Tuesday 16 June 2020

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Top Ten Anti-Racism Books

"Top Ten Tuesday" is an original feature/weekly meme created on the blog "The Broke and the Bookish". This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at "The Broke and the Bookish".

It is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Since I am just as fond of them as they are, I jump at the chance to share my lists with them! Have a look at their page, there are lots of other bloggers who share their lists here.

This week, the topic is:

Top Ten Books on My Summer 2020 TBR 

I hardly ever put together a reading list, I just read different subjects at any time, some new books, some from my TBR, some book club books. etc.

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However, Carol from the Reading Ladies Book Club has just published a list of Nonfiction/Fiction books and Racial Injustice (see here) and I wanted to do my own list about this, as well. Therefore, this is my proposed summer reading list. Wouldn't it be nice if everyone could read at least one book about racism this summer? There's so much to learn, let's give it a try.

Angelou, Maya "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" - 1969
- "Mom & Me & Mom" - 2013
Chapman, Abraham "Black Voices. An Anthology of Afro-American Literature" - 1968
Coates, Ta-Nehisi "Between the World and Me" - 2015
Crafts, Hannah "The Bondwoman’s Narrative" - 1855-69
Daniel Tatum, Beverly "Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity" - 1997
Douglass, Frederick "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave" - 1848
Du Bois, W. E. B. "The Souls of Black Folk" - 1903
Faulkner, William "Light in August" - 1932
Griffin, John Howard "Black like me" - 1961
Hill, Lawrence "The Book of Negroes" - 2007
Jacobs, Harriet Ann "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" - 1861
Kidd, Sue Monk "The Invention of Wings" - 2014
Lee, Harper "To Kill a Mockingbird" - 1960
Mathis, Ayana "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" - 2013
McCullers, Carson "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" - 1940
McLeod, Cynthia "The Cost of Sugar" (Dutch: Hoe duur was de suiker) - 1987
Morrison, Toni "Home" - 2012
- "A Mercy" - 2008
Northup, Solomon "Twelve Years a Slave. Narrative of Solomon Northup, a citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana" - 1853
Oates, Joyce Carol "Black Girl/White Girl" - 2006
- "The Sacrifice" - 2015
Obama, Barack "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream" - 2006
- "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance" - 1995
Obama, Michelle "Becoming" - 2018
Stockett, Kathryn "The Help" - 2009
Stowe, Harriet Beecher "Uncle Tom’s Cabin" - 1852
Tademy, Lalita "Cane River" - 2001
- "Red River" - 2007
Tobin, Jacquelin L. and Dobard, Raymond G. "Hidden in Plain View" - 1999
Turner, Nancy E. "The Water and the Blood" - 2001
Walker, Alice "The Color Purple" - 1982
- "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens" - 1983
- "The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart" - 2000
Whitehead, Colson "The Nickel Boys" - 2019
- "Underground Railroad" - 2016

These are all the books I read (or have on my TBR pile) that will fit into the "Black Lives Matter" topic. There are so many different kinds of racism in this world. My other books about racism are here.

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Just now, Barack Obama shared another list by writer Jen Gray and encourages us all, to add these to our summer reading list. I have searched all the authors and dates of the books published. Sinc ei Had mainly the titles, I hope I found the right editions. You can see the pictures of some of the books here and here. My list is in alphabetical order.

Alexander, Michelle "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" - 2010
Baldwin, James "The Fire Next Time" - 1963
Blackmon, Douglas A. "Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II" - 2008
Candelario, Ginetta E.B. "Black behind the Ears: Dominican Racial Identity from Museums to Beauty Shops" - 2007
Coates, Ta-Nehisi "Between the World and Me" - 2015
- "The Case for Reparations" - 2014
Cooper, Brittney "Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower" - 2018
Diangelo, Robin "White Fragility. Why it's so hard for white people to talk about Racism" - 2018
Forman Jr., James "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America" - 2017
Gomez, Laura E. "Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism" - 2020
Kendi, Ibram X "How to be an Antiracist" - 2019
- ". Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America" - 2016
Lowery, Wesley "They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement" - 2016
Maxwell, Zerlina "The End of White Politics: How to Heal Our Liberal Divide" - 2020
Moore, Darnell L. "No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America" - 2018
Oluo, Ijeoma "So you Want to Talk about Race" - 2018
Ortiz, Paul "An African American and Latinx History of the United States" - 2018
Pollock, Mica "Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School" - 2008
Reynolds, Jason; Kendi, Ibram X. "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You" - 2020
Saad, Layla F. "Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor" - 2020
Stevenson, Bryan "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" - 2014
Tatum, Beverly Daniel " 'Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?': A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity" - 2003
Theoharis, Jeanne "A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History" - 2018
Ward, Jesmyn; Jones, Kima; Cadogan, Garnette; Rankine, Claudia; Raboteau, Emily; Jackson, Mitchell S.; Trethewey, Natasha; Older, Daniel José "The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race" - 2016
Wilkerson, Isabel "Caste. The Origins of our Discontents" - 2020
- The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration" - 2010
Zamalin, Alex "Antiracism: An Introduction" - 2019

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And then there is, of course, Emma Watson and her list of anti-Racism books on Our Shared Shelf:
Bay, Mia (ed.); Gates Jr., Henry Louis (Ed.) Wells-Barnett, Ida B. "The Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-lynching Crusader" - 2014
Brown, Austin Channing "I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness" - 2018
Kendall, Mikki "Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot" - 2020
Khan-Cullors, Patrisse; Bandele, Asha; Davis, Angela "When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir" - 2018
Love, Bettina L. "We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom" - 2019
Oluo, Ijeoma "So you Want to Talk about Race" - 2018
Richie, Andrea J. "Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color" - 2017
Saad, Layla F. "Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor" - 2020

A big shoutout goes to one of my blogger friends Sarah from All the Book Blog Names Are Taken who created a great list against racism:
Alexander, Michelle "The New Jim Crow"
Bennett, Michael "Things That Make White People Uncomfortable"
Butler, Paul "Chokehold: Policing Black Men"
DiAngelo, Robin "White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism"
Dyson, Michael Eric "Tears We Can Not Stop: A Sermon to White America"
- "What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America"
Eddo-Lodge, Reni "Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race"
Ewing, Eve L. "Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side"
Gormann, Elliot J. "Let the People See: The Story of Emmett Till"
Hawes, Jennifer Berry "Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness"
Hinton, Anthony Ray "The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row"
Johnson, Ronald "13 Days in Ferguson"
Kendi, Ibram X "Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America"
- "How to be an Antiracist" Ibram X Kendi
Khan-Cullors, Patrisse "When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir"
Lewis, John "Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement"
Lowery, Wesley "They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement"
Mitchell, Jerry "Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era"
Morrison, Melanie S. "Murder on Shades Mountain: The Legal Lynching of Willie Peterson and the Struggle for Justice in Jim Crow Birmingham"
Oluo, Ijeoma "So You Want to Talk About Race"
Rothstein, Richard "The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America"
Saad, Layla F. "Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor"
Solomon, Akiba, Rankin, Kenrya "How We Fight White Supremacy"
Taibbi, Matt "I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street"
Tisby, Jemar "The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church's Complicity in Racism"
Tolan, Robbie "No Justice: One White Police Officer, One Black Family, and How One Bullet Ripped Us Apart"
Watkins, D. "The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America"
- "We Speak For Ourselves: A Word From Forgotten Black America"
Wilkerson, Isabel "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration"

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Last but not least, there is Oprah. I have all her book club books in my blogpost here that also includes a link to her page with lots more suggestions. Unfortunately, there is not a list on any of her pages, just pages to click through to get to the next book. Maybe I will be able to do a list one day but I doubt it.

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Another of my blogfriends (Stuck in a Book) just published a list of the Virago Modern Classics by Black Authors courtesy of Juliana Brina from The Blank Garden.

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I hope you'll forgive me that there are way more than ten books this week but I just couldn't delete any of them. They are all important.


  1. What a great list. Bravo.

    My TTT .

    1. Thanks, Lydia. It is a subject that has always been close to my heart and therefore, I had a lot of lists to draw from.

      Thanks for visiting me again. Your list was also quite interesting. Lots of "summer reads" that were nothing like what one usually associates with that expression. ;)

  2. This is a great resource for all of us!

    1. Thank you, Carol. I love lists and I am happy if at least one person finds "their" book on this topic here. Your post last week was a great inspiration.

      Thanks for your visit, will see you on your page.

  3. This is a wonderful collection of resources.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    1. Thank you so much. I am happy about all the positive feedback here.

      Thank you for your visit and thanks for your link, will head over there soon.

  4. Thanks for sharing with us this list. It's very helpful.

    1. Very happy to. A subject close to my heart and a great way of "sneaking it" into the TTT.

      Thanks for your visit again, always happy to "see" you. I'll visit your page now.

  5. What a great resource! It's nice to have all these titles together in one place. I've read a number of the books you mentioned (my youngest child is adopted and bi-racial, so Black/White issues are of interest to me), but there are quite a lot I haven't. I'll definitely look into more of these. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy TTT!

    1. Thank you, Susan. So many of you have mentioned how helpful the list will be, I'm glad I can contribute to this subject that has always been close to my heart. I'll look forward to what books you'll find.

      Thanks for your visit, will see what you surprised us with this week.

  6. Oh, I am going to enjoy going through these lists -- thank you for posting about them!!

    1. You're welcome, Verushka. I hope you'll find some good ones.

      And thank you for your visit, can't wait to see your choices. See you on your page.

  7. Excellent! Thank you for doing the work.

    1. You're welcome. It's "work" I really like. I hope it will instigate a lot of people to read a book or two about the subject.

  8. I have most of the books from these lists written down in my journal. I'm going to try to get around to reading at least one per month. I've read several already. Currently, I'm reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

    1. That's a fantastic one. If you can recommend some that are not on the list, please, let me know.


  9. Excellent choices! You've got a lot of fantastic ones on your list. I'll need to read Underground Railroad soon.

    1. Thank you. I'm very lucky to have many friends who love to read and recommend great books.

      Happy Reading.

  10. I love this list! We definitely need more lists like this now. I did enjoy Michelle Obama's Becoming, but I need to read more books on these lists!

    1. Thank you, I am so happy that so many of my blogfriends approve of this. Give sme hope.

      Michelle Obama is an absolute favourite of mine, such a great lady.

      I'm reading "Twelve Years a Slave" right now but I'm sure I will find many, many more great books on this list and others. I hope I can expand the list.

      Thanks for your visit.

  11. I've read at least 8 of the books on your list. I plan to read more of them.

    1. So do I, I believe we cannot read enough of them. And I plan to enlarge the list.

      Thanks for visiting.