Antiracist Recommendations Wanted For My TBR!

It’s Week 3 of Nonfiction November and Rennie @ What’s Nonfiction is the host this week! There are three ways to join: Be the Expert, Ask the Expert, or Become the Expert. Let’s get started!

If 2020 is going to be remembered for anything, it’s going to be the year that racial injustice, systemic racism, and white fragility rocketed to the forefront of all our collective minds.

Here is a list of the nonfcition antiracist books I’ve read so far this year:

I would love any and all (fiction and nonfiction) recommendations for more antiracist books to add to my TBR!

Thank you so much!!

29 thoughts on “Antiracist Recommendations Wanted For My TBR!

  1. You have a very comprehensive list. Here are some that I have read and loved: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption; Begin Again and James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own. I’ve also heard good things about Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race; Between the World and Me; The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness; and
    One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy.

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      1. Of course – I didn’t put it together, it is from Stuff You Missed in History Class. They posted the whole thing on June 3rd and it is on their FB page. Let me know if you can’t find it and I will figure out how to get it to you!

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  2. I’m going to throw in two Australian ones – The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba-Clarke and Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss – because it’s important to see that this is not just an American issue.

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  3. Powerful theme. Thank you for the recs on the non-fiction side!

    As for my own suggestions — Do “To Sir with Love” by Braithwaite, “Americanah” by Adichie and “The Bluest Eye” by Morrison count? There’s also Butler’s scifi classic, “Kindred”. All fiction, but very well-written.

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  4. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. Anything by him, honestly. Stacey Abrams has two books out now on voter suppression that are phenomenal. I’m in the middle of reading Hood Feminism and love it. Glad that one’s on your list. Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Anti-racist is also good. Freedom Is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis, Where and When I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America by Paula Giddings and her biography on Ida B. Wells as well. Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism, The Fire this Time by Jesmyn Ward. Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts and her Killing the Black Body.

    Thanks for the list!

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  5. Your list is a really good start. Need to add a few of those to my list. Others that I’ve read this year include:
    Caste and The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
    The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
    Evicted by Matthew Desmond
    Motherhood So White by Nefertiti Austin
    Medical Bondage by Deirdre Cooper Owens

    I’m about to read The Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward which I think would also fit well on your list!

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  6. I’ve done a lot of reading about race this year too, thanks for sharing your list. Some recommendations: So You Want to Talk About Race, The Fire Next Time, and The Fire This Time. Just Mercy is such an important read.

    In fiction, I really enjoyed The Vanishing Half, Girl Woman Other, and Dreamland Burning (about the 1921 Tulsa massacre).

    I just started reading Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race.

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  7. I wrote about this topic too! We’re read many of the same books, but you have a few I haven’t read, and vice versa. “The New Jim Crow” was a very eye-opening book for me that I don’t see on your list. My daughter is currently reading “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man” by Emmanuel Acho and she says it is a MUST READ. Thankfully I’ll be able to borrow her copy next week. 😉

    My list of racial justice books is here:

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  8. I would recommend Caste, but I see on your Instagram that you’ve already read it and enjoyed it too! The other suggestions I have that aren’t already on your list are all ones that feel really obvious to me, like Just Mercy and Between the World and Me.

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