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Deacon King Kong

Deacon King Kong

James McBride

CHOSEN BY BARACK OBAMA AS A FAVOURITE READ OF 2020 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2020, NEW YORK TIMES 'Hilarious, pitch-perfect...

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 Read reviewHell of a Book

Hell of a Book

Jason Mott

An astounding work of fiction - resoundingly powerful, endlessly quotable and funny as hell - with its sights set on getting to the heart of racism in America. In short, this is one Hell of a Book.

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The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories

The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories

Danielle Evans

Sharp and funny, brilliant and prescient: a new collection of short stories that offer a dazzling insight into the subjects of race, grief, apology, and American history.

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 Read reviewThe Other Black Girl

The Other Black Girl

Zakiya Dalila Harris

A whip-smart and dynamic thriller and sly social commentary which will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last twist.

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Long Division: A Novel

Long Division: A Novel

Kiese Laymon

From Kiese Laymon, author of the critically acclaimed memoir Heavy, comes a debut novel about Black teenagers that is a satirical exploration of celebrity, authorship, violence, religion, and coming of age in post-Katrina...

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Memorial

Bryan Washington

The debut novel from a rising literary star: a funny, sexy, sensual examination of two young men falling in and out of love.

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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois

Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

'This sweeping, brilliant and beautiful narrative is at once a love song to Black girlhood, family, history, joy, pain ... and so much more. In Jeffers' deft hands, the story of race and love in America becomes the great American...

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Real Life

Real Life

Brandon Taylor

Wallace is a biochemistry grad student at a lakeside Midwestern university used to keeping a wary distance even from those closest to him. But, over the course of one weekend, a series of confrontations with colleagues and an...

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 Read reviewThe Vanishing Half

The Vanishing Half

Brit Bennett

From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Mothers, a powerful new novel about the parallel lives of estranged twin sisters who choose to live in two very different worlds - one black and one white.

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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

Dawnie Walton

A poignant fictional oral history of a rock 'n' roll duo who shot to fame in 1970s New York, and the secret that lies at the peak of their stardom.

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 Read reviewTranscendent Kingdom: Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021

Transcendent Kingdom: Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021

Yaa Gyasi

From the bestselling author of Homegoing comes a novel from the heart of contemporary America- a story of family love and addiction, of heartbreak and redemption.

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 Read reviewThe City We Became

The City We Became

N. K. Jemisin

An astonishing new fantasy tale from the record-breaking, triple Hugo Award-winning author of The Fifth Season. Five New Yorkers must band together to defend their city from an ancient evil in the first book of a stunning new...

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 Read reviewSuch a Fun Age

Such a Fun Age

Kiley Reid

With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the awkwardness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone 'family', the complicated reality of being a grown-up and the consequences of doing...

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 Read reviewClap When You Land

Clap When You Land

Elizabeth Acevedo

The stunning new novel in verse from the 2019 Carnegie Medal winning author of THE POET X.

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Lot

Lot

Bryan Washington

Stories of a young man finding his place among family and community in Houston, from a powerful, emerging American voice.   

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An American Marriage

An American Marriage

Tayari Jones

The stunning and heart-breaking New York Times bestseller

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 Read reviewSing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Jesmyn Ward

An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing examines the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power - and limitations - of family bonds.  

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The Nickel Boys

Colson Whitehead

Based on the history of a real reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped and destroyed the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative by a great...

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The Color Purple

The Color Purple

Alice Walker

The classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel with a new introductory letter from Alice Walker.         

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Conjure Women

Conjure Women

Afia Atakora

A dazzling debut novel, with echoes of Homegoing and Beloved, that sweeps across eras and generations, bridging the American Civil War, to tell the story of a mother and daughter with a shared talent for healing-and the conjuring...

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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give is a groundbreaking, thought-provoking debut novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, about a teen girl who is the only witness to her friends fatal shooting by a police officer.    

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 Read reviewHomegoing

Homegoing

Yaa Gyasi

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow.

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Beloved: Special archival edition

Beloved: Special archival edition

Toni Morrison, Bernardine Evaristo

A stunning gift package of prize-winning Beloved to commemorate Toni Morrison.'Toni Morrison was a giant of her times and ours ... Beloved is a heartbreaking testimony to the ongoing ravages of slavery, and should be read by all'...

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Kindred

Kindred

Octavia E. Butler

Octavia E. Butler's masterpiece and ground-breaking exploration of power and responsibility, for fans of The Handmaid's Tale.

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Invisible Man

Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison, John Callahan

Tells the story of a man invisible 'simply because people refuse to see me'. In this book, the author from his expulsion from a Southern college to a terrifying Harlem race riot - go far beyond the story of one individual.

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston, Zadie Smith

Zora Neale Hurston's masterpiece is perhaps the most widely read and highly regarded novel in the entire canon of African American literature. Published as part of a beautifully designed series to mark the 40th anniversary of the...

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If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

James Baldwin

To this love story James Baldwin brings a spare and impassioned intensity, charging it with universal resonance and power.    

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The Sellout

The Sellout

Paul Beatty

Winner of The National Book Critics Circle Award

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