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The Journey: New Positions in African Photography Cover Image
By Simon Njami (Editor), Sean O'Toole (Editor), Akinbode Akinbiyi (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$69.95
ISBN: 9783735606822
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Published: Kerber Verlag - April 13th, 2021

As a huge fan of photography, I like to flip through some of the art books in the store when I have a chance. This year, I found myself coming back to The Journey. A beautifully edited collection of new photographer's work across the African Continent, The Journey makes a great gift for anyone in your life who enjoys photography, as each featured artist has a different style and perspective than the next. In today's world of iphone photography it is always refreshing to see artists take time to make the passion show through in their work. -- Amani


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A Black Gaze: Artists Changing How We See Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780262045872
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Published: The MIT Press - August 24th, 2021

Recuperating the concept of 'the gaze' from the stigma of being in perpetual cahoots with violence and matrices of oppression, Black feminist theorist of visual culture Professor Tina M. Campt dives into the artwork of some of the most exciting Black visual artists to initiate readers into communion with the notion of 'a Black gaze; a gaze that allows artist and viewer alike to access the complexities of Black people's lived experiences as rendered by contemporary Black artists. A necessary intervention in helping us all come to terms with the zeitgeist that is our neo-Black renaissance, anyone with a cursory interest in Blackness and/or visual culture will find Campt's most recent book nothing but poignant. -- Malik


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Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide (Atlas Obscura) Cover Image
$42.50
ISBN: 9781523502196
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 12th, 2021

For those of us who love food and food culture, but maybe are not about to be chefs ourselves, this book is a dream! By lovingly exploring seven continents the folks of Atlas Obscura have given us both the story of people and their food. Cultures shift and so does the food, but the story of every people can be found on the plate. It will give you many cravings, not the least of which is to travel the world! Until then, you can bask in the wonderful humans and their food in Gastro Obscura. -- Hannah


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Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora [A Cookbook] Cover Image
By Bryant Terry (Editor)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781984859723
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Published: 4 Color Books - October 19th, 2021

I am torn whether to recommend this to you as an art book, a graphic history, an infographic, or a compelling story! Honestly, it is a beautiful book that tells the story of the African Diaspora through our food edited by chef Bryant Terry. Each recipe is accompanied by art, poetry, essays, and tips for cooking the gorgous history found within Black Food's pages. -- Hannah


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Princess Pamela's Soul Food Cookbook: A Mouth-Watering Treasury of Afro-American Recipes Cover Image
By Pamela Strobel, Matt Lee (Introduction by), Ted Lee (Introduction by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780847858422
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Published: Rizzoli - October 12th, 2021

This is truly a treasury—part cookbook and part cultural history, this now back in print cookbook makes soul food accessible in every kitchen. It is gorgeously wrought and makes for a beautiful object in your home and is browsable for hours on end. Plus, the food will definitely keep you warm in winter and delighted in summer! Essential for DMV living. -- Hannah


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Bress 'n' Nyam: Gullah Geechee Recipes from a Sixth-Generation Farmer Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781682686041
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Published: Countryman Press - May 11th, 2021

It is rare to have a cookbook with prose as good as the recipes it contains, but Matthew Raiford is a master of prose as well as an incredible chef. He brings to life generations of family history and delicious food from farm life for his readers. I had never attempted Gullah Geechee recipes before enjoying this cookbook, but now I find them in essential rotation and exploring a whole new cuisine. -- Hannah


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The Korean Vegan Cookbook: Reflections and Recipes from Omma's Kitchen Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780593084274
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Published: Avery - October 12th, 2021

The soul of our families can be found in our food, but do not always move forward with how we live our lives. Joanne Lee Molinaro brings the delicious recipes off the pages to live with personal stories and the gorgeous photography that elevate this cookbook. Whether you put it through its paces building your pantry and learning vegan, Korean recipes or treasure it as a beautiful object, this book will elevate your library and kitchen. -- Hannah


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Bibliophile: Diverse Spines Cover Image
By Jamise Harper, Jane Mount, Jane Mount (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781797211916
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 2nd, 2021

In the book world there can be so much talk of “Diverse” Literature with so little definition of what that means! Well, this book defies vagueness and instead gives beautiful witness to the authors, bookstores, and bookish folk championing our stories in all their complexity and varied brilliance. Illustrator Jane Mount teamed up with Jamise Harper, Bookstagrammer and creator of the Diverse Spines Challenge, to create this physical testament to our powerful stories. Gorgeously wrought in every detail, this gift will sing in the hands of your recipient or on your own bookshelf! -- Hannah


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Make Good the Promises: Reclaiming Reconstruction and Its Legacies Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063160644
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Published: Amistad - September 14th, 2021

So little is actually taught to Americans about the period of Reconstruction and this incredible book of photography, history, and biography from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture brings light to a period so often gone dark in our textbooks. The chance we had to repair America's heart in law and action in the months and years just after the Civil War wasn't taken and it is essential to know why and also to remember those that envisioned something brighter so that we may bring it to light. -- Hannah


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The Atlas of Disappearing Places: Our Coasts and Oceans in the Climate Crisis Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781620974568
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Published: New Press - July 20th, 2021

Okay so a book detailing the incredible and immediate dangers of Climate Change may not seem like an obvious gift, but this book has a beauty all its own giving us the history of places immediately threatened by our actions. The activists filling these pages inspire you to keep going and champion the beauty all around us. With information, science, and an incredible layout this Atlas deserves a space in all our homes. -- Hannah


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The Afrominimalist's Guide to Living with Less Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781982168049
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Published: Tiller Press - June 15th, 2021

Over the past year many of us have been trapped in the house, face to face with all of our stuff. While our pandemic sourdough was in the oven we either bought more things out of bordom or took advantage of the time at home to start cleaning. Christine Platt has created a culturally aware guide to understanding our emotional attachment to stuff and unlearning habits passed down through generations. If that isn't convincing enough, Platt is also a local author based in D.C! -- Amani


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Hill House Living: The Art of Creating a Joyful Life Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593234464
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 19th, 2021

Sometimes you need a truly beautiful bit of aesthetics to get you through the day. Many of us delighted at finding HillHouse on instagram and discovering a Black woman truly living her best life. With the history of the antiques filling her home, the recipes tickling her tastebuds, and the vintage clothes enviably gracing her in every photo, this book will bring you joy on every page and share the treasures of Hill House. Celebrate loving exactly what you love and making home a scene that brings out the best in you with this gorgous book. -- Hannah