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16 essential Vintage books for Black History Month

Powerful and important poetry, essays and novels. Here are 16 essential works to add to your 'to be read' pile this Black History Month.

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Homie by Danez Smith (2020)

A mighty anthem about the saving grace of friendship, Danez Smith’s Homie is rooted in their search for joy and intimacy in a time where both are scarce. In poems of rare power and generosity, Smith acknowledges that in a country overrun by violence, xenophobia and disparity, and in a body defined by race, queerness, and diagnosis, it can be hard to survive, even harder to remember reasons for living. But then the phone lights up, or a shout comes up to the window, and family – blood and chosen – arrives with just the right food and some redemption.

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