Black Lives Matter

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 in anti-racism education only.

Please check back for updates, as this booklist continually grows with new and forthcoming titles. If you have suggestions you'd like to add, you can 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.

5% of sales generated by Ampersand’s Essential Reading: Black Lives Matter is helping build the Readings on Justice collection at Rochester’s Arnett Branch Library. To date, over $200 has been raised. You are encouraged to donate and help grow the fund (select “Other” and write “Arnett Library” in the tribute field). 


 

A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984801197
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Published: Random House - March 30th, 2021

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

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Teaching Black: The Craft of Teaching on Black Life and Literature (Composition, Literacy, and Culture) Cover Image
By Ana-Maurine Lara (Editor), drea brown (Editor)
$55.00
ISBN: 9780822946953
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - November 2nd, 2021

Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101972410
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Published: Vintage - December 3rd, 2019

Of Color: Essays Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781944211868
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Published: McSweeney's - June 30th, 2020

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781524760854
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Published: Convergent Books - May 15th, 2018

You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience Cover Image
By Tarana Burke (Editor), Brené Brown (Editor)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593243626
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Published: Random House - April 27th, 2021

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

The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781642592672
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Published: Haymarket Books - January 5th, 2021

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

Unsung: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition Cover Image
By Schomburg Center (Editor), Michelle D. Commander (Editor), Michelle D. Commander (Introduction by), Kevin Young (Foreword by), Kevin Young (Series edited by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143136088
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 16th, 2021

From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781469654973
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - April 20th, 2020

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Angela Davis: An Autobiography Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781642595680
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Published: Haymarket Books - October 19th, 2021

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement Cover Image
By Angela Y. Davis, Frank Barat (Editor), Cornel West (Preface by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781608465644
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Published: Haymarket Books - February 9th, 2016

The Black Notebooks: An Interior Journey Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393319019
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 17th, 1999

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807047415
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Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Cover Image
By Frederick Douglass, Peter J. Gomes (Introduction by), Gregory Stephens (Afterword by)
$4.95
ISBN: 9780451529947
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Published: Signet - June 7th, 2005

Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry Cover Image
By Camille T. Dungy (Editor), Elizabeth Alexander (Contribution by), Alvin Aubert (Contribution by)
$22.91
ISBN: 9780820334318
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Published: University of Georgia Press - December 1st, 2009

Invisible Man (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679732761
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995

How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780807039847
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Published: Beacon Press - August 20th, 2019

Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry Cover Image
By Dr. Joanne V. Gabbin, Lauren K. Alleyne (Editor), Rita Dove (Foreword by), John Bracey (Contributions by), Iain Haley Pollock (Contributions by), Gregory Pardlo (Contributions by), A. Van Jordan (Contributions by), Glenis Redmond (Contributions by), Fred Joiner (Contributions by), Frank X. Walker (Contributions by), F. Douglas Brown (Contributions by), E. Ethelbert Miller (Contributions by), Erica Hunt (Contributions by), Duriel E. Harris (Contributions by), Douglas Manuel (Contributions by), Douglas Kearney (Contributions by), Dante Micheaux (Contributions by), Jericho Brown (Contributions by), Jacqueline Jones LaMon (Contributions by), Janice N. Harrington (Contributions by), Hayes Davis (Contributions by), Clemonce Heard (Contributions by), DaMaris B. Hill (Contributions by), Cynthia Manick (Contributions by), Curtis L. Crisler (Contributions by), Cortney Lamar Charleston (Contributions by), Cornelius Eady (Contributions by), CM Burroughs (Contributions by), John Murillo (Contributions by), Tara Betts (Contributions by), t'ai freedom ford (Contributions by), Shayla Lawson (Contributions by), Sherese Francis (Contributions by), Shauna M. Morgan (Contributions by), Samantha Thornhill (Contributions by), Safiya Sinclair (Contributions by), Safia Elhillo (Contributions by), Remica Bingham-Risher (Contributions by), Randall Horton (Contributions by), Raina J. León (Contributions by), Phillip B. Williams (Contributions by), Donika Kelly (Contributions by), Dominique Christina (Contributions by), Dexter L. Booth (Contributions by), Destiny O. Birdsong (Contributions by), Derrick Weston Brown (Contributions by), DéLana R. A. Dameron (Contributions by), David Mills (Contributions by), darlene anita scott (Contributions by), Metta Sáma (Contributions by), Sharan Strange (Contributions by), Candice Wiley (Contributions by), Bianca Lynne Spriggs (Contributions by), Ana-Maurine Lara (Contributions by), Amber Flora Thomas (Contributions by), Amaud Jamaul Johnson (Contributions by), Amanda Johnston (Contributions by), Ama Codjoe (Contributions by), Alan W. King (Contributions by), Abdul Ali (Contributions by), Kwame Dawes (Contributions by), Yalie Kamara (Contributions by), Xandria Phillips (Contributions by), Tyehimba Jess (Contributions by), Tracy K. Smith (Contributions by), Tony Medina (Contributions by), Toi Derricotte (Contributions by), Tiana Clark (Contributions by), Thylias Moss (Contributions by), Teri Ellen Cross Davis (Contributions by), Taylor Johnson (Contributions by), Cedric Tillman (Contributions by), Camille T. Dungy (Contributions by), Bettina Judd (Contributions by), avery r. young (Contributions by), Chanda Feldman (Contributions by), Joshua B. Bennett (Contributions by), JP Howard (Contributions by), Julian Randall (Contributions by), Justin Phillip Reed (Contributions by), Kamilah Aisha Moon (Contributions by), Keith S. Wilson (Contributions by), Kevin Simmonds (Contributions by), Khadijah Queen (Contributions by), Korey Williams (Contributions by), Krista Franklin (Contributions by), L. Lamar Wilson (Contributions by), Lauren Russell (Contributions by), Lillian-Yvonne Bertram (Contributions by), Lynne Procope (Contributions by), Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon (Contributions by), Major Jackson (Contributions by), Marcus Jackson (Contributions by), Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie (Contributions by), Matthew Shenoda (Contributions by), Mahtem Shiferraw (Contributions by), Mendi Lewis Obadike (Contributions by), Meta DuEwa Jones (Contributions by), Michael Collins (Contributions by), Nabila Lovelace (Contributions by), Nandi Comer (Contributions by), Natasha Marin (Contributions by), Natasha Oladokun (Contributions by), Nate Marshall (Contributions by), Nagueyalti Warren (Contributions by), Nicole Sealey (Contributions by), Nkosi Nkululeko (Contributions by), Opal Moore (Contributions by), Evie Shockley (Contributions by), Ladan Osman (Contributions by), Rickey Laurentiis (Contributions by), Jasmine Richards (Contributions by), Terrance Hayes (Contributions by), francine j. harris (Contributions by), Patricia Spears Jones (Contributions by), Patricia Smith (Contributions by), Ruth Ellen Kocher (Contributions by), Ross Gay (Contributions by), Arisa White (Contributions by), Saretta Morgan (Contributions by), Indigo Moor (Contributions by), Marcus Wicker (Contributions by), Danez Smith (Contributions by), Aricka Foreman (Contributions by), Mary Alice Daniel (Contributions by), Clint Smith (Contributions by), Darrel Alejandro Holnes (Contributions by), Reginald Dwayne Dwayne Betts (Contributions by), Mitchel L.H. Douglas (Contributions by), Charif Shanahan (Contributions by), Anastacia Renée (Contributions by), Alexis Pauline Gumbs (Contributions by), Valencia Robin (Contributions by)
$34.95
ISBN: 9780810141544
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Published: TriQuarterly - December 16th, 2019

The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509684
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Published: One World - October 20th, 2020

The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double-Consciousness Cover Image
$34.00
ISBN: 9780674076068
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Published: Harvard University Press - March 15th, 1995

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

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Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393651904
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 14th, 2021

White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781948226745
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Published: Catapult - October 6th, 2020

We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, Protest, and Possibility Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781642594539
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Published: Haymarket Books - November 10th, 2020

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

Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781642592702
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Published: Haymarket Books - December 8th, 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 from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781568585987
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Published: Bold Type Books - August 15th, 2017

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250171085
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 16th, 2018

March: Book One Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781603093002
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 13th, 2013

March: Book Two Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781603094009
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - January 20th, 2015

March: Book Three Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781603094023
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 2nd, 2016

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches Cover Image
By Audre Lorde, Cheryl Clarke (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580911863
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Published: Crossing Press - August 1st, 2007

The Autobiography of Malcolm X Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345350688
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 12th, 1987

Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul?: Essays Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781631496486
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Published: Liveright - March 30th, 2021

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525509561
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Published: One World - February 16th, 2021

My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781942094470
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Published: Central Recovery Press - September 19th, 2017

Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781541644977
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Published: Basic Books - May 12th, 2020

The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, with a New Preface Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780674238145
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Published: Harvard University Press - July 22nd, 2019

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

The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781631491665
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Published: Liveright - October 20th, 2020

Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land Cover Image
By Leah Penniman, Karen Washington (Foreword by)
$34.95
ISBN: 9781603587617
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - October 30th, 2018

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

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

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color Cover Image
By Andrea Ritchie, Angela Y. Davis (Foreword by)
$21.00
ISBN: 9780807088982
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Published: Beacon Press - August 1st, 2017

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

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor Cover Image
By Layla Saad, Robin Diangelo (Foreword by)
$25.99
ISBN: 9781728209807
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Published: Sourcebooks - January 1st, 2020

Assata: An Autobiography Cover Image
By Assata Shakur, Angela Davis (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781556520747
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Published: Lawrence Hill Books - November 1st, 1999

The New Black (Wesleyan Poetry) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780819572875
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - March 15th, 2012

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

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

Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781631495694
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Published: Liveright - February 11th, 2020

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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9780812984965
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Published: One World - August 18th, 2015

Heed the Hollow: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450093
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

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

From #Blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation (Expanded Second Edition) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781642594553
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Published: Haymarket Books - June 1st, 2021

Thrall: Poems Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780544586208
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Published: Mariner Books - September 22nd, 2015

Strike the Hammer Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781501756047
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Published: Cornell University Press - April 15th, 2021

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780767915472
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Published: Anchor - January 8th, 2008

The Underground Railroad: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345804327
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Published: Anchor - January 30th, 2018

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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

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

Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781523091300
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - September 15th, 2020

The Man Who Lived Underground: A Novel Cover Image
By Richard Wright, Malcolm Wright (Afterword by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9781598536768
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Published: Library of America - April 20th, 2021

African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song (LOA #333): A Library of America Anthology Cover Image
By Kevin Young (Editor)
$45.00
ISBN: 9781598536669
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Published: Library of America - October 20th, 2020