Books that changed the way I think
Or, the power of non-white voices
- •The Known World, by Edward P. JonesPresented slavery to me in a more raw and impactful way than in any movie, book, or history I've ever encountered.
- •Native Son, by Richard WrightRead it in high school, and even though it's not a perfect piece of literature, it was the first book to make my white girl self go, "Oh, shit."
- •Citizen, by Claudia RankineHelped me realize that a "microagression" is really anything but micro.
- •Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi CoatesSimilar to "Citizen," but in prose form, plus I gained a deeper understanding of the power of an HBC (the Mecca).
- •Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale HurstonAlso read in high school and it was REALLY hard because the narrative voice was unlike any I'd ever tried to connect to before, but once I did it broke my heart.