Did You Know…

February is Black History Month?

It is!

And to celebrate here is a reading list with three parts: A selection of classic works by Hurston, Baldwin, Angelou and others, a selection of fiction titles by contemporary authors and a selection of biographies and memories by contemporary authors.

And in doing research for this posting I found so many great non-fiction books that to include them all in one posting would be inundating!

So I will do a second posting next week, titled Black History Month Non-Fiction Part 2: General Non-Fiction, to feature those books.

And onto the reading list!

A SELECTION OF CLASSIC WORKS:

(To learn more about a book, or to request it – click/tap on the book cover)

Along This Way: The Autobiography of James Weldon Johnson by James Weldon Johnson contained in the collection Writings (Non-Fiction):

 

Ar’n’t I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South, by Deborah Gray White (Non-Fiction):

 

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. by Martin Luther King Jr. (Non-Fiction):

 

The Autobiography of W. E. B. Du Bois by W. E. B. Du Bois (Non-Fiction):

 

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Fiction):

 

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (Non-Fiction):

 

Harriet A. Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself (Non-Fiction):

 

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Non-Fiction):

 

Jubilee by Margaret Walker (Fiction):

 

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (Fiction):

 

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Fiction):

FICTION:

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely:

 

American Street by Ibi Zoboi:

 

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson:

 

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay:

 

Even in Paradise by Elizabeth Nunez:

 

Finding Gideon by Eric Jerome Dickey:

 

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas:

 

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi:

 

The Illegal by Lawrence Hill:

 

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson:

 

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler:

 

Lust: A Seven Deadly Sins Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray:

 

The Sellout by Paul Beatty:

 

So Much Blue by Percival Everett:

 

Splay Anthem by Nathaniel Mackey:

 

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon:

 

NON-FICTION PART 1: BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS:

Blues All Around Me: The Autobiography of B. B. King:

 

Chester B. Himes: A Biography by Lawrence P. Jackson:

 

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight:

 

He Calls Me by Lightning: The Life of Caliph Washington and the Forgotten Saga of Jim Crow, Southern Justice, and the Death Penalty by Jonathan Bass:

 

March. Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and‎ Nate Powell:

 

March. Book 2 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and‎ Nate Powell:

 

March. Book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and‎ Nate Powell:

 

Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward:

 

My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King & Barbara Reynolds:

 

Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson:

 

Ordinary Light: A Memoir by Tracy K. Smith:

 

Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin by David Ritz:

 

This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare by Gabourey Sidibe:

 

When I Left Home: My Story by Buddy Guy:

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

References

9 Books to Read for Black History Month, According to Scholars written by Sarah Begley for Time Magazine (Feb. 15, 2018):

http://time.com/5157662/black-history-month-books-2018/

For Black History Month, PBS Books has put together a list of inspirational works honoring the African-American experience by PBS:

http://www.pbs.org/book-view-now/great-books-black-history-month-2018/

Never More Relevant: 50 Books for February, Black History Month, and Beyond by Molly McArdle (Dec. 22, 2016):

https://www.libraryjournal.com/?detailStory=never-more-relevant-50-books-for-february-black-history-month-and-beyond

‘Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin,’ by David Ritz by By Elsa Dixler (Book Review) (Dec. 5, 2014):

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/07/books/review/respect-the-life-of-aretha-franklin-by-david-ritz.html

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