Books Honored by the National Book Awards

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The mission of the National Book Foundation is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America. National Book Awards are given five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature.

The first African-American writer to win a National Book Award was Ralph Ellison for Invisible Man.

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15 Books Honored by the National Book Awards in 2019

Finalist - Fiction

Black Leopard, Red Wolf
by Marlon James

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    List Price: $30.00
    Format: Hardcover, 640 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    ISBN13: 9780735220171
    Imprint: Riverhead Books
    Publisher: Penguin Random House
    Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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    Book Description: 
    "A fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made." —Neil Gaiman

    The epic novel, an African Game of Thrones, from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings

    In the stunning first novel in Marlon James’s Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child.

    Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: "He has a nose," people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard.

    As Tracker follows the boy’s scent—from one ancient city to another; into dense forests and across deep rivers—he and the band are set upon by creatures intent on destroying them. As he struggles to survive, Tracker starts to wonder: Who, really, is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And perhaps the most important questions of all: Who is telling the truth, and who is lying?

    Drawing from African history and mythology and his own rich imagination, Marlon James has written a novel unlike anything that’s come before it: a saga of breathtaking adventure that’s also an ambitious, involving read. Defying categorization and full of unforgettable characters, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is both surprising and profound as it explores the fundamentals of truth, the limits of power, and our need to understand them both.

    Finalist - Fiction

    The Other Americans
    by Laila Lalami

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      List Price: $25.95
      Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
      Classification: Fiction
      ISBN13: 9781524747145
      Imprint: Pantheon Books
      Publisher: Penguin Random House
      Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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      Book Description: 

      From the Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Moor’s Account, here is a timely and powerful novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant—at once a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story, informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture.

      Late one spring night, Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant living in California, is walking across a darkened intersection when he is killed by a speeding car. The repercussions of his death bring together a diverse cast of characters: Guerraoui’s daughter Nora, a jazz composer who returns to the small town in the Mojave she thought she'd left for good; his widow, Maryam, who still pines after her life in the old country; Efraín, an undocumented witness whose fear of deportation prevents him from coming forward; Jeremy, an old friend of Nora's and an Iraq War veteran; Coleman, a detective who is slowly discovering her son's secrets; Anderson, a neighbor trying to reconnect with his family; and the murdered man himself.

      As the characters—deeply divided by race, religion, and class—tell their stories, connections among them emerge, even as Driss’s family confronts its secrets, a town faces its hypocrisies, and love, messy and unpredictable, is born.


      Finalist - Nonfiction

      The Yellow House: A Memoir
      by Sarah M. Broom

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        List Price: $26.00
        Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
        Classification: Nonfiction
        ISBN13: 9780802125088
        Imprint: Grove Press
        Publisher: Grove Atlantic, Inc.
        Parent Company: Grove Atlantic, Inc.
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        Book Description: 
        A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSLLER

        A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.

        In 1961, Sarah M. Broom’s mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant—the postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah’s father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarah’s birth, the Yellow House would become Ivory Mae’s thirteenth and most unruly child.

        A book of great ambition, Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America’s most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother’s struggle against a house’s entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina. The Yellow House expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. Located in the gap between the "Big Easy" of tourist guides and the New Orleans in which Broom was raised, The Yellow House is a brilliant memoir of place, class, race, the seeping rot of inequality, and the internalized shame that often follows. It is a transformative, deeply moving story from an unparalleled new voice of startling clarity, authority, and power.


        Finalist - Nonfiction

        Solitary
        by Albert Woodfox

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          List Price: $18.00
          Format: Paperback, 448 pages
          Classification: Nonfiction
          ISBN13: 9780802148308
          Imprint: Grove Press
          Publisher: Grove Atlantic, Inc.
          Parent Company: Grove Atlantic, Inc.
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          Book Description: 
          LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN NONFICTION

          Solitary is the unforgettable life story of a man who served more than four decades in solitary confinement—in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell, 23 hours a day, in notorious Angola prison in Louisiana—all for a crime he did not commit. That Albert Woodfox survived was, in itself, a feat of extraordinary endurance against the violence and deprivation he faced daily. That he was able to emerge whole from his odyssey within America’s prison and judicial systems is a triumph of the human spirit, and makes his book a clarion call to reform the inhumanity of solitary confinement in the U.S. and around the world.

          Arrested often as a teenager in New Orleans, inspired behind bars in his early twenties to join the Black Panther Party because of its social commitment and code of living, Albert was serving a 50-year sentence in Angola for armed robbery when on April 17, 1972, a white guard was killed. Albert and another member of the Panthers were accused of the crime and immediately put in solitary confinement by the warden. Without a shred of actual evidence against them, their trial was a sham of justice that gave them life sentences in solitary. Decades passed before Albert gained a lawyer of consequence; even so, sixteen more years and multiple appeals were needed before he was finally released in February 2016.

          Remarkably self-aware that anger or bitterness would have destroyed him in solitary confinement, sustained by the shared solidarity of two fellow Panthers, Albert turned his anger into activism and resistance. The Angola 3, as they became known, resolved never to be broken by the grinding inhumanity and corruption that effectively held them for decades as political prisoners. He survived to give us Solitary, a chronicle of rare power and humanity that proves the better spirits of our nature can thrive against any odds.

          Finalist - Nonfiction

          Thick: And Other Essays
          by Tressie McMillan Cottom

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            List Price: $24.99
            Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
            Classification: Nonfiction
            ISBN13: 9781620974360
            Imprint: The New Press
            Publisher: The New Press
            Parent Company: The New Press
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            Book Description: 

            As featured by The Daily Show, NPR, PBS, CBC, Time, VIBE, Entertainment Weekly, Well-Read Black Girl, and Chris Hayes, "incisive, witty, and provocative essays" (Publishers Weekly) by one of the "most bracing thinkers on race, gender, and capitalism of our time" (Rebecca Traister)

            "Thick is sure to become a classic." —The New York Times Book Review

            In eight highly praised treatises on beauty, media, money, and more, Tressie McMillan Cottom—award-winning professor and acclaimed author of Lower Ed—is unapologetically "thick" deemed "thick where I should have been thin, more where I should have been less," McMillan Cottom refuses to shy away from blending the personal with the political, from bringing her full self and voice to the fore of her analytical work. Thick "transforms narrative moments into analyses of whiteness, black misogyny, and status-signaling as means of survival for black women" (Los Angeles Review of Books) with "writing that is as deft as it is amusing" (Darnell L. Moore).

            This "transgressive, provocative, and brilliant" (Roxane Gay) collection cements McMillan Cottom’s position as a public thinker capable of shedding new light on what the "personal essay" can do. She turns her chosen form into a showcase for her critical dexterity, investigating everything from Saturday Night Live, LinkedIn, and BBQ Becky to sexual violence, infant mortality, and Trump rallies.

            Collected in an indispensable volume that speaks to the everywoman and the erudite alike, these unforgettable essays never fail to be "painfully honest and gloriously affirming" and hold "a mirror to your soul and to that of America" (Dorothy Roberts).


            Finalist - Poetry

            The Tradition
            by Jericho Brown

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              List Price: $17.00
              Format: Paperback, 110 pages
              Classification: Poetry
              ISBN13: 9781556594861
              Imprint: Copper Canyon Press
              Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
              Parent Company: Copper Canyon Press
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              Book Description: 
              "By some literary magic—no, it’s precision, and honesty—Brown manages to bestow upon even the most public of subjects the most intimate and personal stakes."—Craig Morgan Teicher, "I Reject Walls: NPR 2019 Poetry Preview" "A relentless dismantling of identity, a difficult jewel of a poem."—Rita Dove, in her introduction to Jericho Brown’s "Dark" (featured in the New York Times Magazine in January 2019) "Winner of a Whiting Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Brown’s hard-won lyricism finds fire (and idyll) in the intersection of politics and love for queer Black men."—O, The Oprah Magazine Featured in NPR’s "I Reject Walls" A 2019 Poetry Preview" Named a Lit Hub "Most Anticipated Book of 2019" One of Buzzfeed’s "66 Books Coming in 2019 You’ll Want to Keep Your Eyes On" The Rumpus poetry pick for "What to Read When 2019 is Just Around the Corner" One of Book Riot’s "50 Must-Read Poetry Collections of 2019" Jericho Brown’s daring new book The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. Brown’s poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human: What is safety? Who is this nation? Where does freedom truly lie? Brown makes mythical pastorals to question the terrors to which we’ve become accustomed, and to celebrate how we survive. Poems of fatherhood, legacy, blackness, queerness, worship, and trauma are propelled into stunning clarity by Brown’s mastery, and his invention of the duplex—a combination of the sonnet, the ghazal, and the blues—is testament to his formal skill. The Tradition is a cutting and necessary collection, relentless in its quest for survival while reveling in a celebration of contradiction.

              Finalist - Poetry

              I: New and Selected Poems
              by Toi Derricotte

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                List Price: $29.95
                Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
                Classification: Poetry
                ISBN13: 9780822945666
                Imprint: University of Pittsburgh Press
                Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
                Parent Company: University of Pittsburgh
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                Book Description: 
                In Derricotte’s own words:

                "How do you gain access to the
                power of parts of yourself you
                abhor, and make them sing
                with beauty, tenderness, and compassion?

                This is the record of fifty years
                of victories in the reclamation
                of a poet’s voice."

                Finalist - Translated Literature

                The Barefoot Woman
                by Scholastique Mukasonga

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                  List Price: $16.00
                  Format: Paperback, 152 pages
                  Classification: Fiction
                  ISBN13: 9781939810045
                  Imprint: Archipelago
                  Publisher: Archipelago
                  Parent Company: Archipelago
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                  Book Description: A moving, unforgettable tribute to a Tutsi woman who did everything to protect her children from the Rwandan genocide, by the daughter who refuses to let her family’s story be forgotten.

                  The story of the author’s mother, a fierce, loving woman who for years protected her family from the violence encroaching upon them in pre-genocide Rwanda. Recording her memories of their life together in spare, wrenching prose, Mukasonga preserves her mother’s voice in a haunting work of art.

                  Finalist - Young People’s Literature

                  Pet
                  by Akwaeke Emezi

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                    List Price: $17.99
                    Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
                    Classification: Children’s
                    ISBN13: 9780525647072
                    Imprint: Make Me a World
                    Publisher: Penguin Random House
                    Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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                    Book Description: 

                    The highly-anticipated, genre-defying new novel by award-winning author Akwaeke Emezi that explores themes of identity and justice. Pet is here to hunt a monster. Are you brave enough to look?

                    There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood, she must reconsider what she’s been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption’s house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question—How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?

                    Acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi makes their riveting and timely young adult debut with a book that asks difficult questions about what choices you can make when the society around you is in denial.


                    Finalist - Young People’s Literature

                    Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
                    by Jason Reynolds

                      Publication Date:
                      List Price: $17.99
                      Format: Paperback, 208 pages
                      Classification: Children’s
                      ISBN13: 9781481438285
                      Imprint: Atheneum
                      Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
                      Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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                      Book Description: 
                      From National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a novel told in ten blocks, showing all they different directions a walk home can take.

                      This story was going to begin like all the best stories. With a school bus falling from the sky. But no one saw it happen. They were all too busy—

                      Talking about boogers.
                      Stealing pocket change.
                      Skateboarding.
                      Wiping out.
                      Braving up.
                      Executing complicated handshakes.
                      Planning an escape.
                      Making jokes.
                      Lotioning up.
                      Finding comfort.
                      But mostly, too busy walking home.

                      Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and brilliantly weaves them into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.

                      Longlist - Fiction

                      The Nickel Boys: A Novel
                      by Colson Whitehead

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                      List Price: $24.95
                      Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
                      Classification: Fiction
                      ISBN13: 9780385537070
                      Imprint: Doubleday
                      Publisher: Penguin Random House
                      Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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                      Book Description: 
                      In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

                      As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South in the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called The Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."

                      In reality, The Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors, where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold on to Dr. King’s ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked and the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble.

                      The tension between Elwood’s ideals and Turner’s skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys’ fates will be determined by what they endured at The Nickel Academy.

                      Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.

                      Longlist - Nonfiction

                      Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership
                      by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

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                        List Price: $30.00
                        Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
                        Classification: Nonfiction
                        ISBN13: 9781469653662
                        Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
                        Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
                        Parent Company: The University of North Carolina
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                        Book Description: 
                        By the late 1960s and early 1970s, reeling from a wave of urban uprisings, politicians finally worked to end the practice of redlining. Reasoning that the turbulence could be calmed by turning Black city-dwellers into homeowners, they passed the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, and set about establishing policies to induce mortgage lenders and the real estate industry to treat Black homebuyers equally. The disaster that ensued revealed that racist exclusion had not been eradicated, but rather transmuted into a new phenomenon of predatory inclusion.

                        Race for Profit uncovers how exploitative real estate practices continued well after housing discrimination was banned. The same racist structures and individuals remained intact after redlining’s end, and close relationships between regulators and the industry created incentives to ignore improprieties. Meanwhile, new policies meant to encourage low-income homeownership created new methods to exploit Black homeowners. The federal government guaranteed urban mortgages in an attempt to overcome resistance to lending to Black buyers - as if unprofitability, rather than racism, was the cause of housing segregation. Bankers, investors, and real estate agents took advantage of the perverse incentives, targeting the Black women most likely to fail to keep up their home payments and slip into foreclosure, multiplying their profits. As a result, by the end of the 1970s, the nation’s first programs to encourage Black homeownership ended with tens of thousands of foreclosures in Black communities across the country. The push to uplift Black homeownership had descended into a goldmine for realtors and mortgage lenders, and a ready-made cudgel for the champions of deregulation to wield against government intervention of any kind.

                        Narrating the story of a sea-change in housing policy and its dire impact on African Americans, Race for Profit reveals how the urban core was transformed into a new frontier of cynical extraction.


                        Longlist - Nonfiction

                        Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest
                        by Hanif Abdurraqib

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                          List Price: $16.95
                          Format: Paperback, 216 pages
                          Classification: Nonfiction
                          ISBN13: 9781477316481
                          Imprint: University of Texas Press
                          Publisher: University of Texas Press
                          Parent Company: University of Texas at Austin
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                          Book Description: 

                          A New York Times Best Seller

                          A February IndieNext Pick

                          Named A Most Anticipated Book of 2019 by Buzzfeed, Nylon, The A. V. Club, CBC Books, and The Rumpus. And a Winter’s Most Anticipated Book by Vanity Fair and The Week

                          Starred Reviews: Kirkus and Booklist

                          "Warm, immediate and intensely personal."—New York Times

                          How does one pay homage to A Tribe Called Quest? The seminal rap group brought jazz into the genre, resurrecting timeless rhythms to create masterpieces such as The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders. Seventeen years after their last album, they resurrected themselves with an intense, socially conscious record, We Got It from Here . . . Thank You 4 Your Service, which arrived when fans needed it most, in the aftermath of the 2016 election. Poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib digs into the group’s history and draws from his own experience to reflect on how its distinctive sound resonated among fans like himself. The result is as ambitious and genre-bending as the rap group itself.

                          Abdurraqib traces the Tribe’s creative career, from their early days as part of the Afrocentric rap collective known as the Native Tongues, through their first three classic albums, to their eventual breakup and long hiatus. Their work is placed in the context of the broader rap landscape of the 1990s, one upended by sampling laws that forced a reinvention in production methods, the East Coast-West Coast rivalry that threatened to destroy the genre, and some record labels’ shift from focusing on groups to individual MCs. Throughout the narrative Abdurraqib connects the music and cultural history to their street-level impact. Whether he’s remembering The Source magazine cover announcing the Tribe’s 1998 breakup or writing personal letters to the group after bandmate Phife Dawg’s death, Abdurraqib seeks the deeper truths of A Tribe Called Quest; truths that—like the low end, the bass—are not simply heard in the head, but felt in the chest.


                          Longlist - Poetry

                          Build Yourself a Boat
                          by Camonghne Felix

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                            List Price: $16.00
                            Format: Paperback, 72 pages
                            Classification: Poetry
                            ISBN13: 9781608466115
                            Imprint: Haymarket Books
                            Publisher: Haymarket Books
                            Parent Company: Haymarket Books
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                            Book Description: 

                            "With Build Yourself a Boat, Camonghne Felix heralds a thrillingly new form of storytelling, as much investigation as it is song, as broken as it is doused in genuine strength. These poems are packed with embodiments—not depictions—of Black female pain, empowerment, memory, and discovery. This is a fantastically tender book, generous in its precision and thoughtful in its experimentation. This debut does not come quietly or shyly—Felix is an applaudable master of language, inventively carving and pulling at words and sounds to assemble the parts of this story. Here is a voice that commands, insists, reiterates, and consumes—a voice that has earned its right to shout freely, with curiosity and aliveness and heart."
                            —Morgan Parker, author of Magical Negro

                            "Camonghne Felix’s debut poetry collection, Build Yourself a Boat, is about the trauma and pain of black womanhood. Felix explores what it means, politically to be a black woman in a world of Trump and personally, exploring the ways heartbreak and other points of pain change a person and their body. Build Yourself a Boat was exactly what I needed to read, and revisit, this season as men decided what women should do with their bodies and as I learned to manage heartbreak."
                            —Arriel Vinson, Electric Literature

                            "Centering on black, female identity, Camonghne Felix’s Build Yourself a Boat is an exquisite and thoughtful collection that should be on everyone’s TBR."
                            Bustle

                            "Camonghne Felix uses profound language to explore the policing of the Black body, and Build Yourself a Boat bridges the gap between artistry and the world of politics, connecting Black womanhood and Felix’s coming of age in New York City."
                            Blavity

                            "These poems occupy space on the page, but also claim access for a voice."
                            —Tara Betts, Newcity

                            "Every few seasons, we get a piece of art that sees us whole, that knows the smell of our hiding places, that will never let us hear it or ourselves the same again. Build Yourself a Boat is one of the most soulful, genius pieces of art that has ever seen, felt and heard me. I tried to run away from these poems. They welcomed, understood and side-eyed my fear. I look forward to bringing this book into all my classes, my relationships and sacred rooms for the rest of my life. It’s really that good."
                            —Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy

                            "Camonghne Felix is a brilliant writer, thinker, imaginer, builder—a young leader who shifts and opens the possibilities for a more just, better lit world, with each step, each word, each question."
                            —Kathy Engel

                            "Where is the room for Black folks to be in their bodies? Framed here in this book, between a slip of ’Weary’ and ’DISCLAIMER, ’ is a theory. [Felix’s] footnotes articulate spaces in which we might sink or swim, or skate. She declares, ’you can’t un-see me, ’ skewering American political nostalgia—liberal and conservative. As I type this, I right click and choose ’Add to Dictionary’ in order to erase the red wave under her name that signifies a mistake to be addressed. I choose to include her in my lexicon ’because we’re looking at a critical fault otherwise.’ Who else could possibly do this impossible work justice?"
                            —Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, author of Open Interval


                            Longlist - Young People’s Literature

                            The Undefeated
                            by Kwame Alexander, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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                            List Price: $17.99
                            Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
                            Classification: Children’s
                            ISBN13: 9781328780966
                            Imprint: Versify
                            Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
                            Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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                            Book Description: 
                            The Newbery Award-winning author of THE CROSSOVER pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree.
                            Originally performed for ESPN’s The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world’s greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present.




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