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Loving Day Listens

June 12 is Loving Day, a celebration marking the day the Supreme Court struck down state bans against interracial marriage. Explore these audiobooks, and listen to audio from the Loving v. Virginia court case on NPR.

Image: Mildred and Richard Loving, 1958. AP Images

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The Sun is Also a Star

By Nicola Yoon
Narrated by Bahni Turpin, Raymond Lee & Dominic Hoffman /  8 hours 3 minutes

Now a major motion picture starring Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton! The #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award Finalist from the bestselling author of Everything, Everything will have you falling in love with Natasha and Daniel as they fall in love with each other.

Natasha:
I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate.... Read more »

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The Color of Water

A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
By James McBride
Narrated by J. D. Jackson & Susan Denaker /  8 hours 46 minutes

The New York Times bestselling story from the author of The Good Lord Bird, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction.

Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light-skinned" woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. James McBride, journalist, musician, and son, explores his mother's... Read more »

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Swing Time

By Zadie Smith
Narrated by Pippa Bennett-Warner /  13 hours 45 minutes

If you enjoyed My Year of Rest and Relaxation, then you’ll love Swing Time.

“If you liked “Swing Time”, “My Year of Rest and Relaxation” is your next good read! Both have intensely interesting (albeit frustrating) female protagonists that will make you see even the most mundane things in an entirely new light.”

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What We Lose

A Novel
By Zinzi Clemmons
Narrated by Nicole Lewis /  3 hours 46 minutes

What We Lose

“What We Lose is a quietly brilliant book detailing the way loss manifests itself in the life of its narrator, Thandi, and the reader, as Clemmons' writing shines back on you, too. The death of Thandi's mother brings about the loss of childhood innocence, her connection with her past, and her identity as a black woman. Clemmons' book is told in vignettes, stories and thoughts, with the narrative of this time in Thandi's life slowly swirling through it. It's as powerful a meditation on grief as I've ever read.”

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Oreo

By Fran Ross
Narrated by Robin Miles /  8 hours 8 minutes

A pioneering, dazzling satire about a biracial black girl from Philadelphia searching for her Jewish father in New York City Oreo is raised by her maternal grandparents in Philadelphia. Her black mother tours with a theatrical troupe, and her Jewish deadbeat dad disappeared when she was an infant, leaving behind a mysterious note that triggers... Read more »

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Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?

Stories
By Kathleen Collins
Narrated by Nina Lorez Collins, Cherise Boothe, Adenrele Ojo, Paula J. Parker, Desean Terry & Dan Woren /  4 hours 8 minutes

Now available in Ecco’s Art of the Story series: a never-before-published collection of stories from a brilliant yet little known African American artist and filmmaker—a contemporary of revered writers including Toni Cade Bambara, Laurie Colwin, Ann Beattie, Amy Hempel, and Grace Paley—whose prescient work has recently resurfaced to wide... Read more »

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Caucasia

A Novel
By Danzy Senna
Narrated by January LaVoy /  14 hours 48 minutes

Danzy Senna's Caucasia is now available for the first time in audio!

Birdie and Cole are the daughters of a black father and a white mother, intellectuals and activists in the Civil Rights Movement in 1970s Boston. The sisters are so close that they speak their own language, yet Birdie, with her light skin and straight hair, is often mistaken for... Read more »

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Loving vs. Virginia

A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case
By Patricia Hruby Powell
Narrated by Adenrele Ojo & MacLeod Andrews /  2 hours 49 minutes

From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse. In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it. Richard and... Read more »

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