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                                33 Books by Contemporary Black Authors

                                Read some of the best fiction and nonfiction by contemporary Black authors, including books in every genre from literary fiction to personal memoirs.

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                                  The Vanishing Half Book Cover Picture
                                  The Vanishing Half Book Cover Picture

                                  The Vanishing Half

                                  by Brit Bennett

                                  From?The?New York Times-bestselling author of?The Mothers, a stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.
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                                  The Vanishing Half Book Cover Picture

                                  Hardcover
                                  $27.00

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                                  Well-Read Black Girl Book Cover Picture
                                  Well-Read Black Girl Book Cover Picture

                                  Well-Read Black Girl

                                  by Glory Edim

                                  An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature.
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                                  Well-Read Black Girl Book Cover Picture

                                  Hardcover
                                  $20.00

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                                  Such a Fun Age Book Cover Picture
                                  Such a Fun Age Book Cover Picture

                                  Such a Fun Age

                                  by Kiley Reid

                                  A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.
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                                  Such a Fun Age Book Cover Picture

                                  Hardcover
                                  $26.00

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                                  The Girl with the Louding Voice Book Cover Picture
                                  The Girl with the Louding Voice Book Cover Picture

                                  The Girl with the Louding Voice

                                  by Abi Daré

                                  The Girl with the Louding Voice Book Cover Picture
                                  The Girl with the Louding Voice Book Cover Picture

                                  Hardcover
                                  $26.00

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                                  I Almost Forgot About You Book Cover Picture
                                  I Almost Forgot About You Book Cover Picture

                                  I Almost Forgot About You

                                  by Terry McMillan

                                  Bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting To Exhale is back with the inspiring story of a woman who shakes things up in her life to find greater meaning.
                                  I Almost Forgot About You Book Cover Picture
                                  I Almost Forgot About You Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $16.00

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                                  Red at the Bone Book Cover Picture
                                  Red at the Bone Book Cover Picture

                                  Red at the Bone

                                  by Jacqueline Woodson

                                  An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes, and exposes the private hopes, disappointments, and longings that can bind or divide us from each other, from the?National Book Award-winning author of?Another Brooklyn?and?Brown Girl Dreaming.
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                                  Red at the Bone Book Cover Picture

                                  Hardcover
                                  $26.00

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                                  Real Life Book Cover Picture
                                  Real Life Book Cover Picture

                                  Real Life

                                  by Brandon Taylor

                                  A novel of startling intimacy, violence, and mercy among friends in a Midwestern university town, from an electric new voice, featuring an introverted young man from Alabama. Black and queer, he has left behind his family without escaping the long shadows of his childhood.
                                  Real Life Book Cover Picture
                                  Real Life Book Cover Picture

                                  Hardcover
                                  $26.00

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                                  The Travelers Book Cover Picture
                                  The Travelers Book Cover Picture

                                  The Travelers

                                  by Regina Porter

                                  With piercing humor, exacting dialogue, and a beautiful sense of place, Regina Porter’s debut is both an intimate family portrait and a sweeping exploration of what it means to be American today.
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                                  The Travelers Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $17.00

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                                  Homegoing Book Cover Picture

                                  Homegoing

                                  by Yaa Gyasi

                                  Homegoing Book Cover Picture
                                  Homegoing Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $16.95

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                                  Lot Book Cover Picture
                                  Lot Book Cover Picture

                                  Lot

                                  by Bryan Washington

                                  In the city of Houston – a sprawling, diverse microcosm of America – the son of a black mother and a Latino father is coming of age. He’s working at his family’s restaurant, weathering his brother’s blows, resenting his older sister’s absence. And discovering he likes boys.
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                                  Lot Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $16.00

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                                  What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours Book Cover Picture
                                  What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours Book Cover Picture

                                  What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

                                  by Helen Oyeyemi

                                  Helen Oyeyemi’s tales span multiple times and landscapes as they tease boundaries between coexisting realities. Is a key a gate, a gift, or an invitation? What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours captivates as it explores the many possible answers.
                                  What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours Book Cover Picture
                                  What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $16.00

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                                  Everything Inside Book Cover Picture
                                  Everything Inside Book Cover Picture

                                  Everything Inside

                                  by Edwidge Danticat

                                  Rich with hard-won wisdom and humanity, set in locales from Miami and Port-au-Prince to a small unnamed country in the Caribbean and beyond,?Everything Inside?is at once wide in scope and intimate, as it explores the forces that pull us together, or drive us apart, sometimes in the same searing instant.
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                                  Everything Inside Book Cover Picture

                                  Hardcover
                                  $25.95

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                                  Deacon King Kong Book Cover Picture
                                  Deacon King Kong Book Cover Picture

                                  Deacon King Kong

                                  by James McBride

                                  From James McBride, author of the National Book Award-winning?The Good Lord Bird?and the bestselling modern classic?The Color of Water, one of the most anticipated novels of the year: a wise and witty tale about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting.
                                  Deacon King Kong Book Cover Picture
                                  Deacon King Kong Book Cover Picture

                                  Hardcover
                                  $28.00

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                                  Drinking Coffee Elsewhere Book Cover Picture
                                  Drinking Coffee Elsewhere Book Cover Picture

                                  Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

                                  by ZZ Packer

                                  Drinking Coffee Elsewhere Book Cover Picture
                                  Drinking Coffee Elsewhere Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $17.00

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                                  Here for It Book Cover Picture
                                  Here for It Book Cover Picture

                                  Here for It

                                  by R. Eric Thomas

                                  In essays by turns hysterical and heartfelt, Thomas reexamines what it means to be an “other” through the lens of his own life experience. Here for It will resonate deeply and joyfully with everyone who has ever felt pushed to the margins, struggled with self-acceptance, or wished to shine more brightly in a dark world.
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                                  Here for It Book Cover Picture

                                  Hardcover
                                  $26.00

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                                  Loving Day Book Cover Picture
                                  Loving Day Book Cover Picture

                                  Loving Day

                                  by Mat Johnson

                                  A frequently hilarious, surprisingly moving story about blacks and whites, fathers and daughters, the living and the dead, Loving Day celebrates the wonders of opposites bound in love.
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                                  Loving Day Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $17.00

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                                  Behold the Dreamers Book Cover Picture
                                  Behold the Dreamers Book Cover Picture

                                  Behold the Dreamers

                                  by Imbolo Mbue

                                  A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy.
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                                  Behold the Dreamers Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $17.00

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                                  More Than Enough Book Cover Picture
                                  More Than Enough Book Cover Picture

                                  More Than Enough

                                  by Elaine Welteroth

                                  Part-manifesto, part-memoir, from the revolutionary editor who infused social consciousness into the pages of Teen Vogue, an exploration of what it means to come into your own—on your own terms.
                                  More Than Enough Book Cover Picture
                                  More Than Enough Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $17.00

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                                  Black Leopard, Red Wolf Book Cover Picture
                                  Black Leopard, Red Wolf Book Cover Picture

                                  Black Leopard, Red Wolf

                                  by Marlon James

                                  In the stunning 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.
                                  Black Leopard, Red Wolf Book Cover Picture
                                  Black Leopard, Red Wolf Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $18.00

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                                  We Cast a Shadow Book Cover Picture

                                  We Cast a Shadow

                                  by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

                                  This electrifying, hallucinatory novel is at once a keen satire of surviving racism in America and a profoundly moving family story. At its center is a father who just wants his son to thrive in a broken world.
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                                  We Cast a Shadow Book Cover Picture

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                                  $17.00

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                                  The Nickel Boys Book Cover Picture
                                  The Nickel Boys Book Cover Picture

                                  The Nickel Boys

                                  by Colson Whitehead

                                  The Nickel Boys Book Cover Picture
                                  The Nickel Boys Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $15.95

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                                  Born a Crime Book Cover Picture
                                  Born a Crime Book Cover Picture

                                  Born a Crime

                                  by Trevor Noah

                                  The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of Trevor Noah’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.
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                                  Born a Crime Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $18.00

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                                  Black Is the Body Book Cover Picture
                                  Black Is the Body Book Cover Picture

                                  Black Is the Body

                                  by Emily Bernard

                                  Black is the Body is an extraordinary, exquisitely written memoir that looks at race–in a fearless, penetrating, honest, true way–in twelve telltale, connected, deeply personal essays.
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                                  Black Is the Body Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $16.00

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                                  Known and Strange Things Book Cover Picture
                                  Known and Strange Things Book Cover Picture

                                  Known and Strange Things

                                  by Teju Cole

                                  Persuasive and provocative, erudite yet accessible, Known and Strange Thingsis an opportunity to live within Teju Cole’s wide-ranging enthusiasms, curiosities, and passions, and a chance to see the world in surprising and affecting new frames.
                                  Known and Strange Things Book Cover Picture
                                  Known and Strange Things Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $18.00

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                                  The Water Dancer Book Cover Picture
                                  The Water Dancer Book Cover Picture

                                  The Water Dancer

                                  by Ta-Nehisi Coates

                                  This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children—the violent and capricious separation of families—and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today’s most exciting thinkers and writers, The Water Dancer is a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen.
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                                  The Water Dancer Book Cover Picture

                                  Hardcover
                                  $28.00

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                                  Ordinary Light Book Cover Picture
                                  Ordinary Light Book Cover Picture

                                  Ordinary Light

                                  by Tracy K. Smith

                                  In Ordinary Light, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Tracy K. Smith tells her remarkable story, giving us a quietly potent memoir that explores her coming-of-age and the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter.
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                                  Ordinary Light Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $16.00

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                                  What We Lose Book Cover Picture
                                  What We Lose Book Cover Picture

                                  What We Lose

                                  by Zinzi Clemmons

                                  From an author of rare, haunting power, a stunning novel about a young African-American woman coming of age—a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, family, and country.
                                  What We Lose Book Cover Picture
                                  What We Lose Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $16.00

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                                  Americanah Book Cover Picture
                                  Americanah Book Cover Picture

                                  Americanah

                                  by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

                                  The bestselling novel from the award-winning author of?We Should All Be Feminists?and?Dear Ijeawele.
                                  Americanah Book Cover Picture
                                  Americanah Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $16.00

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                                  Five-Carat Soul Book Cover Picture
                                  Five-Carat Soul Book Cover Picture

                                  Five-Carat Soul

                                  by James McBride

                                  Five-Carat Soul Book Cover Picture
                                  Five-Carat Soul Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $16.00

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                                  The Girl Who Smiled Beads Book Cover Picture
                                  The Girl Who Smiled Beads Book Cover Picture

                                  The Girl Who Smiled Beads

                                  by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil

                                  In 1994, Clemantine Wamariya and her sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years migrating through seven African countries.?Later, she seemed to live the American dream yet the years of being treated as less than human could not be erased. In The Girl Who Smiled Beads, Clemantine recognizes the power of the imagination to transcend even the most profound injuries and aftershocks.
                                  The Girl Who Smiled Beads Book Cover Picture
                                  The Girl Who Smiled Beads Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $17.00

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                                  Finding Gideon Book Cover Picture
                                  Finding Gideon Book Cover Picture

                                  Finding Gideon

                                  by Eric Jerome Dickey

                                  A professional job turns personal for jet-setting contract killer Gideon in this sexy, thrilling page-turner by?bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey.
                                  Finding Gideon Book Cover Picture
                                  Finding Gideon Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $16.00

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                                  Ghana Must Go Book Cover Picture
                                  Ghana Must Go Book Cover Picture

                                  Ghana Must Go

                                  by Taiye Selasi

                                  Electric, exhilarating, and beautifully crafted, Ghana Must Go is a sweeping narrative that takes readers from Accra to Lagos to London to New York, it is at once a portrait of a modern family and an exploration of the importance of where we come from to who we are.
                                  Ghana Must Go Book Cover Picture
                                  Ghana Must Go Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $17.00

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                                  The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls Book Cover Picture
                                  The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls Book Cover Picture

                                  The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

                                  by Anissa Gray

                                  The Butler family has had their share of trials—as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest—but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives.
                                  The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls Book Cover Picture
                                  The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls Book Cover Picture

                                  Paperback
                                  $16.00

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