The world doesn't require another “best of” list, so we’re not going to compile one. What we wish to do instead is invite readers to check out a few of the great books we've read over the past year, written by both scholars and “creatives”. Some made for difficult, disturbing reading. All were invaluable.
Here we go (in no particular order):
From the Tricontinental to the Global South: Race, Radicalism, and Transnational Solidarity. Author: Anne Garland Mahler. Duke University Press.
Sing, Unburied, Sing. Author: Jesmyn Ward. This edition: Bloomsbury Publishing.
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture. Edited by Roxanne Gay. This edition: Allen & Unwin. Features contributions from Claire Schwartz, Gabrielle Union, Ally Sheedy and Liz Rosema (a graphic story), among others.
Me and My House: James Baldwin's Last Decade in France. Author: Magdalena J. Zaborowska. Duke University Press.
The Colour of Shadows: Images of Caribbean Slavery. Author: Judy Raymond. Caribbean Studies Press.
Journal of a Homecoming / Cahier d’un retour au pays natal. Bilingual edition of the Aimé Césaire classic. Translated by Gregson Davis, with introduction, commentary and notes by F. Abiola Irele. Duke University Press.
Nourished Planet. Sustainability in the Global Food System. Edited by Danielle Nierenberg (co-founder of Food Tank), with the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition. Island Press.