2020 Book List

This year was a tough road. Even before the plague, I was in Miami for the Super Bowl to cheer on my beloved San Francisco 49ers. They lost. It was all downhill for the remainder of the year.

While 2020 will forever include many tragedies and lives lost, I will be forever grateful for the time spend with my wife and children. More than an expensive trinket, this time has been the greatest gift of my life. When we’re all older and looking back, I know that us being here together will be something we will all remember most fondly about 2020.

Here’s the list of my 2020 reads.

1. Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America 
By Marcia Chatelain 
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2. Breathe: A Letter to My Sons 
By Imani Perry
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3. Your House Will Pay 
By Steph Cha
****

4. Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy 
By David Zucchino
****

5. Such a Fun Age 
By Kiley Reid
****

6. The Long Fall 
By Walter Mosley
**

7. Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope 
By Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
***

8. Decoding Boys New Science Behind the Subtle Art of Raising Sons 
By Dr. Cara Natterson
***

9. Trouble Is What I Do 
By Walter Mosley 
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10. Think Black
By Clyde W. Ford
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11. MBS – The Rise to Power of Mohammed bin Salman
By Ben Hubbard
****

12. Hitler’s First 100 Days – When Germans Embraced The Third Reich
By Peter Fritzsche
**

13. Creative Calling: Establish a Daily Practice, Infuse Your World with Meaning, and Succeed in Work and Life
By Chase Jarvis
***

14. Best. Movie. Ever.: How 1999 Blew Up on the Big Screen
By Brian Raftery
***

15. Clap When You Land
By Elizabeth Acevedo
****

16. The Address Book: Why Street Addresses Reveal About Idendity, Race, Wealth, and Power
By Deirdre Mask
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17. The Spook Who Sat by the Door
By Sam Greenlee
****

18. The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir
By André Leon Talley 
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19. Overground Railroad: The Greenbook and the Roots of Black Travel in America
By Candacy Taylor
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20. White Fragility – Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
By Robin DiAngelo
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21.  Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and It’s Urgent Lessons for Our Own
By Eddie Glaude
****

22. Too Much and Never Enough
By Mary Trump
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23. Deacon King Kong
By James McBride
****

24. Blacktop Wasteland
By S.A. Cosby 
****

25. White Too Long
By Robert P. Jones
****

26. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
By Isabel Wilkerson
*****

27. Black Bottom Saints
By Alice Randall
***

28. Our Malady: Lessons In Liberty From A Hospital Diary
By Timothy Snyder
*****

29. Rage
By Bob Woodward
****

30. Your Money or Your Life
By Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez
***

31. Let Love Rule
By Lenny Kravitz
*****

32. Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered
By Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
****

33. Culture Warlords: My Journey into the Dark Web of White Supremacy
By Talia Lavin
**

34. The Corner : A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood
By: David Simon and Ed Burns
****

35. The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X
By: Les Payne and Tamara Payne
*****

36. Afropessimisim
By: Frank B. Wilderson, III
****

37. Finding Freedom:  How Deathrow Broke and Opened my Heart
By: Jarvis Jay Masters
****

38. Interior Chinatown: A Novel
By: Charles Yu
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39. Warrior of the Light:  A Manual
By: Paulo Coelho
****

40.  A Promised Land
By Barack Obama
*****

41. How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: Essays
By: Kiese Laymon

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