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8 new books to be released in February 2021

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A coming of age story about racial identity in America today; a long-awaited cathartic novel about a life-changing weekend shared between strangers; and authoritative new work from a tech industry titan with a plan for how the world can achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avert climate catastrophe.

Here are eight new books to read in February.

“The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin Made a Nation”
Courtesy of Flatiron Books

The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin Shaped a Nationby Anna Malaika Tubbs

Available February 2

Researcher Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America’s most important heroes: Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. These in-depth portraits of the Alberta King, Louise Little, and Berdis Baldwin offer a new understanding of a century of American history.

February 2021 Books-This Near To Okay
“It’s almost correct: a novel”
Courtesy of Grand Central Publishing

It’s close to good by Leesa Cross-Smith

Available February 2

On a rainy October night in Kentucky, a recently divorced therapist is on her way home when she sees a man standing precariously on the edge of a bridge. Without thinking, she stops, jumps out of the car into the rain, and persuades the man to join her for a cup of coffee. He finally agrees to return home, where he finally reluctantly shares her first name. However, he’s not the only one who needs help. Alternating between their views as they get closer to the truth of what brought the man to the bridge, It’s close to good is a powerful story of two strangers reunited by chance just when they need it most.

February 2021 Books - My year abroad
“My year abroad: a novel”
Courtesy of Riverhead Books

My year abroad by Chang-rae Lee

Available February 2

Tinged with black humor and rich in commentary on Western attitudes, Eastern stereotypes, capitalism, world trade, mental health, parenting, mentoring, and more.My year abroadis an exploration of the surprising effects of cultural immersion, through an American student in Asia, a Chinese entrepreneur in America and an unlikely couple hidden in the suburbs.

February 2021 Books - Surviving the White Gaze
“Surviving white eyes: a memory”
Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Survive the white gaze by Rebecca Carroll

Available February 2

Cultural critic Rebecca Carroll grew up as the only black person in her rural New Hampshire town. That all changed when she met her birth mother, a young white woman, who repeatedly undermined Carroll’s identity and self-esteem. As an adult, Carroll struggled with difficult boyfriends, depression, eating disorders, and heavy drinking. Ultimately, with the support of her chosen black family, she was able to heal and forge her identity as a black woman in America. Survive the white gaze explores the tension between the author’s painful desire for acceptance of her birth mother and the loyalty she feels to her adoptive family, and details Carroll’s search for her racial identity.

February 2021 Books-Junk Animal Vegetable
“Animal, vegetable, junk: a history of food, from sustainable to suicidal”
Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Animal, vegetable, junk: a history of food, from sustainable to suicidal by Mark Bittman

Available February 2

Food scribe Mark Bittman returns with a deep dive into food history, starting with hunting and gathering until the emergence of GMOs and ultra-processed foods in the 20th century. But it is not just a story of what we eat or the way we eat, but how food has been an economic and technological engine of change and evolution. As Bittman suggests, the search for food for growing populations has led to exploration, colonialism, slavery, and capitalism. Food has been industrialized over the last century and since then new styles of agriculture and food production have contributed to climate change and global health crises. But there is no hope, as Bittman offers changes we can make in our daily lives now.

February 2021 Books - The Kindest Lie
“The nicest lie: a novel”
Courtesy of William Morrow

The nicest lie by Nancy Johnson

Available February 9

In the wake of President Barack Obama’s first inauguration and in the wake of the Great Recession, a black engineer trained by the Ivy League returns home to find that the industrial city of her youth in Indiana is in the grip of unemployment, in racism and despair. As she begins to delve into the past, she unexpectedly befriends a young white boy who is also adrift and relationship-seeking. As she is about to uncover a burning secret her family wants to hide, a traumatic incident puts strain on the city’s already burning racial tensions. The nicest lie captures the divide between black and white communities, providing a seamless vision of black motherhood in contemporary America.

February 2021 Books-Bill Gates
“How to avoid a climate catastrophe: the solutions we have and the progress we need”
Courtesy of Knopf

How to avoid a climate catastropheby Bill Gates

Available February 16

In this urgent book,MicrosoftCo-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates presents a broad, practical – and accessible – plan for how the world can achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avert climate catastrophe. Drawing on his understanding of innovation and what it takes to bring new ideas to market, the tech industry titan outlines areas where technology is already helping to reduce emissions; where and how current technology can be made more efficient; where advanced technologies are needed; and who is working on these essential innovations.

February 2021 Books-Speak Okinawa
“Speak, Okinawa: a memoir”
Courtesy of Knopf

Speak, Okinawa: A Memoirby Elizabeth Miki Brina

Available February 23

Elizabeth’s mother Miki Brina was working as a nightclub hostess in US-occupied Okinawa when she met the US soldier who would become her husband. The language barrier and power imbalance that defined their early relationship followed them to the predominantly white suburb of upstate New York, where they moved to raise their only daughter. Decades later, the author comes to recognize the shame and self-loathing that haunts both herself and her mother, and she attempts a form of reconciliation, not only to come to terms with the beleaguered dynamic of her family, but also to take account of injustices. that reverberate throughout the history of Okinawa and its people.

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