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By Tommie, Moses Lake Library

In celebrations of Black History Month, we often look back on the works of so many of the greats: Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, Maya Angelou and many more. These are incredible, important people who deserve our attention to the stories of their lives, their history, and their triumph. While reading stories about history is vital to our understanding of the world, we also must read stories of love, joy, and celebration to better understand the Black experience.

This month, on our website and social media sites, we are focusing on the history that brought our nation to the place where it is today, learning from past experiences in order to move forward and become better. We are shining a spotlight on just a handful of the hundreds of books written by Black authors and about the Black experience.

The books featured here have all been published in the last two years and are available through our library catalog today.

Adult Fiction

Hitting a Straight Lick With a Crooked Stick by Zora Neale Hurston- PrinteBook (Hoopla), eAudiobook (Hoopla)

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa- PrinteBookeBook (Hoopla)eAudiobookeAudiobook (Hoopla)

It’s Not All Downhill From Here by Terry McMillan- PrinteBookeAudiobook

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon- PrinteBookeAudiobook

Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour- PrinteBook

Memorial by Bryan Washington- PrinteBook

YA Fiction

You Should See Me In a Crown by Leah Johnson- PrinteBookeAudiobookeAudiobook (Hoopla)

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender- PrinteBookeAudiobook

Saving Savannah by Tonya Bolden- PrinteAudiobook (Hoopla)

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo- PrinteBookeAudiobook,

Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin Van Whye- Print

Juvenile Fiction

Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson- PrinteBook

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson- PrinteBookeAudiobook

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks- PrinteBook (Hoopla), eAudiobook (Hoopla)

Clean Getaway by Nic Stone- PrinteBookeAudiobookAudiobook

Class Act by Jerry Craft- Print

Twins by Varian Johnson- Print

While this list only includes works of fiction, there are hundreds of books written by Black authors that feature fantasysci-fiwestern, and thriller settings. If you find books that you would like to read but are currently not available from NCW Libraries, we invited you to submit a purchase suggestion.

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