DeDe's Weekly Downloads: List 8

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The Come Up: An Oral History of the Rise of Hip-Hop by Jonathan P.D. Abrams

Compiled from more than 300 interviews and conversations with DJs, producers, agents, and engineers, this oral history tells the origin story of hip-hop, from the Bronx to Los Angeles and in between. 

Rest Is Resistance: A Manifesto by Tricia Hersey

The founder of the Nap Ministry emphasizes the importance of rest and resistance to grinding culture in a call to action, with the goal of a future where rest is exalted – and a divine-human right.

In the Upper Country by Kai Thomas

Lensinda is called to tell the story of an older escaped slave who has killed a slave catcher at her home in Canada, but instead of an interview, the old woman demands an exchange of tales that weave their stories together.

Laziness Does Not Exist by Devon Price

Devon Price details the three main tenets of what he calls the “Laziness Lie” and urges readers to stop pushing themselves to the brink or thinking of themselves as “lazy.”

Stay True: A Memoir by Hua Hsu

This coming-of-age memoir set in 1990s California is a meditation on music, memory, grief, and an unlikely and unforgettable friendship. 

My Government Means to Kill Me by Rasheed Newson 

A Queer coming-of-age story in which a young gay black man navigates the social and political upheaval of New York City in the 1980s and during the worst of the AIDS epidemic.

Blood and Fire: The Unbelievable Real-Life Story of Wrestling’s Original Sheik by Brian R. Solomon

This Michigan Notable looks at the rise and fall of Lansing, Michigan-born, first-generation Lebanese American Edward Farhat in the era of professional wrestling’s territorial systems.

Scenes from My Life:  A Memoir by Michael K. Williams

This powerful NAACP Image Award-winning memoir tells the story of the late actor’s life, from his Brooklyn childhood and early years as a dancer to his career in acting, including his role playing Omar Little on The Wire.

A Quiet Teacher by Adam Oyebanji

A murder at an elite Pittsburgh academy threatens the carefully constructed identity and security of a language teacher. This is le Carré (le cah-ray) meets Christie with well-placed societal commentary.

Alive at the End of the World: Poems by Saeed Jones

Jones’ latest collection tackles grief and anger in the face of intimate and community loss, intermingling the personal with pop culture—including verses on Whitney Houston, Little Richard, Cicely Tyson, and Toni Morrison.

Cooking from the Spirit: Easy, Delicious, and Joyful Plant-Based Inspirations by Tabitha Brown

The two-time NAACP Image Award-winning author and influencer brings her characteristic warmth to this cookbook featuring plant-based recipes and inspiration to cook with confidence. 

Deaf Utopia: A Memoir and a Love Letter to a Way of Life by Nyle DiMarco

DiMarco is a model, actor, producer, and activist known for his role on Switched at Birth and for winning both America’s Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars. His memoir gives readers a peek into growing up in a multigenerational deaf family.

Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree

Imagine you’ve spent your life adventuring, doing security and otherwise being scary and violent, but now you want to settle down and open a coffee shop. Viv’s trying to bring that dream to life in this fantasy comfort read.

This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You by Susan Rogers

Rogers, a former music producer and the sound engineer for Prince on Purple Rain, combines her past with her present as a professor of cognitive neuroscience to delve into the art of listening to music.

Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me by Ralph Macchio

The Karate Kid star writes with humor and nostalgia, going behind the scenes to tell the stories of the actors, making, and lasting influence of the 1984 blockbuster film. 

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

In Osman’s popular series starter, septuagenarian crime enthusiasts get their chance to take on a real case when a local developer is found dead. It’s a must for fans of Only Murders in the Building

Grievers by adrienne maree brown

This series debut from author and activist adrienne maree brown is a plague story that explores loss, family, community, and gentrification—alongside survival—in the wake of a bizarre epidemic targeting Detroit.

A Proposal They Can't Refuse by Natalie Caña

Things heat up in a Chicago neighborhood when a Puerto Rican chef and an Irish distiller must fake date to please their meddling grandfathers and save their shared building. 

Walking in My Joy: In These Streets by Jenifer Lewis

The multi-award-winning actress, activist, and mental health advocate follows The Mother of Black Hollywood with this collection of passionate and often humorous essays about life, politics, travel, and self-love. 

Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy by Damien Lewis

This riveting work of historical biography tells the story of Josephine Baker - the legendary singer, dancer, and actress who worked as a spy in the WWII resistance movement in wartime Paris.