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“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,” ...

“My Brown Baby” by Denene Millner

Raising a child is quite a challenge. When they’re small, you feel as though the entire world is dangerous. As they grow, you waffle between encouragement and fear, wings for them and tears for you. Teenagers, well, they’re a whole ...

“Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf” by Helene Cooper

Your friends follow what you have to say. Whether on social media or otherwise, they listen to you and understand, ask your opinion, seek your wisdom, and look to your lead. With them, you live a good life. Have followers ...

“Spy on History: Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring” by Enigma Alberti & Tony Cliff

You’ve seen a lot of things you weren’t supposed to see. Some might call you “snoopy.” Others might say you’re “nosy,” but you understand that keeping your eyes open, finding information, and knowing what you’re not supposed to know can ...

“The Lost Eleven” by Denise George and Robert Child

You are on a need-to-know basis. You’re told only what’s relevant, and nothing more. Rumors, innuendo, extra little details, none of that’s important; only what you need is what you get. But read “The Lost Eleven” by Denise George and ...

“Never Caught” by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Run, run, run. Some days, it feels like that’s all you do. Run the kids to school, dash to work, rush with errands, and run yourself ragged before bed. You’re always on the go, always moving, and in the new ...

“Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America” by Michael Eric Dyson

I know what you’re thinking. You’ve said that before, to a furrowed brow, a mischievous smile, a child who’s about to do something sneaky. You can see it in the eyes, the body language, the tone of voice, and you ...

“The Blood of Emmett Till” by Timothy B. Tyson

You really can’t remember. For sure, something important happened years ago, something you should recall very easily, but time’s made things fuzzy. Have you forgotten or, worse yet, have you just remembered everything wrong? Usually, you suppose, it wouldn’t matter ...

“My Life with Earth Wind & Fire” by Maurice White with Herb Powell

Your needs are very simple. Food, shelter, water. Those are the essentials, but then there are the things you need for yourself: family, good friends, a warm bed, a good book, and a place of welcome. You wouldn’t die without ...

“Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Transformed America” by Jonathan Chait

If you can’t say something nice… Sometimes, it’s hard to say nothing at all. There are times when you need to speak out, to confront, share your opinion, rant, or vent. And then there are times, as in the new ...

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