Beginner's Guide to Prison Abolition


 

The Prisoner's Wife Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780671021481
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Published: Scribner - August 1st, 2000

Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781620974353
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Published: New Press - February 12th, 2019

Chokehold: Policing Black Men Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781620974834
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Published: New Press - September 18th, 2018

Are Prisons Obsolete? (Open Media Series) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781583225813
Availability: Backordered
Published: Seven Stories Press - August 5th, 2003

Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture (Open Media Series) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781583226957
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Published: Seven Stories Press - October 4th, 2005

The Mars Room: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476756585
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Published: Scribner - May 7th, 2019

Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781620974797
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Published: New Press - March 5th, 2019

Big Black: Stand at Attica Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781684154791
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Published: Archaia - February 18th, 2020

Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, Second Edition Cover Image
By Eric A. Stanley (Editor), Nat Smith (Editor), Cece McDonald (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781849352345
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Published: AK Press - October 27th, 2015

The End of Policing Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781784782924
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Published: Verso - August 28th, 2018

Carceral Capitalism (Semiotext(e) / Intervention #21) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781635900026
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Published: Semiotext(e) - February 23rd, 2018

Solitary Cover Image
$17.94
ISBN: 9780802129086
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Published: Grove Press - March 5th, 2019

Ampersand Talks Books

via Facebook | July 7, 2020 | 7 pm

Join us for the first of our video discussions on books that engage with important issues in the national conversation. 


 

Ampersand Books Coordinator Clara O'Connor and renowned storyteller and educator Almeta Whitis discuss the craft and content of the polyphonic novel Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo, the first Black woman to win the Booker Prize for Fiction.

*Buy for 15% off*

**Featured on our Black Lives Matter reading list**


 

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Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9780802156983
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - November 5th, 2019

5 Books to Read as You Stand in Line to Cast Your Vote

 
 

1. One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy, by Carol Anderson 

A concise, well-researched book that dismantles the voter fraud myth and explicates the history of black voting rights and black voter suppression, 1865 - present. A must-read to understand why “just go vote” is not as simple as it seems. 

2. Punishment and Inclusion: Race, Membership, and the Limits of American Liberalism, by Andrew Dilts 

Examines how penal and electoral systems work in tandem to suppress the voice of Black Americans and uphold white supremacy in politics; deconstructs the vocabularies of punishment and governance.     

3. What’s the Big Deal About Elections, by Ruby Shamir, Illustrated by Matt Faulkner 

A kid-friendly and fun-fact driven tool for learning about the election process. Shamir and Faulkner balance lively illustrations with valuable history lessons. 

4. Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote, by Kirsten Gillibrand, Illustrated by Maira Kalman 

An uplifting picture book about the lives and work of suffragist leaders. Detailed biographies complement the illustrations.

5. The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States, by Alexander Keyssar

Traces the history of suffrage along gender, race, and ethnicity lines--an opportunity to contemplate the definition of American democracy. 


 

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy Cover Image
By Carol Anderson, Dick Durbin (Foreword by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635571394
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 17th, 2019

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What's the Big Deal About Elections Cover Image
By Ruby Shamir, Matt Faulkner (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780593116401
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Published: Philomel Books - August 25th, 2020

What's the Big Deal About Elections Cover Image
By Ruby Shamir, Matt Faulkner (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524738075
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Published: Philomel Books - August 28th, 2018

Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote Cover Image
By Kirsten Gillibrand, Maira Kalman (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780593302668
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Published: Dragonfly Books - June 2nd, 2020

The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465005024
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Published: Basic Books - June 30th, 2009

Essential Reading: Black Lives Matter

We’ve compiled a reading list that centers books by Black authors, catalysts, perhaps, for re-learning American history and developing vocabularies for conversations about race, including whiteness. Whether picked up curbside at your local public library, borrowed from a friend, or ordered from Ampersand Books, selected titles are intended as a starting point only. Please email Clara at ampersand@wab.org to add to our catalog of recommendations, as together we commit ourselves to the core truth that Black Lives Matter.

Americanah Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor - March 4th, 2014

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

The Fire Next Time (Vintage International) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780679744726
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

Parenting for Liberation: A Guide for Raising Black Children Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781936932849
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Published: Feminist Press - June 16th, 2020

Parable of the Sower Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538732182
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 30th, 2019

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

The Water Dancer: A Novel Cover Image
$23.80
ISBN: 9780399590597
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Published: One World - September 24th, 2019

This Is What I Know About Art (Pocket Change Collective) Cover Image
By Kimberly Drew, Ashley Lukashevsky (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593095188
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Published: Penguin Workshop - June 2nd, 2020

Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Cover Image
By Octavia E. Butler, Damian Duffy (Adapted by), John Jennings (Illustrator), Hopkinson Nalo (Introduction by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419731334
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Published: Abrams ComicArts - January 28th, 2020

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635572957
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 5th, 2019

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Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9780802156983
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - November 5th, 2019

Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525575320
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Published: Crown - June 30th, 2020

Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond Cover Image
By Marc Lamont Hill, Todd Brewster (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501124969
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Published: Atria Books - May 2nd, 2017

Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781784705039
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Published: Vintage - January 1st, 2019

killing rage: Ending Racism Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780805050271
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - October 15th, 1996

The Ways of White Folks: Stories (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780679728177
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 1990

Barracoon: The Story of the Last
By Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker (Foreword by), Deborah G. Plant (Introduction by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062748218
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Published: Amistad - January 7th, 2020

How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501132735
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 8th, 2019

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

Antiracist Baby Board Book Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593110416
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Published: Kokila - June 16th, 2020

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How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143120322
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Published: Penguin Books - December 28th, 2011

Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781541644984
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Basic Books - March 5th, 2019

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Becoming Cover Image
$27.63
ISBN: 9781524763138
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Published: Crown - November 13th, 2018

So You Want to Talk About Race Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580058827
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Published: Seal Press - September 24th, 2019

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Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America Cover Image
By Nikesh Shukla (Editor), Chimene Suleyman (Editor)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316524230
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 4th, 2020

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Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition): A Story of Justice and Redemption Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593133934
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Published: One World - December 3rd, 2019

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Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780525580065
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Published: Ember - September 10th, 2019

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781631494536
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Published: Liveright - May 1st, 2018

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780465060689
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Published: Basic Books - September 5th, 2017

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781536208979
Availability: Backordered
Published: Candlewick - August 6th, 2019

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780679763888
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

Brown: Poems Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781524711146
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Published: Knopf - March 3rd, 2020

The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781608194667
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - November 5th, 2013

What We're Reading: May 22, 2020

Welcome to Ampersand Books!

Browse curated book lists and special order any book in print for delivery to your doorstep. Book club and staff pick selections are always 15% off, and Writers & Books members receive a 10% discount. Please indicate your membership at checkout.

Honor Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage with NEW & FORTHCOMING #OwnVoices books

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, by Cathy Park Hong

“ ‘For as long as I could remember,’ Hong writes, ‘I have struggled to prove myself into existence.’ With Minor Feelings, she simultaneously grapples with associated anxieties about her potential disappearance in writing on behalf of the Asian American subject. ‘I began this book as a dare to myself,’ she explains, because ‘I still clung to a prejudice that writing about my racial identity was minor and non-urgent.’ ”--excerpted from The Nation. Read the full review. 

This is One Way to Dance: Essays, by Sejal Shah

Publisher’s Weekly calls this a “sterling collection,” saying, “Shah is insightfully self-reflective… [and] makes lyrical use of language, as when she ruminates on summer nights that have ‘a particular kind of warm, which is not too hot, not too humid, not anything but enough to make you glad that your skin is the only layer between you and the world.’ ” For the full review, click here.

Obit: Poems, by Victoria Chang

The New York Times writes, “In the book’s poetic cosmology, mortality is not a before and after state, but rather a constantly shifting enigma: ‘To / acknowledge death is to acknowledge / that we must take another shape.’ ” 

If you’re finding it difficult to sit still with a book during quarantine, you’re not alone. 

Fortunately, audiobooks abound. Here are some tales we’re listening to as we cook dinner, begin spring cleaning, and smell the lilacs (through our facemasks) at Highland Park:

You can buy your next Libro.fm audiobook from Ampersand! Use our libro.fm/ampersandbooks link or type a title, author, or ISBN in ampersandbooks.orgs Search Audiobooks field. When you place your order through Ampersand, you’re supporting the literary arts in Rochester.

Did you know that you can borrow audiobooks with a library card from Monroe County Library via the Libby App by Overdrive? Download the app or visit libbyapp.com.


 

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984820365
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Published: One World - February 25th, 2020

This Is One Way to Dance: Essays Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780820357232
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Published: University of Georgia Press - June 1st, 2020

Obit Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781556595745
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 7th, 2020

Exit West: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735212206
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 27th, 2018

Watership Down: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982117597
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scribner - December 18th, 2018

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Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
$14.44
ISBN: 9781455563920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

High School Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374169947
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Published: MCD - September 24th, 2019

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