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‘Be Free or Die’ by Cate Lineberry

It was a sure thing. A can’t-miss, a safe bet that you couldn’t possibly fail - or could you? Isn’t there always a danger of losing in a gamble, or at least not winning? What kind of odds would make ...

“I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons” by Kevin Hart

You can pretend all you want. Hide your head in the sand and say it ain’t so. Cover your ears and yell “LaLaLaLaLa” until everyone thinks you’re five years old. You can deny, deny, deny, but listen up: some things ...

‘Once a Cop: The Street, The Law, Two Worlds, One Man’

You’ve changed your mind. That’s allowed, you know. You can go in a different direction, pick something else, try another thing, have do-overs, or have two. Pencils come with erasers, few things are forever, and in “Once A Cop” by ...

Once a Cop: The Street, The Law, Two Worlds, One Man

You’ve changed your mind. That’s allowed, you know. You can go in a different direction, pick something else, try another thing, have do-overs, or have two. Pencils come with erasers, few things are forever, and in “Once a Cop” by ...

“My Daddy Rules the World” by Hope Anita Smith

Your Daddy is the King of the House. He’s the smartest person you know. He can run fast, jump high, and his words make things happen, he’s strong, cool, and funny; he’s always making you laugh. And in the new ...

“The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir” by D. Watkins

Everything has a price. You say you’ll never sell your granddad’s watch, your dream car, or that collectible you coveted because it’s priceless – until it’s not, because everything is for sale. But in “The Cook-Up” by D. Watkins, it ...

“The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die” by Keith Payne

He got more. There was a time in your life when just noticing that was reason to throw a tantrum. It was enough to make any adult near you want to run away. But now that you’re all grown up, ...

“Super Freak: The Life of Rick James” by Peter Benjaminson

Your feet sometimes have a mind of their own. You see your favorite foods, and they carry you toward lunch before you even realize you’re hungry. When you’re faced with danger, they take you in the right direction, away and ...

‘Grace And Justice On Death Row’

In his book, “Grace And Justice On Death Row,” Brian W. Stolarz recalls his experiences helping a young Black man prove his innocence after being sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit.

“Jake the Fake Keeps It Real” by Craig Robinson, Adam Mansbach, art by Keith Knight

You got this. You know what’s up. You’ve been schooled and you know how things work, how it is, how it goes down. You can do it, no problem. You got this – except when, as in the new book ...

“Finding Gideon” by Eric Jerome Dickey

It wasn’t where you put it down. The last time you saw it, it was over there where you laid it. You remember doing that; you even gave yourself a brain-nudge so you wouldn’t forget but now it’s not where ...

“Early Sunday Morning” by Denene Millner

Each Sunday, your family has a routine they follow. Everyone gets up early to the smells of a good breakfast that Mama makes; she serves all your favorites before you go to church to raise your voice and praise God. ...

“The President’s Kitchen Cabinet” by Adrian Miller

Eight courses. You seriously doubted if the food was ever going to stop coming, though you hoped it wouldn’t: you’d tasted all your favorite dishes, and then some. It was a meal fit for a King or Queen. Or maybe ...

“Love Is” by Diane Adams, illustrated by Claire Keane

Mama calls you her little ducky. She says she loves you and you really know it. You know because she takes care of you, makes sure you’ve got snacks and toys, teaches you, and keeps you safe. Mama loves you ...

“Flying Lessons & Other Stories,” edited by Ellen Oh

So, have you heard the one about…? Of course you have. You’re all over social media. You know what’s going on; sometimes it feels like you’ve heard it all, and maybe you have. Now in “Flying Lessons & Other Stories,” ...

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