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In California Soul: An American Epic of Cooking and Survival, Keith Corbin, born on the home turf of the notorious Grape Street Crips in 1980s Watts, Los Angeles, tells his story – from cooking crack at age 13 and a stint at a maximum security prison to executive chef and co-owner of Alta Adams in Los Angeles, one of the best restaurants in the country. In My Seven Black Fathers: A Young Activist’s Memoir of Race, Family, and the Mentors Who Made Him Whole, Will Jawando – attorney, activist, and community leader – tells an affirmative story of hope and respect for men of color as he looks back on the relationships with the mentors that enabled him to thrive. In Black Boy Smile: A Memoir in Moments, D. Watkins – today a bestselling author, college professor, husband, and father – shares his childhood journey of being thrown into a world where manhood meant surviving by slinging crack and finding oneself on the right side of a pistol. Here, he recounts the moments of joy he safeguarded in order to emerge from his environment and thrive.