BLACK JOY: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration, by Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts, read by the author. (Simon & Schuster Audio.) Expanding on the author’s June 2020 article about the personal and political power of laughing with her daughter, these 36 essays counter the narrative that Black life consists only of struggle and trauma.
MY MESS IS A BIT OF A LIFE: Adventures in Anxiety, by Georgia Pritchett, read by Katherine Parkinson. (HarperAudio.) In her first memoir, the four-time Emmy-winning screenwriter behind “Veep,” “Succession” and “The Thick of It” recalls her dread-filled coming-of-age in England, her career in a male-dominated industry and her life raising children of her own.
RUBYFRUIT JUNGLE, by Rita Mae Brown, read by Anna Paquin. (Blackstone Publishing.) The “True Blood” actor reads the first-ever audio production of this 1973 bildungsroman, about an adopted girl in the South who is unapologetic in her love for other women.
THE THREE DEATH SENTENCES OF CLARENCE HENDERSON: A Battle for Racial Justice at the Dawn of the Civil Rights Era, by Chris Joyner, read by John Lescault. (Blackstone Publishing.) An investigative reporter tells the true story of a Black sharecropper who was wrongly accused of murder, set against the backdrop of Thurgood Marshall’s N.A.A.C.P. and its fight to protect Black voters from the influence of the Communist Party.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO CHINA, by Elizabeth C. Economy. (Polity, $29.95.) A senior adviser to the secretary of commerce explains China’s new strategies to dramatically reshape geopolitics and reclaim the country’s past glory.
THERE ARE NO ACCIDENTS: The Deadly Rise of Injury and Disaster — Who Profits and Who Pays the Price, by Jessie Singer. (Simon & Schuster, $27.99.) Prompted by the death of her best friend and the killer who insisted it was “an accident,” a journalist examines how the term has shielded the powerful at the expense of the vulnerable throughout American history.
THE FAMILY CHAO, by Lan Samantha Chang. (Norton, $28.) This novel reimagines “The Brothers Karamazov” as a family drama and murder mystery centered on a Chinese immigrant family in the town of Haven, Wis.
DIGNITY IN A DIGITAL AGE: Making Tech Work for All of Us, by Ro Khanna. (Simon & Schuster, $28.99.) The California congressman proposes policy reforms to the tech sector, including job relocation to rural areas, diversity initiatives and laws aimed at increasing transparency.