Hello everyone, the moderator of our alumni book club wrote me an email a few weeks ago, and I wanted to share with everyone who may be interested apropos of current events.
“Books are a form of political action. Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind.” -Toni Morrison
In light of the current moment, many resources and books have been circulating that may promote understanding and facilitate meaningful conversations about injustice. As such, we understand that your reading priorities may be shifting directions. We support book club members in reading whatever literature speaks to them at this time. We will continue to send information and questions related to our summer reading period. Feel free to jump in to the Online Forum (http://tamusa.pbc.guru) whenever you’d like to engage with the group or to share and discuss some of the books you are reading independently this summer.
Additionally, we imagine our book club members are seeking books and other resources that speak to the preexisting and immediate conditions from which many communities suffer. Such topics might include justice, equity, equality, diversity, the systems that built, support, block and/or degrade these principles, how we got here, and ways in which we can be agents of change in working to build a better world. In line with this goal, we think you may find the following works to be of interest and of value on that journey:
- Check out this extensive list of antiracist book recommendations prepared by Bookshop
- Check out The Center for Racial Justice in Education for additional titles and resources
A list of book recommendations to get started:
- Alexander, Michelle. (2010). The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
- Baldwin, James. (1963). The Fire Next Time
- Brown, Brene. (2018). Dare to Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, and Whole Hearts
- Coates, Ta-Nehisi. (2015). Between the World and Me
- DiAngelo, Robin. (2018). White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism
- Eberhardt, Jennifer. (2019). Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do
- Harris-Perry, Melissa V. (2011). Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America
- Kendi, Ibram X. (2019). How to Be an Antiracist
- Kendi, Ibram X and Reynolds, Jason. (2020). Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
- Lorde, Audre. (2017). Your Silence WIll Not Protect You
- Oluo, Ijeoma. (2019). So You Want to Talk about Race
- Rothstein, Richard. (2018) The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
- Sofer, Oren Jay. (2018). Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication
- Stevenson, Bryan. (2017). Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
- Thomas, Angie. (2017). The Hate U Give
- Wilkerson, Isabel. (2010). The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
When considering where to buy books, you may be interested in checking out this list put together by Lithub of black-owned independent bookstores that offer ordering/shipping options.
Similarly, we welcome members to share book recommendations in our Book Recommendations thread within the Introductions and General Topics category in the Online Forum (http://tamusa.pbc.guru). Please know that we believe in the importance of this community reading books from a range of voices and perspectives, and we sincerely welcome your input.