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Ty
Alexander

The grieving process: Ty Alexander of Gorgeous in Grey is one of the top bloggers today. She has a tremendous personal connection with her readers. This is never more apparent than when she speaks about her mother. The pain of loss is universal. Yet, we all grieve differently. For Alexander, the grieving process is one that she lives with day-to-day. Learning from her pain, Alexander connects with her readers on a deeply emotional level in her debut book, Things I Wish I Knew before My Mom Died: Coping with Loss Every Day. From grief counseling to sharing insightful true stories, Alexander offers comfort, reassurance, and hope in the face of sorrow.

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Robert Brandyn
Hillman

Ever since Hill made the courageous decision to dedicate his life to helping others, his own painful coming-of-age experiences--homelessness, a damaged relationship with his father, hours spent contemplating suicide--have served as the basis for his positive message of healing and transformation. Whether you struggle with fostering healthy relationships, finding love, believing in yourself, overcoming the obstacles life tosses in your way, or any other number of conflicting human experiences, Hill's perceptive, penetrating yet compassionate words will help you find your way. The Missing Piece is the captivating story of the man behind the powerful, uplifting message, part memoir and part roadmap to deep personal contentment and success.

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Angela
Kenyatta

And Whose Life Are You Living, Anyway? What Wise Women Know and Do About Purposeful Living invites readers to invoke and marshal inner wisdom as a guide to more purposeful living. Author Angela Kenyatta offers a compassionate and compelling work that explores the intersectionality of the personal and the political in relation to identity, spirituality and power. Through a series of reflective essays, meditative thoughts, and wisdom protocols, the reader embarks upon a deeply intimate journey of release, restoration, and reawakening. Ancient spiritual teachings anchor the discussion of contemporary social themes that serve as a catalyst for contemplation and transformation as each woman answers the questions Who must I become in order to fulfill my purpose? How can I best contribute to the world?

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Ledisi

The Walk is about creating a path to achieve your best life with what you have around you, while preparing yourself for more. The Walk will help you refocus and renew, and to cleanse your path of things that prevent you from growing, while helping to guide your walk every step of the way.

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Alana
McAllister

This book will take you on a journey through the life of Alana. You will learn about her domestic violence past and how she overcame it. You will read about her Lupus diagnosis and the strength she didn't know she had. You will read about how she took control of her life and reached for the starts in her many adventures and how she wants to inspire others to do the same.

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Cortez R
Rainey

Although more and more Americans are practicing meditation, it is still relatively rare among African Americans. In Free Your Mind , Cortez Rainey does something about this by speaking directly to African Americans about meditation.

Free Your Mind introduces meditation by using stories about the heroic men and women who journeyed from slavery to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

This easy to read guidebook explains how to use meditation principles and techniques at home, either alone or with family and friends, to free your mind from thoughts that keep you shackled and bound.

As you apply the principles and practice the techniques, the stories about Underground Railroad heroes and heroines-such as Harriet Tubman-will guide you and inspire you to overcome challenges you encounter while meditating, as well as the ones you encounter in everyday life.

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Jameliah
Young-Mitchell

Anger can get the best of many women, but when anger erupts into rage and leads to shouting, fighting, and name-calling, it's time to look within and make a change. The Death of the Angry Black Woman boldly acknowledges stereotypes faced by women in the black community and uncovers the seeds that lead many to live anger-filled lives. Instilled with Biblical scripture and jaw-dropping honesty, this debut book from Pastor Jameliah Young-Mitchell, the voice behind the popular Car Chronicles Movement, will empower you to bury your anger, reject false labels, and embrace the new you.

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Tonya Denise
Armstrong

Black Christian women are sisters: We are connected through our identity in Christ and a common history forged by the African Diaspora. These cultural and spiritual legacies not only strengthen us, but also present us with unique challenges to our health and wholeness. As daughters of the Diaspora, we encounter negative stereotypes and denigrating images imposed upon us by others. As Christians, we can be tempted to overspiritualize our lives to the detriment of our wholeness. These realities can leave us merely surviving our fragmented lives, when in reality, we want to blossom! Well, Blossoming Hope: The Black Christian Woman's Guide to Mental Health and Wellness was written to help do just that. As a licensed psychologist, minister, and seminary administrator, Dr. Tonya Armstrong attends in Blossoming Hope to the need to transcend everyday stressors, difficulties of the past, and even mental health challenges to reach the highest purpose for which God created us. 

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Andrew D
Selee

There may be no story today with a wider gap between fact and fiction than the relationship between the United States and Mexico. Wall or no wall, deeply intertwined social, economic, business, cultural, and personal relationships mean the US-Mexico border is more like a seam than a barrier, weaving together two economies and cultures. Mexico faces huge crime and corruption problems, but its remarkable transformation over the past two decades has made it a more educated, prosperous, and innovative nation than most Americans realize. Through portraits of business leaders, migrants, chefs, movie directors, police officers, and media and sports executives, Andrew Selee looks at this emerging Mexico, showing how it increasingly influences our daily lives in the United States in surprising ways--the jobs we do, the goods we consume, and even the new technology and entertainment we enjoy. From the Mexican entrepreneur in Missouri who saved the US nail industry, to the city leaders who were visionary enough to build a bridge over the border fence so the people of San Diego and Tijuana could share a single international airport, to the connections between innovators in Mexico's emerging tech hub in Guadalajara and those in Silicon Valley, Mexicans and Americans together have been creating productive connections that now blur the boundaries that once separated us from each other.

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Andrea-Teresa
Arenas

Celebrated Latina civil rights activist Dolores Huerta once said, "Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world." These are the stories of some of the Latina activists from Wisconsin who have lived Huerta's words. Somos Latinas shares the powerful narratives of 25 activists--from outspoken demonstrators to collaborative community-builders to determined individuals working for change behind the scenes--providing proof of the long-standing legacy of Latina activism throughout Wisconsin. 

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Brittney C
Cooper

Beyond Respectability charts the development of African American women as public intellectuals and the evolution of their thought from the end of the 1800s through the Black Power era of the 1970s. Eschewing the Great Race Man paradigm so prominent in contemporary discourse, Brittney C. Cooper looks at the far-reaching intellectual achievements of female thinkers and activists like Anna Julia Cooper, Mary Church Terrell, Fannie Barrier Williams, Pauli Murray, and Toni Cade Bambara. Cooper delves into the processes that transformed these women and others into racial leadership figures, including long-overdue discussions of their theoretical output and personal experiences. As Cooper shows, their body of work critically reshaped our understandings of race and gender discourse. It also confronted entrenched ideas of how--and who--produced racial knowledge.

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Hareder
McDowell

Black Women Sex and the Lies our Mother's Told us is a gripping anthology of Black female stories of sexuality, sexual identity and sexual experiences, that were influenced by the relationships they have with their mother's. The text explores the various influences on sexual communication among African-American mother's and their daughters and how truth, lies, religion, guilt, abuse and American history form how "the talk" takes place in various house holds, if it even happens at all. Each story is based on the research of, Chicago based, community psychologist, Dr. McDowell who interviewed and surveyed hundreds of mother daughter pairs for inspiration and insight into the lives of Black women and how they began their sexual experiences and how they felt about how prepared they were for their sexual futures based on the influence of their mothers and mother figures. The goal of each chapter is to ensure that a diverse set of Black mother and daughter pairs are explored to truly reflect how complex the topic of sexuality is in most households. Additionally, how important it is to ensure that positive and empowering communication surrounding sex is encouraged as a means of preventative care, progressive thinking and relationship building in households of women throughout the world. Each chapter is followed by thought provoking questions that add to the conversation after the open-ended read. Enjoy the roller coaster ride and find yourself and your mother in this book and think back to when you had the talk, if you ever had it, and think about the role you will play in some young woman's sexual future.

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Chris Myers
Asch

Monumental in scope and vividly detailed, Chocolate City tells the tumultuous, four-century story of race and democracy in our nation's capital. Emblematic of the ongoing tensions between America's expansive democratic promises and its enduring racial realities, Washington often has served as a national battleground for contentious issues, including slavery, segregation, civil rights, the drug war, and gentrification. But D.C. is more than just a seat of government, and authors Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove also highlight the city's rich history of local activism as Washingtonians of all races have struggled to make their voices heard in an undemocratic city where residents lack full political rights.

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