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Black Girl Booksta Tour

Black Girl Booksta Tour

A Black History Month tour featuring recommendations by Black Bookstagrammers celebrating Black Women in Literature.

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A Piece of Cake

A Memoir

By Cupcake Brown
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 21 hours 4 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The heart-wrenching, uplifting tale about a woman named Cupcake

“[Cupcake] Brown’s confessional . . . memoir is one you can’t easily put down. Her life is nothing short of a miracle.”—Chicago Sun-Times

There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction,... Read more »

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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics

By Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, Minyon Moore & Veronica Chambers
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 12 hours 34 minutes

The four most powerful African American women in politics share the story of their friendship and how it has changed politics in America.

The lives of black women in American politics are remarkably absent from the shelves of bookstores and libraries. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics is a sweeping view of American history from the...

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The Skin I'm In

By Sharon Flake
Narrated by: Sisi Aisha Johnson
Length: 3 hours 51 minutes

Award-winning author Sharon G. Flake crafts a remarkable story of one girl's struggle to accept herself. Maleeka Madison is a dark-skinned African-American girl. She feels uncomfortable and wishes she had lighter skin. When her teacher, Miss Saunders, who suffers from a rare skin condition, shows that there is more to people than the color of... Read more »

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Kindred

By Octavia E. Butler
Narrated by: Kim Staunton
Length: 10 hours 54 minutes

The first science fiction written by a Black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of Black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably... Read more »

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Passing

By Nella Larsen
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 4 hours 5 minutes

First published in 1929, Passing is a remarkable exploration of the shifting racial and sexual boundaries in America. Larsen, a premier writer of the Harlem Renaissance, captures the rewards and dangers faced by two negro women who pass for white in a deeply segregated world. Read more »

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Dear Haiti, Love Alaine

By Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 10 hours 38 minutes

“I couldn’t put Dear Haiti, Love Alaine down!” —New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory

Co-written by sisters Maika and Maritza Moulite, this exceptional debut novel captures a sparkling new voice and irrepressible heroine in a story sure to thrill fans of Nicola Yoon and Ibi Zoboi!

Alaine Beauparlant has heard about Haiti all her... Read more »

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One of the Good Ones

By Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Jordan Cobb & Carolyn Smith
Length: 9 hours 49 minutes

One of the Good Ones

“I am SPEECHLESS. I am still processing. But what I do know, without a doubt, is that One of the Good Ones is a must-read, a beautiful gut punch by a sister duo that is poised to take the publishing world by storm. Maika and Maritza manage to pack so much into so little, each moment its own universe, tackling the enormously difficult topics of systemic racism, police brutality, coming out to religious parents, epigenetics, and grief. The multiple perspectives across multiple timelines are simply perfect, lending so much to the greater story, and mystery(! I never saw that twist coming), keeping you reading into the early hours. But amidst the greater discussions of dismantling the institutions that uphold respectability above all else, there is so much joy too. There is hope. There is friendship that crosses oceans (or countries as the case may be). There is a road to recovery. And that left me with the best kind of tears in my eyes.”

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Loving Donovan

By Bernice L. McFadden & Terry McMillan
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 6 hours 46 minutes

Two-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist Bernice L. McFadden has also been twice honored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. One of Library Journal's 25 Key Indie Fiction Titles, this heartbreaking tale follows two damaged but hopeful souls as they struggle to find love despite the ravages of their pasts Read more »

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Annie John

By Jamaica Kincaid
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 4 hours 19 minutes

Jamaica Kincaid presents a haunting and provocative story of a young girl growing up on the island of Antigua.

An adored only child, Annie has until recently lived an idyllic life. She is inseparable from her beautiful mother, a powerful presence at the very center of the little girl’s existence. Loved and cherished, Annie grows and thrives...

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You Can't Touch My Hair

And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

By Phoebe Robinson
Narrated by: Phoebe Robinson, Jessica Williams & John Hodgman
Length: 7 hours 41 minutes

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • "A must-read…Phoebe Robinson discusses race and feminism in such a funny, real, and specific way, it penetrates your brain and stays with you." –Ilana Glazer, co-creator and co-star of Broad City

A hilarious and timely essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from upcoming comedy superstar and 2 Dope...
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soft magic

By Upile Chisala
Narrated by: Upile Chisala
Length: 27 minutes

From Malawian storyteller Upile Chisala comes a collection of poetry and prose exploring the self, joy, blackness, gender, matters of the heart, spirituality, the experience of Diaspora, and above all, how we survive.

Told in five parts, soft magic is a shared healing journey. Read more »

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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

The Inheritance Trilogy: Book #1

By N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by: Casaundra Freeman
Length: 11 hours 47 minutes

After her mother's mysterious death, a young woman is summoned to the floating city of Sky in order to claim a royal inheritance she never knew existed in the first book in this award-winning fantasy trilogy from the NYT bestselling author of The Fifth Season.

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under... Read more »

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We Live for the We

The Political Power of Black Motherhood

By Dani McClain
Narrated by: Dani McClain
Length: 6 hours 11 minutes

A warm, wise, and urgent guide to parenting in uncertain times, from a longtime reporter on race, reproductive health, and politics

In We Live for the We, first-time mother Dani McClain sets out to understand how to raise her daughter in what she, as a black woman, knows to be an unjust -- even hostile -- society. Black women are more likely to... Read more »

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The Women of Brewster Place - Abridged

By Gloria Naylor
Narrated by: Tonya Pinkins
Length: 3 hours 7 minutes

The National Book Award-winning novel—and contemporary classic—that launched the brilliant career of Gloria Naylor, now with a foreword by Tayari Jones

“[A] shrewd and lyrical portrayal of many of the realities of black life . . . Naylor bravely risks sentimentality and melodrama to write her compassion and outrage large, and she pulls it off... Read more »

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Heads of the Colored People

Stories

By Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
Length: 6 hours 13 minutes

A stunning new talent in literary fiction, Nafissa Thompson-Spires grapples with black identity and the contemporary middle class in these compelling, boundary-pushing vignettes.

Each captivating story plunges headfirst into the lives of new, utterly original characters. Some are darkly humorous—from two mothers exchanging snide remarks through... Read more »

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The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

By Deesha Philyaw
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 4 hours 6 minutes

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

“Do not let this slim volume deceive you—these stories are powerful, fierce, funny and sad. One of the best audiobooks I've listened to in a long time. Stunning!”

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The Yellow Wife

A Novel

By Sadeqa Johnson
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 9 hours 31 minutes

The Yellow Wife

The Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johonson was a great audio book! It took me through a journey of emotions, happy, sad, anger, fear... but ultimately it left me with a strong curiosity and desire to research the factual events that inspired her writing this historical fiction story! If you're looking to start the year off with a good read, this audio book is for you!”

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More Than Enough

Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)

By Elaine Welteroth
Narrated by: Elaine Welteroth & Adenrele Ojo
Length: 10 hours 30 minutes

“Elaine gifts us all with a beautifully intimate and powerful retelling of her ever-unfolding journey. In sharing her joys, pitfalls, adventures, self-doubt, and successes, she reminds us that through uncovering and discovering the many facets of ourselves, we are more than enough.”
—Yara Shahidi
 
“Elaine’s book is a call for young women to...
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Quicksand

By Nella Larsen
Narrated by: Christine Glassman
Length: 4 hours 45 minutes

Nella Larsen's first novel tells the story of Helga Crane, a fictional character loosely based on Larsen's own early life. Crane is the lovely and refined daughter of a Danish mother and a West Indian black father who abandons Helga and her mother soon after Helga is born. Unable to feel comfortable with any of her white-skinned relatives, Helga... Read more »

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