2 Books Published by Riverdale Avenue Books on AALBC — Book Cover Collage

Click for more detail about The Binge Watcher’s Guide to Black Mirror: An Unofficial Companion by Marc W. Polite The Binge Watcher’s Guide to Black Mirror: An Unofficial Companion

by Marc W. Polite
Riverdale Avenue Books (Mar 03, 2021)
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Black Mirror is regarded by many as the modern iteration of The Twilight Zone with a creator, Charlie Brooker, who is often seen as the Rod Sterling of his generation, as he has written all 22 of the shows’ episodes so far. The acclaimed British sci-fi anthology series focusing on the dark side of technology premiered in 2011 and has won eight Emmy Awards.

In The Binge Watcher’s Guide to Black Mirror, you will see the parallels drawn between what is in the show, and how our modern society is not too far off from what is depicted in the anthology series.

The reader will encounter a thoughtful recap and analysis of each episode from all five seasons, as well as the interactive Black Mirror movie- Bandersnatch. Embracing the meaning and the mayhem of this moment, The Binge Watcher’s Guide to Black Mirror is a spirited, fan-centered companion of the show.

Click for more detail about Blue Talk and Love by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan Blue Talk and Love

by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan
Riverdale Avenue Books (Mar 25, 2015)
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Blue Talk and Love tells the stories of girls and women of color navigating the moods and mazes of urban daily life. Set in various enclaves of New York City — including the middle-class Hamilton Heights section of Harlem, the black queer social world of the West Village, the Spanish-speaking borderland between Harlem and Washington Heights, and historic Tin Pan Alley — the collection uses magic realism, historical fiction, satire and more to highlight young black women’s inner lives. The storylines range widely: a big-bodied teenage girl from Harlem discovers her sexuality in the midst of racial tensions at her Upper East Side school; four young women from Newark, New Jersey, are charged with assaulting the man who threatens to rape them; a pair of conjoined black female twins born into slavery, make their fame as stage performers in the Big City.

In each story, the characters push past what is expected of them, learning to celebrate their voices and their lives. “Sullivan’s prose shocks, intrigues, and transports us through fourteen artful and unique stories. And so do her rich and inimitable characters, most of them young black women struggling in a world they did not make but one they must confront, tear down, and remake. Black girls matter and Sullivan shows us just how much.” — Cheryl Clarke, author of Narratives: Poems in the Tradition of Black Women