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Cover of  The Day Sonny Died
by M. Simone Boyd and Onnie I Kirk, Jr.
9781680198287
2017

When Constance Jackson's son dies a brutal death she's left to raise her grandson, Sonny, and try to keep him from a fate that has befallen generations of Jackson men before him.

Cover of American Histories
by John Edgar Wideman
9781501178344
2018

Wideman tackles the issues of race, family and creativity in this collection of stories, some featuring historical figures, all of which illustrate necessary, if painful, truths about how history both weaves us together and divides us.   

Cover of Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
9780307271082
2013

From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.

Cover of Another Brooklyn
by Jacqueline Woodson
9780062359988
2016

Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything--until it wasn't.

Cover of The Barbarians Are Coming
cover of Barabarians are Coming
by David Wong Louie
0399146032
2000

 "In a tale that alternates between black comedy and out-and-out slapstick, David Wong Louie explores the painful alienation between a Chinese-American man and his immigrant father--a conflict that is deepened by the son's decision to become a chef instead of a doctor." Source: Ingram 

Cover of Black Bottom Saints
Randall, Alice
9780062968623
2020

Detroit's Black Bottom neighborhood is recalled through the voice of Joseph 'Ziggy' Johnson in an imaginative collection of miniatures that capture the legendary denizens that made mid twentieth century Detroit a cultural, economic and political center of African American life.  

Cover of Black Noir: Mystery, Crime
by Otto Penzler (editor)
9781605980577
2009

The best of mystery and crime fiction produced by African-American writers.

Cover of Blasphemy
by Sherman Alexie ; Sam Redman (Editor)
9780802120397
2012

A bold and irreverent observer of life among Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, Alexie showcases all his talents in his newest collection, Blasphemy, where he unites fifteen beloved classics with fifteen new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers.
 

Cover of Bluebird, Bluebird
Locke, Attica
9780316363297
2017

African American Texas Ranger Darren Matthews is drawn into the tense racial relations of a rural East Texas town when the bodies of an African American lawyer and a woman with white supremacy ties are discovered in quick succession.  First in the Highway 59 series.  

Cover of The Book of Unknown Americ
Henriquez, Cristina
9780385350846
2014

Arturo and Alma Rivera move from Mexico to Delaware in an effort to ensure the best education and opportunities for their teenage daughter, but they must confront the fear and alienation present behind the American Dream.  

Cover of The Brief Wondrous Life of
by Junot Diaz
9781594489587
2007

Diaz immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insight the Dominican-American experience, and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss.

Cover of Broken Places
Clark, Tracy
9781496714879
2018

Former Chicago PD detective and private eye Cass Raines investigates when her friend and mentor, a community activist priest, is found dead in his church with the body of a teen sporting gang colors lying nearby.  As she digs into the case, she discovers greater tensions gripping her Hyde Park neighborhood than she could have imagined, and a killer willing to silence her at any cost.  

Cover of Delicious Foods: A Novel
by James Hannaham
9780316284943
2015

Held captive by her employers--and by her own demons--on a mysterious farm, a widow struggles to reunite with her young son in this uniquely American story of freedom, perseverance, and survival. 

Cover of The Fortunes
by Peter Ho Davies
9780544263703
2016

The Fortunes recasts American history through the lives of Chinese Americans and reimagines the multigenerational novel through the fractures of immigrant family experience.

Cover of Gardens in the Dunes: A No
by Leslie Marmon Silko
0684811545
1999

A magical combination of childhood idyll and bitter reality eloquently depicts the jungles of Brazil, and the great cities of the East. A child of an ancient Indian tribe, Indigo is orphaned when soldiers raid and destroy her town. She is adopted by an American family, but the white education forced upon her clashes with the centuries-old wisdom of her people.

Cover of The Girl Who Fell from the
by Heidi W. Durrow
9781565126800
2010

After a family tragedy orphans her, Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I., moves into her grandmother's mostly black community in the 1980s, where she must swallow her grief and confront her identity as a biracial woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white.

Cover of Home
by Toni Morrison
9780307594167
2012

The story of a Korean war veteran on a quest to save his younger sister. Frank Money is an angry, broken veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. 

Cover of How Long Til Black Future
by N. K. Jemisin
9780316491341
2018

Multiple Hugo- and Nebula- award winning author Jemisin focuses on resistance, particularly Black resistance, in this collection of science fiction stories.  

Cover of A Kind of Freedom
by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
9781619029224
2017

Evelyn is a Creole woman who comes of age in New Orleans at the height of World War II. Her family inhabits the upper echelon of Black society, and when she falls for no-account Renard, she is forced to choose between her life of privilege and the man she loves.

For Evelyn, Jim Crow is an ongoing reality, and in its wake new threats spring up to haunt her descendants. A Kind of Freedom is an urgent novel that explores the legacy of racial disparity in the South through a poignant and redemptive family history.

Cover of Kindred
by Octavia E. Butler
0807083690
2003

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

Cover of The Known World
by Edward P. Jones
0060557540
2003

An ambitious, luminously written novel that ranges seamlessly between the past and future and back again to the present, The Known World weaves together the lives of freed and enslaved blacks, whites, and Indians -- and allows all of us a deeper understanding of the enduring multidimensional world created by the institution of slavery.

Cover of Loving Day: A Novel
by Mat Johnson
9780812993455
2015

Warren Duffy has returned to America for all the worst reasons: his marriage to a beautiful Welsh woman has come apart; his comic shop in Cardiff has failed; and his Irish-American father has died, bequeathing to Warren his last possession, a roofless, half-renovated mansion in the heart of black Philadelphia. In the face of a teenage girl he meets at a comics convention he sees the mingled features of his white father and his black mother, both now dead. The girl is his daughter and she thinks she's white. Warren sets off to remake his life with a reluctant daughter he never knew. 

Cover of Midnight Hour:  A Chilling
Abby L. Vandiver, editor
9781643857527
2021

This collection of original crime stories highlights twenty leading authors of colors, including luminaries such as Tracy Clark, David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Gigi Pandian, Jennifer Chow and more.  

Cover of The Mother
by Yvvette Edwards
9780062440778
2016

A beautiful, engrossing novel that illuminates some of the most important and troubling issues of our time, The Mother is a moving portrait of love, tragedy, and survival--and the aftershocks from a momentary act of cruel violence that transforms the lives of everyone it touches.

Cover of Murder on the Red River
Rendon, Marcie R.
9781941026526
2017

Nineteen-year-old Renee 'Cash' Blackbear has survived the bleak reality of the foster care system but continues to struggle against the discrimination that her Ojibwe background elicits in 1970s Fargo, North Dakota.  When an Ojibwe man is found murdered, and Cash starts to dream of the dead man's life, she teams up with her one friend and guardian, Sheriff Wheaton, to discover the killer.  First in a series.

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