A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia
HarperCollins / Quill Tree Books
Publication Date: May 25, 2021
Louisiana, 1860: Elderly white matriarch Madame Sylvie Guilbert presides over La Petite Cottage, her family’s plantation. She is determined to sit for a portrait in spite of the financial troubles that are threatening to ruin the Guilbert family. After all, that’s what the heads of all the great families do, and Sylvie will do almost anything to project that kind of power and influence. Also caught up in Sylvie’s scheming are her son, grandson, and the enslaved people forced to work at La Petite Cottage.
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The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins
Publication Date: May 26, 2020
Growing up mixed-race in London has not been easy. Michael struggles to reconcile his two cultures (Greek Cypriot and Jamacian), deal with his uninvolved father and his over-involved mother, and navigate the world as a gay teen. When he starts his first year at University, Michael discovers The Drag Society and feels he is finally living as his authentic self. He uses his drag persona, The Black Flamingo, to explore different ways to express himself.
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