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How the Word is Passed
How the Word is Passed
by Clint Smith

A look at how the legacy of slavery is preserved in monuments and landmarks such as Angola, a former plantation–turned–maximum-security prison in Louisiana that houses Black men working the fields for virtually no pay.

Three Girls from Bronzeville
Three Girls from Bronzeville
by Dawn Turner

In Bronzeville, a historic neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, three Black girls are all hopes and dreams until fate intervenes, sending them all careening in wildly different directions, which results in heartbreak, loss, displacement and even murder.

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For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts
For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts
by Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez

A leading anti-racist writer and activist provides women of color with the knowledge they need to fight again the forces of sexism, racism and classism and find success on their own terms.

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Songs for the Flames
Songs for the Flames
by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

A collection of nine morally complex tales of men and women touched by violence and whose lives are changed forever by unexpected encounters and unyielding forces.

A Long Petal of the Sea
A Long Petal of the Sea
by Isabel Allende

Sponsored by the poet Pablo Neruda to flee the violence of the Spanish Civil War, a pregnant widow and an army doctor unite in an arranged marriage only to be swept up by the early days of World War II.

Hades, Argentina
Hades, Argentina
by Daniel Loedel

A medical student in Buenos Aires must decide how far he’s willing to go for his childhood crush and the group of insurgents she’s joined as more and more people like her are disappeared by an oppressive military junta.

Lost Children Archive
Lost Children Archive
by Valeria Luiselli

A novel about a family of four, on the cusp of fracture, who take a trip across America--a story told through varying points of view, and including archival documents and photographs.

Las Biuty Queens
Las Biuty Queens
by Iván Monalisa Ojeda

A Chilean transgender performer and author uses their own experience as a performer, sex worker and undocumented immigrant in a series of short stories that chronicle the lives of a group of queer and trans immigrants in New York City.

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Ordinary Girls
Ordinary Girls
by Jaquira Díaz

An unflinching account of growing up in Puerto Rico and Miami Beach as a queer biracial girl searching for home as her family splits apart and her mother struggles with mental illness and addiction.

Unforgetting
Unforgetting
by Roberto Lovato

Details the author’s experiences with immigration, gang life and guerilla warfare that shaped generations of his impoverished Salvadoran family.

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