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'Take My Hand' by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

'Take My Hand' is important American history, much of which--when it relates to the legacy of slavery and the stain of racism-- seems to...

'Post-Traumatic' by Chantal V. Johnson

Oh, Vivian. The main character in this book reminds me of the friend we all have---the one who is high-functioning and scarily smart, but...

'Nobody's Magic' by Destiny O. Birdsong

I'm really excited about this author. As someone who is not a big consumer of poetry, I wasn't aware of her previous work, but as a debut...

'Like A Sister' by Kellye Garrett

I have to admit. This one was a sleeper. And by that, I don't mean it put me to sleep, but that it came out of nowhere. The set up for...

'Open Water' by Caleb Azumah Nelson

I don't know if I've always liked the name 'Caleb' or whether I've just developed a crush on this author for his lyrical, incredibly...

'Hell of a Book' by Jason Mott

A Black writer, whose name we never learn, is on a book tour for his wildly successful debut novel. It's called, 'Hell of a Book' which...

'Razorblade Tears' by S.A. Cosby

What a ride this was! S.A. Cosby is a visual writer of the best kind, giving you a story that moves at breakneck speed, textured and...

'Real Life' by Brandon Taylor

I know the year is young but this book will be a very difficult one to beat as the favorite for 2020. So here's the deal: Wallace is a...

'The Vanishing Half' by Brit Bennett

In The Vanishing Half, Mallard, Louisiana is a town where the people are "Negroes" and yet look as white as the white people who both...

'Memorial' by Bryan Washington

What a beautiful book. Bryan Washington is one of those authors who manage to convey emotion with and between words, and in a way that...

 

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