Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Understand Being Black in America

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was a freebie!

31421117Michael Eric Dyson’s Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America came out last week and, let me just tell you, it is making me woke af to my privilege as an upper-middle-class white lady, living in a liberal part of a liberal state. In an interview for The New York Times Magazine, Dyson states that the book’s ideal audience is “the ocean of white folk I encounter who are deeply empathetic to the struggles of minorities — they are the ones who ask me, “What can I do, as a white person?” This is my attempt to address them in the most useful and, hopefully, edifying manner.” As one of those white folk, it’s my job to seek out and listen to black and POC voices, to hear what they are saying and understand. With me? Here are twenty-five books* I need to read asap about being black in America.

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America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

The Crunk Feminist Collection by Brittney C. Cooper, Susana M. Morris, and Robin M. Boylorn, eds.

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The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching by Mychal Denzel Smith

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Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty by Dorothy Roberts

Known and Strange Things: Essays by Teju Cole

March: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

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Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique Morris

Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry

The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America by Tamara Winfrey Harris

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

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The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe L. Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa, eds.

We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

 

* This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it’s a good place to start. And, I am always look for more suggestions!!!

Five Favorite: New Book Resources

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

As a librarian, keeping up-to-date on new releases is part of my job. (At least, that’s what I tell myself when I spend hours perusing review journals and websites!) So, here are my favorite ways to stay abreast of the (tens of) thousands of books that get published every year.

  • Book websites:
  • EdelweissNetGalley: online interactive digital frontlist book discovery tools
  • Franzen Comes Alive: Liberty is a reading machine (I don’t know anyone, online or off, who reads as much as she does). She co-hosts All the Books! as well as pulling together a weekly newsletter of, like, twenty books. (Seriously, every week.)
  • Goodreads: membership to the number one social media site on books has its perks – like monthly new releases; get an email sent to your inbox or just browse by genre or authors you already have on your shelves.
  • Review Journals:
    • Baker & Taylor’s Forecast: a monthly publication promoting forthcoming hardcover and paperback book titles
    • Kirkus Reviews: book reviews and recommendations from the most trusted voice in book discovery
    • Library Journal: previews of upcoming titles; access to timely reviews of books, audiobooks, DVDs, and other media; author interviews; conference updates; and other opinion and analysis from LJ staffers and contributors
    • Publisher’s Weekly: a weekly news magazine focused on the international book publishing business and offering feature articles and news on all aspects of the book business, bestsellers lists in a number of categories, industry statistics, and pre-publication book reviews

Have your own favorite ways to learn about new books? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!

2016 Recap

AHHH. How is it already 2017??? (Gross.) I made two major goals in 2016 again: finish 40 books and check off all 24 challenges as part of Book Riot’s #ReadHarder campaign – and, well, I failed, AGAIN. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (You can see my actual goals here.)

If you’re interested, here’s how my stats broke down:

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I read 30 books, or  75% of my goal of 40.

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Books I read:
sherlockchronicles CityOnFire femalepigs A Darker Shade final for Irene TheLostTimeAccidents AGatheringOfShadows AMothersReckoning RosalieLightning RegionalOfficeIsUnderAttack Eligible LumberjanesV3 WhenBreathBecomesAir youllgrowoutofit giantdays1 giantdays2 lumberjanes4 thousandthfloor undergroundrailroad ThePassage goodmorningmidnight womeninscience adulthoodisamyth thefirethistime faith1 moongirl1 crosstalk giantdays3 belljar

Some stats:

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#ReadHarder

Book Riot introduced their #ReadHarder challenge in 2015 and I loved the idea. It got me to actually think about what book I was reading, and, in some cases, gave me that extra nudge to read something that was already in my tbr pile. I went through all the challenges and made a list to help guide my reading… but again decided to bypass that list and start reading books just because I wanted to read them. I also started a food memoir (Fresh off the Boat) and a book about religion (The God Delusion) – but didn’t find them interesting enough to finish – and couldn’t find anything on my tbr list that was 100 pages or less (although Adulthood Is a Myth came close).

I read 9 books, or 38% of my goal of 24.

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* Infographics thanks to Goodreads.

New to the Queue #5

Jamie of Perpetual Page Turner started this and I love it so I’m (politely) stealing it!

I add a lot of stuff to my TBR list, my Netflix queue, and my library holds list. Here’s stuff I want to actually seek out and consume right now.

Stuff I Want to Read

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Children of the New World: Stories by Alexander Weinstein

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Jerusalem by Alan Moore

Known and Strange Things: Essays by Teju Cole

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

Stuff I Want to Watch

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Chewing Gum

Don’t Think Twice

The Edge of Seventeen

Moana

Moonlight

Stuff I Want to Listen To

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22, A Million by Bon Iver

Cover Sessions, vol. 3 by Boyce Avenue

The Hamilton Mixtape

Influential Sessions, vol. 2 by Boyce Avenue

Sherlock Series 4: The Final Problem Original Television Soundtrack by David Arnold & Michael Price

What did YOU add to your queue?? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant to Read

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was 2016 releases I meant to read but somehow, inexplicably… didn’t. I based this list on my memory and two posts I made last year about my most anticipated releases for the first and second half of 2016.

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All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister (March 1st)

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin (May 24th)

Dear Emma by Katie Heaney (March 1st)

Everfair by Nisi Shawl (August 16th)

Every Anxious Wave by Mo Daviau (February 9th)

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Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter (April 12th)

How to Ruin Everything: Essays by George Watsky (June 14th)

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (May 3rd)

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero (May 3rd)

Lumberjanes, vol. 5: Band Together by Noelle Stevenson (December 13th)

Video Review: Biographies!

In which I come back after two years (TWO YEARS) and review The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs and give it 4 stars because it was an “insightful and intimate portrait” of one man’s life and an all-around great read.

And then I review Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris and give it 3 stars because it was “interesting and clever” but not for everyone.

Watch it below or check out my other videos at YouTube.

Life Update #2

I haven’t posted a new blog entry in about a month because, well, I’ve sort of fallen out of love with blogging. I’m still updating my Goodreads, though, in case you’re just dying to know what I’m reading or adding to my TBR.

Happy reading, y’all.