The Past, Present, and Future of Black Lives


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Black Lives Matter.

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

A Black Women's History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY #5) Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780807033555
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Published: Beacon Press - February 4th, 2020

The Yellow House: A Memoir (2019 National Book Award Winner) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802125088
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Published: Grove Press - August 13th, 2019

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

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Women, Race & Class Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780394713519
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Published: Vintage - February 12th, 1983

This brilliant volume captures Angela Davis' immense talent for revisionist historical analysis and counter-cultural social theory. The titular themes of identity form a powerful braid of justice, and as a result of their myriad connections this has become nothing short of the textbook for intersectionality.

— Derek


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Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781781683132
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Published: Verso - March 4th, 2014

Why do Americans tend to accept the premise that divisions between America's social strata are due to race? Why don't we more accurately attribute such divisions to racism? Here's why.

— Will


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Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393357622
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 14th, 2020

The characters in Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments are rarely written about.  For the most part stories about women of color born into poverty are lost or erased, they survive only as names in the ledgers of correctional facilities, or a point of evidence in some sociologist's dissection of a social problem. Hartman's book is an in-depth study of just these kinds of girls, women who were part of the great migration to the north after Emancipation, girls who ended up in riots, or a chorus line, instead of a home or a steady job. Because there's so little concrete evidence about these women, Hartman's book is part fiction, part history, filled with exquisite descriptions of heartbreak and lost virginities and long nights, of the smell of summer in Harlem and the screech of voices on the Atlantic City boardwalk. This is history told as fiction because it is, in part, the only way it can be recovered, and I promise you it will be one of the most astonishingly beautiful books you have ever read.

— Madeleine


killing rage: Ending Racism Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780805050271
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - October 15th, 1996

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781568585987
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Published: Bold Type Books - August 15th, 2017

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches Cover Image
By Audre Lorde, Cheryl Clarke (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580911863
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Published: Crossing Press - August 1st, 2007

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The Origin of Others (Charles Eliot Norton Lectures #56) Cover Image
By Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates (Foreword by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9780674976450
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Published: Harvard University Press - September 18th, 2017

An expressionistic examination, through the prism of Morrison's own prose, into the origins of the American sense of Other. On the befuddling 19th century romanticism of the slave, becoming (or unbecoming) the Stranger, the fetish of race, side configurations of "blackness", and a heartbreaking tale of slave infanticide.

— Doug


The Omni-Americans: Some Alternatives to the Folklore of White Supremacy Cover Image
By Albert Murray, Henry Louis Gates (Foreword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781598536522
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Published: Library of America - February 4th, 2020

So You Want to Talk About Race Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781580058827
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Published: Seal Press - September 24th, 2019

An African American and Latinx History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY #4) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807005934
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Published: Beacon Press - December 11th, 2018

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Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

Searing, brilliant, true: Poetry and essay conjoined at the heart. Threaded through with powerful art by Carrie Mae Weems, Wangechi Mutu, John Lucas, and others, Citizen becomes artifact and evidence as Rankineconfronts the trope of racial invisibility imbedded in our "shared" history, language, and culture. Whether channeling the broken voices of Hurricane Katrina survivors, or unpacking the ubiquitous, casual racism of white "peers," there's a pervasive sense of incredulity, always and forever choked by reality: "Did I hear what I think I heard? Did that just come out of my mouth, his mouth, your mouth?" Rankine realizes, "The world is wrong. You can't put the past behind you. It's buried in you; it's turned your flesh into its own cupboard." Despite being embalmed in an acid bath of racism, we fugitive citizens stumble on.

— Yvonne


Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679758693
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Published: Vintage - December 29th, 1998

As Black as Resistance: Finding the Conditions for Liberation Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781849353168
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Published: AK Press - June 5th, 2018

Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619028258
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 13th, 2016

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781517901738
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - December 5th, 2017

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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812984965
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Published: One World - August 18th, 2015

Reading this book—confronting Bryan Stevenson’s humility, generosity, kindness, diligence, and wisdom—is the closest I’ve come recently to glimpsing the cheek of god.

— Sarah


Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership (Justice) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781469653662
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - October 21st, 2019

From #blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781608465620
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Published: Haymarket Books - February 23rd, 2016

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Men We Reaped: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608197651
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 16th, 2014

Amazingly honest and raw like a James Balwdwin essay. I couldn't put it down nor be unaffected emotionally.

— Brook


The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501126352
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Published: Scribner - June 20th, 2017