Full Lives, Beautiful Experiments

Inspired by Saidiya Hartman's Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, these stories center love, pleasure, healing, positivity, and light. Even when the world seems to be submerged in trauma and ruin, there will always be a way to find joy. Love yourself and hopefully soothe your soul with one or more of the books below. 

 

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” -- Audre Lorde

 

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Rebel (Women Who Dare) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062861689
Availability: Backordered
Published: Avon - May 28th, 2019

The first novel in USA Today Bestselling Author Beverly Jenkins’s compelling new series follows a Northern woman south in the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War . . .


Love in Catalina Cove Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781335005649
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Published: Hqn - October 30th, 2018

In her brand-new series, Brenda Jackson welcomes you to Catalina Cove, where even the biggest heartbreaks can be healed...


Wow, No Thank You.: Essays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780525563488
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Published: Vintage - March 31st, 2020

*AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*

“Stay-up-all-night, miss-your-subway-stop, spit-out-your-beverage funny.... irresistible as a snack tray, as intimately pleasurable as an Irish goodbye.”
—Jia Tolentino


An Extraordinary Union: An Epic Love Story of the Civil War (The Loyal League #1) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781496707444
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Published: Kensington - March 28th, 2017

An Entertainment Weekly TOP 10 ROMANCE BOOKS OF THE YEAR
Bookpage TOP PICK
Kirkus BEST BOOKS OF 2017
Vulture TOP 10 ROMANCE BOOKS OF 2017
Publishers Weekly BEST BOOKS OF 2017
A Booklist TOP 10 ROMANCE FICTION 2017


Real Men Knit (Real Men Knit series #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984806505
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Published: Berkley - May 19th, 2020

"If you're looking for an easy charmer, this is the novel for you."—Shondaland
 
When their foster-turned-adoptive mother suddenly dies, four brothers struggle to keep open the doors of her beloved Harlem knitting shop.


You Were Born for This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062840639
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Published: HarperOne - January 7th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


From beloved astrologer Chani Nicholas comes an essential guide for radical self-acceptance.


The Salt Eaters (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780679740766
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Published: Vintage - June 30th, 1992

Set in a town somewhere in the South, here is the story of a community of black people searching for the healing properties of salt who witness an event that will change their lives forever. Some of them are centered, some are off-balance; some are frightened, and some are daring.


Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements Cover Image
By Walidah Imarisha (Editor), Adrienne Maree Brown (Editor), Sheree Renee Thomas (Foreword by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781849352093
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Published: AK Press - April 7th, 2015

Whenever we envision a world without war, prisons, or capitalism, we are producing speculative fiction. Organizers and activists envision, and try to create, such worlds all the time. Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown have brought 20 of them together in the first anthology of short stories to explore the connections between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change.


Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780525619772
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 30th, 2018

NOMINATED FOR AN NAACP IMAGE AWARD • An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature.


Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Penguin Vitae) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780143134442
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 25th, 2020

"Sister Outsider's teachings, by one of our most revered elder stateswomen, should be read by everyone." -Essence

Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature, with a foreword by Mahogany L. Browne.


All We Know of Pleasure: Poetic Erotica by Women Cover Image
By Enid Shomer (Editor), Elizabeth Alexander (Contribution by), Dorianne Laux (Contribution by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780932112972
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Published: Carolina Wren Press - November 27th, 2018

Here is the good stuff: poetry written by women that actually excites the thinking reader. This anthology, spanning work of the last 75 years, will broaden its readers' notions of what defines erotic poetry. For what is more intriguing, more satisfying than strong, self-assured writing?


Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316316132
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (The New York Times Book Review).

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
National Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017


Stray City: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062666697
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Published: Custom House - March 19th, 2019

“A thoughtful and joyous literary experience that celebrates its characters and liberally rewards its readers.” New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice

"I tore through this novel like an orphaned reader seeking a home in its ragtag yet shimmering world." — Carrie Brownstein


The Right Swipe: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062878090
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Published: Avon - August 6th, 2019

The Right Swipe is everything you want in a Summer read: fun, clever, and so, so sexy.” — Popsugar

Alisha Rai returns with a sizzling new novel, in which two rival dating app creators find themselves at odds in the boardroom but in sync in the bedroom.


The Wedding Party Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781984802194
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Published: Berkley - July 16th, 2019

As seen on The Today Show! 

The new exhilarating New York Times bestselling romance from the author of The Proposal, Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick!

 
Maddie and Theo have two things in common:

1. Alexa is their best friend
2. They hate each other


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Frankly in Love Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984812209
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

An Instant New York Times Bestseller and #1 Indie Bestseller!

A William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist

 
An Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Honor Book

Two friends. One fake dating scheme. What could possibly go wrong?


The House on Mango Street (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9780679734772
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 1991

The bestselling coming-of-age classic, acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught in schools and universities alike, and translated around the world from the winner of the 2018 PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature.


Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780525619772
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ballantine Books - October 30th, 2018

NOMINATED FOR AN NAACP IMAGE AWARD • An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature.