August 23, 2014 12:00 AM

Noteworthy paperbacks

The Residue Years by Mitchell S. Jackson. (Bloomsbury) Told in chapters that alternate between mother and son, Jackson’s raw, autobiographical novel describes a black family in Portland, Oregon, struggling with the cycles of poverty and addiction. Grace, just out of rehab, is determined to get her kids back. Her eldest, Champ, is in college but deals crack, convinced it’s the only way to achieve his dream.

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