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2021 Book List

It’s that time of year again! No photo posts, but a load of books! I know. Every year I say I’m going to start blogging. In 2022 I will. I’m checking boxes though, people! I vowed to read more. CHECK! I vowed to lose weight and lost 40 pounds. CHECK! Next is blogging. I’m on it.

Moving on to what you’re here for. THE BOOK LIST! I didn’t reach 40 books this year. LOVE SONGS and The MATTER OF BLACK LIVES were longer reads and I absolutely enjoyed. I didn’t want to rush them either. Here’s the list below. Click on the title to order them from my favorite DC area bookstores. Remember to share and comment on your personal faves. Happy Holidays, y’all!

1. 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pirsuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving any Dangerous Situation
By Clint Emerson 
***

2. Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams 
By Mathew Walker
*****

3. Chlorine Sky
By Mahogany L. Browne
*****

4. Concrete Rose
By Angie Thomas
*****

5. Black Buck
By Mateo Askaripour
****

6. Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America
By Ijeoma Oluo
***

7. You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism
By Amber Ruffin & Lacey Lamar
*****

8. The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto
By Charles M. Blow
****

9.  American Kompromat: How the KGB Cultivated Donald Trump, and Related Tales of Sex, Greed, Power, and Treachery
By Craig Unger
*****

10. Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration
By Ruben Jonathan Miller
****

11. Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream
 By Mychal Denzel Smith
***

12. The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song
By Henry Lewis Gates
***

13. The Cost of Knowing
By Brittney Morris
***

14. What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing
By Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey
*****

15. The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally America
By Carol Anderson
***

16. Yearbook
By Seth Rogen
****

17. The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock: An Anatomy of the Master of Suspense
By Edward White
***

18. Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency
By Michael Wolff
****

19. How the World Is Passed: A Reconing with the History of Slavery Across America
By Clint Smith
****

20. Empire of Mud: The Secret History of Washington, DC
By J.D. Dickey
****

21. Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir
By Ashley C. Ford
***

22. Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir
By Natasha Trethewey
****

23. Razorblade Tears: A Novel
By S.A. Cosby
*****

24. The Cruelty Is the Point: The Past, Present, and Future of Trump’s America
By Adam Serwer
****

25. Harlem Shuffle
By Colson Whitehead
***

26. I Was Never the First Lady
By Wendy Guerra
***

27. Sooley 
By John Grisham
***

28. Peril
By Bob Woodward & Robert Costa
****

29. The Matter of Black Lives
Edited by Jelani Cobb and David Remnick
*****

30. Long Division
By Kiese Laymon
****

31. White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality
By Sheryl Cashin

32. Will
Will Smith & Mark Manson
*****

33. The 1619 Project
By Nikole Hannah-Jones
*****

34. Callus on My Soul
By Dick Gregory
****

35. The Hill We Climb 
By Amanda Gorman
*****

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