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Black History Month Picks from Octavia's Bookshelf
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Black History Month Picks from Octavia's Bookshelf

Nikki High, owner of Octavia's Bookshelf, shares her audiobook picks for Black History Month. Octavia's Bookshelf is a Black woman-owned independent bookstore in Pasadena, CA that features books by BIPOC writers.

Heavy

An American Memoir

By: Kiese Laymon
Narrated by: Kiese Laymon
Length: 6 hours 17 minutes

“Telling the truth has always been a radical and political act, but Kiese Laymon writes in Heavy with a rare, vulnerable unity of personal urgency and political clarity. This is a story about how our country’s lies and thefts weigh heavily on the hearts and souls of its black mothers and sons. About how dishonesty about white supremacy, money,... Read more

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My Sister, the Serial Killer

A Novel

By: Oyinkan Braithwaite
Narrated by: Adepero Oduye
Length: 4 hours 14 minutes

“Does family always come first? In My Sister, the Serial Killer, a resentful older sister continues to enable her younger sister's serial killer tendencies. If you are looking for a dark and sardonic crime story, I recommend this unique audiobook! Read more

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Bitter

By: Akwaeke Emezi
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 7 hours 11 minutes

From National Book Award finalist Akwaeke Emezi comes a companion novel to the critically acclaimed PET that explores both the importance and cost of social revolution--and how youth lead the way.

After a childhood in foster care, Bitter is thrilled to have been chosen to attend Eucalyptus, a special school where she can focus on her painting... Read more

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The Afrominimalist's Guide to Living with Less

By: Christine Platt
Narrated by: Christine Platt
Length: 5 hours 35 minutes

Forget the aesthetics of mainstream minimalism and discover a life of authenticity and intention with this “warm, engaging guide” (Laura Fenton, author of The Little Book of Small Living) to living with less…your way.

When Christine Platt set out on her journey to live with less, she never intended to become The Afrominimalist. She just wanted to... Read more

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I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying

Essays

By: Bassey Ikpi
Narrated by: Bassey Ikpi
Length: 7 hours 11 minutes

2020 Audie Finalist – Short Stories/CollectionsIn I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying Bassey Ikpi explores her life—as a Nigerian-American immigrant, a black woman, a slam poet, a mother, a daughter, an artist—through the lens of her mental health and diagnosis of bipolar II and anxiety. Her remarkable memoir in essays implodes our... Read more

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Get a Life, Chloe Brown

A Novel

The Brown Sisters: Book #1

By: Talia Hibbert
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 10 hours 41 minutes

“This is a beautifully inclusive novel that made me cry and laugh harder than I’d like too. Chloe and Red were amazing characters that I didn’t want to leave when the story ended. I can’t get over Chloe being a larger lady and the story not focusing on that. I was bracing myself so many times for her to feel sad about her weight or talk about how... Read more

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