FEBRUARY 2024: 14 Great Books by Black authors

Ebooks and Eaudiobooks



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The List / Yomi Adegoke
Ola Olajide, a celebrated journalist at Womxxxn magazine, is set to marry the love of her life in one month’s time. Young, beautiful, and successful – she and her fiancé Michael are considered the “couple goals” of their social network and seem to have it all. That is, until one morning when they both wake up to the same message: ‘Oh my god, have you seen The List?’ It began as a crowdsourced collection of names and somehow morphed into an anonymous account posting allegations on social media. Ola would usually be the first to support such a list – she’d retweet it, call for the men to be fired, write article after article. Except this time, Michael’s name is on it…
FORMAT(S): Eaudiobook & Ebook

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Glory Be / Danielle Arceneaux
It’s a hot and sticky Sunday in Lafayette, Louisiana, and Glory has settled into her usual after-church routine; meeting gamblers at the local coffee shop, where she works as a small-time bookie. Sitting at her corner table, Glory hears that her best friend – a nun beloved by the community – has been found dead in her apartment. When police declare the mysterious death a suicide, Glory is convinced that there must be more to the story and, with her reluctant daughter in tow, launches a shadow investigation in a town of oil tycoons, church gossips, and a rumored voodoo priestess. Danielle Arcenaux’s riveting debut brings forth an unforgettable character that will charm and delight crime fans everywhere and leave them hungry for her next adventure.
FORMAT(S): Eaudiobook & Ebook

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Don’t cry for me / Daniel Black
On his deathbed, a dying black man writes a letter to his estranged, gay son and shares with him the truth that lives in his heart and tries to create a place where the pair can find peace.
FORMAT(S): Eaudiobook & Ebook

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Black Gun, Silver Star / Art T. Burton
Black Gun, Silver Star sifts through fact and legend to discover the truth about one of the most outstanding peace officers in late nineteenth-century America, and perhaps the greatest lawman of the Wild West era.
FORMAT(S): Ebook

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The Wind at My Back / Misty Copeland
Misty Copeland made history as the first African American principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre. The Wind at My Back is a heartfelt memoir about her friendship with trailblazer Raven Wilkinson which captures the importance of mentorship, shared history, and honoring the past to ensure a stronger future.
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The Reformatory / Tananarive Due
A gripping, page-turning novel set in Jim Crow Florida that follows Robert Stephens Jr. as he’s sent to a segregated reform school that is a chamber of terrors where he sees the horrors of racism and injustice, for the living, and the dead.
FORMAT(S): Ebook

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Boys come first / Aaron Foley
Suddenly jobless and single after a devastating layoff and a breakup with his cheating ex, advertising copywriter Dominick Gibson flees his life in Hell’s Kitchen to try and get back on track in his hometown of Detroit. He’s got one objective – exit the shallow dating pool ASAP and get married by thirty-five – and the deadline’s approaching fast. Meanwhile, Dom’s best friend, Troy Clements, an idealistic teacher who never left Michigan, finds himself at odds with all the men in his life: a troubled boyfriend he’s desperate to hold onto, a perpetually dissatisfied father, and his other friend, Remy Patton. Remy, a rags-to-riches real estate agent known as ‘Mr. Detroit,’ has his own problems, namely choosing between making it work with a long-distance lover or settling for a local Mr. Right Now who’s not quite Mr. Right. And when a high-stakes real estate deal threatens to blow up his friendship with Troy, the three men have to figure out how to navigate the pitfalls of friendship and a city that seems to be changing overnight.
FORMAT(S): Ebook

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Inciting Joy / Ross Gay
Inciting Joy is about various ways of caring for each other and the human connections that make up a full, rich life. Gay turns his thoughtful eye and sensitive mind to inspiration and fulfillment in essays with topics ranging from skateboarding to masculinity to facing mortality.
FORMAT(S): Eaudiobook & Ebook

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Uphill: A Memoir / Jemele Hill
Jemele Hill’s world came crashing down when she called President Trump a “white supremacist”; the White House wanted her fired from ESPN, and she was deluged with death threats. But Hill had faced tougher adversaries growing up in Detroit than a tweeting president. Beneath the exterior of one of the most recognizable journalists in America was a need – a calling – to break her family’s cycle of intergenerational trauma. An empowering, unabashedly bold memoir by the Atlantic journalist and former ESPN SportsCenter co-anchor about overcoming a legacy of pain and forging a new path, no matter how uphill life’s battles might be.
FORMAT(S): Eaudiobook

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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store / James McBride
This story follows a diverse community as they work together to save a young deaf Black boy, Dodo, from unjust institutionalization in 1930s New York.
FORMAT(S): Eaudiobook & Ebook

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All her little secrets / Wanda M. Morris
Ellice Littlejohn seemingly has it all: an Ivy League law degree, a well-paying job as a corporate attorney in midtown Atlanta, great friends, and a “for fun” relationship with a rich, charming executive, who just happens to be her white boss. But everything changes one cold January morning when Ellice arrives in the executive suite and finds him dead with a gunshot to his head. And then she walks away as though nothing has happened. Why? Ellice has been keeping a cache of dark secrets, including a small-town past and a kid brother who’s spent time on the other side of the law. She can’t be thrust into the spotlight, again. When she uncovers shady dealings inside the company, Ellice is trapped in an impossible ethical and moral dilemma.
FORMAT(S): Eaudiobook & Ebook

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Where the River Meets the Soul / S. Nicole
As an herbalist, Heriath lives a life devoted to others. A task that has become increasingly difficult with the loss of the Elysir, a magical bloom with healing properties that have kept the people of Vyelan strong and healthy for hundreds of years. She does her best to make up for the loss, but when her sister’s illness is discovered to be fatal, Heriath makes it her mission to find the healing blossom. With the help of a friend and a lucky encounter with the heiress of a powerful company in Vyelan, she finds herself on a journey. To save her sister’s life she must reunite the souls of an ancient mystic and his wife, which proves – at first – to be an easy task. That is until she finds herself drawn to one of the bonded pair. The once simple mission twists into a struggle between head and heart as Heriath is pulled between her love for her sister and her newfound feelings.
FORMAT(S): Ebook

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The Hookup Plan / Farrah Rochon
Successful pediatric surgeon London Kelley just needs to find some balance and de-stress. According to her friends Samiah and Taylor, what London really needs is a casual hookup. A night of fun with no strings. But no one – least of all London – expected it to go down at her high school reunion with Drew Sullivan, millionaire, owner of delicious abs, and oh yes, her archnemesis. Now London is certain the road to hell is paved with good sex. Because she’s found out the real reason Drew’s back in Austin: to decide whether her beloved hospital remains open. Worse, Drew is doing everything he can to show her that he’s a decent guy who actually cares. But London’s not falling for it. Because while sleeping with the enemy is one thing, falling for him is definitely not part of the plan.
FORMAT(S): Eaudiobook

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Let Us Descend / Jesmyn Ward
Annis, sold south by the white enslaver who fathered her, is the reader’s guide through this hellscape. As she struggles through the miles-long march, Annis turns inward, seeking comfort from memories of her mother and stories of her African warrior grandmother. Throughout, she opens herself to a world beyond this world, one teeming with spirits: of earth and water, of myth and history; spirits who nurture and give, and those who manipulate and take. While Ward leads readers through the descent, this, her fourth novel, is ultimately a story of rebirth and reclamation.
FORMAT(S): Eaudiobook & Ebook



LP: February 2024