A Kind of Freedom by Margret Wilkerson Sexton (9.36)
A 2017 National Book Award Nominee, A Kind of Freedom follows Evelyn, a Creole woman who comes of age in New Orleans during the Jim Crow era. This novel follows of the lives of Evelyn, her daughter Jackie, and her grandson TC. From the 1800s to post-Hurrican Katrina, this is a story of race, family, and surviving in the South.
An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon (9.99)
Described as "Black Queer Literary Sci-Fi", An Unkindness of Ghosts, is a novel that goes beyond 2017 and plunges into the depths of the HSS Matilda somewhere in the future. The protagonist Aster lives on the HSS Matilda, which resembles the antebellum South. Aster suffers at the hands of a harsh leader, but her want for freedom is strong- she is willing to do what she has to do to gain her freedom. Considered less than human, Aster shows us how injustice shapes and corrupts our society.
Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing (9.99)
A mixture of poetry, prose, and visual art, Electric Arches is the exploration of black girlhood and womanhood. Another sci-fi pick, Ewing takes her readers from the streets of Chicago to the experience of an unexpected alien arrival. She introduces her readers to new ways of defining space, time, and reality.
Bluebird, Bluebird: A Novel by Attica Locke (13.99)
Attica locker is known for being a producer for Fox's Empire, but here she introduces us to a different reality. In Bluebird, Bluebird, Locker explores race and injustice in society by offering readers a tale of law and order in eastern Texas. Darren Matthews, a black Texas Ranger, must solve the murders of a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman- while keeping himself and his definitions of race in check.