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4 Middle-Grade Novels Celebrating Black Families

4 Middle-Grade Novels Celebrating Black Families

Every February, there is a flood of interest in books honoring African American history, a topic inextricably linked to American history as a whole and deserving of year-round attention. Stories of enduring and overcoming adversity—though they offer critical awareness—must be…

Ashley Bryan: A Personal Remembrance

Ashley Bryan: A Personal Remembrance

When I saw the bulletin announcing Ashley Bryan’s passing on Feb. 4 at 98, I was alone in my office. Wanting to connect with someone who would understand the magnitude of the loss, I texted a friend, “Ashley. [Teary face…

3 Indie Biographies To Immerse Yourself In

3 Indie Biographies To Immerse Yourself In

The biography genre offers a dizzying array of subjects, from Malcolm X (Les Payne and Tamara Payne’s The dead rise) to Nobel laureate Jennifer Doudna (Walter Isaacson’s The code breaker† The most stimulating and astute biographies gracefully immerse readers in…

6 Romantic Reads for Young Adults

6 Romantic Reads for Young Adults

Several articles reporting on the book industry have noted a healthy surge in novel sales during the pandemic, noting that in stressful and unpredictable times, a genre that reliably brings joy has clear appeal. The following YA titles provide hours…