Thursday, June 18, 2020

Stuck Inside Recommendations 71-80: Anti-Racist Reading!

On Facebook I started recommending a book a day for those stuck inside and looking for something good to read. I'm alternating between books published by Macmillan (my employer) and not (actually for this category only 1 was from Macmillan). (Simply, because the vast majority of my reading is Macmillan books, it's really hard for me to not have this unbalance in any list I put together.) And I thought I'd pull together those recommendations every 10 days here, for people who I'm not Facebook friends with. These 10 books are all mysteries, as requested!

Please buy books from independent bookstores! You can find your nearby indies here, or you can buy from bookshop.org or you can get audiobooks from Libro.fm. Those last two you either can get to through the website of an indie, and have part of your purchase go to that indie directly, or if you really don't know of one, any purchases made on those sites, even unaffiliated ones, will indirectly support independent bookstores. Bookstores are really struggling right now, from chains on down to the little guys, and right now, you have a lot of time to read! Seems like two great things that go great together.

Now, on with the list! While these are numbered, they are not ranked. I've starred the non-Macmillan books, and if I reviewed them, I'll link to the review. Every one of these books got a 5-star rating from me! There's a lot of history in here. I think understanding how we got to where we are is vitally important.

71. The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs

72. The Children by David Halberstam

73. March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell 

74. Some Places More Than Others by RenĂ©e Watson 

75. Jubilee by Margaret Walker

76. Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley

77. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

78. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

79. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot 

80. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson



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