Notable books on systemic racism, racial justice, and anti-racism, available at PUL

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To encourage learning and research in systemic racism, racial justice, and anti-racism, Princeton University Library staff highlight the following notable books available at the Library. This list, to be updated on an ongoing basis, will also compile and include suggestions from University faculty, students, and staff, as well as provide links to their availability in the Library catalog: 

BOOKS SUGGESTED BY LIBRARY STAFF

Becoming
Michelle Obama '85
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Building a Black Criminology, Volume 24: Race, Theory, and Crime
James D. Unnever, Shaun L. Gabbidon, and Cecilia Chouhy
Print

Building the Prison State: Race and the Politics of Mass Incarceration
Heather Schoenfeld
Print

A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America
Ronald Takaki
Print

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
Brittney Cooper
Print | eBook

Fight the Power: African Americans and the Long History of Police Brutality in New York City
Clarence Taylor
Print | eBook

The Fire Next Time
James Baldwin
Print 

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race
Jesmyn Ward
Print

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America
Jill Leovy
Print | eBook

Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter, and How They Changed America
Jennifer E. Cobbina
Print

How to Be an Anti-Racist
Ibram X. Kendi
eBook

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color
Andrea J. Ritchie
Print | eBook

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
Austin Channing Brown
Print | eBook

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
James Forman
Print | eBook

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
Layla F. Saad
eBook | Audiobook

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Michelle Alexander
Print | eBook

A People’s History of the United States
Howard Zinn
Print | Audiobook

Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter
Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton
Print

Race and Crime
Shaun L. Gabbidon and Helen Taylor Greene
Print

So You Want to Talk About Race 
Ijeoma Oluo
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Ibram X. Kendi
Print | eBook

A Theory of African American Offending: Race, Racism, and Crime
James D. Unnever and Shaun L. Gabbidon
Print | eBook

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color
Cherrie Moraga
Print

The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe
Heather Mac Donald
Print

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do
Claude M. Steele
Print

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Robin DiAngelo
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States
Alicia Garza (Foreword by), Maya Schenwar (Editor), Joe Macare (Editor), Alana Yu-lan Price (Editor)
Print

Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race
Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD
Print | eBook

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
Reni Eddo-Lodge
Print | eBook

BOOKS WRITTEN BY PRINCETON FACULTY, INCLUDING SUGGESTIONS BY THE AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES DEPARTMENT

Beloved
Toni Morrison
Print | eBook | Audiobook

The Bluest Eye
Toni Morrison
Print | Audiobook

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons
Imani Perry
Print | eBook

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Print | eBook

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Print | eBook

More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States
Imani Perry
Print | eBook

Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code
Ruha Benjamin
Print

Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Print | eBook

Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul
Eddie S. Glaude Jr. 
Print | eBook

The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America
Naomi Murakawa
Print | eBook

BOOKS SUGGESTED BY LAUREN JOHNSON '21 AND ASHLEY HODGES '21

Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism
bell hooks
Print

Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Print | eBook

Are Prisons Obsolete? 
Angela Y. Davis
Print

Assata: An Autobiography
Assata Shakur
Print

Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing
Stuart Schrader
eBook

Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment
Patricia Hill Collins
Print

Black Skin, White Masks
Frantz Fanon
Print

The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics
Cathy J. Cohen
Print

The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America
Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Print | eBook

Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle
Katherine McKittrick
Print

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
ZZ Packer
Print

Dutchman and the Slave
LeRoi Jones
Print

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide, When the Raibow is Enuf: A Choreopoem
Ntozake Shange
Print

Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement
Angela Y. Davis
Print

Homegoing
Yaa Gyasi
Print | eBook | Audiobook

How To Read African American Literature: Post-Civil Rights Fiction and the Task of Interpretation
Aida Levy-Hussen
Print | eBook

Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison
Print

In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose
Alice Walker
Print

Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America Since 1940
Jonathan S. Holloway
Print | eBook

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Bryan Stevenson
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty
Dorothy Roberts
Print

Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements
George Breitman (editor)
Print | eBook

The Nickel Boys
Colson Whitehead
Print | eBook | Audiobook

This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible
Charles E. Cobb Jr. 
Print | eBook

Parable of the Talents
Octavia E. Butler
Print | eBook

Racial Domination, Racial Progress: The Sociology of Race in America
Matthew Desmond
Print

Revolutionary Suicide
Huey P. Newton
Print

The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender, and the Black Panther Party in Oakland
Robyn C. Spencer
Print

Salvage the Bones
Jesmyn Ward
Print | eBook

Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom
Keisha N. Blain
Print | eBook

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History
Michel-Rolph Trouillot
Print | eBook

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
Audre Lorde
Print

Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study
Orlando Patterson
Print | eBook

The Street
Ann Petry
Print

The Struggle Within: Prisons, Political Prisoners, and Mass Movements in the United States
Dan Berger
Print

Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston
Print | eBook

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval
Saidiya Hartman
Print

Why Don't American Cities Burn?
Michael B. Katz
Print | eBook

Women, Race & Class
Angela Y. Davis
Print

The Wretched of the Earth
Frantz Fanon
Print

Other University departments, as well as Princeton students, staff, and faculty, have developed additional lists of multimedia and resources:

Multimedia Resources for Combating Racism curated by the Office of Human Resources
Anti-racist resources and research in Digital Humanities, maintained by the Center for Digitial Humanities 
Call to Action: Resources from the Association of Black Princeton Alumni 

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