We've got an influx of new readers who are emailing which reminds me that many of the college students who are reading this blog were in high school when we started. A reader asked for reading reccomendations:


Do you think that you can ever do a thread recommended good books that are based on African-American studies? I recently read a book called Brainwashed and The Miseducation of the Negro and was wondering if you had any suggestions for books that you've read that really made you think.


Books/ Articles that made me think about the issues we cover here:


  1. Getting Played: African American Girls, Urban Inequality, and Gendered Violence  Jody Miller (Dry, but necessary. It debunks all the lies you'll hear and backs it up with DATA!)
  2. Parable of the Sower , Octavia Butler (Fiction/Prophesy)
  3. Parable of the Talents , Octavia Butler( Fiction/Prophesy)
  4. Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust ,Immaculee Ilibagiza (Non-fiction/History/Prophesy) 
  5. Unbought and Unbossed: Expanded 40th Anniversary Edition , Shirley Chisholm (Non-fiction/ History/Philosophy/Politics)
  6. Our Archived Stories (Dunbar Village, Daniyah Jackson, Ebony Dorsey ) ( Non-fiction/ Reality
  7. Amnesty International's Report on Sexual Violence Against Women in Haiti's "Refugee" Camps (Non-fiction/Reality)
  8. Africa's Forever  Wars, Jeffrey Gettleman (Non-fiction/Reality)


Hope that helps. If you read any of these get back to me and let me know what you think. I'm happy to discuss what they made me think and why. 


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