Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America

Category: Book
By (author): Baptiste, Tracey
By (author): Booth, Coe
By (author): Clayton, Dhonielle
By (author): Colbert, Brandy
By (author): Coles, Jay
By (author): Giles, Lamar
By (author): Henderson, Leah
By (author): Ireland, Justina
By (author): Johnson, Varian
By (author): Zoboi, Ibi
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Coming of Age
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American
Audience: young adult
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: January 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 8.00in x 5.31in x 0.93in
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From The Publisher*

Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, and featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today-Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it's like to be young and Black in America. A selection of the Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List.

Black is...sisters navigating their relationship at summer camp in Portland, Oregon, as written by Renée Watson.

Black is…three friends walking back from the community pool talking about nothing and everything, in a story by Jason Reynolds.

Black is…Nic Stone's high-class beauty dating a boy her momma would never approve of.

Black is…two girls kissing in Justina Ireland's story set in Maryland.

Black is urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more-because there are countless ways to be Black enough.

Contributors:Justina IrelandVarian JohnsonRita Williams-GarciaDhonielle ClaytonKekla MagoonLeah HendersonTochi OnyebuchiJason ReynoldsNic StoneLiara TamaniRenée WatsonTracey BaptisteCoe BoothBrandy ColbertJay ColesIbi ZoboiLamar Giles

Review Quote*★ "A poignant collection of stunning short stories by Black, rock star authors"
Review Quote*★ "A breath of fresh air…nuanced and necessary."
Review Quote*★ "Each entry is deftly woven and full of such complex humanity that teens will identify with and see some of their own struggles in these characters... This collection presents the beauty of black humanity in all its many forms."
Review Quote*★ "The stories, all worth savoring, share a celebratory outlook on black teenagers fully and courageously embracing life."
Review Quote*"Ibi Zoboi, author of National Book Award finalist American Street and Jane Austen update Pride, dazzles again with this stunning, marvelously diverse collection of 17 stories of the teen experience by black authors [writing] ‘about teens examining, rebelling against, embracing, or simply existing within their own idea of blackness.'"
Review Quote*★ Praise for AMERICAN STREET: "Mixing gritty street life with the tenderness of first love, Haitian Vodou, and family bonds, the book is at once chilling, evocative, and reaffirming."
Review Quote*★ Praise for AMERICAN STREET: "Filling her pages with magic, humanity, tragedy, and hope, Zoboi builds up, takes apart, and then rebuilds an unforgettable story. This book will take root in readers' hearts."
Review Quote*★ Praise for AMERICAN STREET: "Zoboi's stunning debut intertwines mysticism and love with grit and violence…Fierce and beautiful."
Review Quote*★ Praise for AMERICAN STREET: "A breathtaking story about contemporary America that will serve as a mirror to some and a window for others, and it will stay with anyone who reads it."