By Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Balm is the latest from Dolen Perkins-Valdez, the New York Time’s best-selling author of Wench. Lose yourself in this tale of the post-Civil War travails of Sadie, Hemp and other former slaves who head North looking for new lives. Balm is part mystery, part magic, part historical saga. It’s captivating from the moment you turn the first page.

Publisher: Amistad Press

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About Fierce Fridays — Tips for Weekend Well-Being

We each cherish those precious days off at the end of the week, but increasingly those of us who are charter members of the sisterhood of the stressed and overworked are losing our Saturday and Sunday leisure time to weekend work and domestic duties.

To make sure that you do something every weekend that’s just for you, we’ll be sharing a little advice to make those 48 hours a great time to recharge your batteries, bring a little good news into your life, or discover a quick and easy way to improve your health.