Supporting Black authors is something that I definitely need to start doing more, so I’ve compiled a list of 80 YA books by Black authors. I’m putting the ones that I’ve read at the top in bold, and the rest will be books that I have looked up and have put on my list to read. I can’t do much to change what’s going on in our world right now, but I can do my part to support the Black community in any way that I can. These are in no particular order and please feel free to add more!
you know when you’re reading something and you have to take a huge break because you know there’s about to be some major second hand embarrassment coming? and you have to take a step back and psyche yourself up because otherwise you can’t read on?
It occurred to me as people started sending book recs that the reading list from my graduate history seminar on politics, institutions and culture in America might be useful to share, too, so:
Alan Trachtenberg, The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age (1982)
Keith Revell, Building Gotham: Civic Culture and Public Policy in Manhattan, 1898-1938 (2002)
Seema Sohi, Echoes of Mutiny: Race, Surveillance, and Indian Anticolonialism in North America (2014)
Mai Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (2005)
Eric Rauchway, The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction (2008)
Margot Canaday, The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America (2009)
James Sparrow, Warfare State: World War II Americans in the Age of Big Government (2013)
David M. P. Freund, Colored Property: State Policy and White Racial Politics in Suburban America (2007)
Nathan Connolly, A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida (2014)
Penny M. Von Eschen, Satchmo Blows up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War (2006)
Kim Phillips-Fein, Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics (2018)
Elizabeth Hinton, From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America (2016)
Nancy Kwak, A World of Homeowners: American Power and the Politics of Housing Aid (2015)
You can find a lot of these used online or available as ebooks from university libraries if your local library doesn’t have copies. Some of these are dense academic reads, but this was one of the most enlightening and important courses I’ve ever taken, and these are a great start for anybody wanting to better understand systemic inequality in America.
If you have followed me for a while, you may have seen me rec some or a lot of these books before if they’re my particular favourites. However, I also don’t expect everyone to have trawled through my book recs tag, so…
Bring it June 2020, and bring it Pride. My full LGBT bookshelf ishere on goodreads. My tumblr book recs page is here.
I like the dark part of the night, after midnight and before four-thirty, when it’s hollow, when ceilings are harder and farther away. Then I can breathe, and can think while others are sleeping, in a way can stop time, can have it so – this has always been my dream – so that while everyone else is frozen, I can work busily about them, doing whatever it is that needs to be done, like the elves who make the shoes while children sleep.
Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
random but there is a site called rivetedlit.com that basically lets you read ya books for free legally. they change books every month and since it’s currently pride month you can find some lgbtq books including aristotle and dante, at the edge of the universe, tash hearts tolstoy (ace rep!!) which are some of my favourites. if you want to read any of them now’s your chance
This quote by Oscar Wilde speaks volumes when I see people only reading black literature when it’s “relevant”.
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
Reading and educating are not the same. When you educate yourself, you’re making the choice to do better and be better long-term. You’re changing you’re thinking and actions, which is very important. Keep an open mind to change.