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

https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781328826336

Friday Black by Nana Kwame and Adjei-Brenyah
https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9781328911247

*My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkah Braithwaite
https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9780385544238

City of a Million Dreams – A History of New Orleans
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781469647142

*Frederick Douglass – Prophet of Freedom
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781416590316

Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison by Jason Rezaian
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780062691576

Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine by Emily Bernard
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781101972410

The King of Con by Thomas Giacomaro
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781944648022

The Man who came from Uptown by George Pelecanos
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780316479820

*Native Son – Richard Wright
https://www.mahoganybooks.com/search.php?search_query=Native%20Son&section=product

Be Fearless by Jean Case
https://www.amazon.com/Be-Fearless-Principles-Breakthroughs-Purpose/dp/1501196340/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1BMPR38891QVL&keywords=be+fearless+5+principles+for+a+life+of+breakthroughs+and+purpose&qid=1576615673&s=books&sprefix=Be+Fearle%2Cstripbooks%2C204&sr=1-1

University of Nike by Joshua Hunt
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781612196916

The Parade by Dave Eggers
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780525655305

The Field of Blood – Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne Freeman
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780374154776

Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780525533689

A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780525533689

Stony the Road by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
https://www.amazon.com/Stony-Road-Reconstruction-White-Supremacy/dp/0525559531/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1MPI8NIV3R3CI&keywords=stony+the+road+by+henry+louis+gates%2C+jr&qid=1576616632&s=books&sprefix=Stony+the+%2Cstripbooks%2C204&sr=1-1

*Dying of Whiteness by Johnathan Metzl
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781541644984

Underground: A Human History by Will Hunt
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780812996746

*African Samurai by Thomas Lockley and Geoffrey Girard
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781335007780

Rap Dad by Juan Vidal
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781501169403

*With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9780062662835

*Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9781568585987

How to Raise Sucessful People by Esther Wojcicki
https://www.amazon.com/How-Raise-Successful-People-Lessons/dp/1328974863/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1F40O5JM51YAK&keywords=how+to+raise+successful+people&qid=1576617084&s=books&sprefix=How+to+Raise+Su%2Cstripbooks%2C204&sr=1-1

The Wealth Choice by Dennis Kimbro
https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9781137279149

The World’s Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America’s First Black Sports Hero by Michael Kranish
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781501192609

*The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9780062662804

*The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9780385537070

*Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir by Kwame Onwuachi
https://www.amazon.com/Notes-Young-Black-Chef-Memoir/dp/1524732621/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3D3VMOCG7T9G0&keywords=notes+from+a+young+black+chef&qid=1576617445&s=books&sprefix=notes+from+a%2Cstripbooks%2C240&sr=1-1

*How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9780525509288

The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism by Howard Bryant
https://www.amazon.com/Heritage-Athletes-Divided-Politics-Patriotism-ebook/dp/B076GM8FXC/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=The+Heritage&qid=1576617502&s=books&sr=1-1

*Hurricanes: A Memoir by Rick Ross
https://www.amazon.com/gp/slredirect/picassoRedirect.html/ref=pa_sp_atf_stripbooks_sr_pg1_1?ie=UTF8&adId=A02121031IBZF3CDLRGP5&url=%2FHurricanes-Memoir-Rick-Ross%2Fdp%2F1335999280%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1_sspa%3Fcrid%3D2775M7O4NZNUU%26keywords%3Dhurricanes%2Brick%2Bross%26qid%3D1576617542%26s%3Dbooks%26sprefix%3DHurri%252Cstripbooks%252C237%26sr%3D1-1-spons%26psc%3D1&qualifier=1576617542&id=4027391954193893&widgetName=sp_atf

*The Testaments:  The Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
https://www.amazon.com/Testaments-Novel-Margaret-Atwood/dp/0385543786/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3M15DZZQ1O3SV&keywords=the+testaments+margaret+atwood&qid=1576617563&s=books&sprefix=The+Test%2Cstripbooks%2C240&sr=1-1

*Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9780525535270

*The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9780399590597

Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius by Rakim
https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9780062850232

Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness by Alfredo Corchado
https://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Mexico-Reporters-Countrys-Darkness/dp/0143125532/ref=sr_1_1?crid=32YAPINR951E&keywords=midnight+in+mexico&qid=1576617652&s=books&sprefix=Midnight+in+Mecico%2Cstripbooks%2C210&sr=1-1

On Time:  A Princely Life in Funk:  Morris Day & David Ritz
https://www.amazon.com/Time-Princely-Life-Funk/dp/0306922215/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1ZXMX4IFR3JIH&keywords=on+time+a+princely+life+in+funk&qid=1576617683&s=books&sprefix=On+Time%2Cstripbooks%2C223&sr=1-1

*Afropean:  Notes from Black Europe by Johny Pitts
https://www.amazon.com/Afropean-Documenting-Europe-Johny-Pitts/dp/0141984724/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1R5N07YYS3YZP&keywords=afropean+notes+from+black+europe&qid=1576617712&s=books&sprefix=Afropean%2Cstripbooks%2C214&sr=1-1

Felon: Poems by Reginald Dwayne Betts
https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9780393652147

A Particular Kind of Black Man by Tope Folarin
https://www.amazon.com/Particular-Kind-Black-Man/dp/150117181X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2SQBD3T0RDLIB&keywords=a+particular+kind+of+black+man%2C+tope+folarin&qid=1576617804&s=books&sprefix=A+Particul%2Cstripbooks%2C212&sr=1-1

White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue… and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson
https://www.amazon.com/White-Negroes-Cornrows-Thoughts-Appropriation/dp/0807011800/ref=sr_1_1?crid=FID78J0BNG1D&keywords=white+negroes+lauren+michele+jackson&qid=1576617823&s=books&sprefix=White+Negro%2Cstripbooks%2C218&sr=1-1

*My Song for You: My Time with Whitney Houston by Robyn Crawford
https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9781524742843

*Im Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi
https://www.amazon.com/Im-Telling-Truth-but-Lying/dp/0062698346/ref=sr_1_1?crid=16FA8TD8Y7B94&keywords=i%27m+telling+the+truth%2C+but+i%27m+lying&qid=1576617891&s=books&sprefix=I%27m+Telling+%2Cstripbooks%2C214&sr=1-1

*Permanent Record by Edward Snowden
https://www.amazon.com/Permanent-Record-Edward-Snowden/dp/1250237238/ref=sr_1_2?crid=59JUB513CS10&keywords=permanent+record+snowden&qid=1576617909&s=books&sprefix=Permanent%2Cstripbooks%2C228&sr=1-2



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