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Twelve Years a Slave

Solomon Northup · Atria Books
Pages: 300
Format: Hardcover

The story that inspired the major motion picture, with an introduction by the bestselling author of Wench, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing, vividly detailed, and utterly unforgettable account of slavery.

The story that inspired the major motion...
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Roots: The Saga of an American Family

Alex Haley · Da Capo Press
Pages: 912
Format: Paperback

A new eight-hour event series based on Roots will be simulcast on the History Channel, Lifetime, and A&E over four consecutive nights beginning Memorial Day, May 30, 2016

"Early in the spring of 1750, in the village of Juffure, four days upriver from the coast of The Gambia,...
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Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

Barack Obama · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the artistry of Georgia O'Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington,...
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Mom & Me & Mom

Maya Angelou · Random House
Pages: 201
Format: Hardcover

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A moving memoir about the legendary author's relationship with her own mother.

Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf Book Club Pick!

The story of Maya Angelou's extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling autobiographies....
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Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race

Margot Lee Shetterly · William Morrow
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover

The #1 New York Times bestseller


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The Hate U Give

Format: Paperback

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Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel

Zora Neale Hurston · Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Pages: 219
Format: Paperback

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

"A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who don't know how to live properly." - Zadie Smith

One of the most...

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We Speak Your Names: A Celebration

Pearl Cleage · One world books
Pages: 64
Format: Book

For centuries, African American women have been remaking the world, giving testament to the power of hope, courage, and resilience. But it took the inspired generosity of Oprah Winfrey to honor fully the many gifts of sisterhood. For three amazing days-from May 13 to 15, 2005-a distinguished...
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No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

Condoleezza Rice · Crown
Pages: 784
Format: Hardcover

From one of the world's most admired women, this is former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's compelling story of eight years serving at the highest levels of government. In her position as America's chief diplomat, Rice traveled almost continuously around...
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Invisible Man (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)

Ralph Ellison · Modern Library
Pages: 624
Format: Hardcover

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time * Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read

Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance...
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Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy

Bruce Watson · Penguin Books
Pages: 369
Format: eBook

A riveting account of one of the most remarkable episodes in American history.

In his critically acclaimed history Freedom Summer, award- winning author Bruce Watson presents powerful testimony about a crucial episode in the American civil rights movement. During the sweltering...
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Bending Toward Justice: The Birmingham Church Bombing that Changed the Course of Civil Rights

Jones, Doug · All Points Books
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

The story of the decades-long fight to bring justice to the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, culminating in Sen. Doug Jones' prosecution of the last living bombers.

On September 15, 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed. The blast...

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What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng

Dave Eggers · McSweeney's
Pages: 475
Format: Hardcover

In a heartrending and astonishing novel, Eggers illuminates the history of the civil war in Sudan through the eyes of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee now living in the United States. We follow his life as he's driven from his home as a boy and walks, with thousands of orphans, to Ethiopia,...
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Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle

Kristen Green · Harper
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover


Combining hard-hitting investigative journalism and a sweeping family narrative, this provocative true story reveals a little-known chapter of American history: the period after the Brown v. Board of Education decision when one Virginia school system refused...

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Parable of the talents : a novel

Octavia E Butler · Seven Stories Press
Pages: 365
Format: Book

A Christian fundamentalist group kidnaps children to raise them in Christian homes in this tale of religious intolerance in a future America. The story is told by a woman at the receiving end of their zeal, the founder of a religion which they consider heathen. By the author of Parable...
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To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice

Michael K. Honey · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

"To the Promised Land helps us to remember King as a prophet for poor and working-class people, as we carry on that campaign against racism and poverty in our own times. A terrific book." -- Timothy B. Tyson, author of The Blood of Emmett Till

Fifty years ago, a single...

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Fighting the Devil in Dixie: How Civil Rights Activists Took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama

Wayne Greenhaw · Lawrence Hill Books
Pages: 316
Format: Hardcover

Shortly after the success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Ku Klux Klan--determined to keep segregation as the way of life in Alabama--staged a resurgence, and the strong-armed leadership of governor George C. Wallace, who defied the new civil rights laws, empowered the Klan's most...

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The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights

William P. Jones · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 296
Format: Hardcover

A brilliant history that goes beyond the dazzling "I Have a Dream" speech to explore the real significance of the massive march and the movement it inspired.

It was the final speech of a long day, August 28, 1963, when hundreds of thousands gathered on the Mall for the March...
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Ali: A Life

JONATHAN EIG · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 640
Format: Hardcover

Winner of the 2018 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing
Winner of The Times Sports Biography of the Year

"Stunning . . . Eig's brilliant, exhaustive book is the biography the champ deserves." -

The definitive biography of an American icon, from...
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Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth

Richard Wright · HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 432
Format: Book

Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi amid poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at those around him; at six he was a "drunkard," hanging about in taverns. Surly, brutal, cold, suspicious, and self-pitying, he was surrounded on one side by whites...

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