Books and Beyond Recommended Reading List

As part of our Black History Season, Camden have recommended some of our most significant books to read.

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The Warmth of Other Suns Isabel Wilkerson

I Know why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou

What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky: Stories Lesley Nneka Arimah

The Hate you Give Angie Thomas 

Tell me your secret Dorothy Koomson 

One Crazy Summer Rita Williams- Garcia 

The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X

Race and the Undeserving Poor: From Abolition to Brexit Robbie Shilliam 

The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle The Master's House Audre Lorde 

The Fire Next Time James Baldwin 

Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People about Race Reni Eddo-Lodge 

Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism Bell Hooks 

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor Layla F Saad 

How to Be Less Stupid about Race Crystal Marie Fleming 

Superior: The Return of Race Science Angela Saini

Washington Black Esi Edugyan 

Red Dust Road Jackie Kay 

Queenie Candice Carty-Williams 

The Colour Purple Alice Walker

Small Island Andrea Levy 

Natives: Range & Class in the Ruins of Empire Akala 

Between The World and MeTa- Nehisi Coates 

Black and British: A Forgtten History David Olusoga

They Can't Kill Us All: The Story of Black Lives Matter Wesley Lwery 

Girl, Woman, Other Bernardine Evaristo

The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings Olaudah Equiano 

Slay In Your Lane Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene

The Good Immigrant Nikesh Shukla 

Martin Luther King Jr Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara 

Your Silence Will Not Protect You Reni Eddo-Lodge and Audre Lodge 

Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands Mary Seacole 

Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era (Justice, Power and Politics) Ashley D. Farmer 

They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South Stephanie E. Jones–rogers

Long Way Down Jason Reynolds 

Well-Read Black Girl: Must-Read Stories From Black Female Writers Glory Edim 

Heavy: An American Memoir Kiese Laymon

An American Marriage Tayari Jones 

A Lucky Man James Brinkley 

Citizen: An American Lyric Claudia Rankine

What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky Lesley Nneka Arimah

Exhibiting Blackness: Afircan Americans and the American Art Museum: African Americans and the American Art Museum Bridget R. Cooks

Red at the Bone Jaqueline Woodson

The New Jim Crow Michelle Alexander 

The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead 

Roots Alex Haley 

Song of Solomon Toni Morisson