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“As a feat of reclamation for the Camelot-like heyday of Black Detroit, Black Bottom Saints, like the legendary impresario at its center, makes plentiful Motown magic.

“Edie just wants to be herself, but trapped somewhere between the luster of her skin and her own lust for rough sex and only half-requited love, she never seems to figure out exactly who th

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Bullets, car wrecks, chases, mayhem. There is lots of blood. Blacktop Wasteland is grim and gritty.”

Buckle up.

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“eminently readable and emotionally intense.”

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“James McBride fans will add Deacon King Kong to his list of successes.

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“Beyond the usual detective/PI action, Mosley creates a model for writing that moves off the ‘race card’ and back to true descriptions.”

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The buzz surrounding Joe Ide at the 2017 Bouchercon Convention in Toronto was palpable as he was presented with the Anthony Award for his debut crime novel IQ. Once he’d also picked up the

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Heaven, My Home is a well-wrought novel in the hands of a master storyteller.”

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“Ta-Nehisi Coates has long been among America’s most clear-eyed scholars of race and racism. The Water Dancer is a masterpiece built within that clarity.

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“engaging characters, relatable issues, and hip-hop flavored poetry will have readers scarfing up this latest offering like a banana split in summertime.”

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“utterly engrossing, funny, at times, suspenseful, flawlessly constructed, moving, and absolutely brilliant.”

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Post-apocalyptic novels featuring orphaned teenage girl protagonists proliferate. They fill their own shelves in bookstores, and their adaptations feed film studios and crowd streaming services.

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“Eve L. Ewing has achieved what the historian cannot. She has restored the blood and sweat to the historical record of a tragic moment in the history of the nation.”

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In West Mills powerfully pays homage to the defiant and affirming spirit of Their Eyes Were Watching God while imagining a vivid and compelling world with distinctive cha

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“Hall’s writing is a master class in strong, first-person voice.”

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Marlon James delivers a twisting, hallucinatory epic fairy tale that delivers a punch that can be felt ’round the world.”

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“Lot is far from a bleak read. Washington’s language takes the dense texture of poverty and turns into poetry.”

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If you are an admirer of the FBI and/or the CIA you may not like this book, but you still should read it. The FBI is seen as too bureaucratic for its own good and many of its agents inept.

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“Washington Black is a rich, absorbing tale.”

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“How the End First Showed is not merely a collection of Nigerian poems, it is an effort to forge transnational literature.”

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Glory Edim is the founder of the hugely successful Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates the uniqueness of black literature and sisterhood.

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Kehinde Wiley, the artist known for his portraits of street blacks in historical settings, said, “Art is about changing what we see in our everyday lives and representing it in such a way that it g

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Long a staple of antebellum American newspapers, “ranaway slave” advertisements afford the reader fascinating—if also horrific and heartbreaking—insights into the lives of fugitive slaves and their

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“Mosley’s new book, John Woman, though it only intermittently delivers the tautly rendered violence and suspense of his detective fiction, is as provocative and morally instructive

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Kiki Petrosino’s Witch Wife invites us to enter into a feminine, private world of post-puberty anxieties, love relationships, and nostalgia in which the desire for and fear of motherhood a

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