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PIHLADELPHIA — Before Michelle Zauner wrote "Crying in H Mart," her heartbreakingly beautiful memoir about grief, food, and her Korean American identity, she had already created two works of art about losing her mother, Chongmi, to cancer in 2014: the Japanese Breakfast albums "Psychopomp" and "Soft Sounds from Another Planet." "Psychopomp" opens with "In Heaven," with a verse about the family ...

It’s difficult to write a fresh-sounding biography of a woman who has been in Washington longer than some members of Congress have been alive. But even longtime watchers of House Speaker Nancy Nancy Pelosi will learn something new about the most powerful woman in the country — and how she got that way — from USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page’s new biography, “Madam Speaker: Nancy ...

I don't mean to get too personal here, but here I go: What's the strangest thing you've ever found in a book? Maybe in a library book, or in a used book you bought, or even in a book you've had on the shelf for years and had forgotten about? And what is the strangest thing you've ever tucked into a book, perhaps as a makeshift bookmark? I'm thinking about these things for two reasons. The ...

"Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019," edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain; One World (528 pages, $32) ——— As distinguished historian Ibram X. Kendi points out in his rousing introduction to "Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019," histories “of Black America have almost always been written by a single individual, ...

“The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship” by Deborah Willis; NYU Press (256 pages, $35) ——— It wasn’t just a war for freedom. It was a war for the future. Black soldiers during the Civil War weren’t just fighting for themselves. They were fighting for their children and all who came after. They were fighting for tomorrow. “The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual ...

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