Black History Month

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Celebrate Black History Month with our cultivated list of books on Black history and Black joy! You'll find a mix of fiction and non-fiction books that address the history of Black struggle in America as well as books that focus on Black triumph and job. This month we want to acknowledge the history of inequality and discrimination that Black people endured, but also celebrate how much has changed. At the top of our list you'll find books by North Carolina writers!

For books for young readers, see our list here

If I Had Two Wings: Stories By Randall Kenan Cover Image
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 10th, 2021

Hell of a Book: A Novel By Jason Mott Cover Image
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Published: Dutton - June 29th, 2021

Proud Shoes: The Story of an American Family By Pauli Murray Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780807072097
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Published: Beacon Press - August 1st, 1999

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780812980028
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 21st, 2009

All the Songs We Sing: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Carolina African American Writers' Collective By Lenard D. Moore (Editor), Jaki Shelton Green (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Lenard D. Moore (Editor), Jaki Shelton Green (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781949467338
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Published: Carolina Wren Press - June 2nd, 2020

Conjure Blues: Poems By Jaki Shelton Green Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780932112378
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Published: Carolina Wren Press - June 1st, 1996

The Geography of Jazz By Lenard D. Moore Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781949467307
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Published: Blair - September 1st, 2020

Cardinal By Tyree Daye Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781556595738
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - October 6th, 2020

Sunday Dinner: A Savor the South Cookbook (Savor the South Cookbooks) By Bridgette A. Lacy Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9781469622453
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - September 7th, 2015

Harlem Shuffle: A Novel By Colson Whitehead Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385545136
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Published: Doubleday - September 14th, 2021

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The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas, Amandla Stenberg (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Angie Thomas, Amandla Stenberg (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

The Prophets By Robert Jones, Jr. Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593085684
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 5th, 2021

Black Cake: A Novel By Charmaine Wilkerson Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593358337
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 1st, 2022

Imago (Lilith's Brood #3) By Octavia E. Butler Cover Image
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - December 28th, 2021

Moon Witch, Spider King (The Dark Star Trilogy #2) By Marlon James Cover Image
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 15th, 2022

No Gods, No Monsters (Convergence Saga #1) By Cadwell Turnbull Cover Image
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Published: Blackstone Publishing - September 7th, 2021

Recitatif: A Story By Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780593315033
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Published: Knopf - February 1st, 2022

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: An Oprah's Book Club Novel By Honoree Fanonne Jeffers Cover Image
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Published: Harper - August 24th, 2021

Deacon King Kong: A Novel By James McBride Cover Image
$17.00
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 2nd, 2021

Salvage the Bones: A Novel By Jesmyn Ward Cover Image
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - April 24th, 2012

Tar Baby (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

If Beale Street Could Talk (Vintage International) By James Baldwin Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - October 10th, 2006

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness By Michelle Alexander Cover Image
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Published: New Press - January 7th, 2020

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 By Ibram X. Kendi (Editor), Keisha N. Blain (Editor) Cover Image
By Ibram X. Kendi (Editor), Keisha N. Blain (Editor)
$32.00
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Published: One World - February 2nd, 2021

Dear Martin By Nic Stone Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101939529
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Published: Ember - September 4th, 2018

Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Talk about Life in the Segregated South By William H. Chafe (Editor), Raymond Gavins (Editor), Robert Korstad (Editor) Cover Image
By William H. Chafe (Editor), Raymond Gavins (Editor), Robert Korstad (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781620976821
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Published: New Press - September 7th, 2021

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America By Ibi Zoboi, Tracey Baptiste, Coe Booth, Dhonielle Clayton, Brandy Colbert, Jay Coles, Lamar Giles, Leah Henderson, Justina Ireland, Varian Johnson, Kekla Magoon, Tochi Onyebuchi, Jason Reynolds, Nic Stone, Liara Tamani, Renée Watson, Rita Williams-Garcia Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062698735
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 7th, 2020

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story By Nikole Hannah-Jones (Created by), The New York Times Magazine (Created by), Caitlin Roper (Editor), Ilena Silverman (Editor), Jake Silverstein (Editor) Cover Image
By Nikole Hannah-Jones (Created by), The New York Times Magazine (Created by), Caitlin Roper (Editor), Ilena Silverman (Editor), Jake Silverstein (Editor)
$38.00
ISBN: 9780593230572
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Published: One World - November 16th, 2021

I Am a Man: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1960-1970 By William R. Ferris, Lonnie G. Bunch (Foreword by) Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781496831620
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Published: University Press of Mississippi - April 1st, 2021

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400052189
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Published: Crown - March 8th, 2011

Moon U.S. Civil Rights Trail: A Traveler's Guide to the People, Places, and Events that Made the Movement (Travel Guide) By Deborah D. Douglas Cover Image
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Published: Moon Travel - January 12th, 2021

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption By Bryan Stevenson Cover Image
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Published: One World - August 18th, 2015

His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope By Jon Meacham, John Lewis (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Jon Meacham, John Lewis (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9781984855046
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 7th, 2021

Nine Days: The Race to Save Martin Luther King Jr.'s Life and Win the 1960 Election By Paul Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250155719
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Published: Picador - January 11th, 2022

You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience By Tarana Burke (Editor), Brené Brown (Editor) Cover Image
By Tarana Burke (Editor), Brené Brown (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780593243626
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Published: Random House - April 27th, 2021

We Do This 'Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice By Mariame Kaba, Tamara K. Nopper (Editor), Naomi Murakawa (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Mariame Kaba, Tamara K. Nopper (Editor), Naomi Murakawa (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781642595253
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Published: Haymarket Books - February 23rd, 2021

Why Didn't We Riot?: A Black Man in Trumpland By Issac J. Bailey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635420289
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Published: Other Press - October 6th, 2020

A Black Women's History of the United States By Daina Ramey Berry, Kali Nicole Gross Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807001998
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Published: Beacon Press - March 16th, 2021

Between the World and Me By Ta-Nehisi Coates Cover Image
$26.00
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Published: One World - July 14th, 2015

Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband?: A Novel By Lizzie Damilola Blackburn Cover Image
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - January 18th, 2022

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Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World By Wil Haygood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525656876
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Published: Knopf - October 19th, 2021

Yellow Wife: A Novel By Sadeqa Johnson Cover Image
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Published: Simon & Schuster - December 28th, 2021

The Awkward Black Man By Walter Mosley Cover Image
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Published: Grove Press - September 21st, 2021

A Girl Is A Body of Water By Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi Cover Image
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Published: Tin House Books - June 15th, 2021

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House: A Novel By Cherie Jones Cover Image
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 12th, 2021

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song By Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - January 18th, 2022

Julian Bond's Time to Teach: A History of the Southern Civil Rights Movement By Julian Bond, Pamela Horowitz (Foreword by), Jeanne Theoharis (Introduction by), Danny Lyon (Photographs by), Vann R. Newkirk II. (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Julian Bond, Pamela Horowitz (Foreword by), Jeanne Theoharis (Introduction by), Danny Lyon (Photographs by), Vann R. Newkirk II. (Afterword by)
$20.00
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Published: Beacon Press - January 11th, 2022

Giovanni's Room (Vintage International) By James Baldwin Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013

Go Tell It on the Mountain (Vintage International) By James Baldwin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345806543
Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013

The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction: 1948–1985 By James Baldwin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807006566
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Published: Beacon Press - September 21st, 2021

Juneteenth (Revised) (Vintage International) By Ralph Ellison, Charles Johnson (Preface by) Cover Image
By Ralph Ellison, Charles Johnson (Preface by)
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2021

Invisible Man (Vintage International) By Ralph Ellison Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995

The Underground Railroad: A Novel By Colson Whitehead Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345804327
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Published: Anchor - January 30th, 2018

The Intuitionist: A Novel By Colson Whitehead Cover Image
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Published: Anchor - January 4th, 2000

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Zone One By Colson Whitehead Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307455178
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Published: Anchor - July 10th, 2012

The Nickel Boys: A Novel By Colson Whitehead Cover Image
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Published: Anchor - June 30th, 2020

Blood on the Fog: Pocket Poets Series No. 62 (City Lights Pocket Poets #62) By Tongo Eisen-Martin Cover Image
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Published: City Lights Books - September 21st, 2021

The Selected Works of Audre Lorde By Audre Lorde, Roxane Gay (Editor), Roxane Gay (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Audre Lorde, Roxane Gay (Editor), Roxane Gay (Introduction by)
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 8th, 2020

Magical Negro By Morgan Parker Cover Image
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Published: Tin House Books - February 5th, 2019

Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling (CBC Massey Lectures) By Esi Edugyan Cover Image
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Published: House of Anansi Press - September 28th, 2021

The Portable Frederick Douglass By Frederick Douglass, John Stauffer (Editor), John Stauffer (Introduction by), Henry Louis Gates (Editor), Henry Louis Gates (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Frederick Douglass, John Stauffer (Editor), John Stauffer (Introduction by), Henry Louis Gates (Editor), Henry Louis Gates (Introduction by)
$23.00
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 27th, 2016

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America By Ibram X. Kendi Cover Image
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Published: Bold Type Books - August 15th, 2017

Barracoon: The Story of the Last
By Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker (Foreword by), Deborah G. Plant (Introduction by)
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Published: Amistad - January 7th, 2020

Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights By Gretchen Sorin Cover Image
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Published: Liveright - December 29th, 2020

Unsung: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition By Schomburg Center (Editor), Michelle D. Commander (Editor), Michelle D. Commander (Introduction by), Kevin Young (Foreword by), Kevin Young (Series edited by) Cover Image
By Schomburg Center (Editor), Michelle D. Commander (Editor), Michelle D. Commander (Introduction by), Kevin Young (Foreword by), Kevin Young (Series edited by)
$22.00
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 16th, 2021

Aftershocks: A Memoir By Nadia Owusu Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982111229
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 12th, 2021

The Other Black Girl: A Novel By Zakiya Dalila Harris Cover Image
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Published: Atria Books - June 1st, 2021

The Burning (Young Readers Edition): Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 By Tim Madigan, Hilary Beard Cover Image
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 11th, 2021

Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People By Kekla Magoon Cover Image
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Published: Candlewick - November 8th, 2021