Black History Month 2017

Celebrate the culture and contributions of black Americans of African, Latin, and Middle Eastern heritage with these recently published books.

Compiled by:
Ryan S.
 Hamilton : the Revolution : Being the Complete Libretto of the Broadway Musical, with a True Account of Its Creation, and Concise Remarks on Hip-hop, the Power of Stories, and the New America

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter
Adult Nonfiction 782.1402 Mir

This glorious, oversize testament to the multiple Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton is a joy to anyone who loves the sound track or who has been lucky enough to score tickets to the show. A must-have for initiated and uninitiated alike. —School Library Journal

Behold the Dreamers

Imbolo Mbue
Adult Fiction Mbue

This heartfelt and intimate portrayal of African immigrants trying to make it in New York City around 2007 focuses on the family of Jende Jonga from Cameroon. A fast-paced, engaging read with an interesting cross-cultural background. —Library Journal

The Blood of Emmett Till

Timothy B. Tyson
Adult Nonfiction 364.134 Tys

With rare immediacy, Tyson (Blood Done Sign My Name) revisits the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till in Mississippi and the acquittal of those responsible in a gripping account of the cultural milieu of a racist environment. —Publishers Weekly


Safiya Sinclair
Adult Nonfiction 811.6 Sin

The poems in Safiya Sinclair's Cannibal explore Jamaican childhood and history, race relations in America, womanhood, otherness, and exile. A provocative poetic exploration of the female body, identity, and race. (Publisher)

Dreamland Burning

Jennifer Latham
Young Adult Fiction Latham

Alternating between the voices of two seventeen-year-olds—a contemporary biracial (her mother is black, her father is white) young woman named Rowan Chase, and Will Tillman, son of an Osage mother and white father, in 1921—this book sheds light on the Tulsa "race riot" of 1921 in which white Tulsans decimated a thriving black neighborhood. —Horn Book

The Fire This Time : a New Generation Speaks About Race

Jesmyn Ward (editor)
Adult Nonfiction 305.896 Fir

National Book Award winner Ward explores what it means to be black in America, past and present. This relevant anthology illuminates the fears, hopes, and joys of blackness and will spark interest in the contributors' previous works. —Library Journal

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas
Young Adult Fiction Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two very different worlds: one is her home in a poor black urban neighborhood; the other is the tony suburban prep school she attends and the white boy she dates there. Thomas' debut, both a searing indictment of injustice and a clear-eyed, dramatic examination of the complexities of race in America, invites deep thoughts about our social fabric, ethics, morality, and justice. —Booklist

March: Book Three

John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
Graphic Novels 921 Lewis

Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world. (Publisher)

The Meaning of Michelle: 15 writers on the iconic first lady and how her journey inspires our own

Veronica Chambers (editor)
Adult Nonfiction 973.932 Mea

The essayists in this collection include women's studies and African American scholars, musicians, film industry leaders, and best-selling authors. Most express a belief that she is an example for African American girls and women to refuse limitations to dreams and goals. —Library Journal

The Red Rooster Cookbook : the Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem

Marcus Samuelsson
Adult Nonfiction 641.5974 Sam

Rock-star-chef Samuelsson throws everything into this stone soup of a book: his native Ethiopia, his adopted Sweden, the haute-cuisine precision of his European training, and the multiculti flavors of Harlem, from the spicy blend of musical beats to the ever-shifting street scenes, from the rich Afro and Latin culinary and literary traditions to the Apollo theater. —Booklist

The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead
Adult Fiction Whitehead

In this magnetizing and wrenching saga, Whitehead tells the story of smart and resilient Cora, a young third-generation slave on a Georgia cotton plantation where she has been brutally attacked by whites and blacks. Hard-driving, laser-sharp, artistically superlative, and deeply compassionate, Whitehead's unforgettable odyssey adds a clarion new facet to the literature of racial tyranny and liberation. —Booklist

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours: Stories

Helen Oyeyemi
Adult Fiction Oyeyemi

Lovers populate the pages of these fable-like tales, pining passionately as their quest for a beloved takes them on bewitching journeys. —Booklist