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The Ivy Bookshop's Antiracist Reading List

7.06.20

The Ivy Bookshop's Antiracist Reading List

Posted By: kylesolomon

Fiction

Contemporary Fiction

A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Potted Meat by Steven Dunn

The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Real Life by Brandon Taylor

Let the Dead Bury Their Dead by Randall Kenan

Like Trees, Walking by Ravi Howard

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines

Flight to Canada by Ishmael Reed 

Counternarratives by John Keene

We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Loving Day by Mat Johnson

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

As Lie is to Grin by Simeon Marsalis

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Classics

A Different Drummer by William Melvin Kelley

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen by Nella Larsen

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison


Nonfiction

The Fire This Time by Randall Kenan

How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon

Heavy by Kiese Laymon

When You Learn the Alphabet by Kendra Allen

Walking On Water by Randall Kenan

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib

Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now by Andre Perry

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval by Saidiya Hartman

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

The Red Record and Other Essays by Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Notes from No Man’s Land by Eula Biss

Black Girl Dangerous: On Race, Queerness, Class, and Gender by Mia McKenzie

The History of White People and/or Creating Black Americans by Nell Irvin Painter

Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination by Alondra Nelson

The Fire This Time edited by Jesmyn Ward

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? by Mumia Abu-Jamal

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Black is the Body by Emily Bernard

I Am Troy Davis by Jen Marlowe

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Dubois

Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Change Everything: Racial Capitalism and the Case for Abolition by Ruth Wilson Gilmore


Poetry

Citizen by Claudia Rankine

Heaven is All Goodbyes by Tongo Eisen-Martin

In the Language of My Captor by Shane McCrae

Zong! by M. NourbeSe Philip

The Tradition by Jericho Brown

Blessing the Boats by Lucille Clifton

River Hymns by Tyree Daye

Wicked Enchantment by Wanda Coleman

Against Which by Ross Gay

Magical Negro by Morgan Parker

Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing

Kissing God Goodbye by June Jordan

 

FREE RESOURCES OF INTEREST

Profile of Ruth Wilson Gilmore https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/17/magazine/prison-abolition-ruth-wilson-gilmore.html 

“Are Prisons Obsolete?” by Angela Y. Davis https://www.feministes-radicales.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Angela-Davis-Are_Prisons_Obsolete.pdf

Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Edited by Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar, and Alana Yu-lan Price https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/941-who-do-you-serve-who-do-you-protect

“The Black Panthers’ Overlooked Revolution” by Yohuru Williams and Bryan Shih https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/the-black-panthers-overlooked-revolution/ 

“White Debt” by Eula Biss https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/06/magazine/white-debt.html

“At Work” by Steven Dunn https://hairstreakbutterflyreview.com/fiction/issuetwo-stevendunn-2/

A Red Record by Ida B. Wells-Barnett https://www.gutenberg.org/files/14977/14977-h/14977-h.htm 

Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice: A List for Parents, Caregivers, & Educators https://docs.google.com/document/d/1s0lCA3FlulVhK6DFE2d3uYCipc6ApY8Gn2rMwm6fYqw/edit

Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination https://manifold.umn.edu/projects/body-and-soul


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