Short Story and Essay Collections

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Author: Venita Blackburn | Narrator: Jamie K. Brown, Venita Blackburn, Angel Pean, Jamal Henderson and Tashi Thomas
Release Date: September 07, 2021
"How to Wrestle a Girl is a work of stunning grace and rhythm. In these stories Venita Blackburn reminds us she is a writer unlike any other, her stories propelled by voice and wit and harsh beauty." --Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Fr...
Author: Maggie Nelson | Narrator: Gabra Zackman
Release Date: September 07, 2021
An expansive, exhilarating work of criticism by one of the most significant writers of our day.So often deployed as a jingoistic, even menacing rallying cry, or limited by a focus on passing moments of liberation, the rhetoric of freedom both rouses ...
Author: Randall Kennedy | Narrator: Ryan Vincent Anderson
Release Date: September 07, 2021
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR • A collection of provocative essays exploring the key social justice issues of our time—from George Floyd to antiracism to inequality and the Supreme Court. Kennedy is "among the most in...
Author: James Whiteside | Narrator: James Whiteside
Release Date: August 17, 2021
“James Whiteside is an electrifying performer, an incredible athlete, and an artist, through and through.  To know James is to love him; with Center Center, you are about to fall in love.” —Jennifer Garner “A frank exam...
Author: Jaime Cortez | Narrator: Alejandro Ruiz
Release Date: August 17, 2021
The first ever collection of short stories by Jaime Cortez, Gordo is set in a migrant workers camp near Watsonville, California in the 1970s. A young, probably gay, boy named Gordo puts on a wrestler’s mask and throws fists with a boy...
Author: Maurice Carlos Ruffin | Narrator: Adam Alexi-Malle and Asia Rainey
Release Date: August 17, 2021
NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • A collection of raucous stories that offer a “vibrant and true mosaic” (The New York Times) of New Orleans, from the critically acclaimed author of We Cast a Shadow   SHORTLISTED FOR T...
Author: Hilton Als | Narrator: Kevin R. Free
Release Date: August 17, 2021
"This book will change you." --Chicago TribuneWhite Girls is about, among other things, blackness, queerness, movies, Brooklyn, love (and the loss of love), AIDS, fashion, Basquiat, Capote, philosophy, porn, Eminem, Louise Brooks, and Michael Ja...
Narrator: Amir Abdullah and Taj Leahy
Release Date: August 03, 2021
Celebrate the joys of Black boyhood with stories from seventeen bestselling, critically acclaimed Black authors--including Jason Reynolds (the Track series), Jerry Craft (New Kid), and Kwame Mbalia (the Tristan Strong series)!Black boy joy is…...
Author: Juan Gabriel Vasquez | Narrator: Sheldon Romero and Alfredo Huereca
Release Date: August 03, 2021
A new collection of electric, searing stories from award-winning, bestselling author Juan Gabriel Vásquez. The characters in Songs for the Flames are men and women touched by violence—sometimes directly, sometimes only in passing—b...
Author: Dorothy West | Narrator: Karen Chilton, Robin Miles, Janina Edwards, JD Jackson and Shayna Small
Release Date: August 03, 2021
On the heels of the bestseller success of her  novel The Wedding, Dorothy West,  the last surviving member of the Harlem  Renaissance, presents a collection of essays and stories that  explore both the realism ...
Author: Alix Ohlin | Narrator: Hillary Huber, Kristen Sieh, Brittany Pressley and Eileen Stevens
Release Date: July 27, 2021
An Esquire Best Book of Summer • A collection of glittering, surprising, darkly funny stories of people testing the boundaries of their lives—from the award-winning author of Dual Citizens, who is "spoken of in the same re...
Author: Helen Ellis | Narrator: Helen Ellis
Release Date: July 13, 2021
The bestselling author of American Housewife and Southern Lady Code returns with a viciously funny, deeply felt collection of essays on friendship among grown-ass women.When Helen Ellis and her lifelong friends arrive for a reunion on the Redneck Riv...