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I’ve anticipated the release of Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves (Ballantine, $20) by Glory Edim. Edim is the creator of the popular New York Book Club that goes by the same name. This anthology is a collection of essays where black women authors are placed together in one book to express when, where, and how they first saw themselves represented in literature. In many comparable anthologies where influential books are discussed, black women and other women of color are rarely mentioned or are left off the list. Edim stays true to her mission and keeps black women at the center of the conversation. Not only was I introduced to new black women authors, I was also able to get a glimpse into the literary lives of some of my favorite writers, such as, Jesmyn Ward, Tayari Jones, and Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn. I’m sure this will make a great holiday gift for the book lover in your life looking to explore more authors and new perspectives on reading.

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780525619772
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 30th, 2018

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This multigenerational story focuses on three generations of family members that come from the first black doctor in Louisiana. We are introduced to Evelyn, her daughter Jaclyn, and Jaclyn’s son, T.C. who all have to find their own kind of freedom. Much changes over the years while other things stay much the same. Some of the topics brought up in this novel include class, colorism, and the toll drugs and addiction can take on one family.  

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781640091030
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 14th, 2018

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For those who love a quiet novel with prose as beautiful as the characters it describes, Whiskey and Ribbons is your book. Evangeline faces the moment she’s dreaded since meeting her husband, Eamon, when he is shot and killed while working as a police officer. She is then left to raise their newborn with the help of his adopted brother, Dalton. In this meditation on love and loss, we see how both characters help and heal each other as the intimacy grows between them.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781938235382
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Published: Hub City Press - March 6th, 2018

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