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Hanif Abdurraqib Books In Order

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Publication Order of Memoirs

They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Go Ahead in the Rain (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
They Don't Dance No' Mo' (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

A Little Devil in America (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
There's Always This Year (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Poetry Books

The Crown Ain't Worth Much (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Fortune for Your Disaster (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Children's Books

Sing, Aretha, Sing!: Aretha Franklin,"Respect," and the Civil Rights Movement (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Bodies Built for Game(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Soul Sister Revue: A Poetry Compilation(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Respect the Mic(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Hanif Abdurraqib is a published author, essayist, poet, and a cultural critic. He has appeared in the 2018 t.v. movie The 2000s as himself as well as The Nineties, a 2017 television documentary. He was also on Articulate with Jim Cotter.

Hanif grew up in Columbus, Ohio. He has had his poetry published in such publications as Vinyl, Muzzle, PEN American, other journals, and more. His music critiques and essays have also been featured in many publications, including Pitchfork, The FADER, The New Yorker, and more. He is a columnist for the MTV website.

Hanif Abdurraqib had his debut poetry collection come out in June of 2016. Published by way of Button Poetry, it was nominated for an award and a finalist when it comes to the Eric Hoffer Book Prize. He released the limited edition Vintage Sadness with Big Lucks in the summer of 2017. It was a limited edition and is unfortunately not able to be purchased anymore.

Hanif Abdurraqib had his debut essay collection released in winter of 2017. Published by Two Dollar Radio, the essays are a strong showing of this author’s viewpoint on the world. It was received very well and was named one of the top books of the year by such publications and media outlets as The Chicago Tribune, Pitchfork, Los Angeles Review, Paste, CBC, Oprah Magazine, Esquire, Buzzfeed, and NPR, as well as several others.

Hanif has a fellowship and writes for Union Station Magazine as an interviewer. He also fills time being Muzzle Magazine’s poetry editor. He belongs to a poetry collective called Echo Hotel. The collective also features Eve Ewing, a fellow essayist and poet.

He has not only written poetry and essays but also has a 2019 book that is a biography of the rap group that goes by the name of A Tribe Called Quest. He enjoys talking to other people about their favorite music or bands as well as things like their favorite sneakers.

The Crown Ain’t Worth Much is the debut full-length collection of essays from this author. If you are looking for something that is interesting and a fresh new voice in the literary world, this might be the book for you to check out!

These essays manage to paint a portrayal of America and life in the city in these words that can be both vulnerable and sharp. The interest that this writer has in following pop culture shows up in his poems and essays in works that bring up such topics as love, family, gender, and race.

Check out this book that Terrance Hayes praises as being able to bridge bravado of praise with the tears and blood and elegy. This book is a celebration of love that is able to keep us all together even as the challenges of our emotions and life and even our relationships threaten to tear it apart. Full of intellectual stimulation and emotion, this collection is a complex but rewarding book that brings us moments of celebration and tragedy, rendering realistic human voices and a very clear voice available along the way.

The second collection of essays from this author is titled the very unique title of They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us. This is a very interesting followup to the first book from Hanif that is well worth checking out.

Particularly in our modern age where there is so much going on, this is a literary voice that shines out among it all. There is so much confusion and fear going on, and the voice of this author cuts through everything and provides an interesting perch to spend an hour or two as a reader.

This writer is able to put his thoughts and his point of view onto the paper and gives the reader something interesting to consider, often based on his life or things that he sees. His life can be interesting sometimes, and he writes of things such as visiting the grave of Michael Brown one day and then going to see Bruce Springsteen the next day.

Check out this book and read essays on a variety of topics under the sun. For instance, the author takes one section to ponder showing affection in a very public place such as a pop star’s concert. There’s something in here for everyone and he writes about all of these topics with a magnetic poignancy that draws the reader in and makes them want to read the next one because of the resonance that each has!

Many of these pieces revolve around music or musicians, so if you are a fan of listening to music, then you may very well enjoy this collection. The author recalls how he used to love music as a teenager and found refuge in it and going to shows, and wonders whether after the Paris nightclub attacks other teens will be able to enjoy that or if young Muslims of an entire generation may be blocked from having that chance.

This author discusses music, family, race, and more. He reinforces the topic of race and the threats that black Americans face to their lives every day by telling the story of the first time he had an interaction with the police. He was ordered to get down on the ground for something as simple and innocent as trying to get into his own vehicle.

His essays have seen the light of day in many a publication and now one of the freshest and most innovative voices in the literary world has their thoughts fully available in ‘They Can’t’ for readers to review themselves. Some essays included have never been released before and will be fresh for readers already familiar with this author’s work.

Through pop culture, art, music, artists, and more, this writer has a unique lens on the world that he shares through his writing. When it comes to understanding ourselves and others, it can be difficult to do. Check out a one of a kind view on the world by getting this book for yourself so you can check out each essay on your own and see why so many others are praising Hanif Abdurraqib for yourself!

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