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Somebody's Daughter
Somebody's Daughter

A childhood defined by the ever looming absence of her incarcerated father.

How the Word Is Passed
How the Word Is Passed

The legacy of slavery that is preserved in monuments and landmarks that hold violent and racist symbolism.

The Ugly Cry
The Ugly Cry

A sharp, hilarious memoir about a nontraditional upbringing and growing up Black in a predominantly white community.

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 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.

What's Mine and Yours

Legacy, identity, the American family and the ways that race affects even our most intimate relationships.
 

The Kindest Lie

The heartbreaking divide between Black and white communities in contemporary America.

 

The Rib King

An intricately woven novel that centers around the black servants of a down-on-its heels upper-class white family.

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House

An intimate portrayal of interconnected lives, across race and class, in a rapidly changing resort town.
 

The Prophets

The forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation.

Black Buck

A young black man accidentally impresses a CEO, catapulting him into the opportunity of a lifetime. 

Aftershocks

A memoir about the push and pull of belonging and the seismic emotional toll of family secrets.

A Promised Land

The story of Obama's improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.

Transcendent Kingdom

A deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief—a…

Real Life

Wallace is an introverted African-American transplant from Alabama. A series of confrontations with colleagues, and an…

The Vanishing Half

The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up in a small, southern black community and running…

Conjure Women

A mother and daughter with a shared talent for healing—and for the conjuring of curses—are at the heart of this dazzling…

Me and White Supremacy

This new edition teaches readers how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often…

The City We Became

New York Times bestselling author N.K. Jemisin crafts her most incredible novel yet, a story of culture, identity, magic…

Deacon King Kong

From James McBride, author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird, comes this wise and witty…

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