Debut author Shahnaz Habib's witty and thought-provoking blend of memoir, travelogue, and cultural history explores the legacies of colonialism and capitalism in travel. Try this next: Travelling While Black: Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move by Nanjala Nyabola.
In this engaging revisionist account, historians David Head and Timothy C. Hemmis chronicle the misdeeds of some of America's founders, whose eyebrow-raising exploits nonetheless helped shape the nation. For fans of: Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth by Bryan Burrough.
Washington Post reporter Bethonie Butler's engaging debut profiles television shows from the 1960s to the present that center on Black performers and creatives. Further reading: Hollywood Black: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers by Donald Bogle.
Historian Gareth Russell's (The Ship of Dreams) lively latest surveys five centuries of royal goings-on at England's Hampton Court Palace, from its construction during Henry VIII's reign to its hosting of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation ball in 1953 and more. Try this next: Versailles by Colin Jones.
Blending personal reflections with incisive analysis, culture critic Zeba Blay's engaging debut essay collection explores how Black women have influenced popular culture. For fans of: Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall.
Brandeis University historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Hackett Fischer (Washington's Crossing) explores how enslaved Africans and their cultural practices shaped colonial America in this "comprehensive demographic history with a powerful and important corrective thesis" (Booklist). Try this next: Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War by Howard W. French.
Journalist and civil rights activist Charlayne Hunter-Gault shares 50 years of her reportage and essays in this affecting and non-chronological collection chronicling the Black American experience. For fans of: You Don't Know Us Negroes: And Other Essays by Zora Neale Hurston.
In this "essential volume" (Kirkus Reviews), journalist Mark Whitaker chronicles how 1966 was a pivotal year for the civil rights movement, detailing how the rise of the Black Power movement clashed with the nonviolent resistance efforts of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Further reading: Stayed on Freedom: The Long History of Black Power Through One Family's Journey by Dan Berger.
Longlisted for the 2023 National Book Award for Nonfiction, historian Kidada E. Williams' compelling and well-researched debut explores how formerly enslaved Black people strove to create their own communities and exercise their political rights amid the racist violence and white supremacy of the Reconstruction South. Try this next: By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow's Legal Executioners by Margaret A. Burnham.