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In this third book in Harper’s “Letters” series, the actor offers incarcerated men words of advice and inspiration. His previous book, Letters to a Young Brother, was named Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association.

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An oral history of Chicago’s iconic, and infamous, high-rise public housing projects. Ford Foundation grantee and English professor Petty interviews former residents about their lives before and after the citywide demolition of the towers.

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Columbia University political scientist Harris discusses Obama’s presidency (and how he got there) in the context of black activism, moving from the civil rights movement to the present.

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After watching Virginia Ruzici play tennis on TV, Williams decided his young daughters—Venus and Serena—could do that, too. He coached them himself, and here he reveals the methods he used to raise two of the greatest athletes tennis has known.

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Tracing the men of his family across 150 broken and bloody years, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winner Thomas steeps this memoir in dreams deferred (“does it dry up…?”) as much as he does history. A powerful statement about race, inheritance, and trauma.

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Actor and former host of BET’s 106 & Park, Terrence J credits his mother and the sacrifices she made for the success he’s found in his life.

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Writer and activist Mock came out as a transwoman when Marie Claire profiled her in 2011. In this memoir, she recounts her childhood belief in her true gender, her messy teenaged transition, and her adult life as a woman. A book sure to be both inspiring and important.

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New Yorker drama critic Als returns with his first book since 1996. This collection includes essay, memoir, and fiction—all touch on questions of identity, race, and gender. Fluid and fluent. (LJ 9/1/13)