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Update: André Leon Tally’s Memoir Is Not Just About Anna Wintour

Former Vogue editor, André Leon Tally‘s upcoming memoir ☛THE CHIFFON TRENCHES [pub: Ballentine Books] peppered the news earlier this week mostly due to sensationalized snippets posted on highlighting the end of his friendship with Vogue‘s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

Deacon King Kong By James McBride

My literary crush 📚❤️ James McBride releases his seventh book ☛DEACON KING KONG [pub: Riverhead Books] today and I can’t wait to hear the National Book Award-winning author read from his latest novel at Greenlight Bookstore this evening.

Africaville by Jeffrey Colvin

Fans of historical literature are bound to enjoy ☛AFRICAVILLE [pub: Amistad] by  Jeffrey Colvin. I did. Though admittedly not always my favorite genre, Colvin’s fictional Black settlement of Africaville in Halifax, Nova Scotia lead me on a pleasure quest to learn more about the actual close-knit Black community of Africville in Canada.

New Cover For Nappily Faithful By Trisha R. Thomas

This past Sunday ☛NAPPILY EVER AFTER author Trisha R. Thomas posted a gorgeous, vibrant new cover for her third novel in the Nappily series ☛NAPPILY FAITHFUL [pub: St. Martin’s Griffin] on Instagram. The original version was published by St.

Jay-Z: Made In America By Michael Eric Dyson

Happy Book Birthday Dr. Michael Eric Dyson! His latest release JAY-Z: MADE IN AMERICA [pub: St. Martin’s Press] with the foreword by Pharrell drops today. 2019’s been a good year for hip-hop books with the success of Rick Ross and Rakim‘s books releasing earlier this year.

Netflix Adapting Stephanie Land’s Memoir Maid As A Television Series

Netflix is turning one of President Obama’s summer 2019 reading picks, Stephanie Land’s ☛MAID: HARD WORK, LOW PAY, AND A MOTHER’S WILL TO SURVIVE [pub: Hachette Books], into a television series. Maid‘s been on my TBR list since it originally dropped back in January.

A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston By Robyn Crawford

Whitney Houston’s dear friend, Robyn Crawford is appearing on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk airing this Monday, November 18th on Facebook to discuss her recent memoir ☛A SONG FOR YOU: MY LIFE WITH WHITNEY HOUSTON [pub: Dutton]. Looking forward to a respectful and insightful interview.

The Black Book Reissued – Foreword And Preface By Toni Morrison. NYC Memorial November 21st

I am so pleased the book is alive again. I still think there is no other work that tells and visualizes a story of such misery with seriousness, humor, grace and triumph.

—Toni Morrison



Adding the reissue of ☛THE BLACK BOOK with the  foreword and preface by Toni Morrison and edited by Middleton A.

When We Free The World By Kevin Powell

Last Friday, author Kevin Powell posted the cover of his forthcoming book ☛WHEN WE FREE THE WORLD (CURRENT AFFAIRS, CULTURE, & POLITICS) [pub: 2Leaf Press] on his Instagram. His 14th book drops at the top of the year on January 1st.

Full Disclosure By Camryn Garrett

Nineteen-year-old debut novelist Camryn Garrett just released a “romantic, funny, hopeful, and unflinchingly real,”story about an “HIV-positive teen, falling in love and learning to live her truth” entitled ☛FULL DISCLOSURE [pub: Knopf Books for Young Readers]. I immediately added this gem to my must-be-read-before-the-close-of-2019 list!