Black Joy

Uplifiting books that celebrate Black History, Black Creators, and Black Achievement

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While We Were Dating Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593100844
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Published: Berkley - July 13th, 2021

Two people realize that it’s no longer an act when they veer off-script in this sizzling romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory.


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ISBN: 9781538719107
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 1st, 2021

A REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK! 

“Tia Williams’ book is a smart, sexy testament to Black joy, to the well of strength from which women draw, and to tragic romances that mature into second chances. I absolutely loved it.”— Jodi Picoult, #1 NYT bestselling author of The Book of Two Ways and Small Great Things


A Chorus Rises: A Song Below Water novel Cover Image
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Published: Tor Teen - June 1st, 2021

THE LATEST NOVEL FROM YA SENSATION BETHANY C. MORROW

Meet Naema Bradshaw: a beautiful Eloko, once Portland-famous, now infamous, as she navigates a personal and public reckoning where confronting the limits of her privilege will show Naema what her magic really is, and who it makes her.


Crossing the Stream Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781324017097
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Published: Norton Young Readers - June 8th, 2021

"A powerful coming-of-age story of self-discovery and overcoming fear.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Becoming Vanessa Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525582120
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 15th, 2021

For readers of Alma and How She Got Her Name and The King of Kindergarten, this story will help kids just starting school transform from timid caterpillars into beautiful butterflies so they can love who they are.


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ISBN: 9780063088092
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Published: Quill Tree Books - June 22nd, 2021

Six critically acclaimed, bestselling, and award-winning authors bring the glowing warmth and electricity of Black teen love to this interlinked novel of charming, hilarious, and heartwarming stories that shine a bright light through the dark.


Happily Ever Afters Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062982834
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 5th, 2021

Jane the Virgin meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before in this charming debut romantic comedy filled with Black Girl Magic. Perfect for fans of Mary H. K. Choi and Nicola Yoon, with crossover appeal for readers of Jasmine Guillory and Talia Hibbert romances.


Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063024793
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Published: HarperTeen - May 4th, 2021

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by debut author Joya Goffney is a story of an overly enthusiastic list maker who is blackmailed into completing a to-do list of all her worst fears. It’s a heartfelt, tortured, contemporary YA high school romance.


The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes: A Story of Love, Loss, and Rock-And-Roll Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492698760
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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - May 4th, 2021

* MOST ANTICIPATED: Buzzfeed, Goodreads, Country Living, Bookish, Frolic, and more *


When My Cousins Come to Town Cover Image
By Angela Shanté, Keisha Morris (Illustrator)
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Published: West Margin Press - May 4th, 2021

A fun, lively story of Black family and cousin culture that celebrates individuality and embraces differences.

Fitting in can be hard, but standing out isn't easy either


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This Poison Heart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781547603909
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - June 29th, 2021

Darkness blooms in bestselling author Kalynn Bayron's new contemporary fantasy about a girl with a unique and deadly power.

Briseis has a gift: she can grow plants from tiny seeds to rich blooms with a single touch.


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Published: Walden Pond Press - January 5th, 2021

“A poignant, necessary entry into the children’s literary canon, Root Magic brings to life the history and culture of Gullah people while highlighting the timeless plight of Black Americans.


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ISBN: 9781534473522
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 12th, 2021

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets Save the Date in this sweet, hijinks-filled rom-com about a teen girl who will do whatever it takes to find a date for her sister’s wedding.

Mia’s friends love rom-coms. Mia hates them. They’re silly, contrived, and not at all realistic.


Act Your Age, Eve Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062941275
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Published: Avon - March 9th, 2021

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In Talia Hibbert’s newest rom-com, the flightiest Brown sister crashes into the life of an uptight B&B owner and has him falling hard—literally.


Dear Black Girl: Letters From Your Sisters on Stepping Into Your Power Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781523092291
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - March 9th, 2021

"Dear Black Girl is the empowering, affirming love letter our girls need in order to thrive in a world that does not always protect, nurture, or celebrate us. This collection of Black women's voices...


Paul Robeson: No One Can Silence Me: The Life of the Legendary Artist and Activist (Adapted for Young Adults) Cover Image
By Martin Duberman, Jason Reynolds (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781620976494
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Published: New Press - March 9th, 2021

The inspiring life and legacy of vocal artist and civil rights icon Paul Robeson--one of the most important public figures in the twentieth century--adapted for young adults by the acclaimed Robeson biographer

As an artist I come to sing, but as a citizen, I will always speak for peace, and no one can silence me in this. --Paul Robeson


Red Island House: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Scribner - March 23rd, 2021

From National Book Award–nominated writer Andrea Lee comes Red Island House, a travel epic that opens a window on the mysterious African island of Madagascar, and on the dangers of life and love in paradise, as seen through the eyes of a Black American heroine.


Ruby's Reunion Day Dinner Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063015746
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Published: HarperCollins - May 18th, 2021

On Here Wee Read's 2021 Ultimate List of Diverse Children's Books! 

Publisher Weekly Starred Review! "Warm digital art by Southerland makes excellent use of light and shadow, and offers a lovely portrait of an expressive family with varying hairstyles and body types. This hopeful, mouthwatering narrative showcases tender family rapport."


Becoming Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524763145
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Published: Crown - March 2nd, 2021

Now in paperback—the intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States, featuring a new introduction by Michelle Obama, a letter from the author to her younger self, and a book club guide with 20 discussion questions and a 5-question Q&A
 


Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers Cover Image
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Published: Delacorte Press - March 2nd, 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Michelle Obama’s worldwide bestselling memoir, Becoming, is now adapted for young readers.


The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream Cover Image
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Published: Vintage Books USA - July 15th, 2008

The Audacity of Hope is Barack Obama's call for a new kind of politics a politics that builds upon those shared understandings that pull us together as Americans.


For Every One Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481486255
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2019

“A lyrical masterpiece.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr.


Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected (TED Books) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501195471
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Published: Simon & Schuster/ TED - June 18th, 2019

A powerful journey from star athlete to sudden paralysis to creative awakening, award-winning science fiction writer Nnedi Okorafor shows that what we think are our limitations have the potential to become our greatest strengths.

Nnedi Okorafor was never supposed to be paralyzed.


The Vanished (Shuri: A Black Panther Novel #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338587180
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - February 2nd, 2021

Shuri, the Princess of Wakanda (and sister to the Black Panther), sets out to save a group of kidnapped girls in this all-new, original middle-grade novel by New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone!

With the heart-shaped herb thriving, a group of Wakanda's finest engineers working on expanding her dome technology, and the borders more fortified than ever, Princess Shuri c


Dear Haiti, Love Alaine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781335777096
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Published: Inkyard Press - September 3rd, 2019

"I couldn't put Dear Haiti, Love Alaine down " --New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory

"An enchanting and engrossing novel full of wit and laughter." --Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory

"Remarkable, funny, and whip-smart." --Ibi Zoboi, author of American Street, National Book Award finalist


The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780593465271
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Published: Viking Books - March 30th, 2021

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller and #1 USA Today bestseller
 
Amanda Gorman’s electrifying and historic poem “The Hill We Climb,” read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, is now available as a collectible gift edition, perfect for graduation or any special occasion.
 


Becoming Muhammad Ali Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316498166
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Published: Jimmy Patterson - October 5th, 2020

From two heavy-hitters in children's literature comes a critically acclaimed biographical novel of cultural icon Muhammad Ali. *"This utterly delightful story about Ali's childhood is a smash hit." -- School Library Journal (starred review)  Longlisted for the 2022-2023 Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award, and nominated for the 2021-2022 Black Eyed


Becoming Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524763138
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Published: Crown - November 13th, 2018

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States
 


Shuri: Wakanda Forever Cover Image
By Nnedi Okorafor (Text by), Vita Ayala (Text by), Leonardo Romero (Illustrator), Paul Davidson (Illustrator), Rachael Stott (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781302923693
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Published: Marvel - December 8th, 2020

The Black Panther's techno-genius sister stars in her own incredible adventures! T'Challa has disappeared, and Wakanda expects Shuri to lead their great nation in his absence! But she's happiest in a lab surrounded by her inventions. She'd rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them down!


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Change Sings: A Children's Anthem Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Loren Long (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780593203224
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 21st, 2021

A lyrical picture book debut from presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman and #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long
 
"I can hear change humming
In its loudest, proudest song.
I don't fear change coming,
And so I sing along."
 


Get a Life, Chloe Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062941206
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Published: Avon - November 5th, 2019

“Absolutely charming... a flawless balance of humor, heat, sweetness, and depth, and I loved every page.” – Helen Hoang, USA Today bestselling author of The Bride Test

USA TODAY BESTSELLER


Black Is a Rainbow Color Cover Image
By Angela Joy, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 14th, 2020

A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


A Song Below Water: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250315328
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Published: Tor Teen - June 2nd, 2020

Bethany C. Morrow's A Song Below Water is the story for today’s readers — a captivating modern fantasy about Black sirens, friendship, and self-discovery set against the challenges of today's racism and sexism.

In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers.


The Boyfriend Project Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538716625
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Published: Forever - June 9th, 2020

A smart and delightful romantic comedy featuring fabulous female friendships and "a great love story." --Jasmine Guillory, bestselling author of Party of Two Samiah Brooks never thought she would be "that" girl.


Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms Cover Image
By Shellye Archambeau, Ben Horowitz (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781538702895
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 6th, 2020

*Named a Best Business Book of 2020 by Fortune and Bloomberg*

Full of empowering wisdom from one of Silicon Valley's first female African American CEOs, this inspiring leadership book offers a blueprint for how to achieve your personal and professional goals.

Shellye Archambeau recounts how she overcame the challenges she faced as a young black


Charming as a Verb Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062824141
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 13th, 2020

From the award-winning author of The Field Guide to the North American Teenager comes a whip-smart and layered romantic comedy. Perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon and Jenny Han. 


The Living Is Easy Cover Image
By Dorothy West, Morgan Jerkins (Foreword by), Adelaide M. Cromwell (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9781936932979
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Published: Feminist Press - November 10th, 2020

An insightful, witty novel set in early twentieth-century black Boston by the Harlem Renaissance's youngest member.

A powerful work. --Essence


Girl Gurl Grrrl: On Womanhood and Belonging in the Age of Black Girl Magic Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062987648
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Published: Amistad - December 8th, 2020

A People Pick!

“One of the year’s must-reads.” –ELLE

“[A] provocative, heart-breaking, and frequently hilarious collection.” –GLAMOUR

“Essential, vital, and urgent.” –HARPER’S BAZAAR


Black Firsts: 500 Years of Trailblazing Achievements and Ground-Breaking Events Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781578596881
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Published: Visible Ink Press - January 1st, 2021

A celebration of achievement, accomplishments, and pride

The first African American president, U.S. senator, and the first black lawyer in the Department of Education. The first black chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and the first African American commissioned officer in the Marine Corps. The first black professors in a variety of fields.


After the Rain Cover Image
By Nnedi Okorafor, David Brame (Illustrator), John Jennings (Adapted by)
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ISBN: 9781419743559
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Published: Abrams ComicArts - Megascope - January 5th, 2021

During a furious storm a young woman’s destiny is revealed . . . and her life is changed forever
 
After the Rain is a graphic novel adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s short story “On the Road.” The drama takes place in a small Nigerian town during a violent and unexpected storm.


VIP: Lewis Latimer: Engineering Wizard Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062889669
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Published: HarperCollins - January 5th, 2021

Get ready to light up the world with Lewis Latimer in this exciting middle grade nonfiction biography. Perfect for fans of the Who Was and Little Leaders series, the books in the VIP series tell the true—and amazing—stories of some of history's greatest trailblazers.


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The Hill We Climb and Other Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593465066
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Published: Viking Books - December 7th, 2021

A collection of poetry by presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman

Including The Hill We Climb, the stirring poem read at the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, this collection of the same name reveals an energizing and unforgettable new voice in America poetry.


Happily Ever Afters Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062982834
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 5th, 2021

Jane the Virgin meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before in this charming debut romantic comedy filled with Black Girl Magic. Perfect for fans of Mary H. K. Choi and Nicola Yoon, with crossover appeal for readers of Jasmine Guillory and Talia Hibbert romances.


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Published: Walden Pond Press - January 5th, 2021

“A poignant, necessary entry into the children’s literary canon, Root Magic brings to life the history and culture of Gullah people while highlighting the timeless plight of Black Americans.


The Awakening of Malcolm X: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - January 5th, 2021

The Awakening of Malcolm X is a powerful narrative account of the activist's adolescent years in jail, written by his daughter Ilyasah Shabazz along with 2019 Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe award-winning author, Tiffany D. Jackson.

No one can be at peace until he has his freedom.


Inspirational Affirmations from Fabulous Black Female Trailblazers


Remote Control Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250772800
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Published: Tordotcom - January 19th, 2021

An alien artifact turns a young girl into Death's adopted daughter in Remote Control, a thrilling sci-fi tale of community and female empowerment from Nebula and Hugo Award-winner Nnedi Okorafor

“She’s the adopted daughter of the Angel of Death. Beware of her. Mind her. Death guards her like one of its own.”


Shirley Chisholm: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (The Last Interview Series) Cover Image
By Shirely Chisholm, Barbara Lee (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781612198972
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Published: Melville House - January 26th, 2021

“All I can say is that I’m a shaker-upper. That’s exactly what I am.” —Shirley Chisholm


Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned from Trauma and Triumph Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982104221
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 2nd, 2021

A powerful exploration of Black achievement in a white world based on honest, provocative, and moving interviews with Black leaders, scientists, artists, activists, and champions.

“I remember the day I realized I couldn’t play a white guy as well as a white guy.


Loud Black Girls: 20 Black Women Writers Ask: What's Next? Cover Image
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Published: Fourth Estate - February 2nd, 2021

An important and timely anthology of black British writing, edited and curated by the authors of the highly acclaimed, ground-breaking Slay In Your Lane. Slay in Your Lane Presents: Loud Black Girls features essays from the diverse voices of twenty established and emerging black British writers.


Michael Jackson in Comics! (NBM Comics Biographies) Cover Image
By Ceka
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ISBN: 9781681122281
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Published: NBM Publishing - February 12th, 2021

Well beyond his passing in 2009, Michael Jackson remains one of the most adulated and mysterious stars in the world. Incredible singer, brilliant musician, amazing performer, he was just as talented as he was eccentric, adored as well as reviled with sordid accusations, sadly caught between a stolen childhood and a suffocating star system.


Honey Girl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780778311027
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Published: Park Row - February 23rd, 2021

Named Most Anticipated of 2021 by Oprah Magazine * Marie Claire * Ms. Magazine * E * Parade Magazine * Buzzfeed * Cosmo * The Rumpus * GoodReads * Autostraddle * Brit & Co * Refinery29 * Betches * BookRiot and others

A LibraryReads Pick

"HONEY GIRL is an emotional, heartfelt, charming debut, and I loved every moment of it."


Not Without Laughter (Penguin Vitae) Cover Image
By Langston Hughes, Angela Flournoy (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780143134428
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 23rd, 2021

A collectible hardcover edition of our greatest African American poet's award-winning first novel about a black boy's coming-of-age in a largely white Kansas town, featuring an introduction by National Book Award finalist Angela Flournoy

A Penguin Classic


Red Island House: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Scribner - March 23rd, 2021

From National Book Award–nominated writer Andrea Lee comes Red Island House, a travel epic that opens a window on the mysterious African island of Madagascar, and on the dangers of life and love in paradise, as seen through the eyes of a Black American heroine.


Game, Set, Sisters!: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams (Who Did It First?) Cover Image
By Jay Leslie, Ebony Glenn (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781250307408
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 30th, 2021

A stirring picture book biography of Venus and Serena Williams that celebrates their achievements…and their sisterhood.

This is the story of two sisters…
who took the tennis world by storm,
who achieved everything possible in the sport…and then some,
and who stood by one another through thick and thin.


A Chorus Rises: A Song Below Water novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250316035
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Published: Tor Teen - June 1st, 2021

THE LATEST NOVEL FROM YA SENSATION BETHANY C. MORROW

Meet Naema Bradshaw: a beautiful Eloko, once Portland-famous, now infamous, as she navigates a personal and public reckoning where confronting the limits of her privilege will show Naema what her magic really is, and who it makes her.


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While We Were Dating Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593100844
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Published: Berkley - July 13th, 2021

Two people realize that it’s no longer an act when they veer off-script in this sizzling romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory.