Black History Month Reads

A selection of books from Oprah Magazine's "Best Books by Black Authors" and Ibram X. Kendi's "10 Best Political Books of 2020 by Black Women"!

Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250257703
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - June 9th, 2020

From New York Times bestselling author of Lead From The Outside and political leader Stacey Abrams, a blueprint to end voter suppression, empower our citizens, and take back our country.


Queenie Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501196027
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - November 5th, 2019

ONE OF TIME’S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
ONE OF NPR’S BEST BOOKS OF 2019

NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2019 BY WOMAN’S DAY, NEWSDAY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, BUSTLE, AND BOOK RIOT!

“[B]rilliant, timely, funny, heartbreaking.” —Jojo Moyes, #1 New York Times bestsel


Between the World and Me Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: One World - July 14th, 2015

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • NAMED ONE OF TIME’S TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST • ONE OF OPRAH’S “BOOKS THAT HELP ME THROUGH” • NOW AN HBO ORIGINAL SPECIAL EVENT


We Should All Be Feminists Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9781101911761
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Published: Anchor - February 3rd, 2015

The highly acclaimed, provocative New York Times bestseller from the award-winning, bestselling author of Americanah


Reclaiming Her Time: The Power of Maxine Waters Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062992031
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 20th, 2020

Named a Best Political Book of the Year by The Atlantic


How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501132742
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 7th, 2020

From award-winning poet Saeed Jones, How We Fight for Our Lives—winner of the Kirkus Prize and the Stonewall Book Award—is a “moving, bracingly honest memoir” (The New York Times Book Review) written at the crossroads of sex, race, and power.

One of the best books of the year as selected by The New York Times; The Washington Post


Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735220188
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2020

One of TIME’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time

Winner of the L.A. Times Ray Bradbury Prize 

Finalist for the 2019 National Book Award

The New York Times Bestseller

Named a Best Book of 2019 by The Wall Street Journal, TIME, NPR, GQ, Vogue, and The Washington Post


Kindred Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780807083109
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Published: Beacon Press - February 1st, 2009

The visionary author’s masterpiece pulls us—along with her Black female hero—through time to face the horrors of slavery and explore the impacts of racism, sexism, and white supremacy then and now.


Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780525619772
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 30th, 2018

NOMINATED FOR AN NAACP IMAGE AWARD • An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature.


Say It Louder!: Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062976765
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Published: Amistad - July 6th, 2020

A breakout media and political analyst delivers a sweeping snapshot of American Democracy and the role that African Americans have played in its shaping while offering concrete information to help harness the electoral power of the country’s rising majority and exposing political forces aligned to subvert and suppress Black voters.


Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525560548
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Published: Viking - February 25th, 2020

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“One of the most important books of the current moment.”—Time

 
“A rousing call to action... It should be required reading for everyone.”—Gabrielle Union, author of We’re Going to Need More Wine
 


Salvage the Bones: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781608196265
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - April 24th, 2012

Winner of the National Book Award

Jesmyn Ward, two-time National Book Award winner and author of Sing, Unburied, Sing, delivers a gritty but tender novel about family and poverty in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina.


Freshwater Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802128997
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Published: Grove Press - December 18th, 2018

A National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree
Finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for a Debut Novel
Shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize


The End of White Politics: How to Heal Our Liberal Divide Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780306873614
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Published: Hachette Books - July 7th, 2020

***TIME, 100 Must-Read Books of 2020!***

"Witty and piercing."
--TIME


In the entire history of the United States of America,


we've never elected a woman as our president.


Such a Fun Age Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525541905
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 31st, 2019

A Best Book of the Year:


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Cover Image
By Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345514400
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 21st, 2009

Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.
 


How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.


Indigo Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781495368219
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - February 28th, 2014

*** Now with new material -- Hester and Galen's favorite Mud Pie Recipe ***


Gingerbread: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594634666
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020

"Exhilarating...A wildly imagined, head-spinning, deeply intelligent novel." - The New York Times Book Review


Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781580059510
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Published: Seal Press - December 1st, 2020

From the author of the New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race, a subversive history of white male American identity.

What happens to a country that tells generation after generation of white men that they deserve power? What happens when success is defined by status over women and people of color, instead of by actual accomplishments?


This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062954213
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Published: Dey Street Books - May 26th, 2020

Named a Best Political Book of the Year by The Atlantic

This Is What America Looks Like is the origin story of a leader who, finding no set path that would take a person like her to the places she wanted to go, was forced, and free, to chart her own.” –The New York Times Book Review


Patsy: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631497896
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Published: Liveright - May 26th, 2020

Best Books of 2019: Washington Post • O, The Oprah MagazineTime • NPR • People • Buzzfeed
A TODAY Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Selection
Winner • Lambda Literary Award [Lesbian Fiction]
A Washington Post Lily Lit Club Selection
Longlisted • PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
American Library Association • A Barbara Gittings L


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781620971932
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Published: New Press - January 7th, 2020

Named one of the most important nonfiction books of the 21st century by Entertainment Weekly' Slate' Chronicle of Higher Education' Literary Hub, Book Riot' and Zora


Everything Inside: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525563051
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Published: Vintage - July 7th, 2020

A REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD

One of the Best Books of the Year NPR, Time, Esquire, BuzzFeed, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


No, You Shut Up: Speaking Truth to Power and Reclaiming America Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062942685
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Published: Harper - May 19th, 2020

“Symone’s honest and profound reflection on standing up and speaking out is sure to inspire young people across the country to become the change agents the world needs.” — Congresswoman Maxine Waters

In this rousing call to leadership, the self-described millennial spokesperson for the culture, CNN’s designated "woke AF" forme


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Homegoing Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery.
 


Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Penguin Vitae) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780143134442
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 25th, 2020

Sister Outsider, a collection of essays and speeches by the pioneering feminist Audre Lorde, is one of my all-time-favorite books. It’s always great to have an intersectional tome on hand.” —Amanda Gorman
 


The Yellow House: A Memoir (2019 National Book Award Winner) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802149039
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Published: Grove Press - June 30th, 2020

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Winner of the 2019 National Book Award in Nonfiction

A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.


It's Not All Downhill From Here: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984823748
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 31st, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • After a sudden change of plans, a remarkable woman and her loyal group of friends try to figure out what she’s going to do with the rest of her life—from Terry McMillan, the bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale