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Good Booty
448 pages; Dey Street Books

"When we think we can't move, the music is always there to say we can," writes critic Powers in her stirring chronicle of how America's rhythms—the blues to Beyoncé—originated in "the pull of a moan from the throat and a spine-loosening roll of the hips."

— Leigh Haber, Taylor Lannamann and Joelle Milman