Black Lives Matter

As a bookstore, there are a lot of different ideas contained on our shelves.  All kinds of different viewpoints and opinions.  But here's something that's not an opinion:

Black lives matter. 

That's a fact.  That's not a controversial statement.  There's no ifs, ands, or buts about it.  Black lives matter, and in so many ways every single day, as a society and as individuals, intentionally or unconsciously, that fact is being refuted.  It has to stop, and the only way it can stop is if those who benefit from the existence of institutionalized racism do the work to start dismantling it.  Solidarity isn't enough.  It's past time to get to work.

We're a book store, so of course, our first thought is to turn to books by antiracist educators and experts.  We've listed some recommendations here, but we're not promoting these because we want to sell them.  We want people to READ them.  We're promoting them because we have a platform and it's our responsiblity to use that platform to amplify voices who need to be heard.  So borrow from a friend, buy from another bookstore, get it from the library, download an audiobook or an ebook.  Read.  Think about it.  Talk about it.  Then read another.  Take action.  Keep thinking and learning and growing as a person. 

We can all do better.  We must.

 

This selection of books was drawn from Ibram X. Kendi's Syllabus for Antiracism published in The Atlantic, and from another selection of his recommendations as featured in The New York Times.  Kendi is the Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University in Washington, D.C.  He is also a National Book Award winning author whose works include bestselling titles Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be An Antiracist

 

 

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

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

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

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Cover Image
By Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812980028
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 21st, 2009

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches Cover Image
By Audre Lorde, Cheryl Clarke (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580911863
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Published: Crossing Press - August 1st, 2007

Heavy: An American Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501125669
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Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

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Between the World and Me Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - July 14th, 2015

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

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

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

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781631494536
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Liveright - May 1st, 2018

The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit - Updated Edition (Princeton Studies in American Politics) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780691162553
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Published: Princeton University Press - April 27th, 2014

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

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

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780767915472
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Published: Anchor - January 8th, 2008

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy Cover Image
By Carol Anderson, Dick Durbin (Foreword by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635571394
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 17th, 2019