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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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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Allegedly

by Tiffany D. Jackson

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Young Adult 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

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

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America

by Morgan Jerkins

From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins’ highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the

Date Added: 02/08/2018


Category: n/a

Loving Day

by Mat Johnson

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK.

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Fiction

All American Boys

by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

In an unforgettable new novel from award-winning authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, two teens--one black, one white--grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Young Adult 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

How It Went Down

by Kekla Magoon

When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white.

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Young Adult Fiction

The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty.

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Fiction

Binti

by Nnedi Okorafor

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy.

Date Added: 02/05/2018


Category: Science Fiction

So You Want to Talk About Race

by Ijeoma Oluo

In this breakout book, Ijeoma Oluo explores the complex reality of today's racial landscape--from white privilege and police brutality to systemic discrimination and the Black Lives Matter movement--offering straightforward clarity that readers need

Date Added: 02/08/2018


Category: n/a

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


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