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Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley
Enjoy a dazzling novel about a young Black woman who walks the streets of Oakland and stumbles headlong into the failure of its justice system.

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
Get Out meets The Devil Wears Prada in this electric debut about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing.

Glory Be by Danielle Arceneaux
This is the first in a vivid and charming crime series set in the Louisiana bayou, introducing the hilariously uncensored amateur sleuth Glory Broussard.

Come and Get It by Kiley Reid
It’s 2017 at the University of Arkansas. Millie Cousins, a senior resident assistant, wants to graduate, get a job, and buy a house. So, when Agatha Paul, a visiting professor and writer, offers Millie an easy yet unusual opportunity, she jumps at the chance.

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
In this moving debut novel, two estranged siblings must set aside their differences to deal with their mother’s death and her hidden past – a journey of discovery that takes them from the Caribbean to London to California and ends with her famous black cake.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern Black community and running away at age 16, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities.

Symphony of Secrets by Brendan Slocumb            
Music professor Bern Hendricks discovers a shocking secret about the most famous American composer of all time – his music may have been stolen from a Black Jazz Age prodigy named Josephine Reed. Determined to uncover the truth that a powerful organization wants to keep hidden, Bern will stop at nothing to right history’s wrongs and give Josephine the recognition she deserves.

The Late Americans by Brandon Taylor
During a volatile year of self-discovery in the shared and private spaces of Iowa City, three friends preparing for an uncertain future head to a cabin to bid goodbye to their former lives – a moment of reckoning that leaves each of them irrevocably altered.

Memphis by Tara Stringfellow
This spellbinding debut novel traces three generations of a Southern Black family and one daughter’s discovery that she has the power to change her family’s legacy.

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
A deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief, this is a novel about faith, science, religion, love.

The Unsettled by Ayana Mathis
This searing multi-generational novel – set in the 1980s in racially and politically turbulent Philadelphia and in the tiny town of Bonaparte, Alabama – follows a mother fighting for her sanity and survival.

Time’s Undoing by Cheryl Head
Inspired by the author’s own family history, this is a searing and tender novel about a young Black journalist’s search for answers in the unsolved murder of her great-grandfather in segregated Birmingham, Alabama, decades ago.

Rogue Justice by Stacey Abrams
In this second thriller in the Avery Keene series, Avery is approached at a legal conference by Preston Davies, an unassuming young man and fellow law clerk to a federal judge in Idaho. Davies believes his boss, Judge Francesca Whitner, was being blackmailed in the days before she recently took her own life.

Audience: Adult Seniors
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