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Hurston/Wright Legacy Award

The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award™ honors the best in Black literature. These are just a few of the 25 honorees for 2023. Learn more at: https://aalbc.com/books/hw-award-winning-books.php

To the Realization of Perfect Helplessness

By: Robin Coste Lewis
Narrated by: Robin Coste Lewis
Length: TBA

A genre-bending exploration of poetry and human migration—another revelatory expedition from the National Book Award–winning poet who changed the way we see art, the museum, and the Black female figure. • Winner of the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry

Twenty-five years ago, after her maternal grandmother’s death, Robin Coste Lewis discovered a... Read more

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Take My Hand

By: Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Narrated by: Lauren J. Daggett
Length: 10 hours 56 minutes

“This novel about sexual sterilization of poor, Black, women in the American South in the early 1970s raises important and timely questions about reproductive choice and explores intersections of class, race and gender. The narrator conveys the heartfelt emotion behind the story beautifully. The characters were well-developed and complex, and the... Read more

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We Refuse to Forget

A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power

By: Caleb Gayle
Narrated by: Caleb Gayle
Length: 6 hours 57 minutes

“An important part of American history told with a clear-eyed and forceful brilliance.” —National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson

We Refuse to Forget reminds readers, on damn near every page, that we are collectively experiencing a brilliance we've seldom seen or imagined…We Refuse to Forget is a new standard in book-making.” —Kiese...
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Nightcrawling

A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)

By: Leila Mottley
Narrated by: Joniece Abbott-Pratt
Length: 10 hours 48 minutes

“At 17, Kiara has had more difficulties than most. Forced to drop out of high school to find work to avoid eviction, she finds getting a job next to impossible. She falls into sex work, which leads her to a sex trafficking ring run by the Oakland police. Mottley presents these circumstances without flinching or hand wringing. Her astute... Read more

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Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments

Edinburgh Nights: Book #2

By: T. L. Huchu
Narrated by: Kimberly Mandindo
Length: 9 hours 1 minute

Opening up a world of magic and adventure, Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments by T. L. Huchu is the second audiobook in the Edinburgh Nights series.

Ropa Moyo’s ghostalking practice has tanked. Desperate for money to pay bills and look after her family, she reluctantly accepts a job to look into the history of a coma patient receiving treatment at... Read more

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Goliath

A Novel

By: Tochi Onyebuchi
Narrated by: Adam Lazarre-White, JD Jackson, Juliana Vélez, Kevin R. Free, Nidra Sous La Terre, Shayna Small, Stephanie Willis & Tim Campbell
Length: 12 hours 20 minutes

"A diverse cast of narrators provides glimpses of a near-future Earth devastated by climate change, nuclear disaster, and disease."-AudioFile Magazine

“Onyebuchi sets fire to the boundary between fiction and reality, and brings a crumbling city and an all too plausible future to vibrant life. Riveting, disturbing, and rendered in masterful...
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The Last Dreamwalker

By: Rita Woods
Narrated by: Nedra Marie Taylor
Length: 11 hours 44 minutes

From Hurston/Wright Legacy Award-winning author Rita Woods, The Last Dreamwalker tells the story of two women, separated by nearly two centuries yet inextricably linked by the Gullah-Geechee Islands off the coast of South Carolina—and their connection to a mysterious and extraordinary gift passed from generation to generation.

In the wake of her... Read more

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Black Boy Smile

A Memoir in Moments

By: D. Watkins
Narrated by: D. Watkins
Length: 5 hours 47 minutes

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author presents a complex story about his coming-of-age journey as a Black boy, from the societal roots of trauma to finding joy.

"If I had two wishes, it would be that D. Watkins spend an entire book writing through the terrifying wonder of Black boyness in America, and for every human to read and... Read more

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Inciting Joy

Essays

By: Ross Gay
Narrated by: Ross Gay
Length: 8 hours 20 minutes

An intimate and electrifying collection of essays from the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Delights  

In these gorgeously written and timely pieces, prize-winning poet and author Ross Gay considers the joy we incite when we care for each other, especially during life’s inevitable hardships. Throughout Inciting Joy, he explores... Read more

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Didn't Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta

By: James Hannaham
Narrated by: James Hannaham & Flame Monroe
Length: 9 hours 18 minutes

“I value interesting characters and masterful writing above all else in books, and this has both. The writing style is totally original; Carlotta's running first person commentary interjects the third person narration in a way that can be jarring at first but soon feels natural, like you're thinking Carlotta's thoughts right along with her. As we... Read more

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By Hands Now Known

Jim Crow's Legal Executioners

By: Margaret A. Burnham
Narrated by: Diana Blue
Length: 10 hours 59 minutes

A paradigm-shifting investigation of Jim Crow–era violence, the legal apparatus that sustained it, and its enduring legacy, from a renowned legal scholar.

If the law cannot protect a person from a lynching, then isn't lynching the law?

In By Hands Now Known, Margaret A. Burnham, director of Northeastern University's Civil Rights and... Read more

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Mother Country

A Novel

By: Jacinda Townsend
Narrated by: Kellye A. Saunders
Length: 10 hours 49 minutes

A transnational feminist novel about human trafficking and motherhood from an award-winning author.

Saddled with student loans, medical debt, and the sudden news of her infertility after a major car accident, Shannon, an African American woman, follows her boyfriend to Morocco in search of relief. There, in the cobblestoned medina of Marrakech,... Read more

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The Islands

Stories

By: Dionne Irving
Narrated by: Chanté McCormick
Length: 6 hours 13 minutes

The Islands follows the lives of Jamaican women—immigrants or the descendants of immigrants—who have relocated all over the world to escape the ghosts of colonialism on what they call the Island. Set in the United States, Jamaica, and Europe, these international stories examine the lives of an uncertain and unsettled cast of characters. In one... Read more

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People Person

By: Candice Carty-Williams
Narrated by: Danielle Vitalis
Length: 10 hours 4 minutes

The author of the “brazenly hilarious, tell-it-like-it-is first novel” (Oprah Daily) Queenie returns with another witty and insightful “treat” (Jesse Armstrong, creator of Succession) of a novel about the power of family—even when they seem like strangers.

If you could choose your family...you wouldn’t choose the Penningtons.

Dimple Pennington... Read more

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This Boy We Made

A Memoir of Motherhood, Genetics, and Facing the Unknown

By: Taylor Harris
Narrated by: Iesha Nyree
Length: 8 hours 24 minutes

A Black mother bumps up against the limits of everything she thought she believed—about science and medicine, about motherhood, and about her faith—in search of the truth about her son.One morning, Tophs, Taylor Harris’s round-cheeked, lively twenty-two-month-old, wakes up listless, only lifting his head to gulp down water. She rushes Tophs to... Read more

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A Down Home Meal for These Difficult Times

Stories

By: Meron Hadero
Narrated by: Emebeit Beyene, Dele Ogundiran, various narrators, Benjamin Onyango Ochieng, Raymond Karago, Waceke Wambaa & Samba Schutte
Length: 7 hours 7 minutes

Award-winning Ethiopian-American author Meron Hadero’s gorgeously wrought stories in A Down Home Meal for These Difficult Times offer poignant, compelling narratives of those whose lives have been marked by border crossings and the risk of displacement.Set across the United States and abroad, Meron Hadero’s stories feature immigrants, refugees,... Read more

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