|Best Book Picks for March!|
Recommendations for Adults
|What’s Mine and Yours|
by Naima Coster
A community in North Carolina rises in outrage as a county initiative draws students from the largely Black east side of town into predominantly white high schools on the west. For two students, Gee and Noelle, the integration sets off a chain of events that will tie their two families together in unexpected ways over the span of the next twenty years. As love is built and lost, and the past never too far behind, What’s Mine and Yours explores the unique organism that is every family: what breaks them apart and how they come back together. Grand Central $28.
|Life After Death|
by Sister Souljah
The long-anticipated sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever. Winter Santiaga hit time served. Still stunning, still bold, still got her hustle and high fashion flow. She's eager to pay back her enemies, rebuild her father’s empire, reset his crown, and snatch Midnight back into her life no matter which bitch had him while she was locked up. But Winter is not the only one with revenge on her mind. Simone, Winter’s business partner and friend, is locked and loaded and Winter is her target. Will she blow Winter's head off? Or will at least one bullet blast Winter into another world? Atria $27.
|The Walls of Jericho|
by Rudolph Fisher
When Black lawyer Fred Merrit purchases a house in a the most exclusive white neighbourhood bordering Harlem, he has to hire a tough removal firm to help him get his belongings past the hostile neighbours. This hilarious satire of jazz-age Harlem derides the class and colour walls people build around themselves, providing an invaluable view of the social and philosophical scene of the times. First published in 1928, The Walls of Jericho is the first novel by Rudolph Fisher, whom Langston Hughes called “the wittiest of the Harlem Renaissance writers.” HarperCollins $15.99 (PB).
|One More Night|
by Brenda Jackson and Synithia Williams
This book is packed full with two love-filled stories! In Jackson’s One night with the Wealthy Rancher, cop Darius Franklin finds himself working with social worker Summer Martindale at a women’s shelter seven years after he saved her from a violent situation and they shared one passionate night together. In Williams’ Full Court Seduction, Conservationist Danielle Stewart shared a sizzling night with Jacobe Jenkins back in college the day before he left for the NBA draft. Now chance has reunited them, and Danielle sees a perfect way to promote her favorite cause. Harlequin $6.99 (mass market).
by Cam Perron with Nick Chiles
Cam, a white, baseball-obsessed 12-year old from Boston, wrote letters to former Negro League players in 2007, asking for autographs and a few words about their careers. Letters soon turned into phone calls, and among the stories shared, Cam learned that many players had been unrecognized over time, had lost touch with their former teammates, and were still awaiting pensions they were owed from Major League Baseball. Comeback Season: My Unlikely Story of Friendship with the Greatest Living Negro League Baseball Players shares this story of friendship, the subsequent reunions, and the mission to recover the players’ lost compensation. Gallery $27. Avail. 3/30
|The Electric Slide And Kai|
by Kelly J. Baptist, illus. by Darnell Johnson
Kai’s aunt is getting married, and everyone in the Donovan family is excited about the wedding...except Kai. The highlight of every Donovan occasion is dancing the electric slide—a groovy line dance with footwork that Kai can’t quite figure out. More than anything, he wants to prove that he can boogie with the rest of his family and earn a cool nickname from his granddad. Can Kai break through his nerves and break it down on the dance floor? Told with humor and heart, The Electric Slide and Kai is a funky celebration with all the right moves! Lee & Low $19.95. Ages 4-7.
|Wonder Women Of Science|
by Tiera Fletcher and Ginger Rue, illus. by Sally Wern Comport
Searching the cosmos for a new Earth. Using math to fight human trafficking. Designing invisible (and safer) cars. Unlocking climate-change secrets. All of this groundbreaking science, is happening right now, spearheaded by the diverse female scientists profiled in Wonder Women Of Science: How 12 Geniuses Are Rocking Science, Technology, and the World. Meet aerospace engineer Tiera Fletcher and twelve other science superstars and hear about their fascinating work, their childhoods, and the paths they traveled to get where they are. Candlewick $19.99. Ages 9-13. Avail. 3/23
|Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers|
by Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama's worldwide bestselling memoir, Becoming, is now adapted for young readers. This new edition is an honest and fascinating account of Michelle Obama’s life led by example. She shares her views on how all young people can help themselves as well as help others, no matter their status in life. She asks readers to realize that no one is perfect, and that the process of becoming is what matters, as finding yourself is ever evolving. In telling her story with boldness, she asks young readers: Who are you, and what do you want to become? Delacorte $18.99. Ages 10+.
|A Queen Of Gilded Horns|
by Amanda Joy
In this sequel to A River of Royal Blood, Eva and Isa must work together if they want to save their queendom. Now on the run, Eva is desperate for answers about her transformation and heritage. Along with Aketo, a contingent of guards, and the sister she could not kill, Eva flees Ternain in hopes of finding allies to the north. Princess Isa is a difficult captive, and Eva knows better than to trust her sister, but she wants to. Despite their history, Eva is convinced that to survive the growing unrest, she and her sister must make peace. G.P. Putnam’s Sons BYR $18.99. YA (Ages 12+). Avail. 3/16
|The Hill We Climb|
by Amanda Gorman
On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country is now available in this special edition. Gorman is the inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States and a committed advocate for the environment, racial equality, and gender justice. Her activism and poetry have been featured on The Today Show, PBS Kids, and CBS This Morning, and in The New York Times, Vogue, Essence, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Pre-order her picture book Change Sings, forthcoming in September. Viking BYR $15.99. Ages 14+. Avail. 3/30
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