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#1 WHITE FRAGILITY

Robin DiAngelo

Historical and cultural analyses on what causes defensive moves by white people and how this inhibits cross-racial dialogue.

On the bestsellers list for 95 weeks


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#2 STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING

Ibram X Kendi

Winner of the 2016 National Book Award for nonfiction. A look at anti-Black racist ideas and their effect on the course of American history.

On the bestsellers list for 6 weeks


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#3 SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE

Ijeoma Oluo

A look at the contemporary racial landscape of the United States.

On the bestsellers list for 6 weeks


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#4 THE COLOR OF LAW

Richard Rothstein

A case for how the American government abetted racial segregation in metropolitan areas across the country.

On the bestsellers list for 9 weeks


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#5 JUST MERCY

Bryan Stevenson

A civil rights lawyer and MacArthur grant recipient’s memoir of his decades of work to free innocent people condemned to death.

On the bestsellers list for 211 weeks


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#6 THE NEW JIM CROW

Michelle Alexander

A law professor on the “war on drugs” and its role in the disproportionate incarceration of Black men.

On the bestsellers list for 192 weeks


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#7 WHY ARE ALL THE BLACK KIDS SITTING TOGETHER IN THE CAFETERIA?

Beverly Daniel Tatum

The president emerita of Spelman College examines whether self-segregation is a problem or a coping strategy.

On the bestsellers list for 4 weeks


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#8 THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS

Isabel Wilkerson

An account of the Great Migration of 1915-70, in which six million African-Americans abandoned the South.

On the bestsellers list for 27 weeks

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#9 BORN A CRIME

Trevor Noah

A memoir about growing up biracial in apartheid South Africa by the host of “The Daily Show.”

On the bestsellers list for 72 weeks


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#10 WHITE RAGE

Carol Anderson

A historian documents a long timeline and pattern in which social, legal and economic advances for African-Americans have been countered with systemic and deliberate opposition.

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#11 THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE

Bessel van der Kolk

How trauma affects the body and mind, and innovative treatments for recovery.

On the bestsellers list for 88 weeks


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#12 MY GRANDMOTHER'S HANDS

Resmaa Menakem

A therapist who specializes in trauma, body-centered psychotherapy and violence prevention explains racism's effect on the body.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#13 THE COLOR OF COMPROMISE

Jemar Tis

A history of race from America's early colonial days through to the Black Lives Matter movement and a call for a more racially unified church.

On the bestsellers list for 3 weeks


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#14 SAPIENS

Yuval Noah Harari

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

On the bestsellers list for 108 weeks


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#15 BRAIDING SWEETGRASS

Robin Wall Kimmerer

A botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation espouses having an understanding and appreciation of plants and animals.

On the bestsellers list for 15 weeks


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