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  • Los Angeles, please join us on Sunday, August 25th from 3-5 PM as we discuss My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. In this short novel, we'll follow sisters Korede and Ayoola, who have their routine down. Big sister constantly comes to the rescue of little sister and cleans up her messes, literally. Pick up a copy from your local library, your favorite neighborhood bookstore, or online and we hope to see you there! Happy reading!
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  • For the past week I'm sure a lot of us have been processing what a world without Toni Morrison looks and feels like, and I'm sure a lot of us are still trying to figure that out. But that process is so much easier when you can do it with a community of people who love her as much as you do. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us this past Sunday to reflect on what Toni Morrison means to us all. Thank you to @thefreeblackwomenslibrary_la for leading the charge and inviting #MyLitBox to join in the celebration of her life. Thank you to the @reparations.club for opening their doors and creating a space where we were allowed to feel. Thank you to @shondabuchanan and @bridgettebianca for sharing photos. And most of all, thank you to everyone who filled that room. I hope the memories and experiences shared in that room comfort you. ❤
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  • As excited as we are to hold space tomorrow evening for Toni Morrison here in Los Angeles,  we wanted to do the same here online. Use the comments below to share your favorite books, passages, quotes, and memories of Ms. Morrison. The celebration of her life and legacy continues!
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  • Los Angeles, please join @thefreeblackwomenslibrary_la & My Lit Box as we come together to celebrate the incomparable Toni Morrison, this Sunday, August 11th from 5-7 PM at @reparations.club. A screening of the BBC documentary "Toni Morrison Remembers" will begin at 5 PM and will be followed by a community-driven discussion of Morrison's life and legacy. We'd love to see you there! RSVP using the link in our bio ❤
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  • What can we say about Toni Morrison that hasn't already been said? She was a gifted writer who centered the experiences of Black women and men and she did so unapologetically and she passed that unapologetic spirit on to all of us. Whether we write or not she gave us permission to be seen, be heard, to tell our own stories in our own voices and for that reason alone we should all be grateful. Rest well, Ms. Morrison. ❤
  • ⬅️SWIPE➡️ And just like that it's August and we have three new books for you to choose from!
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*Original My Lit Box*
By now I’m sure a lot of us have realized that sometimes it’s better to stand out than to fit in, but what happens when that desire to fit in or belong is too strong to ignore? In next month’s adult fiction selection, we’ll see how someone grapples with this from their childhood into adulthood.
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*Black Women are Lit*
In this collection of short stories, the author allows us to witness the relationships between estranged lovers, fathers and daughters, heroes and those in need of saving and these stories will take us from the States to the Caribbean and back again.
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*YA is Lit*
In our YA selection, we meet a cast of characters with pasts they’d rather put behind them, but they all find that you can' always outrun your past, entirely.

If you’re curious about any if these titles,be the first to find out by subscribing today!
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  • Happy pub day, @kalishaonline! If the cover art doesn't stop you dead in your treks, the synopsis will. "On a cold December evening, Autumn Spencer’s twin sister, Summer, walks to the roof of their shared Harlem brownstone and is never seen again. The door to the roof is locked, and the snow holds only one set of footprints. Faced with authorities indifferent to another missing Black woman, Autumn must pursue the search for her sister all on her own." Is Speaking of Summer on your TBR list?
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  • #LiteraryLA join us Sunday, Juy 28th from 3-5 PM at @findyourhilltop for an afternoon of community and conversation as we discuss Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala. "Speak No Evil explores what it means to be different in a fundamentally conformist society and how that difference plays out in our inner and outer struggles. It is a novel about the power of words and self-identification, about who gets to speak and who has the power to speak for other people." If you have a book loving friend in the Los Angeles area, tag them below so they don't miss out. RSVP using the link in our bio and we'll see you there!
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  • Where is the time going? Here were are, six months down in the year, and we've had the pleasure of sharing these six books with you so far! Which have been your faves?
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  • ***GIVEAWAY CLOSED*** Happy Sunday!!! Let's host a giveaway, shall we? We have 5 copies of Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena (@bhathenatanaz) and one of them could be yours! To enter all you have to do is (1) Follow @mylitbox (2) like this post and (3) tag a book loving friend below. That's it! Winners must reside in the US and entries will be accepted through Wednesday (7/3) and the winners will be announced Thursday (7/4). Good luck!
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  • Our final June #MyLitBox is our Black Women are Lit! Box featuring Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Denn (@ndennisbenn). In this novel, we witness a mother grapple with tough decisions as she makes a choice between her first love and her daughter, leaving her daughter to grapple with some tough decisions of her own. We wanted the items in this month's box to serve as validation that everyone deserves the right to exist as their full selves and all that entails. .
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Homegoing and Family History

February 6, 2018
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I have a large family, but I can only trace it back so far. On my mother’s side, I can go back as far as my great-grandparents and on my father’s side, just to my grandparents. This has always bothered me. I was two months shy of my nineteenth birthday when my father died, and I felt like he took his half of the family tree with him. I had yet to mature into the kind of child who’d want to know more about from whom and from where they come.

Sometimes I catch episodes of Henry Louis Gate’s Finding Your Roots, and I wish for the type of fame that would award me a chance to be a guest on his show. To have him lay before me a photo album full of images of my ancestors and their stories of victories, triumphs, and accomplishments as well as their hardships and misfortunes. I would just be grateful for the pieces I’d be gifted to piece my personal history together. But even if I had all of this information I would inevitably reach a dead end. I would only be able to trace my lineage so far, and that is a tragic reality to accept.

In 2016, Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel, Homegoing, was published and quickly became one of my favorite books of that year. Homegoing is the telling of a family’s history from Ghana, through the Transatlantic Slave Trade, into Slavery, Jim Crow, to present day. In Homegoing you get to read about one family, starting with two half-sisters whose paths cross although they never formally meet. We go on to read the stories of their children and their children’s children. One half of the family in Ghana, the other in America. Both sides experience more than their fair shares of hardships, tragedies, and pain.

Despite the harrowing ordeals I bore witness to in the pages of this book, when I read the last page it still gave me a sense of completion I’ll never experience in my lifetime. As I read the stories of Esi and Ness, Kojo, and H I thought of what it would be like to know that these were my relatives. To know their names and their stories and know that because of them I came to be. Homegoing granted me that wholeness if only temporarily and reignited a desire in me to know more about those who came before.

Although I can’t stake claim to the characters in this book as family of my own, I know their experiences were shared by those I do belong to. My heart swells with pride and gratitude that they withstood all they did so that I can exist today and I don’t take it for granted. I am grateful for novels like Homegoing that serve as a reminder of the power, strength, and resilience that runs through my veins.

Sanura is the laugh out loud, solo traveling, book-loving, owner and founder of My Lit Box. When she’s not reading, you’ll find her planning her next adventure. You can follow Sanura’s latest reads and travel on Twitter & Instagram.

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