Navigate Your Stars

10 May 2017 | By Jesmyn Ward | Filed in: african-american-literature.

A revelatory, uplifting, and gorgeously illustrated meditation on dedication, hard work, and the power of perseverance from the beloved, New York Times bestselling, and two time National Book Award winning Jesmyn Ward.For Tulane University s 2018 commencement, Jesmyn Ward delivered a stirring speech

The Revisioners

08 September 2019 | By Margaret Wilkerson Sexton | Filed in: african-american-literature.

In 1925, Josephine is the proud owner of a thriving farm As a child, she channeled otherworldly power to free herself from slavery Now, her new neighbor, a white woman named Charlotte, seeks her company, and an uneasy friendship grows between them But Charlotte has also sought solace in the Ku Kl

I Am Not Your Negro

05 May 2019 | By James Baldwin | Filed in: african-american-literature.

To compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined James Baldwin s published and unpublished oeuvre, selecting passages from his books, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been Weav

Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race

04 August 2019 | By Thomas Chatterton Williams | Filed in: african-american-literature.

A meditation on race and identity from one of our most provocative cultural critics n nA reckoning with the way we choose to see and define ourselves, Self Portrait in Black and White is the searching story of one American family s multigenerational transformation from what is called black to what is

Everybody's Son

22 June 2019 | By Thrity Umrigar | Filed in: african-american-literature.

The bestselling, critically acclaimed author of The Space Between Us and The World We Found deftly explores issues of race, class, privilege, and power and asks us to consider uncomfortable moral questions in this probing, ambitious, emotionally wrenching novel of two families one black, one white n n

Five-Carat Soul

22 January 2017 | By James McBride | Filed in: african-american-literature.

The stories in Five Carat Soul none of them ever published before spring from the place where identity, humanity, and history converge McBride explores the ways we learn from the world and the people around us An antiques dealer discovers that a legendary toy commissioned by Civil War General Ro

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons

10 January 2019 | By Imani Perry | Filed in: african-american-literature.

Explores the terror, grace, and beauty of coming of age as a Black person in contemporary America and what it means to parent our children in a persistently unjust world n nEmotionally raw and deeply reflective, Imani Perry issues an unflinching challenge to society to see Black children as deserving

The Travelers

14 August 2018 | By Regina Porter | Filed in: african-american-literature.

Meet James Samuel Vincent, an affluent Manhattan attorney who shirks his modest Irish American background but hews to his father s meandering ways James muddles through a topsy turvy relationship with his son, Rufus, which is further complicated when Rufus marries Claudia Christie n nClaudia s mothe

Black Girls Must Die Exhausted

25 February 2017 | By Jayne Allen | Filed in: african-american-literature.

Black girls must die exhausted is something that 33 year old Tabitha Walker has heard her grandmother say before Of course, her grandmother who happens to be white was referring to the 1950 s and what she observed in the nascent times of civil rights With a coveted position as a local news rep

In West Mills

05 July 2017 | By De\'Shawn Charles Winslow | Filed in: african-american-literature.

For readers of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie and The Turner House, an intimately told story about a woman living by her own rules and the rural community that struggles to understand her n nAzalea Knot Centre is determined to live life as she pleases Let the people of West Mills say what they will

Hollywood Homicide (Detective by Day, #1)

13 July 2017 | By Kellye Garrett | Filed in: african-american-literature.

Dayna Anderson doesn t set out to solve a murder All the semi famous, mega broke black actress wants is to help her parents keep their house After witnessing a deadly hit and run, she figures pursuing the fifteen grand reward isn t the craziest thing a Hollywood actress has done for some cash n nBu

Charcoal Joe (Easy Rawlins #14)

13 June 2019 | By Walter Mosley | Filed in: african-american-literature.

Walter Mosley s indelible detective Easy Rawlins is back, with a new detective agency and a new mystery to solve n nPicking up where Rose Gold left off in L.A in the late 1960s, Ezekiel Easy Rawlins finds his life in transition He s ready to finally propose to his girlfriend, Bonnie Shay, and sta

Sweat

13 October 2019 | By Lynn Nottage | Filed in: african-american-literature.

No stranger to dramas both heartfelt and heart rending, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage has written one of her most exquisitely devastating tragedies to date In one of the poorest cities in America, Reading, Pennsylvania, a group of down and out factory workers struggles to keep thei

Race

15 October 2018 | By Toni Morrison | Filed in: african-american-literature.

Is who we are really only skin deep In this searing, remonstrative book, Toni Morrison unravels race through the stories of those debased and dehumanised because of it A young black girl longing for the blue eyes of white baby dolls spirals into inferiority and confusion A friendship falls apart