Race and Inclusion Book List

December 20, 2016

circle-312343_640Race and Inclusion Book List

The Friends of Roslindale Branch Library have formed a Racial Justice and Inclusiveness Committee to plan educational events, discussions, and presentations related to race, ethnicity, religion, and culture.

The listed books below are related to these topics.  They have been divided by age group - adults, teens, and children - and can be borrowed from the Roslindale Library.

This is a living book list and it will be updated regularly with new books over time.  We also have dedicated book lists related to Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, LGBT Pride, Women's History Month, Disability Rights and Native American Heritage Month.  The BPL also maintains a Social Justice page on its website.


Between the World and Me
By Ta-Nehisi Coates

Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice
By Adam Benforado

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
By Michelle Alexander

America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America
By Jim Wallis

Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga
By Pamela Newkirk

By Danzy Senna

The Sympathizer
by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families
By J. Anthony Lukas

The Underground Railroad
By Colson Whitehead

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
By Matthew Desmond

Queen Sugar
by Natalie Baszile

Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White
By Frank Wu

Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote
By Gordon A. Martin

Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America
By Juan González

A People's History of the United States
By Howard Zinn

The Fire Next Time
By James Baldwin

Dying to Cross: The Worst Immigrant Tragedy in American History
By Jorge Ramos

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race
By Jesmyn Ward

The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap
By Gish Jen

A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America's First Indian Doctor
By Joe Starita

Redefining Realness: My Path To Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
By Janet Mock

Black Wealth, White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality
By Melvin Oliver

Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans With Disabilities Act Gave the Largest US Minority Its Rights
By Lennard Johnson

Living a Feminist Life
By Sarah Ahmed

By Yaa Gyasi

Salvage the Bones
By Jesmyn Ward

Give Us the Ballot: the Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America
By Ari Berman

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice & Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson

Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations about Race
by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Whistling Past the Graveyard
by Susan Crandall

To Die For The People
By Huey Newton
By Stephen H. Foreman

Waking Up White & Finding Myself in the Story
by Debby Irving

Being Muslim: A Groundwork Guide
by Harrom Siddiqui

What do Muslims Believe: The Roots & Reali
by Ziauddin Sardar

By Junot Diaz

You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain
By Phoebe Robinson

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
By Monique Morris

Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond
By Marc Lamont Hill

The House on Mango Street
By Sandra Cisneros

How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America
By Moustafa Bayoumi

Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965
By Juan Williams and Julian Bond

Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement
By John Lewis

The Warmth of Other Suns
By Isabel Wilkerson

The Gilded Years
By Karin Tanabe

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education
By Mychal Denzel Smith

Reaching for the Stars: The Inspiring Story of a Migrant Farmworker Turned Astronaut
By José M. Hernández

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States
By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

The Namesake
By Jhumpa Lahiri

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
By Cathy O'Neil

Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism
By Daisy Hernandez

The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear
By Rev. William Barber

In The Country We Love: My Family Divided
By Diane Guerrero

When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in 20th Century America
By Ira Katznelson

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
By Richard Rothstein

The Making of Asian America: A History
By Erika Lee

We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future
By Deepa Iyer

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
By Ibram X. Kendi

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery & the Making of American Capitalism
By Edward E. Baptiste

Sing, Unburied, Sing
By Jesmyn Ward

Men We Reaped: a Memoir
By Jesmyn Ward

Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam
by G. Willow Wilson

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery & the Making of American Capitalism
By Edward E. Baptiste

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black People from the Civil War to World War II
By Douglas Blackmon

We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, & Sikh Immigrants Shape the Mul
by Deepa Iyer

Teens/Young Adult

By Walter Dean Myers

The Watsons Go to Birmingham
By Christoper Paul Curtis

All American Boys
By Jason Reynolds

Letters from a Slave Girl: The Story of Harriet Jacobs
By Mary Lyons

Does My Head Look Big In This?
By Randa Abdel-fattah

Out of Darkness
By Ashley Hope Perez

By Cynthia Kadohata

Ask Me No Questions
By Marina Budhos

When I was Puerto Rican
By Esmeralda Santiago

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
By Sherman Alexie

We Love You, Charlie Freeman
By Kaitlyn Greenidge

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
By Julia Alvarez

Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path of Peace
by Patricia Raybon & Alana Raybon

Lucy And Linh
By Alice Pung

The Arab of the Future 2: A Childhood in the Middle East (1984-1985)
By Riad Sattouf


The Story of Ruby Bridges
By Robert Coles

The Hijab Boutique
By Michelle Khan

Baseball Saved Us
By Ken Mochizuki

Shooting Kabul
By N.H. Senzai

Brown Girl Dreaming
By Jacqueline Woodson

Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story
By Nora Raleigh Baskin

Mixed Me!
By Taye Diggs

Six Million Paper Clips: The Making of a Children’s Holocaust Memorial
By Peter W. Schroeder

King For A Day
By Rukhsana Khan

El Pez Arco Iris
By Marcus Pfister

Nappy Hair
by Carolivia Herron

Sonia Sotomayor
By Katleen Krull

Thunder Boy Jr.
By Sherman Alexie

Don't Call Me Grandma
By Vaunda Nelson

2 commnets on “Race and Inclusion Book List

  1. Shawn Wilson says:

    I would like to add a book to this list- To Die For the People:the Writings of Huey Newton
    with a forward by Toni Morrison
    In the words of a black historian- “represents one of the most important analyses of the politics of race, black radicalism and democracy written during the civil rights/Black Power era. it remains a crucial and indispensable text in our contemporary efforts to understand the continuous legacy of social movements of the 1960’s and 1970’s.”

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