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Teen / Adult Crossover

Cover of Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
9780307271082
2013

Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion--for each other and for their homeland.

 

Cover of Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
9780812993547
2015

For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him--most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear ... In [this book], Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings--moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police.

 

Cover of The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison
9780307278449
1970

An eleven-year-old black girl prays for her eyes to turn blue so people will consider her beautiful.

Cover of Kindred
by Octavia Butler
0807083690
2003

Dana, a modern African-American woman, is is snatched abruptly from her home in 1976 California and transported to the antebellum South in order to save the life of a white slave owner.

 

Cover of Lies My Teacher Told Me: E
by James W. Loewen
0684818868
1995

Criticizes the way history is presented in current textbooks, and suggests a fresh and more accurate approach to teaching American history.