By Isha Sesay (363.32509 Sesa, Q 363.32509 Sesa, CD 363.32509 Sesa)
A longtime CNN Africa reporter delivers a close-up report on the Nigerian school girls from Chibok, who were tragically abducted from their boarding school on the night of April 14, 2014, by the Boko Haram.
By Saeed Jones (B Jone, CD B Jone)
Jones’s memoir tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself. Jones draws you in with details of his adolescence and tumultuous relationships with family and friends.
By Bridgett M. Davis (B Davi, CD B Davi)
Davis paints a moving portrait of her mother, who was a Numbers runner in Detroit for decades. The Numbers is an underground lottery that started in the early 1920s, largely in the black community. Fannie Davis was one of only two women who banked the Numbers, which was rare in the male-dominated field.
By Sarah Broom (814.6 Broo)
In her debut, Sarah Broom insightfully examines the history of New Orleans East, the city’s predominantly Black, working-class suburb, through the lens of her family’s fraught attempt to build a stable life there.
By Kathleen Collins (Fic Coll)
A posthumous collection of screenplays, essays, stories, and diary entries by a brilliant African American artist, filmmaker, and writer. Collins explores relationships: both as they are formed and come undone.
By Alex Kotlowitz (354.15 Kotl, Q 364.15 Kotl)
Reporter Alex Kotlowitz delves into the problem of urban violence by chronicling the events of a single summer in Chicago, as seen through the eyes of those most impacted.
By Marlon James (Fic Jame, Q Jame, PLAY Fic Jame)
In the first novel in Marlon James's Dark Star Trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child.
By Kimberly Jones (YA Jone, CD YA Jone)
Lena is sassy and fashionable, and she dreams of fame. Campbell is quiet and reserved, and she just wants to survive the year at her new school. These two high-school girls, one black and one white, find themselves caught in the middle of chaos at a Friday night football game. They must rely on each other in order to escape the frightful scene.
By Tiffany Jackson (YA Jack, CD YA Jack, PLAY YA Jack)
Quadir, Jarrell, and Stephon are the tightest of friends, and when Stephon is murdered, Quadir and Jarrell refuse to let his stunning talent for words die with him. With the help of Stephon's younger sister, Jasmine, they embark on a mission to elevate their fallen comrade to stardom and gift the world his rhymes.
By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (M Abdu)
Mycroft Holmes finds himself in service to the Crown once again. A distant relative of Queen Victoria has been slain by the Fire Four Eleven killer, a serial murderer who leaves no mark upon his victims, only a mysterious calling card. Meanwhile, Sherlock has already taken it upon himself to solve the case, as his interest in the criminal mind grows into an obsession.
By Colson Whitehead (Fic Whit, Q Whit, CD Fic Whit, PLAY Fic Whit)
Elwood Curtis is a law-abiding teenager, overcoming hardships that come from being abandoned by his parents and growing up black and poor in segregated Tallahassee, Florida. Elwood accepts a ride in what turns out to be a stolen car and is sentenced to the Nickel Academy, a juvenile reformatory that turns out to be a monstrously racist institution.
By Brandy Colbert (YA Colb, PLAY YA Colb)
Dove "Birdie" Randolph works hard to be the perfect daughter and follow the path her parents have laid out for her: She quit playing her beloved soccer, she keeps her nose buried in textbooks, and she's on track to finish high school at the top of her class. Then Birdie falls hard for Booker, a sweet boy with a troubled past...whom she knows her parents will never approve of.
By Kwame Mbalia (J Mbal, PLAY J Mbal)
Tristan Strong accidentally creates a hole into the Midpass, a world where ancient African gods clash with gods of African-American legend. A satisfying blend of action, storytelling, folk lore, and coming of age.
By Melba Beals (YA B Beal)
Long before she was one of the Little Rock Nine, Melba Pattillo Beals was a warrior. Frustrated by the laws that kept African-Americans separate but very much unequal to whites, she had questions. Why couldn't she drink from a "whites only" fountain? Why couldn't she feel safe beyond home--or even within the walls of church? Adults all told her: Hold your tongue. Be patient. Know your place. But Beals had the heart of a fighter--and the knowledge that her true place was a free one.
By Lawrence Goldstone (YA 324.62 Gold)
In this vivid portrait of the systematic suppression of the African American vote for young adults, critically acclaimed author Lawrence Goldstone traces the injustices of the post-Reconstruction era through the eyes of incredible individuals, both heroic and barbaric, and examines the legal cases that made the Supreme Court a partner of white supremacists in the rise of Jim Crow.