Black History Month Reading List

Free All Along: The Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Interviews

Author: Stephen Drury Smith

ISBN: 9781595588180

"This is an expression not of people who are suddenly freed of something, but people who have been free all along." -- Ralph Ellison, speaking with Robert Penn WarrenA stunning collection of previously unpublished interviews with key figures of the black freedom struggle by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author In 1964...

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Black Ink: Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing

Author: Stephanie Stokes Oliver (Editor)

ISBN: 9781501154287

Spanning over 250 years of history, Black Ink traces black literature in America from Frederick Douglass to Ta-Nehisi Coates in this masterful collection of twenty-five illustrious and moving essays on the power of the written word.Throughout American history black people are the only group of people to have been forbidden...

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Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir

Author: Daniel R. Day

ISBN: 9780525510512

"Dapper Dan is a legend, an icon, a beacon of inspiration to many in the Black community. His story isn't just about fashion. It's about tenacity, curiosity, artistry, hustle, love, and a singular determination to live our dreams out loud." - Ava Duvernay, director of Selma, 13th, and A Wrinkle...

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Flavors of Africa: Discover Authentic Family Recipes from All Over the Continent

Author: EVI AKI

ISBN: 9781624146749

Explore Africa's Spices, Tastes and Time-Honored Traditions In Flavors of Africa, Evi Aki shares the traditional Nigerian dishes she grew up enjoying, as well as typical eats from all across the continent. She introduces customary recipes from each of Africa's different regions, including meals from Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya...

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The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism


ISBN: 9780807026991

Following in the footsteps of Robeson, Ali, Robinson and others, today's Black athletes re-engage with social issues and the meaning of American patriotismNamed a best book of 2018 by Library JournalIt used to be that politics and sports were as separate from one another as church and state. The ballfield...

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Zora and Langston: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal

Author: Yuval Taylor

ISBN: 9780393243918

Hurston and Hughes, two giants of the Harlem Renaissance and American literature, were best friends -- until they weren't.Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) and Langston Hughes ("The Negro Speaks of Rivers," "Let America Be America Again") were collaborators, literary gadflies, and close companions. They traveled together in...

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The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

Author: Anissa Gray

ISBN: 9781984802439

The Mothers meets An American Marriage in this dazzling debut novel about mothers and daughters, identity and family, and how the relationships that sustain you can also be the ones that consume you.The Butler family has had their share of trials - as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest...

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Five-Carat Soul

Author: James McBride

ISBN: 9780735216693

One of The New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2017"A pinball machine zinging with sharp dialogue, breathtaking plot twists and naughty humor... McBride at his brave and joyous best." - New York Times Book ReviewExciting new fiction from James McBride, the first since his National Book Award-winning novel The...

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Girl Gone Viral

Author: Arvin Ahmadi

ISBN: 9780425289907

Perfect for fans of Warcross and Black Mirror, Girl Gone Viral is the inventive and timely story of a seventeen-year-old coder's catapult to stardom.For seventeen-year-old Opal Hopper, code is magic. She builds entire worlds from scratch: Mars craters, shimmering lakes, any virtual experience her heart desires. But she can't code...

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This Mournable Body: A Novel

Author: Tsitsi Dangarembga

ISBN: 9781555978129

A searing novel about the obstacles facing women in Zimbabwe, by one of the country's most notable authorsAnxious about her prospects after leaving a stagnant job, Tambudzai finds herself living in a run-down youth hostel in downtown Harare. For reasons that include her grim financial prospects and her age, she...

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The Turner House

Author: Angela Flournoy

ISBN: 9780544303164

A powerful timely debut The Turner House marks a major new contribution to the story of the American family The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street for over fifty years Their house has seen thirteen children grown and gone-and some returned it has seen the arrival of grandchildren the fall...

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The Wedding Party

Author: Jasmine Guillory

ISBN: 9781984802194

As seen on The Today Show! The new exhilarating New York Times bestselling romance from the author of The Proposal, a Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick! Maddie and Theo have two things in common: 1. Alexa is their best friend 2. They hate each other After an...

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