America Redux: Visual Stories from Our Dynamic History

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Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
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6.9 X 8.9 X 1.3 inches | 1.85 pounds

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About the Author

Ariel Aberg-Riger is a visual storyteller who creates engaging, accessible stories about history, science, policy, and other forces that shape our lives. Her work explores issues of equity and social justice, on topics that range from environmental racism to the public library. Ariel's work has appeared in the Atlantic, the Guardian, Bloomberg, Teen Vogue, and more. She is a 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Nonfiction Literature and lives with her wife and two kids in Buffalo, NY. Learn more at and


"In this pictorial stunner, debut creator Aberg-Riger demonstrates the U.S.'s continually expanding history via nonlinear chronology that covers ground between the late 18th century and the 21st century. Aberg-Riger examines how each individual story tackles issues surrounding identity in politics, allowing readers to make connections and interrogate how seemingly isolated societal struggles intersect with one another. This work enthralls from start to finish, culminating in a triumphant victory that tackles censorship and revisionist history." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This stellar offering combines startling facts, gripping prose, and appealing, vibrant collage illustrations that use photographs, maps, and other ephemera. Thought-provoking connections are made to today's burning issues, e.g., gun control, lack of affordable housing, and mass incarceration. Beautifully illustrated, riveting, enraging, and empowering: a must-read." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"In this interactive, visually stunning compilation, Aberg-Riger assembles some of the stories U.S. history textbooks typically leave out. While the themes encompass difficult topics, Aberg-Riger concludes many chapters with ways activists have changed and continue to change the course of these ongoing issues in America. An essential resource to promote perspective and dialogue around American identity." -- Booklist (starred review)

"American history come[s] alive in this powerful and innovative book. The imaginative use of colorful images on every page, incorporating bold, handwritten text into the pictures will engage the most reluctant readers. Aberg-Riger includes several stories of social activism, bringing a sense of empowerment to the narrative. An excellent resource for kicking off classroom discussions. The work is well documented with extensive source notes leading the curious to additional resources. Truly remarkable! A must for every library." -- School Library Journal (starred review)

"America Redux is THE history book that belongs in every high school in America. Aberg-Riger has provided a necessary and insightful conversation about history that highlights the history makers we know so little about. America can't know where it's going unless it knows where it's been, and America Redux is the ultimate guide for that." -- Angie Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give

"America Redux is RAD. Incredible to look at and fascinating to read. It's also badass, brilliant, fun, super clever, and utterly unflinching when it comes to telling the real and often brutal histories of these United States." -- Kate Schatz, New York Times-bestselling author of Rad American Women A-Z and Do the Work: An Antiracist Activity Book

"A fresh, evolving account of our shared history, using all the tools of visual storytelling to show the complexities, layers, and dimensions that make us who we are. Ariel has painted a new picture of our shared past, and while it is difficult and messy, the form is brilliant and gorgeous." -- Wendy MacNaughton, artist and graphic journalist