African American Must Reads

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By Jean Toomer, George B. Hutchinson (Introduction by), Zinzi Clemmons (Foreword by)
$12.75
ISBN: 9780143133674
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 8th, 2019

The Harlem Renaissance writer's innovative and groundbreaking novel depicting African American life in the South and North, with a foreword by National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree Zinzi Clemmons


Native Son (Perennial Classics) Cover Image
$14.44
ISBN: 9780060837563
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - August 2nd, 2005

“If one had to identify the single most influential shaping force in modern Black literary history, one would probably have to point to Wright and the publication of Native Son.” – Henry Louis Gates Jr.


Between the World and Me Cover Image
$22.10
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


Invisible Man (Vintage International) Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9780679732761
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995

Both a deeply compelling bestselling novel and an epic milestone of American literature.

Originally published in 1952 as the first novel by a then unknown author, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. 


The Autobiography of Malcolm X Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9780345350688
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 12th, 1987

ONE OF TIME’S TEN MOST IMPORTANT NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY


The Souls of Black Folk (Original Classic Edition) Cover Image
$16.96
ISBN: 9781722502904
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Published: G&D Media - November 12th, 2019

EITHER AMERICA WILL DESTROY IGNORANCE OR IGNORANCE WILL DESTROY THE UNITED STATES. -W.E.B. Du Bois

This classic groundbreaking work of American literature first published in 1903 is a cornerstone of African-American literary history and a seminal work in the field of sociology.


The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration Cover Image
$32.30
ISBN: 9780679444329
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Published: Random House - September 7th, 2010

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • NAMED ONE OF TIME’S TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE AND ONE OF BUZZFEEDS BEST BOOKS OF THE DECADE
 


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By Angie Thomas, Nikki Giovanni (Foreword by)
$16.14
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

8 starred reviews · Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best  ·  William C. Morris Award Winner · National Book Award Longlist · Printz Honor Book · Coretta Scott King Honor Book · #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds


Babel-17/Empire Star Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9780375706691
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Published: Vintage - January 8th, 2002

Author of the bestselling Dhalgren and winner of four Nebulas and one Hugo, Samuel R. Delany is one of the most acclaimed writers of speculative fiction.


Roots: The Saga of an American Family Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780306824852
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Published: Da Capo Press - May 3rd, 2016

Based off of the bestselling author's family history, this novel tells the story of Kunta Kinte, who is sold into slavery in the United States where he and his descendants live through major historic events.


Kindred Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9780807083697
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Published: Beacon Press - February 1st, 2004

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.


The Color Purple: A Novel Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9780143135692
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Published: Penguin Books - December 10th, 2019

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Alice Walker's iconic modern classic is now a Penguin Book.


Beloved: Special Edition Cover Image
$23.80
ISBN: 9780525659273
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Published: Knopf - October 22nd, 2019

The magnificent Pulitzer Prize–winning work that brought the wrenching experience of slavery into the literature of our time, enlarging our comprehension of America’s original sin. 


The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy (Cambridge Studies in Stratification Economics: Economics and) Cover Image
$18.69
ISBN: 9781108417549
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Published: Cambridge University Press - September 8th, 2017

Why do black families own less than white families? Why does school segregation persist decades after Brown v. Board of Education? Why is it harder for black adults to vote than for white adults? Will addressing economic inequality solve racial and gender inequality as well?


The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$14.41
ISBN: 9780307949707
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Published: Vintage - October 8th, 2013

“A remarkable page-turner of a novel.” —Chicago Tribune


Brown Girl Dreaming Cover Image
$9.34
ISBN: 9780147515827
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Published: Puffin Books - October 11th, 2016

Jacqueline Woodson's National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner is a powerful memoir that tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.

A President Obama "O" Book Club pick


All About Love: New Visions (Love Song to the Nation) Cover Image
$13.59
ISBN: 9780060959470
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 30th, 2018

The acclaimed first volume in feminist icon bell hooks' "Love Song to the Nation,”  All About Love is a revelation about what causes a polarized society and how to heal the divisions that cause suffering. Here is the truth about love, and inspiration to help us instill caring, compassion, and strength in our homes, schools, and workplaces.


Fire Shut Up in My Bones Cover Image
$13.59
ISBN: 9780544570115
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Published: Mariner Books - September 1st, 2015

New York Times Notable Book | Lambda Literary Award Winner | Long-listed for the PEN Open Book Award

“Charles Blow is the James Baldwin of our age.” — Washington Blade

“[An] exquisite memoir . . .


The Underground Railroad: A Novel Cover Image
$14.41
ISBN: 9780345804327
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Published: Anchor - January 30th, 2018

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this #1 New York Times bestseller chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Cover Image
$23.79
ISBN: 9781620975459
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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


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Cover Image
By Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$6.79
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.
 


Homegoing Cover Image
$14.41
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.
 


Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9781501126079
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Published: Scribner - May 8th, 2018

WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD and A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

A finalist for the Kirkus Prize, Andrew Carnegie Medal, Aspen Words Literary Prize, and a New York Times bestseller, this majestic, stirring, and widely praised novel from two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, the story of a family on a journey through rural Mississippi, i


An Unkindness of Ghosts Cover Image
$13.56
ISBN: 9781617755880
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Published: Akashic Books - October 3rd, 2017

A Best Book of 2017: NPR, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Bustle, Bookish, Barnes & Noble, Chicago Public Library, Book Scrolling.

CLMP Firecracker Award Winner

A Stonewall Book Award Honor Book

Finalist for the 2018 Locus Award, John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and the Lambda Literary Award.


Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062420718
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 12th, 2018

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist: a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.


Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
$27.20
ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST • “An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times