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Books to help you understand more about race and racism

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10 June 2020

If you want to understand more about race, racism and experiences of racism, this list of books may help. All the titles are available to borrow in e-book and e-audio format with your library card. There’s a mix of fiction, non-fiction and titles for children and young adults too.

All these titles are available as e-books or e-audiobooks from Borrowbox. It's free and easy to borrow them using your library card.

 

E-books - Non-Fiction

Black Tudors: African Lives in Renaissance England/ Miranda Kaufmann 

Black and British: A Forgotten History/ David Olusoga

Civilisations First Contact: The Cult of Progress/ David Olusoga

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America/ Ibi Zoboi

MLK on “The Other America” and “Black Power”

How to be Black/ Baratunde Thurston

Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race/ Margot Lee Shetterly

White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism/ Robin Diangelo

We Need to Talk About Race: Understanding the Black Experience in White Majority Churches/ Ben Lindsay

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race/ Reni Eddo-Lodge

Mouth Full of Blood/ Toni Morrison

How to be an Antiracist/ Ibram X. Kendi

I am Not Your Negro/ Raoul Peck and James Baldwin

Becoming/ Michelle Obama

The Audacity of Hope/ Barack Obama

The Underground Railroad Records: Narrating the Hardships, Hairbreadth Escapes, and Death Struggles of Slaves in their Efforts from Freedom/ William Still

They Don’t Teach This/ Eniola Aluko

The End of White World Supremacy/ Malcolm X

The New Jim Crow/ Michelle Alexander

Afropean/ Johny Pitts

 

E-books - Fiction

Washington Black/ Esi Edugyan

The Confessions of Frannie Langton/ Sara Collins

Black Moses/ Alain Mabanckou

Beloved/ Toni Morrison

If Beale Street Could Talk/ James Baldwin

The Water Dancer/ Ta-Nehisi Coates

Half of a Yellow Sun/ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

An American Marriage/Tayari Jones

My Sister, the Serial Killer/ Oyinkan Braithwaite

Their Eyes Were Watching God/ Zora Neale Hurston

Girl, Woman, Other/ Bernardine Evaristo

That Reminds Me/ Derek Owusu

Hold/ Michael Donkor

Stay With Me/ Ayobami Adebayo

Lot/ Bryan Washington

Don't Touch My Hair/ Emma Dabiri

The Other Americans/ Laila Lalami

 

E-audio - non-fiction:

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America/ Ibi Zoboi

“Kill the Black One First”: A Memoir/ Michael Fuller

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race/ Reni Eddo-Lodge

Mouth Full of Blood/ Toni Morrison

Becoming/ Michelle Obama

Bad Feminist/ Roxane Gay

Racism/ Alana Lentin

Stamped/ Jason Reynolds

How to Be an Antiracist/ Ibram X. Kendi

Afropean/ Johny Pitts

Don't Touch My Hair/ Emma Dabiri

White Fragility/ Robin DiAngelo

I'm Still Here/ Austin Channing Brown

Brit(ish)/ Afua Hirsch

The Good Immigrant/ Nikesh Shukla

Brown Girl Dreaming/ Jacqueline Woodson

 
E-audio - fiction

The Confessions of Frannie Langton/ Sara Collins

The Color Purple/ Alice Walker

The Nickel Boys/ Colson Whitehead

Delaney's Desert Sheikh/ Brenda Jackson

The Travelers/ Regina Porter

A Brother's Honor/ Brenda Jackson

 
E-books - Young Adult

Noughts and Crosses/ Malorie Blackman 

Nought Forever/ Malorie Blackman

The Hate U Give/ Angie Thomas

The Sun is Also a Star/ Nicola Yoon 

Long Way Down/ Jason Reynolds

Clap When You Land/ Elizabeth Acevedo 

With the Fire on High/ Elizabeth Acevedo

A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars/ Yaba Badoe

The Boy in the Black Suit/ Jason Reynolds

 

E-audio - Young Adult

Cross Fire/ Malorie Blackman

The Sun is Also a Star/ Nicola Yoon

Clap When You Land/ Elizabeth Acevedo

 
E-books - Childrens

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women/ Elena Favilli

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History/ Vashti Harrison

Face/ Benjamin Zephaniah

Oh My Gods/ Alexandra Sheppard

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich/ Ibi Zoboi 

The Mighty Miss Malone/ Christopher Paul Curtis 

A Good Kind of Trouble/ Lisa Moore Ramée

 

E-audio - Childrens

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry/ Mildred D. Taylor

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich/ Ibi Zoboi

The Mighty Miss Malone/ Christopher Paul Curtis