Celebrate Black History Month!

Fiction books by black authors

Red at the bone
An American marriage
Their eyes were watching God
Such a fun age
The underground railroad
The vanishing half
Sing, unburied, sing
If Beale Street could talk
The mothers
The nickel boys
Girl, woman, other

Nonfiction books about racism & antiracism

African Americans and civil rights
Stony the road
We were eight years in power
The Black presidency
The breakthrough
Martin Luther King, Jr.: The last interview
Rest in power : the enduring life of Trayvon Martin
Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance
Breathe : a letter to my sons
What it is : race, family, and one thinking Black man
Emmett Till : the murder that shocked the world and propelled the civil rights movement
Uncensored : my life and uncomfortable conversations at the intersection of Black and White America
Everything you need to know about confronting racist behavior
Between the world and me
White fragility : why it
Tears we cannot stop : a sermon to White America
What truth sounds like : Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and our unfinished conversation about race in America
Stamped from the beginning : the definitive history of racist ideas in America
The Birth of a Nation : how a legendary filmmaker and a crusading editor reignited America
Brown, white, black : an American family at the intersection of race, gender, sexuality, and religion
Race relations
So you want to talk about race
Stamped : racism, antiracism, and you
Shame : how America
Self-portrait in black and white : unlearning race
Antiracism : an introduction
We can
Democracy in black : how race still enslaves the American soul
Devil in the grove : Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the dawn of a new America
They can
Stolen : five free boys kidnapped into slavery and their astonishing odyssey home
Rising out of hatred : the awakening of a former white nationalist
How not to get shot : and other advice from white people
Black against empire : the history and politics of the Black Panther Party
I am not your negro
The presumption of guilt : the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and race, class, and crime in America
Have Black lives ever mattered?
How we fight white supremacy : a field guide to Black resistance
The struggle for Black equality
How to be an antiracist
Me and white supremacy : combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor
This book is anti-racist
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
The Warmth of Other Suns
Our time is now
Ida B. the Queen
Angela Davis
Woke Racism
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Entertaining race
Begin Again
Talking at the Gates

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.!

Be a king : Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Happy birthday, Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. : free at last
Martin and Mahalia : his words, her song
March on! : the day my brother Martin changed the world
My brother Martin : a sister remembers growing up with the Rev. DR. Martin Luther King JR
M.L.K. : journey of a King
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Letter from Birmingham jail : "I have a dream" speech
Pillar of fire : America in the King years, 1963-65
At Canaan
Martin Luther King, Jr.: The last interview : and other conversations
My life, my love, my legacy
Dear Martin
Hellhound on his trail : the stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the international hunt for his assassin
March. Book One

New Year New Possibilities

Self-care, mindfulness & stress management

Real world mindfulness for beginners
The stress-proof brain : master your emotional response to stress using mindfulness & neuroplasticity
The road to calm workbook
The worry-free mind
Total meditation
Self-care for the real world
The brain fog fix
Mindfulness @ work
the listening path
body mindful yoga
real change
the power of off
sit down to rise up
make peace with your mind

Self-discovery, self-love, and how to change your mindset

radical candor
You are a badass
the subtle art
best self
think like a monk
happy not perfect
dare to lead
the tao of bowie
the self care solution
rising strong
help me
You are a badass at making money
daring greatly
empowered black girl
designing your life
atlas of the heart
option b
freedom from your addictions
happiness becomes you
keep sharp
badass habits
break up BootCamp
the path made clear
self care for adult children
the little book of life skills
exploring depression
the four tendencies
the universe has your back
bullet journal
atomic habits
reinventing the mind

Branch out into a new genre in 2022: Science Fiction & Fantasy

A wrinkle in time
Akata witch
Tales from Earthsea
D : (a tale of two worlds)
The arrest
The fires of vengeance
Attack Surface
Dune: The Duke of Caladan
The telling
The vault of dreamers
Under the never sky

Louise Glück is Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature

Check out these books of poetry by American poet Louise Glück, who won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature.

The seven ages
Faithful and virtuous night
A village life
The best of the best American poetry

YA/Teen Novels about Race, Racism, and Antiracism

The hate u give
Tyler Johnson was here
The sun is also a star
Stamped : racism, antiracism, and you
New boy
How it went down
Dear Martin
All American boys
Piecing me together
X : a novel
Anger is a gift : a novel

Gardening Books

Recently, as people avoid the grocery store, and even CSA farms are seeing increased demand for their produce, I’m becoming more interested in gardening.

Though it’s not a recent publication, a relevant read that I really enjoyed is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (the ebook and audiobook are on Overdrive). The author and her family moved to a farm and spent a year eating mostly locally, largely from their own land. Initially I thought this sounded overwhelming and austere. However, Kingsolver suggests that it’s abundant – enriching in many ways, even beyond the increasingly-necessary reductions to carbon footprint and plastic use. For example, producing their own food helped her family build community. The garden allowed them to give produce to neighbors; projects like mushroom hunting required them to rely on others’ expertise; and other tasks, like canning tomatoes and raising poultry, became opportunities to share experiences that many people haven’t had. 

To learn more, I found some ebooks on Overdrive!

General Guides:

How to grow practically everything
Low-Maintenance Vegetable Gardening
Grow cook eat

Small Spaces and Indoors:

All new square foot gardening : the revolutionary way to grow more in less space
Apartment gardening : plants, projects, and recipes for growing food in your urban home
Indoor kitchen gardening handbook : turn your home into a year-round vegetable garden : microgreens, sprouts, herbs, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers & more

Gardening with Kids:

Square foot gardening with kids : learn together : gardening basics : science and math, water conservation, self-sufficiency, healthy eating
Gardening lab for kids : 52 fun experiments to learn, grow, harvest, make, play, and enjoy your garden

Other Topics:

Native Plants for New England Gardens
Compost City
Propagating plants : how to create new plants for free
Step-by-step garden basics
The gardener

LGBTQ+ Pride Month Book List

How we fight for our lives
The henna wars
In the dream house
Naturally Tan
Over the top
Me, myself, they
Save yourself
On earth we
Felix ever after
We set the dark on fire
I wish you all the best