Or, the power of non-white voices
  1. The Known World, by Edward P. Jones
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    Presented slavery to me in a more raw and impactful way than in any movie, book, or history I've ever encountered.
  2. Native Son, by Richard Wright
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    Read 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."
  3. Citizen, by Claudia Rankine
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    Helped me realize that a "microagression" is really anything but micro.
  4. Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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    Similar to "Citizen," but in prose form, plus I gained a deeper understanding of the power of an HBC (the Mecca).
  5. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
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    Also 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.