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Books for Adults - Nonfiction
Books for Adults - Nonfiction
The New Jim Crow Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Between the World and Me by
Publication Date: 2015-07-14
For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him--most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear. What were they afraid of? ... Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings--moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police.
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo
How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
How to Be an Antiracist by
Publication Date: 2019-08-13
The author takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas--from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities--that will help readers see different forms of racism, understand their consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” by Ibram X. Kendi
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by
Publication Date: 2017-08-15
A comprehensive history of anti-black racism focuses on the lives of five major players in American history, including Cotton Mather and Thomas Jefferson, and highlights the debates that took place between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists.
So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
So You Want to Talk about Race by
Call Number: 305.8 Olu
Publication Date: 2019-09-24
The author offers direct advice on how to have a conversation about race, with analysis of topics that may lead to contentious conversations, such as cultural appropriation, affirmative action, police brutality, the N-word, microaggressions, and the model minority myth. Background informations provided on each topic and talking points to allow for having more constructive conversations. The author encourages readers to overcome the idea of debating someone else without the ability to listen to other perspectives. Most relevant is a sobering and enlightening chapter on checking and recognizing one's privilege.
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, by Layla F. Saad
Me and White Supremacy by
Publication Date: 2020-01-28
Based on the viral Instagram challenge that captivated participants worldwide, Me and White Supremacy takes readers on a 28-day journey of how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly
Hidden Figures by
Publication Date: 2017-09-05
Before John Glenn orbited Earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as 'human computers' used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by
Publication Date: 2015-08-18
The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.
Reading for Change: Booklist-Recommended Antiracism Titles for All Ages
The events of the past several days are fresh, but these books—and these systemic problems: white supremacy, police brutality, centuries of violence against Black people, carried out time and again by white people—have been here. And we’d be naïve to believe that by reading books alone we might somehow upend that reality. We cannot rely on the books to do the work for us, but in the hopes they might serve as catalysts for the self-reflection and group discussion that often preface effective antiracist action, we have developed a list of our own. For those committed to this journey—the reading and the subsequent action—below is a start.
- Booklist Reader, June 5, 2020
11 Books on Racial Justice to Read Right Now
A list of 11 books that every white or non-Black person who wants to learn how to be a better ally should read. Presented by Nylon
13 Great Books About the Black Experience in America
A list of memoirs and essay collections that can help readers broaden their understanding of the black perspective, followed by links to four dozen other writers — a starter syllabus of the black experience to help everyone become better listeners. Author: Lorraine Berry, for the Los Angeles Times.
An Anti-Racist Reading List
Recommendations for recent nonfiction books—with quotes from Publishers Weekly reviews—about white supremacy and institutional racism, police brutality, mass incarceration, and anti-racist political activism. Presented by The Millions, an online magazine offering coverage on books, arts, and culture.
Antiracism: A Starter Booklist
The 11 titles on this list, a mix of history, social science, and memoir, offer facts and reflections on systemic racial injustice as well as ways to channel feeling into action. May 31, 2020, Library Journal.
An Antiracist Reading List
A list of sixteen books compiled by Ibram X. Kendi to help America transcend its racist heritage. The article appeared in print on June 2, 2019, in The New York Times Sunday Book Review.
Books About Racism White People Should Read
A list of eight books that can help white people understand how they can become better allies, educate them on our nation's real history, and expose them to new ideas and understandings about both systemic and interpersonal racism. By Lindsay Miller, for Popsugar.
Do the Work: An Anti-Racist Reading List
What will happen after this news cycle is over and social media posts about diversity die down? Layla F Saad chooses books to fortify a long-term struggle. Presented by The Guardian.
A Fiction Antiracist Reading List
The books in this list employ a variety of forms to unequivocally confront the injustices of slavery, Jim Crow segregation, racial bias in the workplace, wrongful conviction and imprisonment, police brutality, and the anger felt by people living under racist oppression, from literary novels and short story collections to mysteries, speculative fiction, and satire. Created by Publishers Weekly staff.
How to Be an Antiracist: Audiobook Picks
Self-educate with these audiobooks about racism, antiracism, white fragility, and more. Presented by Libro.fm Audiobooks.
Looking for books about racism? Experts suggest these must-read titles for adults and kids
Book suggestions on anti-racism that includes: nonfiction books for adults," impactful books" by black authors, books to help explain race to children, and books for teens. Authors: Anika Reed and Hannah Yasharoff for USA Today.
Must-read Books to Learn More About Black History, Race, and Social Justice
Check out more than 20 must-read books to learn more about Black history, racism and social justice. A shortlist of titles — nonfiction and fiction — for those wanting to learn more about how we got to where we are, and how we can do better. Compiled by Moira Macdonald and Naomi Ishisaka for The Seattle Times.
A Nonfiction Antiracist Reading List
Recommendations by Publishers Weekly editors for recent nonfiction books about some of the many issues at play in racism, whether that's police brutality, institutional racism, activism, or what it's like to be black in America today.
Reading Recommendations From Black Cultural Figures
Book recommendations from black artists, leaders and writers who have been featured in recent years in the New York Times Style Magazine, including: Dev Hynes, Janet Mock, Trevor Noah, Kehinde Wiley, and Marlon James.
What Is an Anti-Racist Reading List For?
An essay by Lauren Michele Jackson writing for Vulture. She asserts, “Were one to actually read many of these books, one might reach the conclusion that there is no anti-racist stasis within reach of a lifetime.” A version of this article appears in the June 8, 2020, issue of New York Magazine.