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Best

Books

of 

2019

To celebrate the best in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction of 2019, the editors of Auburn Avenue picked their favorite books of the year. While our list is not exhaustive, it features a segment of the most exceptional releases from writers of color.

See our picks below (in chronological order by date of publication). 

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Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine

by Emily Bernard

Publication Date: January 29, 2019

Publisher: Knopf

Genre: Nonfiction

We Cast a Shadow

by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Publication Date: January 29, 2019

Publisher: One World

Genre: Fiction

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The Tradition

by Jericho Brown 

Publication Date: April 2, 2019

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

Genre: Poetry

Ugly Music

by Diannely Antigua

Publication Date: May 15, 2019

Publisher: YesYes Books

Genre: Poetry

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In West Mills

by De'Shawn Charles Winslow

Publication Date: June 4, 2019

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Genre: Fiction

The Nickel Boys

by Colson Whitehead

Publication Date: July 16, 2019

Publisher: Doubleday

Genre: Fiction

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A Particular Kind of Black Man

by Tope Folarin

Publication Date: August 6, 2019

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Fiction

The Yellow House 

by Sarah M. Broom

Publication Date: August 13, 2019

Publisher: Grove Press

Genre: Nonfiction

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PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2019 

Stories selected by Danielle Evans, Alice Sola Kim, and Carmen Maria Machado

Publication Date: August 20, 2019

Publisher: Catapult

Genre: Fiction

The Black Shoals:

Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies

by Tiffany Lethabo King

Publication Date: August 23, 2019

Publisher: Duke University Press

Genre: Nonfiction

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Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers

by Jake Skeets

Publication Date: September 10, 2019

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

Genre: Poetry

Hull

by Xandria Phillips

Publication Date: October 8, 2019

Publisher: Nightboat Books

Genre: Poetry

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Mistress

by Chet'la Sebree

Publication Date: October 16, 2018

Publisher: New Issues Poetry and Prose

Genre: Poetry

In the Dream House

by Carmen Maria Machado

Publication Date: November 5, 2019

Publisher: Graywolf Press

Genre: Nonfiction

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Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Antiblackness & Schooling

in San Francisco

by Savannah Shange

Publication Date: November 23, 2019

Publisher: Duke University Press

Genre: Nonfiction