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If you enjoyed 2017's One Book One Community selection, Emancipation Day, you might also enjoy this selection of fiction and nonfiction about race, identity, family, secrets, and jazz. For more information about One Book, One Community, visit

Edugyan, Esi.
Half-blood blues

A brilliant jazz musician, Hiero, is arrested by the Nazis and never heard from again. He is twenty years old. He is a German citizen. And he is black. Fifty years later, his friend and fellow musician, Sid, must relive that unforgettable time, revealing the friendships, love affairs and treacheries that sealed Hiero's fate.

Echlin, Kim A.
Under the visible life

Two talented female musicians become kindred spirits, each finding solace in music during difficult times in their lives.

Clarke, George Elliott

Carl Black is an intellectual and artist, a traveller, reader, and unapologetic womaniser. A motorcyclist. He burns for the bohemian life, but is trapped in a railway worker's prosaic-at times humiliating-existence.

Lansens, Lori.
Rush Home Road

As 70-year old Addy Shadd reminisces about her days growing up in Rusholme, a town settled by fugitive slaves in the mid 1800s, she remembers her family and her first love and confronts the painful experience that drove her away from home, never to return.

Itani, Frances

In 1919, only months after the end of the Great War, the men and women of Deseronto struggle to recover from wounds of the past.

Morris, Mary
The Jazz Palace

In this sweeping novel that brilliantly captures the dynamic atmosphere and the dazzling music of the Jazz Age, three youths from different background find common ground in jazz music. Even as the novel charts the story of its characters, it also tells the tale of the city where they live. It is a world of gangsters, musicians, and clubs, in which black musicians are no freer than they were before the Civil War, white youths head down to the South Side to "slum," and Al Capone and Louis Armstrong become legends.

Hill, Lawrence
Any known blood

Langston Cane V is 38, divorced and working as a government speechwriter, until he's fired for sabotaging the minister's speech. It seems the perfect time for Langston, the eldest son of a white mother and prominent black father, to embark on a quest to discover his family's past -- and his own sense of self.

Ross, Alex
The rest is noise

"The Rest Is Noise" takes the reader inside the labyrinth of modern sound. We follow the rise of mass culture and mass politics, of dramatic new technologies, of hot and cold wars, of experiments, revolutions, riots, and friendships forged and broken. The end result is not so much a history of twentieth-century music as a history of the twentieth century through its music.

Alexander, Lincoln M.
"Go to school, you're a little black boy"

Among the important stories that need to be told about noteworthy Canadians, Lincoln Alexander's sits at the top of the list. From facing down racism to challenging the postwar Ontario establishment, becoming Canada's first black member of Parliament, entertaining royalty as Ontario's lieutenant-governor, and serving as chancellor of one of Canada's leading universities, Alexander's is the ultimate, uplifting Canadian success story, the embodiment of what defines Canada.

Noah, Trevor
Born a crime

In his first book, comedian Trevor Noah tells his coming of age story with his larger-than-life mother during the last gasps of apartheid-era South Africa and the turbulent years that followed. He is a light-footed but cutting observer of the relentless absurdities of politics, nationalism and race--and in particular the craziness of his own young life, which he's lived at the intersections of culture and history.

Coates, Ta-Nehisi.
Between the world and me

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding America's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race," a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men--bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it?

Henry, Natasha L.
Emancipation Day

This new, well-researched book provides insight into the creation, development, and evolution of a distinct African-Canadian tradition through descriptive historical accounts and appealing images. The social, cultural, political, and educational practices of Emanipation Day festivities across Canada are explored, with emphasis on Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, and British Columbia.

MacDonald, Ann-Marie
Fall on your knees

The Piper family is steeped in secrets, lies, and unspoken truths. At the eye of the storm is one secret that threatens to shake their lives even to destroy them. Set on stormy Cape Breton Island off Nova Scotia, Fall on Your Knees is an internationally acclaimed multigenerational saga that chronicles the lives of four unforgettable sisters.

Grady, Wayne.
Emancipation day

Jack Lewis meets and falls in love with Vivian Fanshawe while stationed in Newfoundland during the Second World War. They marry against her family's wishes and eventually travel to Windsor where Vivian meets Jack's family, only to discover he has lied to her about many aspects of his past.