We suggest: New(ish) nonfiction titles

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton

Looking for some nonfiction reading suggestions? Discover these recently released under-the-radar gems just waiting for you!

Recently new nonfiction titles


Girl, Gurl, Grrrl by Kenya Hunt

Why you should try it: When you are reading, do you love the feeling that you and the author are having a genuine, warm, humorous conversation? Then this is for you.

Description: The award-winning Grazia UK fashion director presents an evocative anthology of essays celebrating the timeless, thriving potential of being a Black woman, mother, and global citizen in today’s dynamic world.

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The Devil You Know by Charles M. Blow

Why you should try it: Provocative and daring, Blow pulls no punches in this personal and political proclamation.

Description: The New York Times columnist and best-selling author of Fire Shut Up in My Bones presents a rallying call to action that challenges popular myths about race and urges Black Americans to unite against white supremacy.

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Black Girl in Love (With Herself) by Trey Anthony

Why you should try it: For anyone struggling to live outside the box that your family, your peers, or society put you in. 

Description: The award-winning playwright and television writer behind Da Kink in My Hair shares relatable, frank advice for how to practice healthy self-love and self-care, counseling Black women on everything from establishing family boundaries to confronting microaggressions at work.

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Let My People Vote by Desmond Meade

Why you should try it: If it is hard to sometimes see how everyday people can make a difference, let Desmond Meade’s story inspire you.

Description: This deeply moving portrait of Desmond Meade, who was not allowed to vote due to a felony conviction, traces his inspiring journey to restore voting rights to roughly 1.4 million returning citizens in Florida, which resulted in a stunning victory in 2018.

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I Am Restored by Lecrae

Why you should try it: A must-read for those interested in the intersections of social justice, personal pain, and faith.

Description: The two-time Grammy-award winning hip hop artist discusses how he overcame his battles against sexual abuse, physical trauma, addiction, and depression to find healing and new-found freedom in his relationship with God.

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Ida B. the Queen by Michelle Duster

Why you should try it: This is an excellent introduction to the inimitable Ida B. Wells. 

Description: Written by her great-granddaughter, a historical portrait of the boundary-breaking civil rights pioneer includes coverage of Wells’s early years as a slave, her famous acts of resistance, and her achievements as a journalist and anti-lynching activist.

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Librarian Kathy Sexton

About Kathy

Kathy is a Collection Management Librarian who loves reading, sharing, and talking about books. Her missions in life are to: create communities of readers, convince folks that her official title should be “Book Pusher,” and refute that “disco” is a dirty word.

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