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2022 Black Readers Conference Picks

2022 Black Readers Conference Picks

Black Readers Conference runs from October 29th-30th to enhance and amplify the voices of Black Readers and the Book Clubs they love. Check out the Black Readers Conference audiobook picks and register for the conference online!

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Black Faces, White Spaces

Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors

By Carolyn Finney
Narrated by: Chanté McCormick
Length: 7 hours 34 minutes

Why are African Americans so underrepresented when it comes to interest in nature, outdoor recreation, and environmentalism? In this thought-provoking study, Carolyn Finney looks beyond the discourse of the environmental justice movement to examine how the natural environment has been understood, commodified, and represented by both white and... Read more »

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Tell Me No Lies

By Nikki Michelle
Narrated by: Ezra Knight
Length: 10 hours 56 minutes

Chyanne Johnson has finally gotten her act together. She's found a man to call her own and is raising a son. After all of the drama that ensued behind finding out that Aric McHale, former boss, lover, and father to her son, was married, Chyanne finally has it made in the shade...or so she thinks. Stephanie, Aric's ex-wife, may have been found... Read more »

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Philadelphia

Street Justice

By Treasure Hernandez
Narrated by: iiKane
Length: 4 hours 2 minutes

When Billie was eight years old, her father was murdered. Ever since that day, she has vowed to bring every criminal to justice, especially the man responsible for her father’s death. Twenty years later, Billie is still on a mission to rid the streets of criminals. If she can’t do it legally, then she takes matters into her own hands.

Billie is...

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Price of Fame

By Amaleka McCall
Narrated by: iiKane
Length: 6 hours 5 minutes

Brice Simpson is a newly promoted heroic detective with a secret past. He’s riding the waves of fame, but he still feels he has something to prove, so Detective Simpson picks up a cold case on the murder of a fourteen-year-old girl. He’s convinced the case will bring him redemption for his past indiscretions, but he soon finds out that the...

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Being Hospitable

Desert Rose Hook ups

By Meka James
Narrated by: Phoenix McKay
Length: 2 hours 15 minutes

Some houseguests are more enticing than others…

Kiki Jenkins knows that opening her home to her best friend’s younger sister means giving up some solitude. What she doesn’t expect is for her new roommate to become temptation in the form of novelty panties and flirty innuendos. But Charley is off limits…for several reasons.

Charley Graham wants to...

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Well of Souls

Uncovering the Banjo's Hidden History

By Kristina R. Gaddy
Narrated by: Chanté McCormick
Length: 9 hours 12 minutes

An illuminating history of the banjo, revealing its origins at the crossroads of slavery, religion, and music.

In an extraordinary story unfolding across two hundred years, Kristina Gaddy uncovers the banjo's key role in Black spirituality, ritual, and rebellion. Through meticulous research in diaries, letters, archives, and art, she traces the... Read more »

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Thou Shall Not Hide

Fold: Book #2

By Sabrina B. Scales
Narrated by: Wesleigh Siobhan & Jakobi Diem
Length: 6 hours 57 minutes

Even the saved struggle when navigating their way through love. This much could definitely be said for the Fold family's youngest child and only son, Chadwick.

Looking for love was never on Chad's list of things to do, until he held Taya in his arms on a dance floor and watched God laugh at his plans. She was beautiful in a way that caught his... Read more »

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Thou Shall Not Fear

Fold: Book #3

By Sabrina B. Scales
Narrated by: Jakobi Diem & Wesleigh Siobhan
Length: 5 hours 53 minutes

Even the saved struggle when navigating their way through love. This much could definitely be said for the Fold Family's oldest child, Angela.

Perfection was the main objective when it came to Angela. She was stubborn, strong-willed, and completely incapable of relinquishing control, at times risking her own happiness to preserve the image of... Read more »

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Bi-Sensual

The Urban Renaissance Series

By Nikki-Michelle
Narrated by: Misty Reign
Length: 10 hours 34 minutes

Bestselling author Samona de la Cruz has found herself on the wrong side of love. Even though she knows that loving Elliot Louis-Jacques is wrong, she has no desire to be right. There’s just one problem—Elliot is in a long-term relationship with Demitri Alexander.

As an openly bisexual man, Elliot has no problem with having his cake and eating...

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Island Queen

A Novel

By Vanessa Riley
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 21 hours 15 minutes

Island Queen

“Both sweeping and intimate, beautiful and painful, this novel based on the life of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas is exquisite. Riley’s research is palpable in the detail of each chapter, and readers will find themselves compulsively turning the pages until the end.”

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Sister Mother Warrior

A Novel

By Vanessa Riley
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh & Robin Miles
Length: 18 hours 49 minutes

Acclaimed author of Island Queen Vanessa Riley brings readers a vivid, sweeping novel of the Haitian Revolution based on the true-life stories of two extraordinary women: the first Empress of Haiti, Marie-Claire Bonheur, and Gran Toya, a West African-born warrior who helped lead the rebellion that drove out the French and freed the enslaved...

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Tristan Strong Punches A Hole In The Sky

Tristan Strong: Book #1

By Kwame Mbalia
Narrated by: Amir Abdullah
Length: 10 hours 56 minutes

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Kwame Mbalia's epic fantasy, a middle grade American Gods set in a richly-imagined world populated with African American folk heroes and West African gods.

Seventh grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he... Read more »

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Tristan Strong Destroys the World (A Tristan Strong Novel, Book 2)

Tristan Strong: Book #2

By Kwame Mbalia
Narrated by: Amir Abdullah
Length: 9 hours 27 minutes

Bestselling author Rick Riordan presents the second book in the New York Times best-selling Tristan Strong trilogy by Kwame Mbalia. Tristan Strong, just back from a victorious but exhausting adventure in Alke, the land of African American folk heroes and African gods, is suffering from PTSD. But there's no rest for the weary when his grandmother... Read more »

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The Prophets

By Robert Jones, Jr.
Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Length: 14 hours 52 minutes

The Prophets

“This was quite the stunning debut - I loved the meta quality of the narration and the overall lyrical writing style. A powerful and commanding story! ”

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Black Boy Joy

17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood

By Kwame Mbalia
Narrated by: Amir Abdullah & Taj Leahy
Length: 6 hours 29 minutes

Celebrate the joys of Black boyhood with stories from seventeen bestselling, critically acclaimed Black authors--including Jason Reynolds (the Track series), Jerry Craft (New Kid), and Kwame Mbalia (the Tristan Strong series)!

Black boy joy is…
 
Picking out a fresh first-day-of-school outfit.
Saving the universe in an epic intergalactic... Read more »

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I'm So (Not) Over You

By Kosoko Jackson
Narrated by: Timothy Bell Reese
Length: 10 hours 54 minutes

"Shine[s] with a beautiful, blooming sense of wonder.”—New York Times Book Review

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A Dash of Salt and Pepper

By Kosoko Jackson
Narrated by: Joshua David Scarlett
Length: 9 hours 39 minutes

A December LibraryReads Pick!

Sometimes two cooks in the kitchen are better than one in this swoony romantic comedy from the author of I’m So (Not) Over You.


Xavier Reynolds is doing less than stellar. He just got dumped, was passed over for a prestigious fellowship, and to top it all off he's right back home in Harper's Cove, Maine... Read more »

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To Buy a Vow

The Vow Series

By Chencia C. Higgins
Narrated by: Denise Wallace
Length: 6 hours 54 minutes

What if we could buy a vow to right our wrongs?


For Nedra Phillips, the strain of portraying a strong Black woman to outsiders is finally taking its toll on her. Her marriage to her college sweetheart has begun to fizzle out, with conversations dwindling down to nothing and intimacy becoming sporadic at best. Unwilling to endure the stigma of...

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And Then There Was Me

A Novel of Friendship, Secrets and Lies

By Sadeqa Johnson
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 8 hours 29 minutes

Sadeqa Johnson's And Then There Was Me is the story of love and friendship, heartache and betrayal. It’s the journey of a woman stripped down to her lowest point and needing to find the will to press on.

Bea and Awilda have been best friends from the moment Awilda threw her fourteen year-old self across Bea’s twin-sized bed as if they had known...

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Last Gate of the Emperor

By Kwame Mbalia & Prince Joel Makonnen
Narrated by: Prince Araya Mengesha
Length: 6 hours 22 minutes

From Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel David Makonnen comes an Afrofuturist adventure about a mythical Ethiopian empire. Sci-fi and fantasy combine in this epic journey to the stars.

Yared Heywat lives an isolated life in Addis Prime -- a hardscrabble city with rundown tech, lots of rules, and not much to do. His worrywart Uncle Moti and bionic...

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