Titles featured on Stacks 92.1

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Some Things I Still Can't Tell You by Misha Collins (Poetry)

Actor, activist and poet Collins presents his debut collection, delivering musings and observations with heart, wit and candor.

What the Fireflies Knew by Kai Harris (Novel)

This coming-of-age debut features a not quite 11-year-old Detroiter whose world is turned upside down when she and her sister are sent to live with their grandfather in Lansing, Michigan for the summer.

The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu by Tom Lin (Adventure fiction)

Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, this novel takes the classic Western Revenge genre—brutal and cinematic—and adds a healthy dose of magical realism.

Worldly Things: Poems by Michael Kleber-Diggs (Poetry)

With themes of social injustice, loss, nature and relationships, this award-winning debut collection will stay with you long after the last poem is read.

Matthew Henson and the Ice Temple of Harlem by Gary Phillips (Historical fiction)

Phillips imagines an Indiana Jones-style adventure for real-life Arctic adventurer Matthew Henson, set against the Harlem Renaissance.

The Motherlode: 100+ Women Who Made Hip-Hop by Clover Hope (Biography)

Lively, informative and beautifully illustrated, this book by a former Vibe editor and music journalist shares the often-untold stories of trailblazing and influential artists.

The Maid by Nita Prose (Mystery)

This beautifully constructed twisty mystery features a respected neurodivergent maid at a boutique hotel, who must navigate a web of deceit after finding a body in one her rooms. 

Didn’t We Almost Have It All: In Defense of Whitney Houston by Gerrick Kennedy (Biography)

Music journalist Kennedy brings years of research plus respect for his subject to this examination of the complexities of Houston’s life, music and legacy.

A Duke, The Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley (Regency romance)

Bridgerton fans, take note! This solid Regency series starter features a determined West Indian widow seeking to regain her child and financial control of her life from her husband’s family—with just the right amount of angst, intrigue and passion.

Feeding the Soul (Because It’s My Business): Finding Our Way to Joy, Love, and Freedom by Tabitha Brown (Inspiration)

Actress and social media personality Brown writes with honesty and wisdom, inspiring readers with messages of kindness, authenticity and hope.

Lean on Me by Pat Simmons (Novel)

The first in a poignant women’s fiction “Family is Forever” series, this title features Tabitha, an overwhelmed caregiver for her aunt with dementia, who is accused by a neighbor of elder neglect.

A Little Closer to Home by Ginger Zee (Memoir)

Zee’s second memoir takes readers further into her mental health journey with heart and humor, and with an eye toward forwarding our conversations about mental health.

The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi (Science fiction)

Fun, fast-paced and smart, this story features a food delivery driver during the pandemic, who is offered the chance to join a team of a highly secret NGO working in an ecosystem where everything would happily eat them.

12 Notes: On Life and Creativity by Quincy Jones (Self-help)

Jones describes this collection of 12 essays as the closest he will get to sharing his personal “formula”’ for success, including lessons he’s learned, advice he’s been given, and conclusions he’s reached about life and creativity.

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt (Literary fiction)

Partially narrated by an aged Giant Pacific Octopus named Marcellus, this beautiful story of grief, living and connections is set in and around an aquarium on the Puget Sound.

Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla, the Hip-Hop Producer Who Invented Rhythm by Dan Charnas (Biography)

NYU Recorded Music Professor and hip-hop journalist Charnas blends musicology with biography to pay passionate tribute to the wide-ranging influence and musical genius of James DeWitt Yancey.

The Nineties: A Book by Chuck Klosterman (Non-fiction)

The Gen X chronicler and cultural critic takes readers back in time to the decade leading up to 9/11, with essays about culture, music, media and politics.

Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah by Kathy Iandoli (Biography)

Told by a veteran hip-hop journalist, this is the story of Aaliyah’s life and work as it hasn’t been told before, including her burgeoning acting career and her legacy of influence on music, fashion and culture.

Finding Me: A Memoir by Viola Davis

The Academy-, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actress tells her own story of struggle, resilience, hope and self-love. 

Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith (Biography)

Journalist, editor and Black Girl Songbook podcast creator Smith blends biography with history and memoir in this intimate and lyrical ode to essential Black female musical geniuses—from Phyllis Wheatley to Aretha Franklin.

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