• An Illuminated Life

    An Illuminated Life

    Ardizzone, Heidi

    The first curator of the breathtaking J.P. Morgan Library, Belle da Costa Greene led an outsized life hobnobbing with the rich and famous in Gilded Age New York, all the while masking her Black heritage behind a fabricated Portuguese ancestry.

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  • One Drop

    One Drop

    Blay, Yaba

    This wide-ranging collection of seventy photo-essays explores the shifting perceptions and lived experiences of racial identity in an increasingly heterogeneous yet still deeply biased America.

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  • The Yellow House

    The Yellow House

    Broom, Sarah M.

    With her mother's house in New Orleans as a focal point, memoirist Broom examines her relationships with her twelve siblings and their interpretations of home, both literal and figurative, in this National Book Award winner.

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  • One Drop

    One Drop

    Broyard, Bliss

    Shortly before his death, she learned her father Anatole Broyard was the descendant of Black and Creole ancestors, sending her on an odyssey to New Orleans to recover her lost relations, and better understand her father’s success and the self-hatred that lay beneath it.

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  • Loving

    Loving

    Cashin, Sheryll

    White supremacy in America has been propped up by many laws, chief among them those forbidding marriage across racial lines. Cashin takes a long look at four centuries of shifting norms and practices leading up to and following the landmark 1967 case of Loving v. Virginia.

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  • Playing Dead

    Playing Dead

    Greenwood, Elizabeth

    “Weirdly helpful” is how Brit Bennett described this intriguing exploration of how actual people have faked their own deaths, vanishing their past selves to be reborn into new, chosen identities.

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  • A Chosen Exile

    A Chosen Exile

    Hobbs, Allyson Vanessa

    What factors lead persons of African American ancestry to cross the color line, and what do they lose in the process? Hobbs eye-opening social history explores the stories of individuals whose experiences expose the illusory nature of the concept of race.

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  • Negroland

    Negroland

    Jefferson, Margo

    Among Bennett’s influences while writing the novel, she cites Jefferson’s thoughtful and candid memoir of growing up in an elite Black Chicago enclave, a world of light skinned privilege where upward mobility was the norm, rather than the exception.

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  • Incognegro

    Incognegro

    Johnson, Mat

    Inspired by the real-life exploits of Walter White, the light-skinned NAACP official who passed among whites to investigate lynching in the Depression era South, this gritty black and white graphic novel tells a harrowing story of bravery in the face of murder, intrigue and mob violence.

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  • White Like Her

    White Like Her

    Lukasik, Gail

    Her mother began passing as white when she met her father, but little guessed just how much she stood to lose by this act of radical self-reinvention. Years later, against her mother’s wishes, a daughter strives to recover her heritage and embrace her true identity.

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