Nightcrawling, by Leila Mottley

Staff Pick

Jaw dropped. Mind boggled. That's how I felt after reading this book--especially when I realized it's Mottley's first novel--and that she was barely 18 when she wrote it. Loosely inspired by the true story of a police-trafficking ring in Oakland, CA, the story is a brutally honest examination of how the judicial system dissolves black families, leaving kids to grow up way too fast. But while there might not be a happy ending here, Mottley shows there's lots of love.


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ISBN: 9780593318935
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Published: Knopf - June 7th, 2022

The Man Who Invented Motion Pictures, by Paul Fischer

Staff Pick

Calling all film geeks, Gilded Age historians, photography nerds, true-crime addicts, and patent lawyers: this book has something for all of you.  Plus, it will make you think about Thomas Edison in a whole new light (spoiler alert: he wasn't such a nice guy).


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ISBN: 9781982114824
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 19th, 2022

Why Didn't You Tell Me? by Carmen Rita Wong

Staff Pick

Wong's memoir takes us on a scavenger hunt through her own intersectionality by chronicling her family and upbringing. Her primary questions include: What makes identity--and what is her identity? What is family? And, most importantly, who decides all of the above? In the end, the treasure here is her courage in sharing her story.

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ISBN: 9780593240250
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Published: Crown - July 12th, 2022