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message 1: by Mariah Roze (last edited Jan 21, 2020 04:23PM) (new)

Mariah Roze (mariahroze) | 1393 comments Mod
February Bonus Read- Black History Month

Please suggest books by 1/24/20


message 2: by Megan (new)

Megan | 119 comments I nominate Kindred by Octavia Butler


message 3: by Natty (new)

Natty S (cindyneal) | 1 comments I second Kindred!


message 4: by Amy (new)

Amy (puzumaki) | 9 comments I would love to read Kindred, it's been on my list for a while. I would also love to read An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz.


〰️Beth〰️ (x1f4a0bethx1f4a0) | 0 comments The book I would want to recommend doesn’t come out till March 4th.


message 7: by Elaine (new)

Elaine H | 5 comments "The Warmth of Other Suns" Wilkerson, not new but a must


message 8: by Jan (last edited Jan 21, 2020 09:16PM) (new)

Jan | 8 comments I nominate Black Bottom Saints. This musical historical fiction heralds the rich musical, political and sports culture of Detroit from the Depression to the end of WWII. Just a few of saints are: Dinah Washington and Joe Louis. Black Bottom was a predominantly black neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan.
Black Bottom Saints by Alice Randall


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Daphne Walker | 16 comments One Night in Georgia by Celeste O Norfleet
Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha
Kindred by Octavia E Butler
Fledgling by Octavia E Butler
Queenie by Candace Cary-Williams
My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braiyhwaite


message 10: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Rigg | 127 comments I suggest:
-"Jam on the Vine" (historical fiction) by Barnett LaShonda Katrice
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

- "The Book of Negroes" by Lawrence Hill (explores an area of African American history I wasn't aware of before this, that of "Black Loyalists")
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

-" Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga" by Pamela Newkirk
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...


message 11: by Miranda (last edited Jan 22, 2020 12:17PM) (new)

Miranda Hamilton (mham19) | 1 comments I suggest The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead The Underground RailroadThe Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
And
Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird Daughter Of a Daughter Of a Queen by Sarah Bird
and
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup 12 years a Slave by Solomon Northup


message 12: by Suzy (new)

Suzy (goodreadscomsuzy_hillard) | 22 comments Elaine wrote: ""The Warmth of Other Suns" Wilkerson, not new but a must"

I second this one!!


message 14: by Hannah (new)

Hannah | 38 comments The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin


message 16: by NancyJ (last edited Jan 24, 2020 09:11AM) (new)

NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 141 comments Sarah wrote: "I suggest:
-"Jam on the Vine" (historical fiction) by Barnett LaShonda Katrice
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

- "The Book of Negroes" by Lawrence Hill (explores an a..."


Note: Someone Knows My Name is the alternative (new?) title of The Book of Negroes. Neither title is great imo, but the book has extremely high ratings. It looks like a great choice to me, regardless of the title.

I read Kindred for the first time recently and I liked it. It's a time travel book. It doesn't provide as much history as some of the other books, but it's a good read.

I think we've read Underground railroad here already. If not, I think this would be perfect for black history month, IF we get a good discussion going. It's alternative history. The history in the book isn't accurate, but each section represents things that actually did happens somewhere or sometime in the US. I would love to explore some of those real events.


message 17: by Mariah Roze (new)

Mariah Roze (mariahroze) | 1393 comments Mod
Here is the Poll: https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...

If a book that you suggested isn't on the list, its because we've already read it :) Feel free to join those discussions!

Thank you for all your book suggestions!


message 18: by Michaela (new)

Michaela | 141 comments What a great list! Won´t be easy to vote! :)


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