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"All About Love: New Visions" by bell hooks. (William Morrow via AP) 

The late bell hooks' “All About Love" was published nearly a quarter century ago. But it's found a new generations of readers who respond to its message of empathy and community. Scholars of hooks welcome her ongoing popularity but also worry that readers may miss her political message. 

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Black author Michael Thurmond says Georgia's white founding father deserves credit for inspiring the abolitionist movement that ultimately ended slavery. His new book - “James Oglethorpe, Father of Georgia” --focuses on Oglethorpe's failed attempt to ban slavery after starting Britain's 13th American colony in 1733. Georgia's early prohibition on slavery ended and Oglethorpe returned to England where he inspired activists who would become Britain's first abolitionists

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Detail from the cover of Peponi, the Kiswahili translation of Tanzanian Nobel Prize winner Abdulrazak Gurnah’s novel Paradise. Mkuki Na Nyota 

Highlights of 2023 range from the masterful Gurnah to stunning newcomers, a bold biography to a pacy memoir.

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Tina Turner’s Iconic Legacy Honored in New Comic Book Series/Illustration by Pablo Martinena/TidalWave Productions 

The new comic book uniquely honors the songstress’s life and legacy, highlighting her musical achievements, personal victories, and life challenges. The book is a part of the publisher’s “Tribute” series, which spotlights the enormous achievements of cultural heroes. 

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Doug Melville celebrates the everyday heroes behind the scenes, reminding readers to understand their own ancestors’ victories to broaden their vision of what is possible. 

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(Photo/ Michel Delsol/Hulton Archive via Getty Images) 

The publication of “Purple Hibiscus” didn’t just signal the start of a single author’s brilliant career. It forged a path for a whole new generation of African novelists who had come to America as immigrants and have been mining that experience in their writing.

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(Photo by Bryan Dozier/Shutterstock) 

Ruby Bridges has written several books, most recently I Am Ruby Bridges: How One Six-Year-Old Girl’s March to School Changed the World.

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Stacy Brown 

The book aims to teach young readers about Juneteenth, a national holiday honoring the abolition of slavery in the United States.

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(AP Photo/Andrew Burton, File) 

Publisher Penguin Random House announced it will publish “classic” unexpurgated versions of Roald Dahl’s children’s novels along with the new editions, so “readers will be free to choose which version of Dahl’s stories they prefer.”

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(Photo/ Getty Images/ Vogue) 

This book will give us insight into her journey from childhood to motherhood and her amazing feat in the U.S. justice system as the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. 

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