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January 2022

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Blackout

YA SHORT STORIES

Blackout

by Various

African American

Beloved authors—Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon—celebrate the beauty of six couples and the unforgettable magic that can be found on a sweltering starry night in NYC.

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Caul Baby

MAGICAL REALISM

Caul Baby

by Morgan Jerkins

African American

A family of Black women has a gift; they're born with a caul, a layer over their skin that protects them from harm. They can share the caul with others — and sell it "to the highest bidder" — which brings trouble.

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Harlem Shuffle

SUSPENSE

Harlem Shuffle

by Colson Whitehead

African American

From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, a gloriously entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns, and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s.

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New York, My Village

LITERARY FICTION

New York, My Village

by Uwem Akpan

Nigerian

A triumph of storytelling and a testament to the life-sustaining power of community across borders and across boroughs.

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Unprotected: A Memoir

MEMOIR

Unprotected: A Memoir

by Billy Porter

Black LGBTQ

From the incomparable Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner, a powerful and revealing autobiography about race, sexuality, art, and healing.

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