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.

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You’ll find the Racial Justice Library under the stairs to the Sanctuary balcony.  Or watch for Kate with a cart full of books at coffee hour.

Sign a book out for a one month loan, and take a due date slip if you like.  Sign it back in when you return with it.

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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-George
    Lesa 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, & Friendship
    Irene 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 Race
    Stephanie 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 Prejudice
    Caryl 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 Farmers
    Charlene 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 Heritage
    Westridge 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 Happened
    Rosalyn 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 America
    Stephen 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 Dialogue
    Marjorie 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 Sourcebook
    Maurianne 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 Persist
    Ann 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 Half
    Brit Bennett
    The Voice of Anna Julia Cooper
    Anna 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 Enemy
    George 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 Crass
    Towards 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 Adults
    Jacqui 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


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