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Thanks for visiting Tuma's Books, a Monthly Book Club and Online Bookstore with a unique selection of diverse books by authors who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Queer, Disabled, and/or members of other historically excluded groups.

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Tuma's Story

My name is Fatuma Hydara and I am an 8th grade English teacher by day and a reader-entrepreneur by night. I've always been book-obsessed. As a child, I hid under my covers with a flashlight reading late into the night. Growing up, books and stories were gateways into worlds and experiences that were so different from my own as the oldest daughter of West African, Muslim immigrants, living in The Bronx, NY. However, I never found stories that reflected my identity as Black, Muslim, First Generation, Gambian-American. Read the rest of my story here.

If books and reading is your life, if you value diversity and connecting with others, if you enjoy simple pleasures, and if you're young at heart, then this is your home. Thank you for joining me in my journey. Read the rest of my mission/vision here.

Why Tuma's Books?

1. Authentic diverse books by Black, Indigeneous, POC, and/or Queer writers handpicked for you by an avid reader and experienced educator.

2. Careful research to bring you powerful stories centering underrepresented identities, communities, and experiences.

3. Help promote literacy in communities with low literacy rates through pop-up shops.

4. Directly support small business, authors of color, and the local economy.

5. Support a Black, Muslim, Gambian, First-Generation American Woman-Owned Business.

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Tuma's Book Requests

Looking for a title I don't currently have listed? I'm happy to place a special order for you! Just fill out a form with the information I need to get started and I'll take care of the rest from there.

Tuma's Events

Looking to shop Tuma's Books in person? You can catch me at Pop-Up Shops in the Bronx, Harlem, and lower Westchester, where there is the highest need for book access as there are fewer or no bookstores.

Order online and pick up at Pop Up event by selecting PICK UP option during checkout. Browse in stock titles here.

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Recommendations: Diverse Romance with BIPOC Representation

Recommendations: Diverse Romance with BIPOC Representation

Last time, I shared some random musings about how often diverse romance pairs BIPOC women with white men. I'm back with recommendations! 

Check out these romance titles from Tuma's Books with diverse love interests.
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Diversity in Romance - Why are BIPOC women usually with White Men?

Diversity in Romance - Why are BIPOC women usually with White Men?

Why aren't the stories of BIPOC folx finding love with other BIPOC folx as popular? What message is this sending?
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Tuma Book Rant: Two Times Removed, edited by Tiara Jade Chutkhan (Review)

Tuma Book Rant: Two Times Removed, edited by Tiara Jade Chutkhan (Review)

Review of Two Times Removed: An Anthology of Indo-Caribbean Fiction, edited by Tiara Jade Chutkhan
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