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6/3/2020: Striving to be antiracist, with all the recommended reading we can find!

Ibram X. Kendi, a professor and director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University, is the National Book Award-winning author of “Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” and the “How to Be an Antiracist.”

No one becomes “not racist,” despite a tendency by Americans to identify themselves that way. We can only strive to be “antiracist” on a daily basis, to continually rededicate ourselves to the lifelong task of overcoming our country’s racist heritage.

His New York Times column and list of book recommendations, here. [We have listed most of them below, a few of his recommended titles are a bit tougher to come by, but send us an email, here, with the title and we will do what we can to find you a copy.]

We have also included a few additional recommended titles from other trusted sources.

7/3 update: We have most of these titles back in stock. The last few ["Antiracist Baby Board Book," "The Bluest Eye," "White Fragility." "Well-Read Black Girl," "This Book Is Anti-Racist"] should be on the way within a week or so...
In the meantime, and inline with our commitment to provide the books and information you need, we recommend that you also take advantage of our audio partner, Libro.fm to get your hands (or, well, ears...) on these titles. The link to great antiracist playlists here.

Books: 
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781568585987
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Published: Bold Type Books - August 15th, 2017

The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society.


Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

"An amazingly timely and stunningly accessible manifesto for young people....At times funny, at times somber but always packed with relevant information that is at once thoughtful and spot-on, "Stamped" is the book I wish I had as a young person and am so grateful my own children have now."
-- Jacqueline Woodson, bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of "Brown Girl Dreaming"


How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

Antiracist Baby Board Book Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593110416
Availability: Backordered
Published: Kokila - June 16th, 2020

From the National Book Award-winning author comes a fresh new board book that empowers parents and children to uproot racism in our society and in ourselves.


Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060838676
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Published: Amistad - March 19th, 2013

Recommended by Ibram X. Kendi.  Brief review here at The New York Times.


The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

Recommended by Ibram X. Kendi.  Brief review here at The New York Times.


Blacker the Berry... Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780684815800
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Published: Touchstone - February 2nd, 1996

Recommended by Ibram X. Kendi.  Brief review here at The New York Times.


The Autobiography of Malcolm X Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345350688
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 12th, 1987

Recommended by Ibram X. Kendi.  Brief review here at The New York Times.


Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781541644977
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Published: Basic Books - May 12th, 2020

Recommended by Ibram X. Kendi.  Brief review here at The New York Times.


Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374537449
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 6th, 2018

Recommended by Ibram X. Kendi.  Brief review here at The New York Times.


Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition Cover Image
$47.50
ISBN: 9780807848296
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - January 24th, 2000

Recommended by Ibram X. Kendi.  Brief review here at The New York Times.


Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780805083354
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - July 10th, 2007

Recommended by Ibram X. Kendi.  Brief review here at The New York Times.


Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780525619772
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ballantine Books - October 30th, 2018

Recommended by Ibram X. Kendi.  Brief review here at The New York Times.


White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807047415
Availability: Backordered
Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.


The Hate U Give Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

Young Adult Fiction. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Angie Thomas's searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.


So You Want to Talk About Race Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580058827
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Published: Seal Press - September 24th, 2019

Ijeoma Oluo is a writer and speaker whose work on race has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, and more. She lives in Seattle.

In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America.
Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy--from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans--has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about.
In "So You Want to Talk About Race," Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.


Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor Cover Image
By Layla Saad, Robin Diangelo (Foreword by)
$25.99
ISBN: 9781728209807
Availability: Backordered
Published: Sourcebooks - January 28th, 2020

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story about Racial Injustice Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781433828546
Availability: Backordered
Published: Magination Press - March 1st, 2018

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781620971932
Availability: Backordered
Published: New Press - January 7th, 2020

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work Cover Image
By Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780711245211
Availability: Backordered
Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

Between the World and Me Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: One World - July 14th, 2015