Books

 A grid of summer books with titles like "sick," "if they come for us," "we built the wall," "assata taught me," and more

The Must-Read Race and Culture Books of the Summer

From memoirs to poetry to fiction, these titles will deepen your understanding of what’s going on, inspire activism and even entertain the kids.

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Author Q&A: Understanding Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis Through Marx, Monsters and a Queer Decolonial Lens

Colorlines talks to Philadelphia poet laureate Raquel Salas Rivera about their new book, “lo terciario/the tertiary,” which revisits Karl Marx’s “Capital” to examine Puerto Rico’s debt crisis from a queer decolonial lens.

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'Uncommon Bonds' Explores What It Takes for Women to Have Real Friendships Across Race

The collection of essays, poetry and letters, edited by Kersha Smith and Marcella Runell Hall, uncovers the tensions, vulnerabilities and power dynamics of true cross-racial friendships.

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I Wrote A Book With Michael Bennett. Here's Why I Stand With Him Now. [Opinion]

Dave Zirin, the co-author of “Things That Make White People Uncomfortable,” on why there’s nothing at all uncomfortable about standing by the activist athlete.

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A Very Serious Roundup of Race-Focused Books Coming Out This Spring

Transition into spring with this cross-section of titles.

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Michelle Obama Announces New Memoir Title, Release Date

“Becoming” will follow the former first lady of the United States’ journey from her childhood in South Side Chicago to the present.

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New Children's Book Shatters Monolithic Depictions of Motherhood

Juniper Fitzgerald and Elise Peterson’s new picture book, ‘How Mamas Love Their Babies,’ shows the many ways that mothers use their bodies to take care of and love their children.

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New Book 'Cycle of Segregation' Examines How Invisible Forces Reinforce Housing Inequity

Colorlines talks to authors Maria Krysan and Kyle Crowder about how invisible forces, such as social networks and personal experiences, contribute to residential segregation.

Publisher Launches Muslim-Focused Children's Book Imprint

Simon & Schuster bills Salaam Reads as the first major U.S. publishing imprint to center Muslim characters and stories.

Required Reading: Putting America’s Legacy of Failing Black Women Into Historical Context

The Association of Black Women Historians recommends books to put the current war on black women into historical context.

Read: New York Magazine’s Cover Story on Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates talks about his new book, why he’s suspicious of the forgiveness narrative surrounding the Charleston massacre and more.

Mo'ne Davis Keeps Her Eyes on the Prize

The teenage shutout pitcher is cutting deals and dealing with hate.

New Law Book Could Change the Face of Reproductive Rights

The first of its kind, “Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice” gives law students a new, intersectional way of thinking.

Jamaican-American Poet Claudia Rankine Among National Book Critics Circle Nominees

Chang-rae Lee and Hector Tobar were also nominated.

Here's What to Read for in the National Book Awards

Several authors of color were named among this year’s finalists.

Black, Queer and in Vogue [PHOTOS]

Mainstream pop culture has spent decades mining the house ballroom scene of black LGBTQ communities for inspiration–without recognition, or pay.

Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Octavia Butler

The sci-fi writer made her mark on and off the page.

Mindy Kaling Has a New Book on the Way About Work, Race and Sad Things

It’ll focus on the busy life she’s led since 2011.

Lack of Diversity is Only a Symptom

Daniel José Older’s powerful essay calls out the publishing industry’s institutional racism.

WNBA's Brittney Griner Releases New Book, Mobile App Campign to Tackle Bullying

“In My Skin” hit bookstores on Tuesday.