My 2019 Reads

Happy End-of-the-Decade! As we’re heading down the home straight to 2020, I wanted to leave you all with my 2019 Book List. This year I completed 45 books, and made sure to add quite a few fiction books to the mix. I’ve mentioned to some that we are in the midst of a fantastic new world of black and brown writers that are creating some brilliant prose. From Oyinkah Braithwaite to Elizabeth Acevedo to Ta-Nehisi to Kendi, there’s a new wealth of fantastic reads on the market today.

Below is the list, and I’ve added as many books as I could from two of my favorite local bookstores, Politics & Prose and Mahogany Books. If you’re local to DC, please consider them! The (*) is for my favorites.

Happy Holidays!

Let it Bang: A Young Black Man’s Reluctant Odyssey into Guns 
RJ Young

Friday Black by Nana Kwame and Adjei-Brenyah

*My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkah Braithwaite

City of a Million Dreams – A History of New Orleans

*Frederick Douglass – Prophet of Freedom

Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison by Jason Rezaian

Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine by Emily Bernard

The King of Con by Thomas Giacomaro

The Man who came from Uptown by George Pelecanos

*Native Son – Richard Wright

Be Fearless by Jean Case

University of Nike by Joshua Hunt

The Parade by Dave Eggers

The Field of Blood – Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne Freeman

Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington

A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers

Stony the Road by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

*Dying of Whiteness by Johnathan Metzl

Underground: A Human History by Will Hunt

*African Samurai by Thomas Lockley and Geoffrey Girard

Rap Dad by Juan Vidal

*With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

*Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

How to Raise Sucessful People by Esther Wojcicki

The Wealth Choice by Dennis Kimbro

The World’s Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America’s First Black Sports Hero by Michael Kranish

*The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

*The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

*Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir by Kwame Onwuachi

*How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism by Howard Bryant

*Hurricanes: A Memoir by Rick Ross

*The Testaments:  The Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

*Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

*The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius by Rakim

Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness by Alfredo Corchado

On Time:  A Princely Life in Funk:  Morris Day & David Ritz

*Afropean:  Notes from Black Europe by Johny Pitts

Felon: Poems by Reginald Dwayne Betts

A Particular Kind of Black Man by Tope Folarin

White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue… and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson

*My Song for You: My Time with Whitney Houston by Robyn Crawford

*Im Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi

*Permanent Record by Edward Snowden

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