So, this post is a *little* late, as we’re half way through the month but there’s still time to get some non-fiction into November. Since BLM seems to have died down again, I’d like to bring it back into discourse.
Today I will be recommending some non-fiction books by Black authors, that I believe are must reads!
I’m not a huge non-fiction person, in general, so I don’t have many recs but the few I have read are very thought provoking and eye-opening. These books I’ve recommended are easy to get through and very informative. I think everyone should give them ago, even if non-fiction isn’t your usual thing. We could all stand to learn a thing or two!
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Goodreads Synopsis: “This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.”
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Goodreads Synopsis: In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren’t affected by it. She posted a piece on her blog, entitled: ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’ that led to this book.
Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. It is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.
Goodreads Synopsis: A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two “letters,” written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as “sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle…all presented in searing, brilliant prose,” The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of our literature.
Have you been reading any non-fiction so far this month?
Leave any recs in the comments!
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