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Black History Month 2022

Black History Month 2022

A list of books celebrating Black voices, recommended by the Booksellers at Powell's Books.

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You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays

By Zora Neale Hurston, Henry Louis Gates & Genevieve West
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 15 hours 19 minutes

Introduction by New York Times bestselling author Henry Louis Gates Jr. 

Spanning more than 35 years of work, the first comprehensive collection of essays, criticism, and articles by the legendary author of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston, showcasing the evolution of her distinctive style as an archivist and author.

“One of the greatest...

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South to America

A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation

By Imani Perry
Narrated by: Imani Perry
Length: 16 hours 32 minutes

“An elegant meditation on the complexities of the American South—and thus of America—by an esteemed daughter of the South and one of the great intellectuals of our time. An inspiration.”

—Isabel Wilkerson, New York Times bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

An essential, surprising journey...

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Speaking of Race

Why Everybody Needs to Talk About Racism—and How to Do It

By Celeste Headlee
Narrated by: Celeste Headlee
Length: 7 hours 54 minutes

A Boston Globe Most Anticipated Fall Book

In this urgently needed guide, the PBS host, award-winning journalist, and author of We Need to Talk teaches us how to have productive conversations about race, offering insights, advice, and support.


A self-described “light-skinned Black Jew,” Celeste Headlee has been forced to speak about race—including...

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A Soft Place to Land

By Janae Marks
Narrated by: Imani Parks
Length: 6 hours 7 minutes

A Soft Place to Land

“When her father loses his job, causing her family to move into an apartment building, Joy Taylor’s life dramatically changes—she has to share a room with her little sister, the walls are thin, and she has to give up piano lessons. While the move ignites her parents to start arguing constantly, she discovers a group of kids living in the building and finds solace in the group’s hideout. Joy discovers the other teens in her apartment building have their own dreams—filmmaker, illustrator, costume designer—and are also struggling with their own problems—the loss of one's mother, parents not supporting one's art, overwhelmed in a big family. Joy makes some mistakes, forcing her to admit to and fix them, and she learns that her actions can affect others. A Soft Place to Land demonstrates the importance of leaning on community, embracing tough times, and healing together. Marks handles tough subjects for tweens without being too heavy.”

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Stacey’s Extraordinary Words

By Stacey Abrams
Narrated by: Stacey Abrams
Length: 14 minutes

The debut picture book from iconic voting rights advocate and #1 New York Times bestselling author Stacey Abrams is an inspiring tale of determination, based on her own childhood. 

Stacey is a little girl who loves words more than anything. She loves reading them, sounding them out, and finding comfort in them when things are hard. 

But when her...

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Fast Pitch

By Nic Stone
Narrated by: Nic Stone
Length: 3 hours 29 minutes

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone comes a challenging and heartwarming coming-of-age story about a softball player looking to prove herself on and off the field.

Shenice Lockwood, captain of the Fulton Firebirds, is hyper-focused when she steps up to the plate. Nothing can stop her from leading her team to the U12 fast-pitch... Read more »

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The 1619 Project

A New Origin Story

By Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman & Jake Silverstein
Narrated by: Nikole Hannah-Jones & Full Cast
Length: 18 hours 56 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A dramatic expansion of a groundbreaking work of journalism, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story offers a profoundly revealing vision of the American past and present.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • NPR • Marie Claire
 
In late August 1619, a ship arrived in the British colony of... Read more »

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Harlem Shuffle

A Novel

By Colson Whitehead
Narrated by: Dion Graham
Length: 10 hours 35 minutes

Harlem Shuffle

“A love letter to 1960s Harlem that’s also a heist novel, a family saga, and so much more. Colson Whitehead proves once again that he’s always at the top of his game!”

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Nina

A Story of Nina Simone

By Traci N. Todd
Narrated by: Jade Wheeler
Length: 22 minutes

This illuminating and defining picture book biography, adapted for audio, tells the story of little Eunice who grew up to become the acclaimed singer Nina Simone and her bold, defiant, and exultant legacy.

Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in small town North Carolina, Nina Simone was a musical child. She sang before she talked and learned to play... Read more »

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Call Us What We Carry

Poems

By Amanda Gorman
Narrated by: Amanda Gorman
Length: 3 hours 31 minutes

The instant #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller


The breakout poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman

Formerly titled The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, the luminous poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet... Read more »

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The 1619 Project: Born on the Water

By Nikole Hannah-Jones & Renée Watson
Narrated by: Nikole Hannah-Jones
Length: 23 minutes

The 1619 Project’s lyrical picture book in verse, adapted for audio, chronicles the consequences of slavery and the history of Black resistance in the United States, thoughtfully rendered by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and Newbery honor-winning author Renée Watson.


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Recitatif

A Story

By Toni Morrison
Narrated by: Zadie Smith & Bahni Turpin
Length: 1 hours 54 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER A beautiful, arresting story about race and the relationships that shape us through life by the legendary Nobel Prize winner—for the first time in a beautifully produced stand-alone edition, with an introduction by Zadie Smith
 
“A puzzle of a story, then—a game.... When [Morrison] called Recitatif an ‘experiment’ she... Read more »

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Star Child

A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler

By Ibi Zoboi
Narrated by: Ibi Zoboi & Robin Miles
Length: 1 hours 30 minutes

From the New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist, a biography in verse and prose of science fiction visionary Octavia Butler.

Acclaimed novelist Ibi Zoboi illuminates the young life of the visionary storyteller Octavia E. Butler in poems and prose. Born into the Space Race, the Red Scare, and the dawning Civil Rights... Read more »

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Black Cake

A Novel

By Charmaine Wilkerson
Narrated by: Lynnette R. Freeman & Simone Mcintyre
Length: 12 hours

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • READ WITH JENNA BOOK CLUB PICK AS FEATURED ON TODAY • Two estranged siblings delve into their mother’s hidden past—and how it all connects to her traditional Caribbean black cake—in this immersive family saga, “a character-driven, multigenerational story that’s meant to be savored” (Time).
 
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The Violin Conspiracy

By Brendan Slocumb
Narrated by: JD Jackson & Brendan Slocumb
Length: 12 hours 4 minutes

The Violin Conspiracy

“One of my new favorite novels. The book tells Ray's story, a young Black man who just wants to play his violin in a world set to see him fail. You’ll root for Ray, get angry on his behalf, cry with him, and triumph with him.”

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White Space, Black Hood

Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality

By Sheryll Cashin
Narrated by: Lynnette R. Freeman
Length: 10 hours 32 minutes

Shows how government created “ghettos” and affluent white space and entrenched a system of American residential caste that is the linchpin of US inequality—and issues a call for abolition.

The iconic Black hood, like slavery and Jim Crow, is a peculiar American institution animated by the ideology of white supremacy. Politicians and people of all... Read more »

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Palmares

By Gayl Jones
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 22 hours 39 minutes

2022 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Fiction

A NPR BOOKS WE LOVE 2021 Selection

A New York Times “Biggest New Books Coming Out in September” Selection · A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice Pick · A Guardian “50 Biggest Books of Autumn 2021” Selection · An Esquire “Best Books of Fall 2021” Selection · A Buzzfeed “Best Books Coming Out This Fall”... Read more »

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How We Can Win

Race, History and Changing the Money Game That's Rigged

By Kimberly Jones
Narrated by: Kimberly Jones
Length: 6 hours 9 minutes

A breakdown of the economic and social injustices facing Black people and other marginalized citizens inspired by political activist Kimberly Jones' viral video, “How Can We Win.”

“So if I played four hundred rounds of Monopoly with you and I had to play and give you every dime that I made, and then for fifty years, every time that I played, if...

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Carefree Black Girls

A Celebration of Black Women in Popular Culture

By Zeba Blay
Narrated by: Zeba Blay
Length: 6 hours 16 minutes

Carefree Black Girls is an exploration and celebration of black women’s identity and impact on pop culture, as well as the enduring stereotypes they face, from a film and culture critic for HuffPost.

In 2013, Zeba Blay was one of the first people to coin the viral term “carefreeblackgirls” on Twitter. It was, as she says, “a way to carve out a...

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Fear of Black Consciousness

By Lewis R. Gordon
Narrated by: Landon Woodson & Lewis R. Gordon
Length: 9 hours 4 minutes

Lewis R. Gordon's Fear of Black Consciousness is a groundbreaking account of Black consciousness by a leading philosopher

In this original and penetrating audiobook, Lewis R. Gordon, one of the leading scholars of Black existentialism and anti-Blackness, takes the reader on a journey through the historical development of racialized Blackness, the...

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