Summer Reading Lists

Summer Reading List Below

  • So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo (Common Text 2019-20 academic year)
  • Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer Eberhardt, Ph.D. 
  • There There by Tommy Orange
  • Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions by Valeria Luiselli
  • Head Off and Split: Poems by Nikky Finney (winner, National Book Award for Poetry)
  • Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow
  • Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity 3rd ed. Edition by C Riley Snorton
  • May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem (The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture) by Imani Perry
  • Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas
  • No-No Boy by John Okada
  • The White Card: A Play by Claudia Rankine
  • The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives: Stories by Viet Thanh Nguyen, editor
  • Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
  • We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom Hardcover by Bettina Love
  • Citizens but Not Americans: Race and Belonging among Latino Millennials by Nilda Flores-González
  • The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby
  • Murder on Shades Mountain: The Legal Lynching of Willie Peterson and the Struggle for Justice in Jim Crow Birmingham by Melanie S. Morrison
  • Real American: A Memoir by Julie Lythcott-Haims
  • I've Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter To My Daughter by David Chariandy
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
  • What if I Say the Wrong Thing?: 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People by Verna A. Myers
  • National Book Award Winner, Ibram Kendi, and author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America published a reading list that appeared in the New York Times, May 2019 that offers additional fodder for the study of race:


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