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28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 23: Cane by Jean Toomer 28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 23: Cane by Jean Toomer

Publisher Synopsis: Jean Toomer’s Cane is one of the most significant works to come out of the Harlem Renaissance, and is considered to be a masterpiece in American modernist literature because of its distinct structure and style. First published in 1923 and told through a series of vignettes, Cane uses poetry, prose,…

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 22: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 22: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Publisher’s Synopsis: A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for 16 weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South,…

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 21: Blended by Sharon M. Draper 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 21: Blended by Sharon M. Draper

Publisher Synopsis: Eleven-year-old Isabella’s parents are divorced, so she has to switch lives every week: One week she’s Isabella with her dad, his girlfriend Anastasia, and her son Darren living in a fancy house where they are one of the only black families in the neighborhood. The next week she’s Izzy with her mom…

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 20: The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 20: The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman

Publisher Synopsis: The groundbreaking Harlem Renaissance novel about prejudice within the black community

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 19: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. by Samantha Irby 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 19: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. by Samantha Irby

Publisher Synopsis: Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a dumpster fire.

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 18: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 18: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Publisher Synopsis: A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Timegalvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice,…

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 17: Heavy by Kiese Laymon 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 17: Heavy by Kiese Laymon

Publisher Synopsis: In Heavy, (Kiese) Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about growing up a hard-headed black son to a complicated and brilliant black mother in Jackson, Mississippi. From his early experiences of sexual violence, to his suspension from college, to his trek to New York as a young college professor,…

28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 16: The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon 28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 16: The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

Publisher Synopsis: The Wretched of the Earth is a brilliant analysis of the psychology of the colonized and their path to liberation. Bearing singular insight into the rage and frustration of colonized peoples, and the role of violence in effecting historical change, the book incisively attacks the twin perils of…

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 15: Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 15: Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

Publisher Synopsis: On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a…

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 14: all about love: new visions by bell hooks 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 14: all about love: new visions by bell hooks

Publisher Synopsis: “The word ‘love’ is most often defined as a noun, yet ... we would all love better if we used it as a verb,” writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provocative and intensely personal, the renowned scholar, cultural critic, and feminist skewers…

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 13: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 13: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Publisher Synopsis: Things Fall Apart tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first story traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives. It provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial…

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 12: How Long 'Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 12: How Long 'Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin

Publisher Synopsis: N. K. Jemisin is one of the most powerful and acclaimed authors of our time. In the first collection of her evocative short fiction, which includes never-before-seen stories, Jemisin equally challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption.

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 11: An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 11: An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones

Publisher Synopsis: Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have…

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 9: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 9: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Publisher Synopsis: Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family’s struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And it is also Cassie’s story—Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an…

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 8: The Autobiography of Malcolm X (As Told to Alex Haley) 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 8: The Autobiography of Malcolm X (As Told to Alex Haley)

Publisher Synopsis: In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1965, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the…

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 7: But Some of Us Are Brave, Edited by Akasha Gloria Hull, Patricia Bell Scott, and Barbara Smith 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 7: But Some of Us Are Brave, Edited by Akasha Gloria Hull, Patricia Bell Scott, and Barbara Smith

Publisher Synopsis: Originally published in 1982, All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies is the first comprehensive collection of black feminist scholarship. Featuring essays by Alice Walker, the Combahee River Collective, and Barbara Smith, and original…

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 6: Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member by Sanyika Shakur 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 6: Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member by Sanyika Shakur

Publisher Synopsis: Written in solitary confinement, Kody Scott’s memoir of 16 years as a gang banger in Los Angeles was a searing best-seller and became a classic, published in 10 languages, with more than 300,000 copies in print in the United States alone.

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 5: Every Little Step: My Story by Bobby Brown With Nick Chiles 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 5: Every Little Step: My Story by Bobby Brown With Nick Chiles

Publisher Synopsis: In Every Little Step, Brown will for the first time tell the full story of his life and set the record straight, particularly about his relationship with Whitney Houston.

28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 4: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 4: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Publisher synopsis: Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to…

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