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Black History Month
These books and others were added to the Upper School Library this past year.
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song by
Call Number: 811.008 AFR (US display)
Publication Date: 2020-10-20
Poetry collection includes pivotal creative movements of the Harlem Renaissance, the Chicago Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and such writing collectives as June Jordan’s Poetry for the People, Cave Canem, and the Dark Room Collective.
Just Us by
Call Number: 305.896 RAN (US Library display)
Drawing on her own experience as a Black woman married to a white man, Rankine highlights the necessity of having uncomfortable conversations and explores a series of real encounters with friends and strangers--each disrupting the false comfort of spaces where our public and private lives intersect, like the airport, the theatre, the dinner party and the voting booth.
At Night All Blood Is Black by
Call Number: F DIO (US Library display)
Publication Date: 2020-11-10
A Sengalese soldier loses his mind in the trenches of World War I. Selected by students across France to win the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens, David Diop’s English-language.
Loretta Little Looks Back by
Call Number: J F PIN (US Library Display)
Loretta, Roly, and Aggie B. Little relate their Mississippi family's struggles and triumphs from 1927 to 1968 while struggling as sharecroppers, living under Jim Crow, and fighting for Civil Rights.
The Talk by
Call Number: 305.8 TAL (US Library display)
For some, “The Talk” is a form of insuring life and survival. For others, it’s facing the reality of the covert ways that their worth is diminished and even trivialized. Still, there are those for whom “The Talk” is a harrowing realization of the systems of oppression from which they benefit. In this collection of short stories, letters, and poems, the defining factor of “The Talk” is race and racial identity.
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by
Call Number: 305.800973 ACH (US Library Display)
Emmanuel Acho takes on all the questions, large and small, insensitive and taboo, many white Americans are afraid to ask.
Every Body Looking by
When Ada leaves home for her freshman year at a Historically Black College, it's the first time she's ever been so far from her family--and the first time that she's been able to make her own choices and to seek her place in this new world. As she stumbles deeper into the world of dance and explores her sexuality, she also begins to wrestle with her past.
The Office of Historical Corrections by
Call Number: Print copy also available (US Library display)
Publication Date: 2020-11-10
Short story collection that introduces us to Black and multiracial characters who are experiencing the universal confusions of lust and love, and getting walloped by grief--all while exploring how history haunts us, personally and collectively.
Early Departures by
Jamal's best friend, Q, doesn't know that he died, and that he's about to die again. He doesn't know that Jamal tried to save him. And that the reason they haven't been friends for two years is because Jamal blames Q for the accident that killed his parents. But what if Jamal could have a second chance?
A Black Women's History of the United States by
Call Number: 305.48 BER
Publication Date: 2020-02-04
A critical survey of black women's complicated legacy in America, as it takes into account their exploitation and victimization as well as their undeniable and substantial contributions to the country since its inception
To discover the truth behind her mother's mysterious death, a teen girl infiltrates a magical secret society claiming to be the descendants of King Arthur and his knights
You Should See Me in a Crown by
It’s senior year and Liz is headed for her late mother’s alma mater, Pennington University. At the top of her class, Liz has the grades, the extracurriculars, and even the acceptance letter she needs to make her dreams a reality—never mind that she exists on the outskirts of her school’s social hierarchy. But when the final piece of her puzzle, a scholarship from the university band, falls through, Liz knows she’ll have to do whatever it takes to get to college, even if that means running for prom queen.
A Sky Painted Gold by
It is the summer of 1929. Lou Trevelyan is a small-town girl with big dreams of becoming a writer. Then she meets the Cardew siblings: the bubbly Caitlin and her handsome, enigmatic brother, Robert. Lou is swept into their glittering whirlwind of moonlit parties, unrivaled glamour, and whispered secrets.
Throne of Glass (Book 1,2) by
After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
A Promised Land by
Call Number: B Obama (US Library Display)
Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency.
The 99% Invisible City by
Call Number: 720 MAR (US Library display)
Based on the podcast, 99% Invisible, this book highlights the underappreciated aspects of our built environment.
We Keep the Dead Close by
Call Number: 364.152 COO (US Library Display)
True crime narrative of an unsolved 1969 murder of a girl who dreamt of rising among men at Harvard.
The Kindest Lie by
Publication Date: 2021-02-02
Ruth Tuttle, an Ivy-League educated Black engineer, is married to a kind and successful man who is eager to start a family, but Ruth is uncertain. She knows that to move forward she must make peace with the past.
The Four Winds by
During the Dust Bowl era, Elsa Martinelli--like so many of her neighbors--must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life.
The Wife Upstairs by
A modern take on the Gothic classic Jane Eyre, this novel pairs Southern charm with atmospheric domestic suspense.
White Ivy by
Call Number: F YAN (US Library display)
A young immigrant woman's obsession with her privileged male classmate - and the lengths she'll go to win his love.
The Sun Collective by
Call Number: F BAX (US Library Display)
Once a promising actor, Tim Brettigan has gone missing. His father thinks he may have seen him among some homeless people. And though she knows he left on purpose, his mother has been searching for him all over the city. She checks the usual places--churches, storefronts, benches--and stumbles upon a local community group with lofty goals and an enigmatic leader who will alter all of their lives.