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Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal. For fans of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and The Help, Dollbaby brings to life the charm and unrest of 1960s New Orleans through the eyes of a young girl learning to understand race for the first time.

Far from the Tree by Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant. When their father dies, the sisters inherit a house in Prosper, North Carolina. Their mother, Della, would rather they forget about going there and dredging up the past. Neither of them suspect that their trip to Prosper will uncover decades-old secrets, family betrayals, and tangled relationships - or that it will make these two strangers realize that they are, and always will be, sisters.

The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner by Andrea Smith. "Filled with compassion, humor, and tenacity in the face of almost insurmountable odds, here is a rich, inspiring tale of friendship and family, sisterhood and mother love…and of finding grace where you least expect it."

The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner

Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman. A woman leaves her hardscrabble Kentucky farm life behind to deal antiques in Charleston, South Carolina. She is drawn home when her brother disappears.

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler. A debut novel interweaving the story of a heartbreaking, forbidden love in 1930s Kentucky with an unlikely modern-day friendship.

Calling Me Home

Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent. When her best friend, Gemma, loses her parents in a tragic fire, Jessilyn's father vows to care for her as one of his own, despite the fact that Gemma is black and prejudice is prevalent in their southern Virginia town.

Fireflies in December

Year The Colored Sisters Came To Town by Jacqueline Guidry. "When the Louisiana town of Ville d'Angelle is jolted by the arrival of two black nuns in 1957 to teach at the all-white Catholic elementary school, for the first time Vivien Leigh Dubois is obliged to consider the color of people's skin."

Year The Colored Sisters Came To Town

Little Bee by Chris Cleave. A haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers--one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London.

We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates. Tells of a seemingly ordinary, successful family who is nearly torn apart when tragedy strikes but finds a way to remain happy and loyal despite rumors, secrets and strife.

Yesterday's Eyes by Catherine Flowers. "Yesterday's Eyes is an inspirational story that exposes the journey traveled by three generations of women who must come to terms with the past and learn how to forgive one another if there is any hope of healing." -Provided by publisher.

Between Us Baxters by Bethany Hegedus. "It's hard to be a "Black Sheep Baxter," at least for 12-year-old Polly. From a poor white family, Polly's best friend, Timbre Ann Biggs, is black, making them the only "salt-and-pepper" friends in town. But in that fall of 1959, life in quiet Holcolm County starts to heat up as one by one, thriving colored businesses burn to the ground." -Jacket

Between Us Baxters

The Summer We Got Saved by Pat Cunningham Devoto. Tab and Tina, relatives of a founder of Ku Klux Klan, are whisked away to an interracial Civil Rights school one summer. There, they befriend both a black polio patient and the biracial daughter of a Yankee and a Civil Rights leader. Can the girls be saved from the racist traditions of their Alabama family?

The Summer We Got Saved

Cotton by Christopher Wilson. Growing up in Eureka, Mississippi in 1950, Lee is confused about his place in the world, but he doesn't let it get him down. He falls for the beautiful Angelina, whose racist father drives him to a new life in St. Louis as a white man.

Serena by Ron Rash. Penned by an award-winning writer, this Gothic tale of greed, corruption, and revenge is set against the backdrop of the 1930s wilderness and America's burgeoning environmental movement.

Cane River by Lalita Tademy. Follows four generations of African American women, from slavery to the early twentieth century, as they struggle for economic security and the future of their families along the Cane River in rural Louisiana.

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. Wonderfully attuned to the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition, and with a deft sense for racial tensions in the South, McCullers spins a haunting, unforgettable story that gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated -- and, through Mick Kelly, gives voice to the quiet, intensely personal search for beauty.

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

The Warmest December by Bernice L. McFadden. Twenty years after leaving home, Kenzie is still haunted by memories of her abusive father. When she learns that this brutal man is dying, she is shocked by her own desire to be with him as the end approaches.

The Warmest December

Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim. "Moments after her birth to the mistress of a sprawling Virginia plantation, Lisbeth Wainwright is entrusted to Mattie, an enslaved wet nurse. From then on, Mattie serves as Lisbeth's stand-in mother, nursing her, singing her to sleep, and soothing her in the night. And yet mothering Lisbeth tears Mattie away from her own baby, Samuel, who lives in the slave quarters."-Book cover

The Heart of a Woman: Part 4 of Maya Angelou's Autobiography by Maya Angelou

What Looks Like Crazy On an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage. On learning she has the aids virus, Ava Johnson closes her beauty parlor in Atlanta and returns to her hometown in Michigan, devoting herself to counseling black girls in trouble. In the process she falls in love with a man convicted of murder. A look at the problems facing black youth.

What Looks LIke Crazy On an Ordinary Day

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen. Willa Jackson of Walls of Water, North Carolina, has lately learned that an old classmate--socialite do-gooder Paxton Osgood--of the very prominent Osgood family, has restored her family's Blue Ridge Madam home to its former glory, with plans to open a top-flight inn.

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32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter. Teenage ugly duckling Davie Jones runs away to Los Angeles after a particularly cruel high school prank, where she eventually transforms herself into a beautiful, successful lounge singer, and meets up with her former football-player crush who doesn't recognize her.

The Wake of the Wind by J. California Cooper. A novel on freed slaves after the Civil War. The protagonists are a young couple who buy a ruined plantation and begin to prosper. But racism returns and they have to flee. By the author of Family.

The Wake of the Wind

Gathering of Waters by Bernice L. McFadden. Money, Mississippi narrates its own infamous and troubled story following the arrival of the Hilson and Bryant families. Tass Hilson and Emmett Till were young and in love when Emmett was brutally murdered in 1955. Anxious to leave, Tass married and relocated to Detroit. Forty years later, the widowed Tass returns to Money and fantasy takes flesh when Emmett's spirit is finally released from the dank, dark waters of the Tallahatchie River.

Gathering of Waters

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America.