Suggested Reading: Books You'll Remember

February 10, 2012 8:31:44 AM PST
Suggested reading from The New York Public Library. Explore some of the great poets and novelists to come out of the Harlem Renaissance, or explore themes and lives from African American history ? these titles will be with you long after Black History Month is over.Fiction and Poetry from the Harlem Renaissance
  • "Banjo: A Story without a Plot" by Claude McKay
  • "The Essential Writings of James Weldon Johnson" by James Weldon Johnson
  • "Let America Be America" by Langston Hughes
  • "Passing" by Nella Larsen
  • "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston

    African-American History
  • "Ain't Nothing like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment" by Richard Carlin and Kinshasha Holman Conwill
  • "Black Cowboys of the Old West: True, Sensational, and Little-known Stories from History" by Tricia Martineau
  • "Black Faces of War: A Legacy of Honor from the American Revolution to Today" by Robert V. Morris
  • "Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-century New York City" by Carla L. Peterson
  • "Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America" by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

    African-American Memoirs and Biographies
  • "David Ruggles: A Radical Black Abolitionist and the Underground Railroad in New York City" by Graham Russell Hodges
  • "Dorothy West's Paradise: A Biography of Class and Color" by Cherene Sherrard-Johnson
  • "Duke Ellington's America" by Harvey G. Cohen
  • "Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters" by Donald Bogle
  • "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention" by Manning Marable
  • "My Long Trip Home: A Family Memoir" by Mark Whitaker

    Great for Kids and Teens:

    Picture Books
    "Just As Good: How Larry Doby Changed America's Game" by Chris Crowe
    "We March" by Shane W. Evans
    "When Grandmama Sings" by Margaree King Mitchell

    Chapter Books
    "The Mighty Miss Malone" by Christopher Paul Curtis
    "Glory Be" by Augusta Scattergood

    "The Silence of Our Friends" by Mark Long and Jim Demonakos
    "All the Right Stuff" by Walter Dean Myers
    "No Crystal Stair: A novel in documents based on the life and work of Lewis Michaux Harlem Bookseller" by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
    "Freedom's a-Calling Me" by Ntozake Shange
    "Black Boy White School" by Brian F. Walker