Last night was the annual potluck and book selection meeting of the Community for Understanding and Hope (CFUH) Book Group.
Let’s start off with the food. So good! We had a huge number of salads and goodies with a great variety of fresh vegetables and fruits and grains. I felt both healthy and happy eating supper last night.
As I described last month, this is the book club that put me on the path of activism and organizing. Since our group rose from a tragedy in our community, we specialize in books on race in America.
Today, I want to share two lists of books for our own documentation and for anyone who happens along this blog post looking for books about diversity and race.
First, here’s our short list, the books we’ll be reading in the next year. I’m really looking forward to each of these books.
White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
Just Mercy : A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique Morris
Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing by Joy DeGruy
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile
Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City by Colin Gordon
Next, I’ll share our long list — all the books that we brought to consider. We left so many good ones on the table. I hope we’ll come back to some of them eventually.
The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper
One Drop: My Father’s Hidden Life–A Story of Race and Family Secrets by Bliss Broyard
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
A Wreath for Emmet Till by Marilyn Nelson,
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons and an Unlikely Road to Manhood by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Jackson 1964 : And Other Dispatches from Fifty Years of Reporting on Race in America by Calvin Trillin
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
Gathering of Waters by Bernice L. McFadden
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
Forward Through Ferguson, report of the Ferguson Commission
Ferguson’s Fault Lines : The Race Quake That Rocked a Nation by Kimberly Jade Norwood
Buried in the Bitter Waters : The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America by Elliot Jaspin
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist
The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome by Alondra Nelson
Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill
Betsey Brown by Ntozake Shange
St. Louis: Disappearing Black Communities by John A. Wright Sr.
My Soul Looks Back in Wonder by Juan Williams
All Aunt Hagar’s Children by Edward P. Jones
The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style by Nelson George
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
Ruby by Cynthia Bond
A Taste of Honey by Jabari Asim
The Girls in My Town by Angela Morales
The End of White Christian America by Robert P. Jones
Blood at the Root : A Racial Cleansing in America by Patrick Phillips
Have you read any of these books? Do you have others to recommend to my book club?