a 12,000-mile journey through eighteen states, dozens of cities and towns, and five Indian reservations. From the ranches of Montana to the coalfields of Kentucky to the urban cores of Chicago and Detroit, van Gelder discovered people and communities who are remaking America from the ground up. Join her as she meets the quirky and the committed, the local heroes and the healers who, under the mass media's radar, are getting stuff done.
From #Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation
By Keeanga Yametta-Taylor
This book is featured in support of our off-site bookselling venture with Wayne State University on 2/28, 6:30-8 p.m.
In this stirring and insightful analysis, activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and Black unemployment. In this context, she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for Black liberation.
Featured Books for Young Readers!
The Lion Who Wrote History
By Walter Dean Meyers
In this picture book biography, the late New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers and acclaimed artist Floyd Cooper take readers on an inspiring journey through the life of Frederick Douglass.
The Story of a Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
By Javaka Steptoe
Black History Books for Young Readers
Freedom Over Me Eleven Slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life
By Ashley Bryan
This is a three-time Coretta Scott King Award-Winning Book and a Newbury Award Book
Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, Ashley Bryan offers a moving and powerful picture book that contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away. Visually epic, and never before done, this stunning picture book is unlike anything you’ve seen.
The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls
Over the centuries, untold numbers of black men and women in America have achieved great things against the odds. Pathfinders is a collective biography of sixteen diverse American men and women of African descent who made their mark on American history in the 18th to 20th centuries. People who dared to dream, take risks, and create goals not only for themselves, but for others and the betterment of their society, too.
Hidden Figures Young Readers Edition
By Margot Lee Shetterly
New York Times bestselling author Margot Lee Shetterly’s book is now available in a new edition perfect for young readers. This is the amazing true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program.
Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
"Who Was Martin Luther King?"
By Bonnie Bader, from the "Who Was" Series
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 25 when he helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was soon organizing black people across the country in support of the right to vote, desegregation, and other basic civil rights. With clearly written text that explains this tumultuous time in history and 80 black-and-white illustrations, this Who Was?? celebrates the vision and the legacy of a remarkable man.
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New Periodicals on our Shelves
The One Mile Zine, showcasing the best design, art, music, and culture from Detroit’s historical North End community.
Detroit Resurgent by Howard Bossen, John P. Beck, Gilles Perrin and Nicole Ewenczyk
Detroit Resurgent explores the city through the voices of those working in a multitude of ways to reshape it into a twenty-first century urban space through the auto industry, urban agriculture and food production, entrepreneurial action and small business, visual and performing arts, activism, and visionary leadership.
A Detroit Anthology Edited by Anna Clark