Every so often a city carries so much life and history that it has the chance to be born – to become sentient – and it is challenged by forces beyond this reality. In New York City six people are chosen to be the avatars of the City and to ensure that it survives its birth. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.
From science fiction to historical fiction and memoirs, these books portray various experiences of both Blackness and queerness.
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Accused of murdering her employers but claiming no memory of the crime, maid Frannie Langton recounts her childhood on a Jamaican plantation; her apprenticeship with an unethical scientist; and her arrival in London, where she fell in love with her employer’s wife. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby, as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby, as eBook on Hoopla or as eAudio on Hoopla.
In an undersea society descended from the offspring of pregnant African women drowned during the Atlantic slave trade, a historian struggles with the burden of remembering her people’s past on their behalf. You can also check out this title as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby or as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.
This remarkable novel begins in 1850s Louisiana, where Gilda escapes slavery and learns about freedom while working in a brothel. After being initiated into eternal life as one who “shares the blood” by two women there, Gilda spends the next two hundred years searching for a place to call home. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla and as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.
Journalist and activist Moore explores racism, bullying and sexual identity as he recounts his life from teenhood to adulthood. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.
Melody’s daughter’s coming-of-age party leads her to think back to her own (planned but never held) ceremony, derailed by her pregnancy. The history of her family in Brooklyn unfolds from the focus point of this moment. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.