February Book Highlights

In honor of Black History Month, here is exciting new fiction and non-fiction by and about African Americans.

A Black Women’s History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross: How African American women are – and always have been – instrumental in shaping our country.

Conversations in Black edited by Ed Gordon: Journalist Ed Gordon brings together prominent Black voices, including Stacey Abrams, Michael Eric Dyson, and Charlamagne tha God, to talk about power, politics, and leadership.

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick by Zora Neale Hurston: Early short stories from “one of the greatest writers of our time,” according to Toni Morrison, beginning in 1925 when Hurston was a student at Barnard.

The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story that Sparked the Civil War by Jared A. Brock: The incredible journey from slavery to freedom of Josiah Henson, the real-life slave who inspired Uncle Tom’s Cabin. He also rescued 118 enslaved people, won a medal at the London World’s Fair, and founded a freeman settlement called Dawn.

Romance in Marseille by Claude McKay: A newly discovered classic from the Harlem Renaissance, this novel deals with class, gender, queerness and more in the international port city of Marseilles.

Driving While Black by Gretchen Sorin: Charts how the automobile fundamentally reshaped African American life, even while car travel remained segregated. Travel guides to all-Black establishments,like the famous Green Book, helped African Americans find places where they were welcome.