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  • The Two Lives of Sara

    By Catherine Adel West (Fic West, Q West, CD Fic West, eBook, eAudiobook)

    During the racially divided 1960s, a young Black unwed mother named Sara, working for Mama Sugar at a popular boarding house in Memphis, Tennessee, finds friendship and refuge until secrets from Mama Sugar's past are revealed, forcing Sara to make a decision that will reshape the rest of her life.

  • Illustrated Black History: Honoring the Iconic and the Unseen

    By George McCalman (920.00929 McCa)

    A breathtaking collection of original portraits depicting black heroes—both famous and unsung—who made their mark on activism, science, politics, business, medicine, technology, food, arts, entertainment, and more.

  • Carolina Built

    By Kianna Alexander (Fic Alex, CD Fic Alex, eBook, eAudiobook)

    Describes the life of real estate magnate Josephine N. Leary, a freed plantation slave who taught herself how to be a business woman, manage her finances, make smart investments and to ultimately become a successful entrepreneur.

  • Wahala

    By Nikki May (Fic May, Q May, CD Fic May, eBook, eAudiobook)

    An incisive and exhilarating debut novel following three Anglo-Nigerian best friends and the lethally glamorous fourth woman who infiltrates their group-the most unforgettable girls since Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha.

  • Admissions: a Memoir of Surviving Boarding School

    By Kendra James (370.92 Jame)

    The first African American legacy student to graduate from the elite Taft prep school looks back on her three years there and how disillusioned it made her with America's inequitable education system.

  • My Monticello

    By Jocelyn Nicole Johnson (Fic John, CD Fic John)

    Stories centered on racism and Virginia, anchored by a dystopian tale set in Thomas Jefferson’s home.

  • Call Us What We Carry

    By Amanda Gorman (811.6 Gorm)

    The presidential inaugural poet—and unforgettable new voice in American poetry—presents a collection of poems that includes the stirring poem read at the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States.

  • South to America: a Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of the Nation

    By Imani Perry (917.504 Perr, Q 917.504 Perr, CD 917.504 Perr)

    Imani Perry shows that the meaning of American is inextricably linked with the South, and that our understanding of its history and culture is the key to understanding the nation as a whole. This is the story of a Black woman and native Alabaman returning to the region she has always called home and considering it with fresh eyes. Her journey is full of detours, deep dives, and surprising encounters with places and people.

  • On Rotation

    By Shirlene Obuobi (Fic Obuo, eAudiobook)

    Explores that time in your life when you must decide what you want and how to get it, all while navigating love, friendship, and the realization that the path you thought you were travelling has just taken some hard turns.

  • Finding Me

    By Viola Davis (B Davi, QB Davi, CD B Davi, Play B Davi)

    A noted actress's memoir, in her own words, spans her incredible, inspiring life, from her coming-of-age in Rhode Island to her present day.

  • Goliath

    By Tochi Onyebuchi (SF Onye)

    Onyebuchi’s debut novel chronicles a near-future America in the 2050’s and how it crumbles under the weight of politicized health crises, environmental catastrophes, and the dual-edged sword of white flight and gentrification.

  • When We Were Birds

    By Ayanna Lloyd Banwo (Fic Banw, eBook, eAudiobook)

    In Trinidad, Yejide, who has the power to guide the city's souls into the afterlife, and Darwin, a grave digger going against his mother's wishes never to interact with the dead, meet at an ancient cemetery where fate beckons them both.

  • Just Pursuit: a Black Prosecutor's Fight for Fairness

    By Laura Gayle Coates (B Coat)

    A powerful true story and groundbreaking account of bias in the courtroom from CNN senior legal analyst Laura Coates, recounting her time as a Black female prosecutor for the US Department of Justice.

  • Yonder

    By Jabari Asim (Fic Asim, PLAY Fic Asim)

    A vivid account of the lives of enslaved people and a depiction of what it took for an entire population to exist in America.

  • If I Survive You

    By Jonathan Escoffery (Fic Esco, PLAY Fic Esco, eBook, eAudiobook)

    Fleeing to Miami after political violence consumes their native Kingston, a younger son of a Jamaican family, Trelawny, struggles to carve out a place for himself amid financial disaster, racism and flat-out bad luck, clawing himself out of homelessness with a series of odd, often hilarious jobs.