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The Other Black Girl
The Other Black Girl

Tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books, Nella is thrilled when Hazel is hired. Soon a string of…

Punch Me Up to the Gods
Punch Me Up to the Gods

A poetic and raw coming-of-age memoir about Blackness, masculinity and addiction.

The Window Seat
The Window Seat

In this collection of essays, novelist Forna touches on travel, trauma, and family. It reads as a sort of nonlinear…

Four Hundred Souls

A "choral history" of African Americans covering 400 years of history in the voices of 80 writers, edited by the…

I Am A Girl From Africa

The inspiring journey of a girl from Africa whose near-death experience sparked a dream that changed the world.

Buses Are A Comin'

A firsthand exploration of the cost of boarding the bus of change to move America forward.

Sure, I'll Be your Black Friend

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a good white person of liberal leanings must be in want of a Black friend. In…

You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey

Writer and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers Amber Ruffin writes with her sister Lacey Lamar with humor and heart…

Of One Blood

Reuel Briggs, a Harvard medical student, falls in love with the enchanting singer Dianthe Lusk, and in order to offer her…

The Man Who Lived Underground

Fred Daniels, a Black man, is picked up by the police after a brutal double murder and tortured until he confesses to a…

Mouths of Rain

A groundbreaking collection tracing the history of intellectual thought by Black Lesbian writers.

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

The meteoric rise of an iconic interracial rock duo in the 1970s and their attempt to reunite one last time.

Caul Baby

The search for familial connection, the enduring power of tradition and the dark corners of the human heart.

Just as I Am

The Academy, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning actor and trailblazer tells her stunning story, looking back at her life and…

The Devil You Know

From journalist and New York Times bestselling author Charles Blow comes a powerful manifesto and call to action for…

Surviving the White Gaze

A cultural critic recounts her struggle to overcome a white childhood in order to forge her identity as a Black woman in…

Halfway Home

Reuben Miller, a chaplain at the Cook County Jail in Chicago and now a sociologist studying mass incarceration, spent…

Vibrate Higher

From one of the most lyrically gifted, socially conscious rappers of the past twenty years, Vibrate Higher is a firsthand…

The Sum of Us

McGhee’s specialty is the American economy—and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. From the…

The Black Church

From the New York Times bestselling author of Stony the Road and one of our most important voices on the African American…


A moving examination of how racial identity is constructed, told via the author's own journey through secrets and…

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