Amplify Black Stories

Because Black History shouldn’t only be relegated to February, the shortest month of the year, Penguin Random House has put out the Black Excellence Booklist. Here is a partial list of suggestions to get you started. If any of you own any of these books and wouldn’t mind passing them around, please put them in the curbside pickup/drop off box at Bet Ha’am. 

Making Waves

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris

The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison

Making it Reel (books that made it into films)

I Am Not Your Negro from texts by James Baldwin

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom by August Wilson (Netflix)

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

Making Meals
Son of a Southern Chef by Lazarus Lynch 
Yes, Chef, a memoir by Marcus Samuelson 
Notes from a Young Black Chef, a memoir by Kwame Onwuachi
Sweet Potato Soul by Jenne Claiborne
Soul Food Love by Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams
Making New Stories
Such a Fun Age by  Kiley Reid
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Memorial by Bryan Washington

Making Timeless Tales

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes

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