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Readers Embrace 'Ghetto Lit' Genre

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Readers Embrace 'Ghetto Lit' Genre

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Readers Embrace 'Ghetto Lit' Genre

Readers Embrace 'Ghetto Lit' Genre

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A genre of fiction known variously as "street lit," "ghetto lit," "urban lit" or "hip-hop lit" has begun registering impressive sales, catching the attention of the publishing industry. Previously sold as typewritten photocopies on street corners, these pulp-fiction books now appear in slick paperbacks available in bookstores and online. Karen Michel reports.