Special Collections

#ReadingBlackout

Description: To celebrate Black History Month, readers across the world are participating in the #ReadingBlackout and exclusively reading works by Black authors. Dive into this eclectic collection of fiction, non-fiction, Y.A., science fiction, and poetry.


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Amiable with Big Teeth

by Brent Hayes Edwards and Claude Mckay and Jean-Christophe Cloutier

A monumental literary event: the newly discovered final novel by seminal Harlem Renaissance writer Claude McKay, a rich and multilayered portrayal of life in 1930s Harlem and a historical protest for black freedom The unexpected discovery in 2009

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Fiction

Loving Day

by Mat Johnson

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK.

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Fiction

Stay with Me

by Ayobami Adebayo

A New York Times Notable Book The New York Times’ Critics’ Top Books of the Year Named a Best Book of the Year by San Francisco Chronicle, National Public Radio, The Economist, Buzzfeed, Paste Magazine, Southern Living, HelloGiggles, and Shelf

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Fiction

The Underground Railroad: A Novel

by Colson Whitehead

Amagnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia.

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Fiction

The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Fiction

The Sellout

by Paul Beatty

A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality―the black Chinese restaurant.

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Fiction

The Woman Next Door: A Novel

by Yewande Omotoso

Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction • A Finalist for the Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize •One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch • One of The Millions' and Refinery 29's Most Anticipated Books of the Year • One of the Best Black

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Fiction

What We Lose: A Novel

by Zinzi Clemmons

“The debut novel of the year.” —Vogue“Stunning. . . . Powerfully moving and beautifully wrought, What We Lose reflects on family, love, loss, race, womanhood, and the places we feel home.” —Buzzfeed“Remember this name: Zinzi Clemmons.

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Fiction

Homegoing: A novel

by Yaa Gyasi

"Homegoing is an inspiration." --Ta-Nehisi Coates A novel of breathtaking sweep and emotional power that traces three hundred years in Ghana and along the way also becomes a truly great American novel.

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Fiction

Brown Girl Dreaming

by Jacqueline Woodson

A New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson, the acclaimed author of Another Brooklyn, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Middle Grade Fiction

The Souls of Black Folk

by W. E. B. Du Bois

"The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line." Thus speaks W.E.B. Du Bois in The Souls Of Black Folk, one of the most prophetic and influential works in American literature.

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Non-Fiction

Negroland

by Margo Jefferson

At once incendiary and icy, mischievous and provocative, celebratory and elegiac--here is a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture through the prism of the author's rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite concerned

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Non-Fiction

Tears We Cannot Stop

by Michael Eric Dyson

NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | NAMED A BEST/MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2017 BY: The Washington Post • Bustle • Men's Journal • The Chicago Reader • StarTribune • Blavity “One of the most frank and searing discussions on race ...

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Non-Fiction

Rest in Power

by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

Trayvon Martin’s parents take readers beyond the news cycle with an account only they could give: the intimate story of a tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement.

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Non-Fiction

When They Call You a Terrorist

by Asha Bandele and Angela Davis and Patrisse Khan-Cullors

The instant New York Times BestsellerThe emotional and powerful story of one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter and how the movement was born.

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Non-Fiction

The Fire Next Time

by James Baldwin

A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement.

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Non-Fiction

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race

by Jesmyn Ward

National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin's 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping off point for this groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race from the most important voices of her

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Non-Fiction

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

In these “urgently relevant essays,”* the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me “reflects on race, Barack Obama’s presidency and its jarring aftermath”*—including the election of Donald Trump.

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Non-Fiction

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé

by Morgan Parker

Publishers Weekly's Ten Best Poetry Collections of Spring A Most Anticipated book at Buzzfeed, NYLON, and Bustle "This is a marvelous book. See for yourself. Morgan Parker is a fearlessly forward and forward-thinking literary star.

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Poetry

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou's five volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty.

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Poetry

, said the shotgun to the head.

by Saul Williams

The greatest AmericansHave not been born yetThey are waiting quietlyFor their past to dieplease give blood Here is the account of a man so ravished by a kiss that it distorts his highest and lowest frequencies of understanding into an Incongruent

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Poetry

bone

by Kiese Laymon and Yrsa Daley-Ward

“yrsa daley-ward’s bone is a symphony of breaking and mending. . . . she lays her hands on the pulse of the thing. . . . an expert storyteller. of the rarest. and purest kind.” —nayyirah waheed, author of salt.

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Poetry

The Obelisk Gate

by N. K. Jemisin

Winner of the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel "Magnificent" - NPR The acclaimed sequel to the bestselling The Fifth Season, winner of the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novel, and a New York Times Notable Book of 2015.

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Science Fiction

The Ballad of Black Tom

by Victor Lavalle

People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn't there.Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father's head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook.

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Science Fiction

Bloodchild and Other Stories

by Octavia E. Butler

A perfect introduction for new readers and a must-have for avid fans, this New York Times Notable Book includes "Bloodchild," winner of both the Hugo and the Nebula awards and "Speech Sounds," winner of the Hugo Award.

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Science Fiction


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