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Love Radio By Ebony LaDelle Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781665908153
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 31st, 2022

I adore Ebony LaDelle’s ability to write vulnerability without it becoming overwhelming.

Despite the fact that Dani has isolated herself to avoid confronting a terrible memory and Prince is sacrificing his dreams to take care of his chronically ill mother, this book is full of joy and healing. 

Pick up Love Radio, and maybe you’ll find some healing, too. 


Review by Madison

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Electric Arches By Eve L. Ewing Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781642591026
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Haymarket Books - November 12th, 2019

Ewing’s poetry is truly a gift. Real is blended with the surreal as we journey through an intensely personal afro-futuristic world. This book is a shared act of healing and gives readers a glimpse into the power of Black imagination.


Review by Madison

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Vinyl Moon By Mahogany L. Browne Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593176436
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 11th, 2022

From Cali to Brooklyn, Angel has her new classmates, her Uncle Spence, and her music playlists to help heal her broken arm and her spirit from her troubled past. We also see her make a home within the words of Toni Morrison, Tayari Jones, and James Baldwin, discovering Black authors through the guidance of her teachers. Browne's novel shines as a beautiful balance between the light and dark sides of being a teenager. 


Review by Emily

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Nobody's Magic By Destiny O. Birdsong Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538721391
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 8th, 2022

This is some of the most original storytelling I've read in awhile. Also check out her poetry collection NEGOTIATIONS  as well! Won't disappoint! 


Review by Rosa

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Friday Black By Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781328911247
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Mariner Books - October 23rd, 2018

I was riding a subway when I started this collection. The first story was so incredible I completely missed my stop and didn't even care. Brillant speculative fiction truly doesn't get any better than this. With themes such as systemic racism, it will hurt to process the words of this mirror turned on society, but you will never stop thinking about the important messages between these pages.


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Sometimes I Trip On How Happy We Could Be By Nichole Perkins Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781538702741
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 17th, 2021

Yes!!! So real and honest on topics like sex, relationships, being black, how a slightly picky list of must-haves in a partner has changed over the years, did I mention sex? Normalizing conversations about pleasure, normalizing not being partnered at a certain age, all from the female perspective, really brought things to the forefront and I enjoyed how fun she could be while still taking it seriously. I know she wouldn't make me dinner but I'd love to be there when she had leftovers.

 


Review by Emily

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For All Time By Shanna Miles Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534485976
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

WOW! This blew my mind. This story is so unexpected, I literally didn't know what was going to happen until it did. If you crave conceptual time travel narratives along the lines of This is How You Lose the Time War, please, please, read For All Time.
Tamar and Fayard suddenly begin having strange dreams and visions, set in different centuries and places. It's as if they spent other lives meeting and falling in love, as if their souls seek each other in every era and continent. But it couldn't possibly be real because Tamar is really sick and Fayard should be figuring out college. 

There's so much to this story and I wish I could tell you more, but then I'd spoil it for you.


Review by Danielle

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Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night By Morgan Parker, Danez Smith (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Morgan Parker, Danez Smith (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142568
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tin House Books - July 13th, 2021

Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night kept me up at night! in a good way! because I had to finish it in one sitting! This is a reissue of her first poetry collection printed from the Portland small press, Tin House. Parker's words dance amidst pain and reality television, Gwendolyn Brooks and Jay-Z. My favorite: "The World Is Beautiful but You Are Not in It" 

 


Review by Emily

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Filthy Animals By Brandon Taylor Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525538912
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Riverhead Books - June 22nd, 2021

Brandon Taylor is fast becoming one of my favorite writers. I will read anything he puts out. This collection on interconnecting stories will stay with you for a long time. A true gem in the literary world. 


Review by Rosa

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Somebody's Daughter: A Memoir By Ashley C. Ford Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250305978
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - June 1st, 2021

Powerful, honest, and sharp. Ford tells her story on her terms, refusing to compromise or shy away from how the absence of her incarcerated father and tense relationship with her mother defined her formative years. Her work is a gift that allows us to glimpse her fraught journey through hardship and loss towards love and self-acceptance. Simply beautiful.



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