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100 Great New Books, Go On Girl’s! Reading List, and More - 11/23/2021


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In this joyful and impactful picture book, a transgender boy prepares for the first day of school and introduces himself to his family and friends for the first time. Inspired by the authors’ own transgender child and accompanied by warm and triumphant illustrations, this authentic and personal text promotes kindness and empathy, offering a poignant and inclusive back-to-school message: all should feel safe, respected, and welcomed. Buy Now ▶


Launched in 1991, Go On Girl! Book Club is one of the largest national reading organizations in the U.S. for Black women. Their reading list spans over a quarter of a century. Review their complete list; you’ll definitely discover some great books and authors.

Added Bonus: If you purchase all 6 books (hardcover, $154.96) from the January – June 2022 list you will get free shipping and no sales tax (unless you ship to the state of Florida). Plus, half of the profit from the sales of all books on the Go On Girl! reading list will be donated to the Go On Girl! Book Club’s Scholarship Fund. Buy Now ▶


Spike by Spike Lee

Featuring hundreds of never-before-seen photographs by David Lee, Spike’s brother and long-time still photographer, SPIKE the book, includes behind-the-scenes, insider images that underscore his creative process and his significant impact on the culture at large. From his critically acclaimed film Malcolm X (1992) starring Denzel Washington, to his recent film Da 5 Bloods (2020) featuring the late Chadwick Boseman, Spike Lee’s work continues to resonate now more than ever. Also included here are his beloved commercials with Michael Jordan for Nike, which helped launch the billion-dollar Jordan brand product empire, as well as his music videos with Prince and Michael Jackson.

This is a must-have collector’s item and ideal gift for any cinephile and fan of one of the most prominent and influential filmmakers in history. Buy Now ▶


Rosie’s Curl and Weave: An Anthology

This is a reissue of a popular anthology by four bestselling authors, Rochelle Alers, Donna Hill, Felicia Mason, and Francis Ray

Whether you want a cut, weave or braid; a facial, manicure, or massage; there’s always a helping hand-and a sympathetic ear-at Rosie’s Curl and Weave on 125th Street in Harlem. And sometimes, when you least expect it, love walks in the door. So sit back, relax, put your feet up, and enjoy, as four talented writers render four magical stories about the love of beauty and the beauty of love. Buy Now ▶


Africa, Amazing Africa: Country by Country by Atinuke

Africa, Amazing Africa was an AALBC bestselling book 6 months before publication!

Atinuke, a Nigerian storyteller, explores all fifty-five Africa countries: its geography, peoples, animals, history, resources, and cultural diversity. The book is divided into five distinct sections—South, East, West, Central, and North—and each country is showcased on its own bright, energetic page brimming with friendly facts on science, industry, food, sports, music, wildlife, landscape features, even snippets of local languages. Buy Now ▶


On Thursday, December 9, 2021, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET, the Center for Black Literature will host an evening with Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, author of The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois, an epic debut novel that explores the history of an African American family in the American South, from the time before the American civil war and slavery, through the Civil Rights Movement, to the present.

For over twenty years, Jeffers has been lifting her voice on issues of Black culture, racism, American history, and gender through the medium of writing. She is an American poet, essayist, novelist, and professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. She has published five collections of poetry, including The Age of Phillis, which won the NAACP Image Award of Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry and was longlisted for a National Book Award. Register for Free Now ▶


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Peace and Love,
Troy Johnson
Founder & Webmaster, AALBC.com


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★ AALBC.com eNewsletter – November 23, 2021 - Issue #342

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