• The Vanishing Half

    The Vanishing Half

    Bennett, Brit

    Twin sisters, inseparable as children, ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white. (NoveList)

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  • What's Mine and Yours

    What's Mine and Yours

    Coster, Naima

    Two families collide in the setting of a recently integrated school. From one family comes a Black boy who just started to attend school. From the other family comes a young girl whose mother prefers to pass as White and hide that she's Latina.

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  • Invisible Man

    Invisible Man

    Ellison, Ralph

    A young Black man moves from the Deep South to Harlem and experiences a disturbing sense of disconnection to the world around him.

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  • The Turner House

    The Turner House

    Flournoy, Angela

    In this portrait of an African American family, the sale of their childhood home prompts Cha-Cha, the eldest of the 13 adult Turner children, Troy, the youngest, and middle child Lelah to discuss a pivotal moment from their childhood, revealing the complex workings of a large family and throwing into relief personal decisions, disappointments, and hopes.

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  • Passing

    Passing

    Larsen, Nella

    Irene and Claire, old school friends, both pass as White, having left their Black families and neighborhoods behind. But when one of them begins to exhibit behavior that draws too much attention, the other begins to worry for her carefully crafted lie of a life.

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  • The Bluest Eye

    The Bluest Eye

    Morrison, Toni

    In this classic novel, Pecola Breedlove is a young Black girl who believes that if she had blue eyes the world would love her and treat her better.

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  • The Joy Luck Club

    The Joy Luck Club

    Tan, Amy

    Four women immigrated from China to San Francisco and became friends, and each raised a daughter. As mothers and daughters recount moments from their lives, portraits emerge: pivotal moments, remembered differently; legacies; misunderstandings; and persistent family bonds.

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  • The Gilded Years

    The Gilded Years

    Tanabe, Karin

    Reimagining the story of Anita Hemmings, the first Black women to graduate from Vassar College. Anita passes for a White student, which works fine until she meets a handsome fellow student named Porter, falls in love, and finds herself living two very separate lives.

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  • The Blacker the Berry

    The Blacker the Berry

    Thurman, Wallace

    Emma Lou has the darkest skin of all members of her family, a reality that leaves her feeling unloved and rejected by the world in which she grew up. A visit to Harlem, however, opens the door to an array of experiences that require her to make use of the survival skills she's developed.

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  • Mrs. Everything

    Mrs. Everything

    Weiner, Jennifer

    Two Jewish sisters wrestle with identity, sexuality, and changing social expectations as they take radically different paths in pursuit of personal happiness, set against a backdrop of big social change in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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