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NMBHOC: Winter 2020 Books Roundup

For the start of the new year, NMBHOC compiled a list of recent and notable books to tuck in with this winter.



Hot Off the Press

Hitting a Straight Lick With A Crooked Stick

by Zora Neale Hurston Pub Date: January 14, 2020 What It’s About: In 1925, while a college student living in New York, Zora Neale Hurston began writing pieces that captured the zeitgeist of African American life and transformed her into one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Hitting a Straight Lick With A Crooked Stick brings her collection of stories about gender, class, racism, and sexism together for the first time in one volume, including eight “lost” Harlem stories, found in forgotten periodicals and archives.




The Street

by Ann Petry Pub Date: January 7, 2020 (new edition) What It’s About: Originally published in 1946,  The Street was the first novel by an African American woman to sell more than a million copies. The story follows a single black mother in World War II-era Harlem. Mariner Publishing re-released the book in January of 2020 with an introduction by Tayari Jones (An American Marriage).



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