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Book Recommendations, Audiobook Gift Guide, Excellent Magazines, and More – December 7, 2021


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Book clubs are an excellent way to discover good books. The Folktales’ Black Women’s Literary Society book club, who starts their 30th year in 2022, is one of AALBC favorite sources for book recommendations.

In addition to the books on their reading list, club member Peggy Terry, has shared her favorites with us including; “If you can only read one book this year,” check out; Blacktop Wasteland and Razorblade Tears. Both novels are by S. A. Cosby and each have been auctioned off for movies.

Books on her Santa’s Wishlist include:

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature by Farah Jasmine Griffin
Shoutin’ in the Fire: An American Epistle by Danté Stewart
The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones
Her Name Is Knight by Yasmin Angoe

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Andrew Billingsley Scholar and Institution Builder: Essays and Tributes Edited by Charles Jarmon

Professor Billingsley’s life stands out as a redemption of the corrupted American Dream, all earned with dogged determination, controlled ambition, and a profound love for the Black community. The scholar’s prologue, “An Autobiographical Essay: Growing Up in Alabama, 1926-1947” reveals the hardscrabble early years in Marion, the difficulties of family life during the Great Depression after a work injury to his father, the educational excellence of the two boys after a faulty start, only interrupted by a stint by the young pair in Army after the Pearl Harbor attack. He returns home to continue a goal-directed civilian life. His writing is assured, bold, and energetic. Read the Entire Book Review ▶


Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Fall/Winter 2021The Beautiful Struggle

The tumultuous events that have occurred over the past eighteen months are inconceivable. With the global health pandemic, national and international issues of racial and social unrest making headlines, life as we knew it has been drastically altered. The Fall/Winter 2021 issue of the Killens Review of Arts & Letters explores the ways in which writers, poets, and artists of various genres found inspiration over the past year and a half when matters of personal safety and self-preservation, affected by nationwide and world affairs, became a primary concern. Read More ▶


Taint Taint Taint Magazine is a literary and cultural arts magazine dedicated to decolonizing the art world. The magazine gives writers and artists, especially underrepresented voices, a chance to be heard. Issues will feature the creative works of writers, multimedia artists, photographers and journalists who recognize and push against mainstream culture.

Your donations will help us bring the best of contemporary voices in literature and arts to the forefront. Contributions will go directly to supporting Taint Taint Taint’s website design and maintenance; 501(c)(3) status; and the TTT Readers Program—an initiative to mentor a new generation of inclusive editors and publishers. All donors regardless of their contribution amount will have the option of being acknowledged on our website.


Dear Troy,

As always, you are why we’ve been able to make AALBC the premier online platform for books by, or about, people of African descent. Your paid subscription, book purchases, suggestions, engagement on the site, commenting, social sharing, and advertisements helps support AALBC’s mission.

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


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★ AALBC.com eNewsletter – December 7, 2021 - Issue #343

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