Collage of 2019"’s Most Critically Acclaimed Books (back to list)

Click for more detail about Heads of the Colored People: Stories by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
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Click for more detail about The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers by Bridgett M. Davis
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Click for more detail about Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
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Click for more detail about Whose Toes are Those?  by Jabari Asim
Click for more detail about Jake the Fake Goes for Laughs by Craig Robinson and Adam Mansbach
Click for more detail about Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
Click for more detail about I Do Love You Still by Mary B. Morrison
Click for more detail about The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes
Click for more detail about American Spy: A Novel by Lauren Wilkinson
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Click for more detail about Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler
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Click for more detail about Life Is God’s Best Gift: Wisdom from the Ancestors on Finding Peace and Joy in Today’s World by Sam Chege
Click for more detail about Crossroads by LaVerne Thompson, Angela Kay Austin, Naleighna Kai, Ursula Sinclair, and 16 more
Click for more detail about After Life: My Journey from Incarceration to Freedom by Alice Marie Johnson
Click for more detail about Evil Never Sleeps: Tales of Light and Darkness by Robert Fleming
Click for more detail about Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People by Ben Crump
Click for more detail about Good Man Gone Bad: An Aaron Gunner Mystery by Gar Anthony Haywood
Click for more detail about Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abdurraqib
Click for more detail about Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds
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Click for more detail about The Wolf Queen: The Promise of Aferi Book II by Cerece Rennie Murphy
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Click for more detail about Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir by Kwame Onwuachi
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Click for more detail about The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah M. Broom
Click for more detail about I: New and Selected Poems by Toi Derricotte
Click for more detail about Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
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Click for more detail about Build Yourself a Boat by Camonghne Felix
Click for more detail about Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom
Click for more detail about The Other Americans by Laila Lalami
Click for more detail about I Want to be Like by Skyler Houston
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Click for more detail about With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Click for more detail about Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America by Ibi Zoboi, Tracey Baptiste, Coe Booth, Dhonielle Clayton, Brandy Colbert, Jay Coles, Lamar Giles, Leah Henderson, Justina Ireland, Varian Johnson, Kekla Magoon,  Jason Reynolds, Nic Stone, Renée Watson, Rita Williams-Garcia, and others
Click for more detail about Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson
Click for more detail about The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations by Toni Morrison
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Click for more detail about Luca’s Bridge/El Puente de Luca by Mariana Llanos
Click for more detail about Beyond These Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States by Tony Platt
Click for more detail about Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter by Veronica Chambers
Click for more detail about Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Click for more detail about Forget Me Not by Brenda Jackson
Click for more detail about Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and
Click for more detail about StarTalk: Everything You Ever Need to Know About Space Travel, Sci-Fi, the Human Race, the Universe, and Beyond by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Click for more detail about Genesis Begins Again by Alicia Williams
Click for more detail about The Everlasting Rose (The Belles) by Dhonielle Clayton
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Click for more detail about The Paintings and Drawings of Clarence Major by Clarence Major
Click for more detail about The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop by Carole Boston Weatherford
Click for more detail about Sleepover Scientist #3 by Kelly Starling Lyons
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Click for more detail about The White Card: A Play by Claudia Rankine
Click for more detail about The Last Thing You Surrender: A Novel of World War II by Leonard Pitts Jr.
Click for more detail about Around the Way Girls 11 by Treasure Hernandez, Clifford “Spud” Johnson, and India Johnson-Williams
Click for more detail about The Family Business 5: A Family Business Novel by Carl Weber and La Jill Hunt
Click for more detail about Full Figured 12: Carl Weber Presents by La Jill Hunt and C. N. Phillips
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Click for more detail about The Huey P. Newton Reader, 2nd Edtion by Huey P. Newton
Click for more detail about The Perfect Revenge (The Shady Sisters Trilogy) by Lutishia Lovely
Click for more detail about W.E.B. Du Bois: A Life in American History by Gerald Horne
Click for more detail about Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden
Click for more detail about Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson
Click for more detail about The Be-Bop Barbarians: Comic Book Bohemians to a 1950s Jazz Beat by Gary Phillips
Click for more detail about ASCLEPIUS by Christopher M. Rutledge
Click for more detail about Jaylin: A Naughty Aftermath: Naughty Series by Brenda M. Hampton
Click for more detail about A Prince on Paper: Reluctant Royals by Alyssa Cole
Click for more detail about An Unconditional Freedom (The Loyal League) by Alyssa Cole
Click for more detail about The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles
Click for more detail about The Lies that Bind: Rethinking Identity by Kwame Anthony Appiah
Click for more detail about Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge: George and Martha Washington’s Courageous Slave Who Dared to Run Away; Young Readers Edition by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Click for more detail about What Momma Left Me by Renée Watson
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Click for more detail about Richard Wright: The Library of America Unexpurgated  (Boxed Set) by Richard Wright
Click for more detail about Wilma Rudolph (Little People, BIG DREAMS) by Isabel Sãnchez Vegara
Click for more detail about Muhammad Ali (Little People, BIG DREAMS) by Isabel Sãnchez Vegara
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Click for more detail about Shuri: The Search for Black Panther by Nnedi Okorafor
Click for more detail about American Founders: How People of African Descent Established Freedom in the New World by Christina Proenza-Coles
Click for more detail about Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family by Mitchell S. Jackson
Click for more detail about Lives Laid Away (An August Snow Novel) by Stephen Mack Jones
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Click for more detail about The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose by Oprah Winfrey
Click for more detail about Gingerbread: A Novel by Helen Oyeyemi
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Click for more detail about Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America by Dorothy Butler Gilliam
Click for more detail about Tito the Bonecrusher by Melissa Thomson
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Click for more detail about Grand Opening 2: A Family Business Novel by Carl Weber
Click for more detail about One Person, No Vote: How All Voters Are Not Treated Equally by Carol Anderson
Click for more detail about Forever Mine & Falling for the Beauty Queen by Donna Hill and Carolyn Hector
Click for more detail about What the Heart Wants & Sealed with a Kiss: An Anthology by Donna Hill
Click for more detail about Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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Click for more detail about The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris
Click for more detail about Full Figured 14 by La Jill Hunt
Click for more detail about Kwanzaa: From Holiday to Every Day by Maitefa Angaza
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Click for more detail about Christmas with the Billionaire & A Tiara for Christmas by Niobia Bryant
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Click for more detail about The Deep by Rivers Solomon
Click for more detail about Sweet Love & Because of You: An Anthology by Sheryl Lister
Click for more detail about Black Panther Book 6: The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda Part 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Click for more detail about Greed: A Seven Deadly Sins Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray
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Click for more detail about The Truths We Hold: An American Journey (Young Readers Edition) by Kamala Harris
Click for more detail about Superheroes Are Everywhere by Kamala Harris
Click for more detail about Black Mamba: How to recognize and curtail venomous people by Johanna Sparrow
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Click for more detail about Travelers: A Novel by Helon Habila
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Click for more detail about It Was All a Dream: A New Generation Confronts the Broken Promise to Black America by Reniqua Allen
Click for more detail about The Wizenard Series: Training Camp by Wesley King and Kobe Bryant
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Click for more detail about African History Notebook, Volume I & II by Joseph E. Harris
Click for more detail about God’s Will and Other Lies: Stories by Penny Mickelbury
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Click for more detail about The Old Drift: A Novel by Namwali Serpell
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Click for more detail about Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry) by Gary Golio
Click for more detail about Madam, May I by Niobia Bryant
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Click for more detail about Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change by Selena Montgomery
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Click for more detail about New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent by Margaret Busby
Click for more detail about But, Know This by Cheryl Robinson
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Click for more detail about A Death in Harlem: A Novel by Karla FC Holloway
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Click for more detail about The Bridal Suite by Rochelle Alers
Click for more detail about Womanish: A Grown Black Woman Speaks on Love and Life by Kim McLarin
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Click for more detail about Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century by Lorene Cary
Click for more detail about Stories for Kids Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales of Amazing People Who Stood Up and Stood Out by Ben Brooks
Click for more detail about Recent Studies Indicate: The Best of Sarah Bird by Sarah Bird
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Click for more detail about The Joy of Cruising: Passionate Cruisers, Fascinating Stories by Paul C. Thornton
Click for more detail about Love by the Letters: A Regency Novella Trio by Grace Burrowes, Kelly Bowen, and Vanessa Riley
Click for more detail about Sweat the Technique: the Elements of Writing—Anything by Rakim
Click for more detail about The Love Prison Made and Unmade by Ebony Roberts
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Click for more detail about The Little Book of Big Lies by Tina Lifford
Click for more detail about My Name Is Prince by Prince Rogers Nelson and Randee St. Nicholas
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Click for more detail about Leadership with a Servant’s Heart: Leading Through Personal Relationships by Kevin Wayne Johnson
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Click for more detail about Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations by Kelly Starling Lyons
Click for more detail about Double Bass Blues by Andrea J. Loney
Click for more detail about Sonny’s Bridge: Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Finds His Groove by Barry Wittenstein
Click for more detail about I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter by David Chariandy
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Click for more detail about What Were the Negro Leagues? by Varian Johnson
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Click for more detail about “Pretends to Be Free:” Runaway Slave Advertisements from Colonial and Revolutionary New York and New Jersey by Graham Russell Gao Hodges and Alan Edward Brown
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Click for more detail about Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African-American Cooking by Toni Tipton-Martin
Click for more detail about Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business by Pamela Newkirk
Click for more detail about Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson
Click for more detail about Lu: Sometimes You Gotta Jump Anyway… by Jason Reynolds
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Click for more detail about Counting the Stars: The Story of Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician by Lesa Cline-Ransome
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Click for more detail about The New Noir: Race, Identity, and Diaspora in Black Suburbia by Clerge Orly
Click for more detail about Mothering While Black: Boundaries and Burdens of Middle-Class Parenthood by Dawn Marie Dow
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Click for more detail about Jaylin: A Naughty Aftermath: Naughty Series by Brenda M. Hampton
Click for more detail about Beyond Aesthetics: Use, Abuse, and Dissonance in African Art Traditions by Wole Soyinka
Click for more detail about The Sixth Man: A Memoir by Andre Iguodala
Click for more detail about Goodness and the Literary Imagination: Harvard’s 95th Ingersoll Lecture with Essays on Morrison’s Moral and Religious Vision by Toni Morrison
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Click for more detail about Faith and Struggle in the Lives of Four African Americans: Ethel Waters, Mary Lou Williams, Eldridge Cleaver, and Muhammad Ali by Randal Maurice Jelks
Click for more detail about Animating Black and Brown Liberation: A Theory of American Literatures by Michael Datcher
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Click for more detail about Girl! WHAT you gonna DO with your MONEY?: Money Matters for Teens by TiJuana A. Gholson
Click for more detail about Three Years in Mississippi by James Meredith
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Click for more detail about The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad
Click for more detail about Africa’s International Relations: The Diplomacy of Dependency and Change by Ali Mazrui
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Click for more detail about Here and Now by Julia Denos
Click for more detail about Nya’s Long Walk: A Step at a Time by Linda Sue Park
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Click for more detail about The World Doesn’t Require You: Stories by Rion Amilcar Scott
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Click for more detail about Yes We Did: Photos and Behind-The-Scenes Stories Celebrating Our First African American President by Lawrence P. Jackson
Click for more detail about The King of No: A Financial Firefighter by Loyall Wilson
Click for more detail about Three W’s: Tears of Pain and Joy by Ernest Gaines
Click for more detail about The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
Click for more detail about Luminous Ink: Writers on Writing in Canada by Dionne Brand
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Click for more detail about Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell
Click for more detail about Borrowed Destiny  by Joy M. Copeland
Click for more detail about Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine by Emily Bernard
Click for more detail about The Midnight Hour: A Madaris Novel by Brenda Jackson
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Click for more detail about How to Read a Book by Kwame Alexander
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Click for more detail about This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender
Click for more detail about The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
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Click for more detail about Beyond Hashtags: Racial Politics and Black Digital Networks by Sarah Florini
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Click for more detail about The Black Book (Anniversary) by Middleton A. Harris, Ernest Smith, Morris Levitt, and Roger Furman
Click for more detail about Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
Click for more detail about The Beautiful Ones by Prince Rogers Nelson
Click for more detail about Clap Your Hands: A Celebration of Gospel by Toyomi Igus
Click for more detail about Solving The Race Issue In America by H. J. Harris
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Click for more detail about O’shay & Sanaa: An Urban Romance Book One & Two by J. Brinkley
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