If you’re anything like the rest of us, you need a good book while transiting between locations, vacations or vocations. So here’s the Griots Republic March book releases that you’ll want to add to your Kindle or your backpack.
Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning
Release Date: March 27, 2018.
Why You’ll Want to Read it: One word… (wait for it)…Hamilton! If you need good pick me up stories that are inspirational and necessary for wherever you are in your life, then you may as well get them from the break out star of Hamilton, Leslie Odom. Jr.
Publisher’s Description: Leslie Odom. Jr, burst on the scene in 2015, originating the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical phenomenon Hamilton. Since then, he has performed for sold-out audiences, sang for the Obamas at the White House, and won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a musical. But before he landed the role of a lifetime in one of the biggest musicals of all time, Odom put in years of hard work as a singer and an actor.
With personal stories from his life, Odom asks the questions that will help you unlock your true potential and achieve your goals even when they seem impossible. What work did you put in today that will help you improve tomorrow? How do you surround yourself with people who will care about your dreams as much as you do? How do you know when to play it safe and when to risk it all for something bigger and better?
These stories will inspire you, motivate you, and empower you for the greatness that lies ahead, whether you’re graduating from college, starting a new job, or just looking to live each day to the fullest.
Pick it up: Amazon
A Colony in a Nation
By Chris Hayes
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Why You’ll Want to Read it: It doesn’t matter where your sensibilities lie (left or right, Crip or Blood, Gamma Ray or Wannabees, etc.) if you can’t recognize that the political and social environment in which we’re living in now is on the precipe of something massive, then you aren’t paying attention. Some of us bury our heads in the sand, some of us book flights, while some dig in and research more. If you’re in the dig in class of folk, then this may be the book for you. Chris Hayes is a political commentator for MSNBC, and this insightful editorial should keep you informed and keyed in.
Publisher’s Description: America likes to tell itself that it inhabits a post-racial world, yet nearly every empirical measure―wealth, unemployment, incarceration, school segregation―reveals that racial inequality has barely improved since 1968 when Richard Nixon became our first “law and order” president. With the clarity and originality that distinguished his prescient bestseller, Twilight of the Elites, Chris Hayes upends our national conversation on policing and democracy in a book of wide-ranging historical, social, and political analysis.
Hayes contends our country has fractured in two: the Colony and the Nation. In the Nation, we venerate the law. In the Colony, we obsess over order, fear trumps civil rights, and aggressive policing resembles occupation. A Colony in a Nation explains how a country founded on justice now looks like something uncomfortably close to a police state. How and why did Americans build a system where conditions in Ferguson and West Baltimore mirror those that sparked the American Revolution?
A Colony in a Nation examines the surge in crime that began in the 1960s and peaked in the 1990s and the unprecedented decline that followed. Drawing on close-hand reporting at flashpoints of racial conflict, as well as deeply personal experiences with policing, Hayes explores cultural touchstones, from the influential “broken windows” theory to the “squeegee men” of late-1980s Manhattan, to show how fear causes us to make dangerous and unfortunate choices, both in our society and at the personal level. With great empathy, he seeks to understand the challenges of policing communities haunted by the omnipresent threat of guns. Most important, he shows that a more democratic and sympathetic justice system already exists―in a place we least suspect.
A Colony in a Nation is an essential book―searing and insightful―that will reframe our thinking about law and order in the years to come.
Pick it up: Amazon
Confessions Of A Melanated Queen: Complexities Of The Modern Black Woman
Release Date: March 1, 2018
Why You’ll Want to Read it: We’re all for supporting independent publishers, and this one right here is one for the road. Dr. Meeks, who operates a blog of the same title, has a varied background in education and confesses to all manner of thoughts and actions. If her blog is an indication of her book, then you’ll at a minimum find a friend in your head.
Publisher’s Description: Confessions of A Melanated Queen: Complexities of the Modern Black Woman, is comprised of controversial and thought-provoking commentary related to life, marriage, and family, through the lens of a millennial African American woman.
Pick it up: Amazon
Girls Burn Brighter
by Shobha Rao
Release Date: Mar 6, 2018
Why You’ll Want to Read it: There’s nothing better than a good fiction novel that transports you to another world, and this book fits the bill. Be forewarned, however, that it may rip you emotionally apart. Rape, human trafficking, arranged marriage… you can put as many trigger warnings on this book as you’d like, but you’ll still need to brace yourself. It’s as hard-hitting as it is captivating!
Publisher’s Description: Poornima and Savitha have three strikes against them: they are poor, they are ambitious, and they are girls. After her mother’s death, Poornima has very little kindness in her life. She is left to care for her siblings until her father can find her a suitable match. So when Savitha enters their household, Poornima is intrigued by the joyful, independent-minded girl. Suddenly their Indian village doesn’t feel quite so claustrophobic, and Poornima begins to imagine a life beyond arranged marriage. But when a devastating act of cruelty drives Savitha away, Poornima leaves behind everything she has ever known to find her friend.
Her journey takes her into the darkest corners of India’s underworld, on a harrowing cross-continental journey, and eventually to an apartment complex in Seattle. Alternating between the girls’ perspectives as they face ruthless obstacles, Girls Burn Brighter introduces two heroines who never lose the hope that burns within.
Pick it up: Amazon