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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Reading suggestions for Black History Month (and any other month!)

February is Black History Month! To celebrate black writers and artists, we've put together a whole bunch of reading suggestions for everyone. These could also double as gift suggestions for your Valentine(s)... Enjoy!

Store bestsellers: White Girls (Hilton Als), Bad Feminist (Roxane Gay), NW (Zadie Smith), Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), We Should All Be Feminists (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)

Graphic novels: Hip Hop Family Tree, Volumes 1 & 2 (Ed Piskor), March: Book One (John Lewis, Nate Powell, Andrew Aydin), Aya: Life in Yop City and Aya: Love in Yop City (Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie)

Kids and YA: Brown Girl Dreaming (Jacqueline Woodson), X: A Novel (Ilyasah Shabazz, Kekla Magoon), Harlem Renaissance Party (Faith Ringgold), I Know A Lot! (Stephen Krensky, Sarah Gillingham)

Fiction: Long Division (Kiese Laymon), A Brief History of Seven Killings (Marlon James), The Residue Years (Mitchell S. Jackson), Zone One (Colson Whitehead), Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (ZZ Packer)

Classic Fiction: Another Country (James Baldwin), Beloved (Toni Morrison), I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou), A Rage in Harlem (Chester Himes)

Non-Fiction and Autobiography: The Beautiful Struggle (Ta-Nehisi Coates), Zami: A New Spelling of My Name (Audre Lorde), Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture (Ytasha L. Womack), Searching For Zion (Emily Raboteau), All About Love (bell hooks)

Poetry: The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (Kei Miller), Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Dawn Lundy Martin), Prelude to Bruise (Saeed Jones), Citizen: An American Lyric (Claudia Rankine)

Music: Black Noise (Tricia Rose), Coltrane on Coltrane: The John Coltrane Interviews (Chris DeVito), Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You? A Memoir (George Clinton with Ben Greenman), Thelonious Monk:The Life and Times of an American Original (Robin D. G. Kelley)

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