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May 31, 2020


Books You Should Read About Black Lives

by N@ncy

  1. Something has to change in USA.
  2. Racism isn’t worse…it is just getting filmed!
  3. I can only start to understand what has to change
  4. …by reading.
  5. Never stop learning because life never stops teaching.
  6. Books about Black Lives.
  7. Here is the list
  8. ….if you are interested, good suggestions for a book club?
  9. If you’re reeling from the news and want to do something,
  10. deepening your understanding of racism and the black experience
  11. in America is one way to start.
  12. Check out the books below, which range from established classics
  13. to newer works and include memoirs, practical guides
  14. to talking about race, in-depth reporting on police brutality,
  15. and groundbreaking works of inter sectional feminist theor
  16. UPDATE: 11.06.2020.     America is reading again…TOP  10 bestsellers

UPDATE: 26.09.2020  

  1. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson – Review
  2. Just Us – C. Rankine – Review
  3. The Fire This Time – editor Jesmyn Ward
  4. The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander – Review
  5. Between the World and MeTa-Nehisi Coates – Review
  6. The Hate RaceMaxine Beneba Clark  Review
  7. The Fire Next TimeJames Baldwin  Review
  8. Brit(ish) – Afua Hirsh – Review
  9. Tears We Cannot Stop – M. Dyson – Review
  10. Blood in the WaterHeather Thompson (Pulitzer Prize 2017) – Review
  11. Stamped From the Beginning I.X. Kendi (National Book Award 2016) – Review
  12. GhettosideJill Levoy – Review
  13. The New TestamentJericho Brown (excellent poems!!) – Review
  14. Democracy In Black – E.S. Glaude jr. – Review
  15. My Vanishing Country – B. Sellers (2020) – Review
  16. How to Be an Anti-Racist Ibram X. Kendi – Review
  17. Brown is The New White – Steve Phillips – Review
  18. My Vanishing Country – B. Sellers (2020) – Review
  19. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom – D. Blight Review
  20. Thick – Tessie Cottom – Review
  21. HeavyKiese Laymon – Review
  22. We Live for the We – D. McClain – Review


  1. Are Prisons Obsolete?Angela Y. Davis
  2. The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison – R. Ellison
  3. Citizen: An American Lyric Claudia Rankine
  4. Black Feminist ThoughtPatricia Hill Collins
  5. Sister Outsider: Essays and SpeechesAudre Lorde
  6. Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism – Bell Hooks
  7. They Can’t Kill Us AllWesley Lowery
  8. So You Want to Talk About Race –  Ijeoma Oluo
  9. Their Eyes Are Watching – Zora N. Hurston
  10. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About RaceReni Eddo-Lodge
  11. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Robin DiAngelo
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11 Comments Post a comment
  1. May 31 2020

    This is an incredible list. Thank you for sharing.


    • May 31 2020

      I would add:

      Blood in The Water – Heather Thompson
      Stamped From the Beginning – I.X. Kendi
      Jill Leovy’s book “Ghettoside” is her penetrating look at the Los Angeles Police Department the title is taken from the nickname a Watts gang member gave to his neighborhood.

      I am determined to learn more….to make sure I understand what is happening in USA now.
      Thanks…..for you comment.

      Liked by 1 person

      • May 31 2020

        Ghettoside was an incredible book. Heavy has been on my list for a long time and Blood in the Water too. I want to understand it better too to try and help instead of being another part of the problem here. Thanks again for sharing these!

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  2. May 31 2020

    Blood in the Water…..was just incredible. Methodically researched and brilliantly written! 🙂


  3. May 31 2020

    The everyday trauma of black lives in the US is devastating and so deep.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jun 1 2020

      Thanks for your comment, Claire.
      Yes…so deep and on Sunday program “Meet The Press” (US news show) the chairman of Trump’s National Security advisor (Robert O’Brien) had the nerve to say there was NO systemic racism in US. No wonder there are protests in front of The White House and Trump escapes to his bunker in the builiding! This is history in the making….I have to pinch myself to imagine that in November election…USA will finally be rid of Trump and his cohorts..and CHANGE will finally come! Thanks for the excellent review of “Aue” (New Zealand’s annual book prize). Glad you read it first before others in Australia, bravo! I will put the book on my TBR.

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      • So understand, the deep and systemic oppression of people of colour, the trauma that carries through the generations, the fear that can never be unshackled, even for those who attain the heights of education and financial success. Change must and will come, but this type of leadership fears that others might do/lead to them what they have done and that they can’t live with. Imagine. So they use uniformed violence.

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  4. Jun 5 2020

    Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
    White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo (these are the 2 books most requested at work this week plus James Baldwin).

    The Australian perspective – The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clark, On Identity and Talking to My Country by Stan Grant

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    • Jun 5 2020

      Thanks so much for the feedback….please let me know other books that people are requesting about this subject I’ve read The Hate Race (very good)…I have Stan Grant’s book on my Kindle.
      Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time is very short…but oh, so powerful. The other books I will investigate tomorrow on Amazon. I read Roxane Gay’s article “No One Is coming To Save Us (op-ed New York Times, see my twitter for the link) is SOOooo good. Don’t miss it! 🙂

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