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20 Must-Read Books for Black History Month

  • NONFICTION

    WAKE UP AMERICA

    FEB. 13, 2024

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

WAKE UP AMERICA

edited by Keisha N. Blain

A dynamic chorus of voices leading the way in bolstering a true democracy. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    DEAR BLACK GIRLS

    FEB. 6, 2024

NONFICTION

DEAR BLACK GIRLS

by A'ja Wilson

A Black basketball superstar delivers an eloquent and insightful work. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    RADICAL REPARATIONS

    FEB. 6, 2024

HISTORY

RADICAL REPARATIONS

by Marcus Hunter

A moving collection of human stories underscores a hope for “radical reckoning.” Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    JOHN LEWIS

    JAN. 16, 2024

NONFICTION

JOHN LEWIS

by Raymond Arsenault

An exemplary biography of an exemplary person, essential to the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    HOW TO LIVE FREE IN A DANGEROUS WORLD

    FEB. 6, 2024

  • NONFICTION

    THE STOLEN WEALTH OF SLAVERY

    FEB. 6, 2024

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

THE STOLEN WEALTH OF SLAVERY

by David Montero

An expert history and defense of the reparations movement that will hopefully persuade detractors. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    HBCU MADE

    JAN. 30, 2024

NONFICTION

HBCU MADE

edited by Ayesha Rascoe

Warm testimony about critically important experiences. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    MEDGAR AND MYRLIE

    FEB. 6, 2024

NONFICTION

MEDGAR AND MYRLIE

by Joy-Ann Reid

A poignant tale reminds readers of Evers’ continuing significance. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    WHY DOES EVERYTHING HAVE TO BE ABOUT RACE?

    JAN. 23, 2024

  • NONFICTION

    THE GRIFT

    JAN. 30, 2024

NONFICTION

THE GRIFT

by Clay Cane

A full-bore assault on Black politicos who buy the GOP line and are thus tolerated, “but only if they know their place.” Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    OURS

    FEB. 20, 2024

FICTION

OURS

by Phillip B. Williams

A multilayered, enrapturing chronicle of freedom that interrogates the nature of freedom itself. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE AMERICAN DAUGHTERS

    FEB. 27, 2024

FICTION

THE AMERICAN DAUGHTERS

by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Black women as agents—literally—of their own liberation. Who wouldn’t be inspired? Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    COME AND GET IT

    JAN. 30, 2024

FICTION

COME AND GET IT

by Kiley Reid

Reid is a genius of mimicry and social observation. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    REDWOOD COURT

    FEB. 6, 2024

FICTION

REDWOOD COURT

by DéLana R.A. Dameron

Dameron argues that people are made of their stories in this poignant novel about a young Black girl looking for her roots. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    SMOKE KINGS

    FEB. 6, 2024

FICTION

SMOKE KINGS

by Jahmal Mayfield

A provocative, page-turning treatment of racism in America. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    GOOD WOMEN

    SEPT. 12, 2023

FICTION

GOOD WOMEN

by Halle Hill

A stunning slow burn brimming with observation, emotion, and incident. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE WORLD WASN'T READY FOR YOU

    SEPT. 19, 2023

FICTION

THE WORLD WASN'T READY FOR YOU

by Justin C. Key

Key acknowledges all kinds of terrifying possibilities for dreaming the future—and inhabiting the present. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE UNSETTLED

    SEPT. 26, 2023

FICTION

THE UNSETTLED

by Ayana Mathis

An affecting and carefully drawn story of a family on the brink. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    FAMILY MEAL

    OCT. 10, 2023

FICTION

FAMILY MEAL

by Bryan Washington

Washington brilliantly commits to his style and preoccupations in a novel about the often winding journey to family. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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