One of the beautiful things about books is that they can be rediscovered. In the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, a lot of rediscovering of lost writers went on, particularly of black novelists, poets, and essayists. With its signature elegance, the Library of America has just issued two new volumes devoted to the literary works of some of the rediscovered Harlem Renaissance figures; edited by Rafia Zafar, these books include Jean Toomer’s Cane, Wallace Thurman’s The Blacker the Berry, Nella Larsen’s Passing—to name just three novels I remember reading with great excitement once upon a time. Each work provides an opportunity to look back to an era when race determined everything from where a person could sit on a bus to whether he or she was too dark for a particular social circle. All the novels in the first collection and the four in the second depict a world we think is gone, but good fiction, like good history, shows us many ways to see the world, and reminds us of lessons we might otherwise forget.

Harlem Renaissance: Five Novels of the 1920s (LOA #217): Cane / Home to Harlem / Quicksand / Plum Bun / The Blacker the Berry (Library of America Harlem Renaissance Novels Collection #1) Cover Image
By Rafia Zafar (Editor)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781598530995
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Published: Library of America - September 1st, 2011

Harlem Renaissance: Four Novels of the 1930s (LOA #218): Not Without Laughter / Black No More / The Conjure-Man Dies / Black Thunder (Library of America Harlem Renaissance Novels Collection #2) Cover Image
By Rafia Zafar (Editor)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781598531015
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Published: Library of America - September 1st, 2011

Harlem Renaissance Novels: the Library of America Collection: (Two-volume boxed set) Cover Image
By Rafia Zafar (Editor)
$70.00
ISBN: 9781598531060
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Published: Library of America - September 1st, 2011

A good dystopian novel is also a cautionary tale. Imagine a not-so-distant future marred by environmental disaster. The country is run by religious extremists. Due to prison overcrowding, criminals are branded for their crimes by being injected with a virus that changes the color of their skin.  This chilling future, created by Hillary Jordan in When She Woke (Algonquin, $24.95) does not seem so far-fetched. Hannah has been made a “red” after committing the crime of having an abortion. In a society of religious intolerance, her crime makes her both an outcast and a target. As Hannah journeys from good girl to criminal to fugitive, she is forced to reevaluate her life, her faith, and what kind of future she wants for herself.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781616201937
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 18th, 2012

The Night Circus (Doubleday, $26.95) has received rave reviews both nationwide and from P&P booksellers. Inspired by the interactive dramatic magic of the Punchdrunk Theatre Company, Erin Morgenstern’s debut novel imagines the world’s most extraordinary traveling circus. Celia and Marco have been raised from childhood as adversaries, though they’re unaware of their contest; Le Cirque des Rêves is the arena in which they compete by performing ever more imaginative, beautiful, and complex illusions. At their most thrilling, the enchantments generate a mystical conversation; however, the sorcery of the pair’s rival mentors has bound the couple to play out their beautiful task to a deadly conclusion. You will be transfixed by this intricately conceived drama, which blends magic and intrigue with the loves, longings, ambitions, and, ultimately, loss of these unique conjurors.

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780385534635
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Published: Doubleday - September 13th, 2011

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

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