1. This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism by Don Lemon (Little, Brown and Company)
"In this ‘vital book for these times’ (Kirkus Reviews), Don Lemon brings his vast audience and experience as a reporter and a Black man to today’s most urgent question: How can we end racism in America in our lifetimes?"
2. To Raise a Boy: Classrooms, Locker Rooms, Bedrooms, and the Hidden Struggles of American Boyhood by Emma Brown (Atria/One Signal Publishers)
"How will I raise my son to be different? This question gripped Washington Post investigative reporter Emma Brown, who was at home nursing her six-week-old son when the #MeToo movement erupted. In search of an answer, Brown traveled around the country, through towns urban and rural, affluent and distressed. In the course of her reporting, she interviewed hundreds of people—educators, parents, coaches, researchers, men, and boys—to understand the challenges boys face and how to address them."
3. Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight For a Fair America by Stacey Abrams (Henry Holt)
"From New York Times bestselling author of Lead From The Outside and political leader Stacey Abrams, a blueprint to end voter suppression, empower our citizens, and take back our country."
"It's a story that is one-part danger, one part action, and all true. It's a story about how and why we fight for our democracy and win."
3. Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy by Adam Jentleson (Liveright Publishing Corporation)
"In Kill Switch, Senate insider Adam Jentleson contends that far from reflecting the Framers’ vision, the U.S. Senate has been transformed over the decades by a tenacious minority of white conservatives."
4. Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes (Crown)
"The inside story of the historic 2020 presidential election and Joe Biden’s harrowing ride to victory, from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of Shattered, the definitive account of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign."
5. Bag Man: The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-Up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House by Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz (Crown)
"Is it possible for a sitting vice president to direct a vast criminal enterprise within the halls of the White House? To have one of the most brazen corruption scandals in American history play out while nobody's paying attention? And for that scandal to be all but forgotten decades later?"
"Based on the award-winning hit podcast, Bag Man expands and deepens the story of Spiro Agnew’s scandal and its lasting influence on our politics, our media, and our understanding of what it takes to confront a criminal in the White House."
6. Chaos Under Heaven: Trump, Xi, and the Battle for the Twenty-First Century by Josh Rogin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
"Chaos Under Heaven" presents "the explosive, behind-the-scenes story of Donald Trump’s high-stakes confrontation with Beijing, from an award-winning Washington Post columnist and peerless observer of the U.S.–China relationship."
7. The Tyranny of Merit: What's Become of the Common Good? by Michael J. Sandel (Farrar Straus and Giroux)
"World-renowned philosopher Michael J. Sandel argues that to overcome the crises that are upending our world, we must rethink the attitudes toward success and failure that have accompanied globalization and rising inequality."
8. Saving Justice: Truth, Transparency, and Trust by James Comey (Flatiron Books)
"James Comey, former FBI Director and New York Times bestselling author of 'A Higher Loyalty,' uses his long career in federal law enforcement to explore issues of justice and fairness in the US justice system."
9. Twilight of Democracy: the Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism by Anne Applebaum (Doubleday Books)
"A Pulitzer Prize–winning historian explains, with electrifying clarity, why elites in democracies around the world are turning toward nationalism and authoritarianism."
10. Front Row at the Trump Show by Jonathan Karl (Dutton Books)
"An account like no other, from the White House reporter who has known President Donald Trump for more than 25 year…We have never seen a president like this...norm-breaking, rule-busting, dangerously reckless to some and an overdue force for change to others. One thing is clear: We are witnessing the reshaping of the presidency."
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