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Illinois Bookseller Shares Her Recommended Reading About Race


In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, booksellers have been inundated with requests for books about race in America. 

The 21st talked with Verlean Singletary, owner of the online bookseller, Da Book Joint, about her recommendations. 

Verlean's recommended titles:

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward

Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine

They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement, by Wesley Lowery

Heavy: An American Memoir, by Kiese Laymon

The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America, by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson