Book List

Listed here are books I am interested in reading, have read, and will read (in order according to genre):

Check out the 5 books that influenced me most here.

Sex, Race, + Race Politics

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

Barras, Jonetta Rose. Whatever Happened to Daddy’s Little Girl? The Impact of Fatherlessness on Black Women

Basinger, Jeanine. A Woman’s View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women

Bell, Derrick A. Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism

Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. Racism Without Racists: Colorblind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America

Breines, Winifred. The Trouble Between Us: An Uneasy History of White and Black Women in the Feminist Movement

Breitman, George, ed. Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements

Crawford, Vicki L., Jacqueline Anne Rouse and Barbara Woods, eds. Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Trailblazers and Torchbearers, 1941-1965

Danquah, Meri Nana-Ama. The Black Body

Dyson, Michael Eric. Open Mike: Reflections on Philosophy, Race, Sex, Culture, and Religion

Dyson, Michael Eric. Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?

Gaspar, David Barry and Darlene Clark Hine, eds. More Than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas

Giddings, Paula J. Ida: A Sword Among Lions

Gilens, Martin. Why Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media, and the Politics of Antipoverty Policy

Kinder, Donald R. and Cindy D. Kam. Us Against Them: Ethnocentric Foundations of American Opinion

Lincoln, Eric C. and Lawrence H. Mamiya. The Black Church in the African-American Experience

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

Roberts, Dorothy. Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty

Wallace-Sanders, Kimberly Giselle, ed. Skin Deep, Spirit Strong: The Black Female Body in American Culture

West, Cornel. Race Matters

West, Cornel. Hope on a Tightrope: Words and Wisdom

Food, Health, Spirituality + Eating Habits / Issues

Armstrong, Stephanie Covington. Not All Black Girls know How to Eat: A Story of Bulimia

Bair, Barbara. Wings of Gauze: Women of Color and the Experience of Health and Illness

Bird, Stephanie Rose. A Healing Grove: African Tree Remedies and Rituals for the Body and Spirit

Brazier, Brendan. Thrive Energy Cookbook

Brazier, Brendan. Thrive Fitness: The Vegan-Based Training Program for Maximum Strength, Health, and Fitness

Campbell, Colin T. and Thomas M. Campbell II. The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health

Davis, Brenda and Vesanto Melina, et al. Becoming Raw: The Essential Guide to Raw Vegan Diets

Dr. Dickson Despommier. The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century

Digh, Patti. Life Is a Verb: 37 Days To Wake Up, Be Mindful, And Live Intentionally

Deepak, Chopra, and David Simon. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga

Eisnitz, Gail A. Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry

Farrell, Amy Erdman. Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture

Foer, Jonathan Safran. Eating Animals

Goldstein, Joseph.  Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

Guthman, Julie. Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism

Harper, A. Breeze, ed. Sistah Vegan: Food, Identity, Health, and Society: Black Female Vegans Speak

Hicks, J. Morris. Healthy Eating, Healthy World: Unleashing the Power of Plant-Based Nutrition

Horton, Tony. The Big Picture

Hutchinson, Alex. Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?: Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise

Jones, Ellen Jaffe. Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day: A Game Plan for the Budget Conscious Cook

Katz, Sandor Ellix. The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements

Lee, Bruce. Tao of Jeet Kune Do

McQuirter, Tracye Lynn. By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat

Murray, Michael T., Joseph Pizzorno, and Lara Pizzorno. The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods

Murray, Michael T. and Joseph Pizzorno. The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine

Nestle, Marion. Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health

Opie, Frederick Douglass. Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America

Phillips, Adam and Barbara Taylor. On Kindness

Phyo, Ani. Ani’s Raw Food Essentials: Recipes and Techniques for Mastering the Art of Live Food

Phyo, Ani. Ani’s 15-Day Fat Blast: The Kick-Ass Plan to Get Lighter, Tighter, and Sexier . . . Super Fast

Popper, Pamela A. and Glen Merzer. Food Over Medicine: The Conversation That Could Save Your Life

Queen Afua. Heal Thyself: For Health and Longevity

Queen Afua. Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind and Spirit

Rinzler, Lodro. The Buddha Walks Into a Bar: A Guide to Life for a New Generation

Roberts, Paul. The End of Food

Ruiz, Don Miguel. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Ruiz Jr., Don Miguel. Living a Life of Awareness: Daily Meditations on the Toltec Path

Salzberg, Sharon. The Kindness Handbook: A Practical Companion

Salzberg, Sharon and Robert Thurman. Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit and Be a Whole Lot Happier

Schatz, Halé Sofia and Shira Shaiman. If The Buddha Came to Dinner: How to Nourish Your Body to Awaken Your Spirit

Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Shiva, Vandana. Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply

Smith, Melissa. Going Against the Grain: How Reducing and Avoiding Grains Can Revitalize Your Health

Supreme Understanding and C’BS Alife Allah, eds. The Hood Health Handbook: A Practical Guide to Health and Wellness in the Urban Community Vol. 2

Witt, Doris. Soul Food: Black Hunger in America


Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart

Auster, Paul. The New York Trilogy

Bambara, Toni Cade. The Salt Eaters

Bapsi, Sidhwa. Cracking India

Barnes, Dijuna. Nightwood

Danielewski, Mark. House of Leaves

Decarava, Roy and Langston Hughes. The Sweet Flypaper of Life

Delaney, Samuel R. Atlantis: Three Tales

Deveare Smith, Anna. Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

DuBois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk

Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man

Ellison, Ralph. Juneteenth

Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth

Farah, Narrudin. Maps

Faulkner, William. Light in August

Faulkner, William. Go Down, Moses

Gorra, Michael, ed. The Portable Conrad

Haley, Alex. The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Magona, Sindiwe. Mother to Mother

McKay, Nellie Y. and Henry Louis Gates, eds. The Norton Anthology of African American Literature

Moffett, James and Kenneth R. McElheny, eds. Points of View: An Anthology of Short Stories

Morrison, Toni. Paradise

Morrison, Toni, ed. James Baldwin: Collected Essays

Naylor, Gloria. The Women of Brewster Place

Obiechina, Emmanuel N. Language and Theme: Essays on African Literature

Shakur, Assata. Assata: An Autobiography

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein

Toomer, Jean. Cane

Thurman, Wallace. The Blacker the Berry

Tutuola, Amos. The Palm Wine Drunkard

Whitehead, Colson. The Intuitionist

Wright, Richard. Uncle Tom’s Children

Wright, Richard. Native Son

History, Politics + Culture

Aptheker, Herbert. American Negro Slave Revolts

Bacon, David. Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants

Blassingame, John W. The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South

Blackmon, Douglas A. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

Brown, Elaine. A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story

Brumberg, Joan Jacobs. The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls

Byrd, Ayana and Lori Tharps. Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America

Carson, Clayborne and Chris Shepard, eds. A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Clapham, Christopher S. Africa and the International System: The Politics of State Survival

Cobb, William Jelani. The Devil and Dave Chappelle

Cox, Earnest Sevier. Lincoln’s Negro Policy

Elam Jr., Harry Justin and Kennell Jackson, eds. Black Cultural Traffic: Crossroads in Global Performance and Popular Culture

Eyerman, Ron. Cultural Trauma: Slavery and the Formation of African American Identity

Frank, Thomas. What’s the Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America

Frazier, Franklin E. Black Bourgeoisie

Fusco, Coco and Brian Wallis, eds. Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self

Gallagher, Charles A. Rethinking the Color Line: Readings in Race and Ethnicity

Gourevitch, Phillip. We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories From Rwanda

Grant, Linda. The Thoughtful Dresser: The Art of Adornment, the Pleasures of Shopping, and Why Clothes Matter

Harris, Frederick. The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and the Rise and Decline of Black Politics

Hartman, Saidiya V. Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America

Herskovits, Melville J. The Myth of the Negro Past

Hilliard, David and Donald Weise, eds. The Huey P. Newton Reader

Holloway, Joseph E., ed. Africanisms in American Culture

Hunt, Alfred N. Haiti’s Influence on Antebellum America: Slumbering Volcano in the Caribbean

Johnson, Michael P. Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South

Jones, LeRoi. Blues People: Negro Music in White America

Keller, Bill and the New York Times. Class Matters

King, Wilma. Stolen Childhood: Slave Youth in Nineteenth-Century America

Leary, Joy Degruy. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing

Lewis, David L. When Harlem Was in Vogue

Lewis, Michael. The Culture of Inequality

London, Stacy. The Truth About Style

Lorde, Audre. Sister Outsider

Mamdani, Mahmood. When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda

Mamdani, Mahmood. Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror

Massey, Douglass and Nancy Denton.  American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass 

Mellon, James, ed. Bullwhip Days: The Slaves Remember

Nancy, Jean-Luc. Being Singular Plural

Peniel, Joseph E. Waiting ‘Til The Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America

Rankin, Patrice D. Aristotle and Black Drama: A Theater of Civil Disobedience

Reed, Ishmael. Mumbo Jumbo

Rickford, John Russell. Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English

Smiley, Tavis and Cornel West. The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto

Van Sertima, Ivan. They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America

Washington, Harriet A. Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present

Wilkerson, Isabella. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

Wise, Tim J. Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity

Wolffe, Richard. Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House


Abraham, Adam Everett, ed. Sun Ra: Collected Works Vol. 1 – Immeasurable Equation

Anzaldúa, Gloria. Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza

Asante, M.K. Jr. Beautiful. And Ugly Too

Asante, M.K. Jr. Like Water Running off My Back

Brooks, Gwendolyn. Annie Allen

Brooks, Gwendolyn. The Bean Eaters

Lorde, Audre. The Black Unicorn

Randall, Dudley, ed. The Black Poets

Smith, Mark Kelly with Joe Kraynak. Take the Mic: The Art of Performance Poetry, Slam, and Spoken Word

Writing + Literary Technique

Baig, Barbara. How to Be a Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play

Clark, Roy Peter. Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer

Hoffman, Gary and Glynis Hoffman. Adios, Strunk and White: A Handbook for the New Academic Essay

Lentricchia, Frank and Thomas McLaughlin, eds. Critical Terms for Literary Study

Troyka, Lynn Q. and Doug Hesse. Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers

White, Fred. The Daily Writer: 366 Meditations to Cultivate a Productive and Meaningful Writing Life

Zerubavel, Eviatar. The Clockwork Muse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations, and Books

Management / Entrepreneurship

Drucker, Peter F. Managing the Nonprofit Organization

Mancuso, Anthony. How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation