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Five Great Reads for Black History Month

Check out these titles for Black History Month. Both these titles and the books on display on level one for Black History Month were selected by librarian Annika Deutsch.

Words and Songs of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone : Sound Motion, Blues Spirit, and African Memory
By Melanie E Bratcher

This book examines the lives of three African American singer-songwriters and how their music reflects African American sociocultural experiences.

Encyclopedia of Black Comics
By Sheena C Howard ; Henry Louis Gates Jr. ; Christopher Priest

The book focuses on creators in the field of comics: inkers, illustrators, artists, writers, editors, Black comic historians, Black comic convention creators, website creators, archivists, and academics—as well as individuals who may not fit into any category but have made notable achievements within and/or across Black comic culture.

Chicago Review Press

The Black Imagination, Science Fiction, Futurism and the Speculative
By Sandra Jackson

This book consists of scholarly analysis of science fiction, speculative fiction, and futurism in literature and film by Black artists.

My America : Recipes From a Young Black Chef
By Joshua David Stein and Kwame Onwuachi

In this book, chef Kwame Onwuachi explores the foods, flavors, and family traditions that compose his experience of what it means to be an American.

Food and Wine

Burnin’ Down the House : Home in African American Literature
By Valerie Sweeney Prince

This book examines the place of home in five classic novels by African American authors: Native Son by Richard Wright, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, and Corregidora by Gayl Jones.

Columbia University Press

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