Black Lives Matter

Essential Reading

The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
Conjure Women: A Novel Cover Image
A Little Bit of Karma Cover Image
Little Family: A Novel Cover Image
King of the Rising (Islands of Blood and Storm #2) Cover Image
Black Sunday Cover Image
A Fortune for Your Disaster Cover Image
New World Sourdough: Artisan Techniques for Creative Homemade Fermented Breads; With Recipes for Birote, Bagels, Pan de Coco, Beignets, and More Cover Image
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Cover Image
The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic Cover Image
Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology Cover Image
The Black Woman: An Anthology Cover Image
When Rap Spoke Straight to God Cover Image
In Pursuit of Flavor: The Beloved Classic Cookbook from the Acclaimed Author of The Taste of Country Cooking Cover Image
This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition: Writings by Radical Women of Color Cover Image
New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent Cover Image
The Fire Next Time (Vintage International) Cover Image
Americanah Cover Image
Parenting for Liberation: A Guide for Raising Black Children Cover Image
Parable of the Sower Cover Image
Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves Cover Image
Between the World and Me Cover Image
Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology Cover Image
The Water Dancer: A Novel Cover Image
This Is What I Know About Art (Pocket Change Collective) Cover Image
Parable of the Sower:  A Graphic Novel Adaptation: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Cover Image
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race Cover Image
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Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) Cover Image
Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own Cover Image
Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond Cover Image
killing rage: Ending Racism Cover Image
The Ways of White Folks: Stories (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
Barracoon: The Story of the Last
How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir Cover Image
Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot Cover Image
Antiracist Baby Board Book Cover Image
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How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention Cover Image
Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland Cover Image
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Becoming Cover Image
So You Want to Talk About Race Cover Image
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Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America Cover Image
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Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition): A Story of Justice and Redemption Cover Image
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Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice Cover Image
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Cover Image
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race Cover Image
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library Cover Image
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration Cover Image
Brown: Poems Cover Image
The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing Cover Image
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song (LOA #333): A Library of America Anthology Cover Image
Assata: An Autobiography Cover Image
Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment Cover Image
The Meaning of Freedom (Open Media) Cover Image
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Abolition. Feminism. Now Cover Image
Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color Cover Image
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor Cover Image
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race Cover Image
Blacks Cover Image

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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 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 a Readings on Justice collection at Rochester’s Arnett Branch Library. To date, $125 has been raised. You are encouraged to donate and help grow the fund (select “Other” and write “Arnett Library” in the tribute field).