Books on Race for Understanding & Healing (all ages)

By Fair Isle Books

By Fair Isle Books

My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

Resmaa Menakem

$17.95 $16.51

A Non fiction book. The author is a black man who is a therapist in the Twin Cities. Recommended by Krista Tippet of On Being.

How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

$27.00 $24.84

Non fiction and a recipe for our current ills.

The Assignment

Liza Wiemer

$17.99 $16.55

A new book, written partially on the island by the author of the island set book “Hello?” This new work presents a real event in novel form exploring the ethics of requiring high school students to argue for the Nazi genocide of Jewish People.

Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents

Isabel Wilkerson

$32.00 $29.44

Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Pulitzer prize and National Humanities Medal winner Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations,

Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race

Debby Irving

$19.99 $18.39

Non fiction memoir and an early entrant in the field of white studies.

A Song Below Water

Bethany C. Morrow

$17.99 $16.55

New YA fantasy novel with black mermaids that looks at racism and sexism.

Black Brother, Black Brother

Jewell Parker Rhodes

$16.99 $15.63

Middle grade novel addressing racism on a fencing team at a private school.


Sharon M. Draper

$8.99 $8.27

This middle reader features a young piano prodigy with one white parent and one black parent which explores racial tensions when she and her brother are stopped by police.

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas

$18.99 $17.47

Young Adult Novel about a young black woman who attends a white high school but lives in a black neighborhood & witnesses a police shooting.

Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness

Anastasia Higginbotham

$18.95 $17.43

By the author of "Death is Stupid" and "Tell Me About Sex, Grandma" Higginbotham's picture book series is called "Ordinary Terrible Things" and this one deals with racism.

Dear Martin

Nic Stone

$9.99 $9.19

Powerful look at racism in this young adult novel which is based on true incidents of shootings of unarmed African American teenagers in our country.

All American Boys

Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds

$12.99 $11.95

A beautiful YA novel written by 2 male authors, 1 white and 1 black, who each voice one of the 2 main characters in this book involving police and race.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning

Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

$18.98 $17.46

Kendi's award-winning book reworked for teens and up with the help of powerhouse author Jason Reynolds

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

Layla Saad

$25.99 $23.91

A workbook that takes readers on a 28-day journey, complete with journal prompts, to do the necessary and vital work that can ultimately lead to improving race relations.

Small Great Things

Jodi Picoult

$17.00 $15.64

This Jodie Picoult novel does an admirable job of tackling racism and eliciting empathy for even the difficult characters.

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

Robin Diangelo

$16.00 $14.72

The non fiction book read by more white churches than any other one I know.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Bryan Stevenson

$17.00 $15.64

A black lawyer's picture of our justice system.

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Ibram X. Kendi

$19.98 $18.38

Won the National Book Award.

Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

$26.00 $23.92

A black author's letter to his son on race and his place in contemporary America.

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

Michelle Alexander

$18.99 $17.47

A classic book for those trying to understand why we still struggle with race issues in our country.