Book Radar: President Barack Obama Announces Memoir, ‘A Promised Land’

After his wife, the former First Lady Michelle Obama released her highly anticipated memoir, Becoming, the 44th President, Barack Obama has announced the release of his tome, entitled A Promised Land.

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In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency—a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Reflecting on the presidency, he offers a unique and thoughtful exploration of both the awesome reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as singular insights into the dynamics of U.S. partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings readers inside the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room, and to Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, and points beyond. We are privy to his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, wrestles with a global financial crisis, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune’s Spear, which leads to the death of Osama bin Laden.

A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective—the story of one man’s bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of “hope and change,” and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible (

A Promised Land is available now for pre-order and is set to be released on November 17, 2020.

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Book Radar: New Releases from Stephenie Meyer, Luvvie Ajayi Jones and Bevy Smith

Stephenie Meyer released a new book earlier this month based on the #TwighlightSaga. Midnight Sun allows us to dive into the world of Edward Cullen before and after meeting Bella Swan. It is available now.

There are also new releases on the horizon from Luvvie Ajayi and Bevy Smith, respectively.

Luvvie Ajayi Jones is following up to her debut book, I’m Judging You, The Do Better Manual with Professional Troublemaker, The Fear-Fighter Manual.

Pre-Order here.

Bevy Smith, everyone’s fashionable auntie in their heads, has decided to gift us with life lessons in Bevelations: Lessons from a Mutha, Auntie, and Bestie.

Pre-Order here.

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Book Radar: Symone Sanders’ No, You Shut Up |Speaking the Truth to Power and Reclaiming America

Symone Sanders hit the political scene seemingly out of nowhere. She is notable because at the age of 25, she became the youngest presidential press secretary in United States history when she signed on to work for Senator Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign. Symone is currently working as the senior advisor to Vice President Joe Biden in his current presidential campaign for 2020. Before this role, she was commonly seen giving political commentary online and live on stations like CNN.

Symone Sanders No, You Shut Up


“No, You Shut Up goes beyond the surplus of “Vote-Or-Die” books we’ve seen before. Because change doesn’t just happen at the ballot box. We need people fighting oppression, injustice, and inequality—in the workplace, on the cultural battlefield, in government, in every corner of the world. With spirited storytelling filtered through a voice that cannot and will not be ignored, Symone inspires you to start now. You don’t need to have all the answers, or wait your turn to help create the change you want to see. All you need is a new toolbox, an unshakeable commitment, and the confidence and guidance to wield those tools effectively.” (Symone

No, You Shut Up is available for pre-order and will be released on May 19, 2020.


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Book Radar: Elaine Welteroth’s More Than Enough

How could you not love the bespectacled, quirky, white boot loving, former Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue? Elaine Welteroth was the youngest EIC at the helm of a Condé Nast magazine, and by the time of her departure, she had made a name for herself in the fashion industry. I highly doubt her process to get to that point was easy, and being a woman of color running a national publication, I’m sure didn’t not come without it’s own challenges. Though I won’t know for sure until I get my hands on More Than Enough.

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