Anti-Racism Booklist for White People

By Book Moon

By Book Moon

A list of books every white person should read now, especially, but throughout one's life as well. 

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Anniversary)

Michelle Alexander

$18.98 $17.46

Named one of the most important nonfiction books of the 21st century by Entertainment Weekly' Slate' Chronicle of Higher Eduction' Literary Hub, Book Riot' and Zora

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

Layla Saad

$25.99 $23.39

"Layla Saad moves her readers from their heads into their hearts, and ultimately, into their practice. We won't end white supremacy through an intellectual understanding alone; we must put that understanding into action." --Robin DiAngelo, author of New York Times bestseller White Fragility

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

Audre Lorde

$16.98 $15.62

"[Lorde's] works will be important to those truly interested in growing up sensitive, intelligent, and aware." --New York Times

So You Want to Talk about Race

Ijeoma Oluo

$16.98 $15.62

"Oluo has created a brilliant and thought-provoking work. Seamlessly connecting deeply moving personal stories with practical solutions, readers will leave with inspiration and tools to help create personal and societal transformations. A necessary read for any white person seriously committed to better understanding race in the United States." --Matt McGorry, actor

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work

Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durand

$14.99 $13.79

"In the author's note, Jewell begins with explanations about word choice, including the use of the terms "folx," because it is gender-neutral, and "global majority," noting that marginalized communities of color are actually the majority in the world. She also chooses to capitalize Black, Brown, and Indigenous as a way of centering these communities' voices. Organized in four sections--identity, history, taking action, and working in solidarity--each chapter builds on the lessons of the previous section. Underlined words are defined in the glossary, but Jewell unpacks concepts around race in an accessible way, bringing attention to common misunderstandings. Activities are included at the end of each chapter; they are effective, prompting both self-reflection and action steps from readers...."--Kirkus review

This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition: Writings by Radical Women of Color

$34.95

"This Bridge Called My Back ... dispels all doubt about the power of a single text to radically transform the terrain of our theory and practice. Twenty years after its publication, we can now see how it helped to untether the production of knowledge from its disciplinary anchors--and not only in the field of women's studies. This Bridge has allowed us to define the promise of research on race, gender, class and sexuality as profoundly linked to collaboration and coalition-building. And perhaps most important, it has offered us strategies for transformative political practice that are as valid today as they were two decades ago." -- Angela Davis

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism

Robin Diangelo

$16.00 $14.72

"White Fragility is a book everyone should be exposed to. With any luck, most who are will be inspired to search themselves and interrupt their contributions to racism." --Shelf Awareness

Heavy: An American Memoir

Kiese Laymon

$16.00

"Heavy is a gorgeous, gutting book that's fueled by candor yet freighted with ambivalence. It's full of devotion and betrayal, euphoria and anguish, tender embraces and rough abuse...the liberation on offer doesn't feel light and unburdened; it feels heavy like the title, and heavy like the truth...Salvation would feel too weightless--as if [Laymon] could forget who he is and where he has been. This generous, searching book explores all the forces that can stop even the most buoyant hopes from ever leaving the ground." --New York Times

Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

$26.00 $23.40

Hailed by Toni Morrison as "required reading," a bold and personal literary exploration of America's racial history by "the most important essayist in a generation and a writer who changed the national political conversation about race" (Rolling Stone)

The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison

$14.95 $13.75

Winner of the Nobel Prize: "So precise, so faithful to speech and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry." --The New York Times

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston

$17.98 $16.54

A classic of the Harlem renaissance and the greatest work by one of the greatest female African American authors or authors of any race/gender. A must-read for any list.

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education

Mychal Denzel Smith

$15.99 $14.71

"It has become routine to witness black boys meeting violent ends. Captured on police dashcams or bystander smart phones, we watch black boys die as videos replay hourly on cable news and are clicked feverishly on YouTube. It is still rare to watch black boys grow--to hear them laugh or cry, to declare their passions and to reason carefully. This is part of why Smith's book is so affirming, necessary, even delightful despite its brutality and angst. Mychal Denzel Smith answers the pressing but unasked question, what would happen if all those black boys felled by bullets had a chance to make mistakes, read books, fall in love, hone skills, take new paths, and grow up? The story is fully and unflinchingly Mychal's and because Mychal is so distinctively self-aware, so intellectually invested, and emotionally raw, it cannot simply stand in as a generic tale for all the lost black boys--except that they too would have had stories entirely their own to tell if only they had had a chance to write them. We owe it to them and more importantly to ourselves to read Mychal's book and render visible what we would rather forget."--Melissa Harris-Perry

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

Douglas A. Blackmon

$18.95 $17.43

"Shocking. . . . Eviscerates one of our schoolchildren's most basic assumptions: that slavery in America ended with the Civil War." --The New York Times

Kindred

Octavia E. Butler

$16.00 $14.72

"One of the most original, thought-provoking works examining race and identity."--Lynell George, Los Angeles Times

Many moons ago, Amanda first worked as a bookseller at Buffalo Street Books Co-Op in Ithaca, NY. She’s thrilled to be back among the books, especially here in Easthampton where she’s lived for two years. Amanda holds a B.M. in Music Composition and a minor in English Lit. from Ithaca College. She enjoys all kinds of books but is especially partial to anything involving science fiction, speculative fiction, feminist/LGBTQ themes, and writers of color. She’s a nerd’s nerd and loves being a part of this amazing community of book lovers. Come talk to her about her strange taste in music (jazz fusion, anyone?), books, artsy films, and the Fermi Paradox.