Staff Pick

Mychal Denzel Smith is both urgent and hilarious as he goes from Dave Chapelle to Lebron James, and from male masculinity to the role of the strong black woman deserving more respect. He speaks about mental illness & LGBTQ in the black community, subjects that are considered too taboo to be discussed. But he has the strength and knowledge to raise the discussion about these topics and make you want to hear more. Running a thread throughout about the horrors and struggles of constantly seeing our young black men & women killed by the authorities sworn to protect us, he is yet another amazing voice speaking up. And he needs to be heard.


The Annotated African American Folktales (Annotated Books) Cover Image
By Henry Louis Gates (Editor), Maria Tatar (Editor)
ISBN: 9780871407535
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - November 14th, 2017

Staff Pick

In this outstanding debut collection, Arthurs weaves together stories of home—whether characters are longing for the intricacies of their homeland, returning to a forgotten one, or seeking familial ties to an unknown place. Spoken from a variety of perspectives, Arthurs reflects on the trials of interracial relationships versus black love, isolating cultural differences, and the forlorn experience of dreaming of, but not wanting, a partner and kids. Life in beautiful Jamaica, or the memory of it, is the thread that ties each story together. This collection is filled with hurt and sorrow, but also much joy—a great summer read.

How to Love a Jamaican: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524799229
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 18th, 2019

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 Belinda and Mary, two young live-in maids at the same house in Ghana, become fast friends. But they are suddenly torn apart when Belinda is sent to a Ghanaian family in London to help their westernized child, Amma, out of a rebellious slump. Her new living situation is complicated and difficult to process, but Mary's constant communications from Ghana center Belinda and help her to avoid completely breaking down—until tragedy strikes. Donkor perfectly peppers Twi throughout, which helps create the authentic tone of this marvelously written debut novel.



Housegirl: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250305176
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Published: Picador - August 28th, 2018