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(F) = work of fiction

This is an growing and evolving list of books planned to be read or have been completed. Books completed by one or both of us are featured below. A PDF copy of the list will be available soon. 

Book suggestions can be emailed to hotmessheroespodcast@gmail.com.

  • Twelve Years a Slave by Soloman Northup

  • The Narrative of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

  • Beloved by Toni Morrison (F)

  • Cane River by Lalita Tademy (F)

  • Roots by Alex Haley (F)

  • The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward E. Baptist.

  • Twelve Years a Slave by Soloman Northup

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

  • Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution by Eric Foner

  • The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

  • The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 by Tim Madigan

  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

  • The Autobiography of Malcom X by Malcom X (with Alex Haley)

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

  • They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowry 

  • Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (F)

  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

  • Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: a young black man’s Education by Mychal Denzel Smith

  • Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • How to by An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

  • Policing the Black by Angela J. Davis

  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

FEATURED BOOKS

These are the books we (or at least one of us) have completed from our reading list. Be sure to 

KINDRED

By Octavia Butler

Perhaps one of the best historical fiction books I have ever read. A writer in 1976 Los Angeles finds herself torn from her home and transported to a plantation in Maryland around 1815. She is forced to learn how to survive in "the land of the free" while being enslaved.  

THE COLOR OF LAW

By Richard Rothstein

This book is hard to read. Not in the sense that it is hard to follow, but it paints a very real picture of how racial prejudice has segregated America...even "unofficially," if you can even say that, in modern times. 

THE HATE U GIVE

By Angie Thomas

This book is a fictional take inspired by true events...police brutality and excessive force resulting in the death of a young black man. Our narrator, Starr, is witness to a tragic life ending too soon for a longtime friend and also must face the wicked publicity that comes with being blacken White America. 

CANE RIVER

By Lalita Tademy

Inspired by her heritage and family history, Lalita Tademy tells a story of generations of women, starting with her traceable roots in the Antebellum South.

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