In our troubled times, we turn to books to try to understand and for guidance. There are several new important titles to explore, and many that are considered classics. We'll be adding to this list as we discover more. What books do you recommend?
(Please note: Due to demand, some are backordered at the publisher, but we have lots on order and will fill requests as they come in.)
It’s easy to say that racism is wrong. But it’s surprisingly hard to agree on what it is. Does a tired stereotype in your favorite movie make it racist? Does watching it anyway mean you’re racist?
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.
The #1 New York Times bestseller and a USAToday bestseller!A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in America
This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.
The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • NAMED ONE OF TIME’S TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST • ONE OF OPRAH’S “BOOKS THAT HELP ME THROUGH” • NOW AN HBO ORIGINAL SPECIAL EVENT
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.
In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX • A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Recommended by Oprah's Book Club, ESSENCE, We Need Diverse Books, ellentube, Brit + Co, PureWow, Teen Vogue, Time, New York, USA TODAY, and TODAY.com
Also available: This Book Is Anti-Racist Journal, a guided journal with more than 50 activities to support your anti-racism journey$18.99ISBN: 9781501878077Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Abingdon Press - February 5th, 2019
This New York Times best-selling book is a guide for families, educators, and communities to raise their children to be able and active anti-racist allies.$25.99ISBN: 9781728209807Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Sourcebooks - January 1st, 2020
The New York Times and USA Today bestseller This eye-opening book challenges you to do the essential work of unpacking your biases, and helps white people take action and dismantle the privilege within themselves so that you can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.$27.99ISBN: 9781250257703Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Henry Holt and Co. - June 9th, 2020
From New York Times bestselling author of Lead From The Outside and political leader Stacey Abrams, a blueprint to end voter suppression, empower our citizens, and take back our country.$18.99ISBN: 9781620971932Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: New Press - January 7th, 2020
Named one of the most important nonfiction books of the 21st century by Entertainment Weekly' Slate' Chronicle of Higher Education' Literary Hub, Book Riot' and Zora$16.99ISBN: 9781433828546Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Magination Press - March 1st, 2018
The companion book, Something Happened in Our Park: Standing Together After Gun Violence, is coming in 2021. Preorder now.A NEW YORK TIMES AND #1 INDIEBOUND BEST SELLER A Little Free Library Action Book Club Selection National Parenting Product Award Winner (NAPPA)$17.00ISBN: 9781632864130Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 5th, 2017
National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2016
A Chicago Review of Books Best Nonfiction Book of 2016$18.00ISBN: 9781635572957Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 5th, 2019
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"This is a book that was begging to be written. This is the kind of book that demands a future where we’ll no longer need such a book. Essential." --Marlon James
“The most important book for me this year.” --Emma Watson
Selected by Emma Watson as the Our Shared Shelf Book Club Pick for January/February 2018$26.99ISBN: 9780062375094Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Amistad - October 15th, 2019
Genocide—the intent to destroy in whole or in part, a group of people.
TIME's 42 Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019
Book Riot's 50 of the Best Books to Read This Fall$20.00ISBN: 9781555976903Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014
* Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry *
* Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism * Winner of the NAACP Image Award * Winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize * Winner of the PEN Open Book Award *
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:$28.00ISBN: 9781568589237Availability: Usually Available in 3-7 DaysPublished: Bold Type Books - June 30th, 2020
A provocative case for integration as the single most radical, discomfiting idea in America, yet the only enduring solution to the racism that threatens our democracy.$16.00ISBN: 9781501126352Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Scribner - June 20th, 2017
The New York Times bestseller, these groundbreaking essays and poems about race—collected by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward and written by the most important voices of her generation—are “thoughtful, searing, and at times, hopeful.$24.99ISBN: 9781250135995Availability: Usually Available in 3-7 DaysPublished: St. Martin's Press - January 17th, 2017
NOW A NEW YORK TIMES, PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY, INDIEBOUND, LOS ANGELES TIMES, WASHINGTON POST, CHRONICLE HERALD, SALISBURY POST, GUELPH MERCURY TRIBUNE, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER | NAMED A BEST/MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2017 BY: The Washington Post • Bustle • Men's Journal • The Chicago Re$24.95ISBN: 9780807029701Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Beacon Press - February 4th, 2020
A groundbreaking new vision for public safety that overturns more than 200 years of fear-based discrimination, othering, and punishment$17.95ISBN: 9781631494536Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Liveright - May 1st, 2018
New York Times Bestseller • Notable Book of the Year • Editors' Choice Selection
One of Bill Gates’ “Amazing Books” of the Year
One of Publishers Weekly’s 10 Best Books of the Year
Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction
An NPR Best Book of the Year
Winner of the Hillman Prize for Nonfiction
Gold Winner • California Book Award (Nonfi$20.00ISBN: 9780399589065Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: One World - March 24th, 2020
A “beautiful and eye-opening” (Jacqueline Woodson), “hilarious and heart-rending” (Celeste Ng) graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us, from the acclaimed author of The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing.$16.00ISBN: 9781101972410Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Vintage - December 3rd, 2019
“Blackness is an art, not a science. It is a paradox: intangible and visceral; a situation and a story. It is the thread that connects these essays, but its significance as an experience emerges randomly, unpredictably. . . . Race is the story of my life, and therefore black is the body of this book.”$17.99ISBN: 9780593118764Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 28th, 2020
"Incredible and searing." --Nic Stone, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin
The Hate U Give meets Just Mercy in this unflinching yet uplifting first novel that explores the racist injustices in the American justice system.$29.95ISBN: 9780691181776Availability: Usually Available in 3-7 DaysPublished: Princeton University Press - March 10th, 2020
How political protests and activism have a direct influence on voter and candidate behavior$18.95ISBN: 9781948340007Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Dottir Press - September 4th, 2018
An honest explanation about how power and privilege factor into the lives of white children, at the expense of other groups, and how they can help seek justice. --THE NEW YORK TIMES
**A WHITE RAVEN 2019 SELECTION**
NAMED ONE OF SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL'S BEST BOOKS OF 2018$16.99ISBN: 9780316440097Availability: Usually Available in 3-7 DaysPublished: Hachette Books - August 6th, 2019
During his 28-year career, Matthew Horace rose through the ranks from a police officer working the beat to a federal agent working criminal cases in some of the toughest communities in America to a highly decorated federal law enforcement executive managing high-profile investigations nationwide.$27.95ISBN: 9781786076229Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Oneworld Publications - August 13th, 2019
Racial differences are rooted in biological reality, right? That’s certainly what a small group of anthropologists, psychologists and pundits would have you believe. Portraying themselves as brave defenders of the inconvenient truth, this group took the revival of ‘race science’ from alt-right online message boards into mainstream academic journals.$28.00ISBN: 9781501160288Availability: Usually Available in 3-7 DaysPublished: Atria Books - November 12th, 2019
“These murder cases expose systemic problems...$14.95ISBN: 9780807039847Availability: Usually Available in 3-7 DaysPublished: Beacon Press - August 20th, 2019
A unique and irreverent take on everything that's wrong with our “national conversation about race”—and what to do about it$25.95ISBN: 9780393608861Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 15th, 2019
A meditation on race and identity from one of our most provocative cultural critics.$17.95ISBN: 9781619305557Availability: Usually Available in 3-7 DaysPublished: Nomad Press (VT) - April 16th, 2019
How could a country founded on the honorable ideals of freedom and equality have so willingly embraced the evils of enslavement and oppression?$19.99ISBN: 9780991331307Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Elephant Room Press - January 9th, 2014
For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction.$17.99ISBN: 9780399246524Availability: Usually Available in 3-7 DaysPublished: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 2nd, 2012
WINNER OF A CORETTA SCOTT KING HONOR AND THE JANE ADDAMS PEACE AWARD!
Each kindness makes the world a little better$19.99ISBN: 9780827200937Availability: Usually Available in 3-7 DaysPublished: Chalice Press - June 19th, 2020
Learn the language of diversity and raise kids who respect differences and honor similarities. The ABCs of Diversity equips parents, teachers, and community leaders to have intergenerational and intercultural conversations about the differences between us.$16.99ISBN: 9780062796257Availability: Usually Available in 3-7 DaysPublished: HarperCollins - September 25th, 2018
A perfect tool for young readers as they grow into the leaders of tomorrow, Veronica Chambers’s inspiring collection of profiles—along with Senator Cory Booker’s stirring foreword—will inspire readers of all ages to stand up for what’s right.
You may only be one person, but you have the power to change the world.$18.00ISBN: 9781608466122Availability: Usually Available in 3-7 DaysPublished: Haymarket Books - June 21st, 2016
What is the reality of policing in the United States? Do the police keep anyone safe and secure other than the very wealthy? How do recent police killings of young black people in the United States fit into the historical and global context of anti-blackness?$16.95ISBN: 9781642590364Availability: Usually Available in 3-7 DaysPublished: Haymarket Books - September 17th, 2019
"This book is a crucial tool for parents, educators, and anyone who cares about the well-being of children who, through no fault of their own, are forced to bear the consequences of our country's obsession with incarceration.$17.95ISBN: 9781608465620Availability: Usually Available in 3-7 DaysPublished: Haymarket Books - February 23rd, 2016
Winner of the 2016 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize for an Especially Notable Book
"Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's searching examination of the social, political and economic dimensions of the prevailing racial order offers important context for understanding the necessity of the emerging movement for black liberation."
--Michelle Alexander$12.95ISBN: 9781772781090Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Pajama Press - February 11th, 2020
There are many ways children can show kindness to others--human, animal, young, and old. With art from twelve celebrated children's book illustrators including Rebecca Bender, Suzanne Del Rizzo, and Wallace Edwards, this lavishly illustrated book will invite frequent re-reads to examine the joyful and inspiring illustrations.$25.00ISBN: 9781524760854Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Convergent Books - May 15th, 2018
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • REESE’S BOOK CLUB X HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK PICK • From a leading voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female that exposes how white America’s love affair with “diversity” so often falls short of its ideals.
$16.99ISBN: 9781250306906Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: St. Martin's Griffin - January 14th, 2020
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER.
New York Times Editor’s Pick.
Library Journal Best Books of 2019.
TIME Magazine's "Best Memoirs of 2018 So Far."
O, Oprah’s Magazine’s “10 Titles to Pick Up Now.”
Politics & Current Events 2018 O.W.L. Book Awards Winner
The Root Best of 2018$19.99ISBN: 9781609492625Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: History Press (SC) - May 15th, 2012
In the earliest days of America's founding, Vermont stands out: a consitution that banned slavery outright and allowed those without land the right to vote, created a fertile ground for those cast aside in neighboring states--women, native american.$19.95ISBN: 9781603094009Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Top Shelf Productions - January 20th, 2015
Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, continues his award-winning graphic novel trilogy with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, inspired by a 1950s comic book that helped prepare his own generation to join the struggle.$19.99ISBN: 9781603094023Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 2nd, 2016
Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world.