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Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man By Emmanuel Acho Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250800466
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - November 10th, 2020

I Don't Want to Die Poor: Essays By Michael Arceneaux Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982129309
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Published: Atria Books - April 7th, 2020

Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America By Nefertiti Austin Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781492679011
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Published: Sourcebooks - September 20th, 2019

The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap By Mehrsa Baradaran Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780674237476
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Published: Belknap Press - March 11th, 2019

The Vanishing Half: A Novel By Brit Bennett Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

The Water Dancer: A Novel By Ta-Nehisi Coates Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399590610
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Published: One World - November 17th, 2020

Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family By Garrard Conley Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735213463
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 7th, 2017

The Likely World By Melanie Conroy-Goldman Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781597098083
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Published: Red Hen Press - August 4th, 2020

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower By Brittney Cooper Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250112880
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Published: Picador - March 5th, 2019

White Women, Rape, and the Power of Race in Virginia, 1900-1960 By Lisa Lindquist Dorr Cover Image
$42.50
ISBN: 9780807855140
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - March 22nd, 2004

Dear White Women, It's Not You. It's Me. I'm Breaking Up With You!: Commentaries on Race, White Feminism, Allyship and Intersectionality By Hannah L. Drake Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780997299229
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Published: Drake Publishing - October 14th, 2019

Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching By Crystal N. Feimster Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780674061859
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Published: Harvard University Press - September 30th, 2011

I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir By Malaka Gharib Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525575115
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Published: Clarkson Potter - April 30th, 2019

What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Fat By Aubrey Gordon Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780807041307
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Published: Beacon Press - November 17th, 2020

All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto By George M. Johnson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374312718
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 28th, 2020

The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person By Frederick Joseph Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536217018
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Published: Candlewick - December 1st, 2020

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

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America By Ibram X. Kendi Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781568585987
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Published: Bold Type Books - August 15th, 2017

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

Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy By Talia Lavin Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780306846434
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Published: Legacy Lit - October 13th, 2020

The Making of Asian America: A History By Erika Lee Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781476739410
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 16th, 2016

On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope By DeRay Mckesson Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525560579
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Published: Penguin Books - September 3rd, 2019

Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business By Pamela Newkirk Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9781568588223
Published: Bold Type Books - October 22nd, 2019

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

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

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir By Patrisse Cullors, asha bandele Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250306906
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - January 14th, 2020

The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence By Laurence Ralph Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780226650098
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Published: University of Chicago Press - January 9th, 2020

The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence By Laurence Ralph Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780226650098
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Published: University of Chicago Press - January 9th, 2020

Finding Latinx: In Search of the Voices Redefining Latino Identity By Paola Ramos Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781984899095
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Published: Vintage - October 20th, 2020

Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty By Dorothy Roberts Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780679758693
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Published: Vintage - December 29th, 1998

The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class (Haymarket Series) By David R. Roediger, Kathleen Cleaver (Introduction by), Mike Davis (Series edited by), Michael Sprinker (Series edited by) Cover Image
By David R. Roediger, Kathleen Cleaver (Introduction by), Mike Davis (Series edited by), Michael Sprinker (Series edited by)
$24.95
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ISBN: 9781844671458
Published: Verso - July 17th, 2007

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

Southern Horrors and Other Writings: The Anti-Lynching Campaign of Ida B. Wells, 1892-1900 By Jacqueline Jones Royster Cover Image
$33.50
ISBN: 9781319049041
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Published: Bedford Books - May 6th, 2016

How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America By Clint Smith Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316492935
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 1st, 2021

Black Women, Black Love: America's War on African American Marriage By Dianne M. Stewart Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781580058186
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Published: Seal Press - October 6th, 2020

Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia By Sabrina Strings Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781479886753
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Published: New York University Press - May 7th, 2019

The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love By Sonya Renee Taylor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781626569768
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - February 13th, 2018

The Undocumented Americans By Karla Cornejo Villavicencio Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399592683
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Published: One World - March 24th, 2020

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

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration By Isabel Wilkerson Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780679763888
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit By Mary-Frances Winters Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781523091300
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - September 15th, 2020

Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters: The Struggle Over Segregated Recreation in America (Politics and Culture in Modern America) By Victoria W. Wolcott Cover Image
$26.50
ISBN: 9780812223286
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Published: University of Pennsylvania Press - October 6th, 2014

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays By Damon Young Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062684318
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Published: Ecco - January 14th, 2020