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.


 

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

Conjure Women: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525511489
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Published: Random House - April 7th, 2020

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A Little Bit of Karma Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781439183588
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Published: Gallery Books - September 29th, 2020

Little Family: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735211773
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 28th, 2020

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King of the Rising (Islands of Blood and Storm #2) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316454940
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Published: Orbit - December 1st, 2020

Black Sunday Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781948226561
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Published: Catapult - February 4th, 2020

A Fortune for Your Disaster Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781947793439
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Published: Tin House Books - September 3rd, 2019

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 Breakbeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic Cover Image
By Jamila Woods (Editor), Mahogany L. Browne (Editor), Idrissa Simmonds (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781608468577
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Published: Haymarket Books - April 17th, 2018

Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780822362951
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Published: Duke University Press - August 12th, 2016

The Black Woman: An Anthology Cover Image
By Toni Cade Bambara (Editor), Eleanor W. Traylor (Introduction by)
$21.99
ISBN: 9780743476973
Availability: Backordered
Published: Washington Square Press - March 29th, 2005

When Rap Spoke Straight to God Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781947793033
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Published: Tin House Books - September 18th, 2018

In Pursuit of Flavor: The Beloved Classic Cookbook from the Acclaimed Author of The Taste of Country Cooking Cover Image
By Edna Lewis, Mashama Bailey (Foreword by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780525655510
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Published: Knopf - March 26th, 2019

This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition: Writings by Radical Women of Color Cover Image
By Cherríe Moraga (Editor), Gloria Anzaldúa (Editor)
$34.95
ISBN: 9781438454382
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Published: State University of New York Press - March 1st, 2015

New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent Cover Image
$32.99
ISBN: 9780062912985
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Published: Amistad - May 7th, 2019

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

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

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

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780525619772
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 30th, 2018

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

Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology Cover Image
By Barbara Smith (Editor)
$34.95
ISBN: 9780813527536
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Published: Rutgers University Press - March 1st, 2000

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: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Cover Image
By Octavia E. Butler, Damian Duffy (Adapted by), John Jennings (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419731334
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - 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
$19.95
ISBN: 9781784705039
Availability: Backordered
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
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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