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Black Ink: Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading
Dec 2019
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Genre: Anthology
Book Description:

Throughout American history, Black people are the only group of people to have been forbidden by law to learn to read. This expansive collection seeks to shed light on that injustice, putting some of America’s most cherished voices in a conversation in one magnificent volume that presents reading as an act of resistance. Organized into three sections—the Peril, the Power, and the Pleasure—and featuring a vast array of contributors both classic and contemporary, Black Ink presents the brilliant diversity of Black thought in America while solidifying the importance of these writers within the greater context of the American literary tradition.

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American Spy
Nov 2019
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Genre: Novel/Popular Fiction
Book Description:

This novel is structured as a long letter from Marie to her sons, which she begins in 1992, after she is forced to kill an intruder who attacks her in their home in the middle of the night. Marie relives her days as a FBI officer whose career has stalled out until she is given the opportunity to join a special task force to bring down Thomas Sankara. The problem is, she secretly admires the work of Sankara but she has a duty to her country. This book includes some historical fiction about Burkina Faso president Thomas Sankara who is also known as “Africa’s Che Guvara.”

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Assata, An Autobiography
Oct 2019
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Genre: Classic
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Alternating chapters tell the story of Assata Shakur’s home life, schooling, and non-familial relationships. Ms. Shakur, a member of the Black Panther Party, was convicted of the first-degree murder of a NJ state trooper during a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973. On November 2, 1979, she escaped from prison, and in 1984, she surfaced in Cuba, where she was granted political asylum. She remains on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List.

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Becoming
Jul 2019
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Genre: Autobiography/Biography
Awards Won for book: Author of the Year: 2019 - Michelle Obama
Book Description:

Learn how Michelle L. Robinson developed into Michelle Obama amidst the public scrutiny, racism, and white-washed standards that have typically defined the White House and First Family since this country’s inception. In her memoir, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her. She describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words.

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Heads of the Colored People
Jun 2019
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Genre: Short Story Collection (same author)
Book Description:

This is a collection of moving, timely, and darkly funny stories that examines the concept of Black identity in this so-called post-racial era.

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