There are more than 250 books available for members of the FP community to borrow, including memoirs, biographies, novels, short stories, history, sociology, analysis, and books for children and teens.
How it Works
Until we’re able to be at First Parish in person, you can request to borrow a book by emailing RJlibrary@firstparish.info.
We will email you to plan a time and place for you to pick up the book or for us to drop it off for you. We are currently checking books out for one month, and are happy to renew your book unless someone else is waiting for it.
If you have any questions, would like to renew your book, or want to donate a book for the collection, email: RJlibrary@firstparish.info
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Title Author A Border Passage Leila Ahmed A Decisive Decade: An Insider’s View of the Chicago Civil Rights Movement Robert McKersie A Dream of Freedom: The Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1968 Diane McWhorter A Lesson Before Dying Ernest Gaines A Mercy Toni Morrison A Picture Book of Rosa Parks David A. Adler A Race is a Nice Thing to Have: A Guide to Being a White Person or Having a White Person in Your Life Janet E. Helms A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black Women in America Darlene Clark Hine A Warrior of the People (Susan LaFlesche, 1st Native American doctor) Joe Starita Aida As told by Leontyne Price Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation Jonathan Kozol Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Antiracist Baby Ibram X. Kendi At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years 1965-68 Taylor Branch At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America Philip Dray Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile Police, and Punish the Poor Virginia Eubanks Before There Was Mozart: The Story of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saitn-GeorgeLesa Cline-Ransome & James E. Ransome Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism & White Denial in the Age of Obama Tim Wise Between the World and Me (2) Ta-Nehisi Coates Black Genius: African-American Solutions to African-American Problems Walter Mosley et al., ed. Black Ice Lorene Cary Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine Emily Bernard Black on White: Black Writers on What it Means to be White David R. Roediger, ed. Black Pioneers in a White Denomination Mark D. Morrison-Reed Black Walden: Slavery and Its Aftermath in Concord, MA Elise Lemire Blues People: Negro Music in White America LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka) Borderlands/La Frontera (2) Gloria Anzaldua Brain Quest: Black History Barbara C. Ellis Brown Girl Dreaming (2) Jacqueline Woodson Brown v. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and Its Troubled Legacy James T. Patterson Buried Secrets of Menotomy’s Slaves Beverly Douhan Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, & FriendshipIrene Latham & Charles Waters Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution Diane McWhorter Caste, Class and Race: A Study in Social Dynamics Oliver C. Cox Caucasia Danzy Senna Chain of Change: Struggles for Black Community Development Mel King Clambake: A Wampanoag Tradition Russell M. Peters Coming of Age in Mississippi (2) Anne Moody Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families J. Anthony Lukas Courage and Conscience: Black & White Abolitionists in Boston Donald M. Jacobs, ed. Crossing the Color Line: Race, Parenting, and Culture Maureen T. Reddy Crossing the Racial Divide: A Study Guide Editors of Sojourners Crusader for Freedom: A Life of Lydia Maria Child Deborah Pickman Clifford Delia’s Tears: Race, Science, and Photography in 19th Century America Molly Rogers Delivering Justice: W.W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights Jim Haskins Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Thru Islamic Eyes Tamim Ansary Dreams from My Father (2) Barack Obama Drinking Coffee Elsewhere ZZ Packer Encounter Jane Yolen Esperanza Rising Pam Munoz Ryan Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Matthew Desmond Exit West Mohsin Hamed Falling Leaves Adeline Yen Mah Fire Shut Up in My Bones Charles M. Blow First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers Loung Ung Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction Eric Foner Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom David W. Blight Freedom’s Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970 Lynne Olson Getting Mother’s Body Suzan-Lori Parks Getting Real about RaceStephanie M. McClure & Cherise A. Harris, eds. Go Free or Die: A Story about Harriet Tubman Jeri Ferris Good Talk Mira Jacob Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook Christopher Noxon Gospel Choirs: Psalms of Survival in an Alien Land Called Home Derrick Bell Half of a Yellow Sun Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn PrejudiceCaryl Stern La-Rosa & Ellen Hofheimer Bettmann Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans Kadir Nelson Hidden Figures Margot Lee Shetterly High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery that Challenges Everything You Know about Drugs and Society Dr. Carl Hart Homecoming: The Story of African-American FarmersCharlene Gilbert & Quinn Eli Homegoing Yaa Gyasi How Does it Feel to be Unwanted: Stories of Resistance and Resilience from Mexicans Living in the U.S. Eileen Truax How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents Juia Alvarez How to Make a Slave and Other Essays Jerald Walker I Am Malala (Young Readers Edition) Malala Yousafzai I Am Not a Number Kay Dupuis & Kathy Kracer I Have a Dream: The Quotations of Martin Luther King, Jr. Lotte Hoskins, ed. I’m Not a Racist But …: The Moral Quandary of Race Lawrence Blum I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness Austin Channing Brown If Beale Street Could Talk James Baldwin In My Place Charlayne Hunter-Gault In the Time of the Butterflies Julia Alvarez Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Harriet Jacobs Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World Jack Weatherford Infidel: My Life Ayaan Hirsi Ali Inside Out and Back Again Thanhha Lai Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri Jesus and the Disinherited Howard Thurman Just Mercy (2) Bryan Stevenson KIds Explore America’s African American HeritageWestridge Young Writers Workshop Killers of the Dream Lillian Smith Killing Rage, Ending Racism bell hooks Kindred Octavia E. Butler Krik? Krak! Edwidge Danticat Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work, and the Family, from Slavery to the Present Jacqueline Jones Lies My Teacher Told Me James W. Loewen Lifting the White Veil: An Exploration of White American Culture in a Multiracial Context Jeff Hitchcock Living in Spanglish: The Search for Latino Identity in America Ed Morales Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America James Forman, Jr. Manchild in the Promised Land Claude Brown Mankiller: A Chief and Her People Wilma Mankiller March Vol 1 John Lewis, et al. March Vol 2 John Lewis, et al. March Vol 3 John Lewis, et al. Marching for Freedom Elizabeth Patridge Martin Luther King, Jr., A Profile C. Eric Lincoln, ed. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Dream of Hope Alice Fleming Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Doreen Rappaport Maya Angelou: Greeting the Morning Sarah E. King Maya Angelou: Greeting the Morning Sarah E. King Misremembering Dr. King: Revisiting the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Jennifer J. Yanco Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America Gregory Rodriguez Mudbound Hillary Jordan My Beloved World Sonia Sotomayor My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies Resmaa Menankem My Invented Country Isabel Allende Native American Stories Told by Joseph Bruchac Never Forgotten Patricia C. McKissack Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America (2) Sharmila Sen Notes of a Native Son James Baldwin One Crazy Summer Rita Williams-Garcia Picture Windows: How the Suburbs HappenedRosalyn Baxandall & Elizabeth Ewen Post Black: How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity Ytasha L. Womack Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools Monique W. Morris Race and Manifest Destiny: The Origins of American Anglo-Saxonism Reginald Horsman Race and the Invisible Hand: How White Men Exclude Black Men from Blue-Collar Jobs Deirdre Royster Race Matters Cornel West Remember LIttle Rock: The Time, The People, The Stories Paul Robert Walker Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook Jeffrey Wright, narrator Salvage the Bones Jesmyn Ward Sarah’s Long Walk: The Free Blacks of Boston and How Their Struggle for Equality Changed AmericaStephen Kendrick & Paul Kendrick Sea of Poppies Amitav Ghosh Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America Rich Benjamin Seeds of Racism in the Soul of America Paul R. Griffin Show Way Jacqueline Woodson Sister Outsider Audre Lord Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story Paula Yoo So You Want to Talk about Race Ijeoma Oluo Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter Carmen Aguirre Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows Up in the Bronx Jonah Winter Soul on Ice Eldridge Cleaver Soul Work: Anti-Racist Theologies in DialogueMarjorie Bowens Wheatley & Nancy Palmer Jones, eds. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (2) Ibram X. Kendi Stella by Starlight Sharon M. Draper Stolen Continents: The “New World” through Indian Eyes Ronald Wright Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story Martin Luther King, Jr. Such a Fun Age Kiley Reid Suppressed: The Fight to Vote Brave New Films Talking Back bell hooks Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice: A SourcebookMaurianne Adams, Lee Anne Bell, Pat Griffin, eds. Teammates (2) Peter Golenbock The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Sherman Alexie The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley Malcolm X The Bingo Palace Louise Erdrich The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America’s Civil War Dick Lehr The Black Elite: Facing the Color Line in the Twilight of the 20th Century Lois Benjamin The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person Frederick Joseph The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore Vaunda Micheaux Nelson The Breadwinner Deborah Ellis The Children of the Morning Light: Wampanoag Tales Manitonquat The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Richard Rothstein The Color of Welfare: How Racism Undermined the War on Poverty Jill Quadagno The Color Purple Alice Walker The Colors of Poverty: Why Racial and Ethnic Disparities PersistAnn Chih Lin & David Harris, eds. The Cost of Privilege: Taking on the System of White Supremacy and Racism Chip Smith The Day the World Ended at Little Big Horn Joseph M. Marshall III The Education of a WASP Lois Mark Stalvey The End of Policing Alex S. Vitale The Far Away Brother: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life Lauren Markham The Girl Who Fell from the Sky Heidi W. Durrow The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy The Hate U Give Angie Thomas The Hidden History of Massachusetts: A Guide for Black Folks (2) Dr. Tingba Apidta The House on Mango Street Sandra Cisneros The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lax Rebecca Skloot The Intuitionist Colson Whitehead The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan The Known World Edward P. Jones The Light of the World Elizabeth Alexander The Line Becomes a River Francisco Cantu The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady … Veronica Chambers, ed. The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It Jo Ann Gibson Robinson The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness (3) Michelle Alexander The Nickel Boys Colson Whitehead The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change Aldon D. Morris The Other Side Jacqueline Woodson The Penalty for Success: My Father Was Lynched in Lowndes County, Alabama Josephine Bolling McCall The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales Virginia Hamilton The Poet X Elizabeth Acevedo The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Race, Class, and Crime in America Charles Ogletree The Problem of Race in the 21st Century Thomas C. Holt The Reluctant Fundamentalist Mohsin Hamed The Salt Eaters Toni Cade Bambara The Skin You Live In Michael Tyler The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down Anne Fadiman The Toughest Indian in the World Sherman Alexie The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy William Julius Wilson The Truth that Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom Barbara Smith The Turtle Watchers Pamela Powell The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead The Underground Railroad: A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, Etc. William Still The Vanishing HalfBrit Bennett The Voice of Anna Julia CooperAnna Julia Cooper; Charles Lemert & Esme Bhan, eds. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration Isabel Wilkerson The Water Dancer Ta-Nehisi Coates The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart Alice Walker The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart Alice Walker The Ways of White Folks Langston Hughes Their Eyes Were Watching God (2) Zora Neale Hurston There There Tommy Orange They Called Us EnemyGeorge Takei This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (2)Cherrie Moraga & Gloria Anzaldua, ed. This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer Kay Mills Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy Chris CrassTowards the Other America: Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter (2) Twelve Years a Slave Solomon Northrup Unafraid of the Dark Rosemary L. Bray Unitarian Universalists of Color: Stories of Struggle, Courage, Love and Faith (2)Yuri Yamamoto, Chandra Snell, & Tim Hanami, eds Up from Slavery Booker T. Washington Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice (2) Paul Kivel Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer Carole Boston Weatherford Voices in Our Blood: America’s Best on the Civil Rights Movement Jon Meacham, ed. Voices of West Medford: Oral Histories from the African American Community Sharon Kennedy Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy Carlos Eire Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race (6) Debby Irving Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement John Lewis Warriors Don’t Cry Melba Patillo Beals We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival Jabari Asim We Were Eight Years in Power Ta-Nehisi Coates Weaving the Fabric of Diversity: An Anti-Bias Program for AdultsJacqui James & Judith A. Frediani Weedflower Cynthia Kadohata What Does It Mean to be White in America?Gabrielle David & Sean Frederick Forbes, ed. What Does it Mean to be White? Developing Racial Literacy Robin DiAngelo What Is the What Dave Eggers When I Was Puerto Rican (2) Esmeralda Santiago When Marian Sang Pam Munoz Ryan When We Were Colored Clifton Taulbert Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Grace Lin White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race Ian F. Hanley Lopez White Fragility (3) Robin DiAngelo White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (2) Tim Wise White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (3) Carol Anderson White Women, Race Matters Ruth Frankenberg Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? (2) Beverly Daniel Tatum Why We Can’t Wait Martin Luther King, Jr. Women, Race, & Class Angela Y. Davis Working Toward Whiteness: How America’s Immigrants Became White David R. Roediger Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White Frank H. Wu You Can’t Touch My Hair Phoebe Robinson You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me Sherman Alexie Zami: A New Spelling of My Name Audre Lord Zeitoun Dave Eggers
Note: This section of the website is still evolving. Please watch this space as we identify more resources in the near future.
RJCC would love to hear from you with ideas, suggestions, and questions. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org