Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston.
A previously unpublished work that illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery in the true story of one of the last known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade, Cudjo Lewis, who was abducted from Africa on the last "Black Cargo" ship to arrive in the United States. A Real-Deal Book Discussion selection for 2/14/19.
How to Be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery
Becoming by Michelle Obama
An intimate and uplifting memoir by the former First Lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her remarkable life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago through her setbacks and achievements in the White House.
All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
Heartland by Sarah Smarsh
In this loving memoir, the author examines the life of America’s rural poor through the microcosm of her extended family. Growing up working-class white on the Kansas plains, Smarsh enjoyed the freedom of a country childhood, but witnessed the hideous legacy of poverty in her relatives’ untreated illnesses, unsafe job conditions, abusive marriages and addictions to everything from cigarettes to opioids.
There Will Be No Miracles Here by Casey Gerald
A memoir of a religious, gay black man, and founder of MBAs Across America, coming to terms with his own nuanced achievement of the American dream in the new millennium.
Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
The daughter of Steve Jobs offers a firsthand account of the difficult relationship she had with her father and the story of a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes.
Mother American Night by John Perry Barlow
Traces the remarkable life story of the Grateful Dead lyricist and digital free speech advocate, describing his upbringing among elite Wyoming ranchers, his vigorous advocacy of Internet freedoms and his relationships with figures ranging from Jerry Garcia and Jackie Kennedy Onassis to Steve Jobs.
The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King
The first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories and archival documents, the author traces the iconic children's program host's personal, professional and artistic life through decades of work.