Great reads for Black History Month
Why it matters: Black History Month began Thursday, and reading works by notable Black authors is one way to honor and better understand Black life, culture and history.
Catch up quick: Each year, one book is featured in the community reading program led by KPBS and public libraries to encourage the community to read and discuss the same book.
- It's like a book club for the region, with picks for adults, teens, kids and Spanish-language readers, plus discussions, film screenings, lectures and workshops.
- McGhee's New York Times bestseller was selected for adults.
Details: "The Sum of Us: What Racism Cost Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together" takes readers on McGhee's personal, cross-country journey, finding proof of what she calls the "solidarity dividend: the benefits we gain when people come together across race."
- McGhee, an economic and social-policy expert, explores inequality and the "lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone — not just for people of color," the publisher says.
- There's also a version adapted for young readers and a podcast series.
Worth your time: San Diego Public Library staff curated a list of fiction by award winners and rising stars during Black History Month.
- "Let Us Descend" by Jesmyn Ward
- "The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store" by James McBride
- "Crook Manifesto" by Colson Whitehead
- "Last on His Feet: Jack Johnson and the Battle of the Century" by Adrian Matejka
- "The Late Americans" by Brandon Taylor
- "Family Meal" by Bryan Washington
- "Black Cake" by Charmaine Wilkerson
- "Pulling the Chariot of the Sun: A Memoir of A Kidnapping" by Shane McCrae
- "We See Each Other: A Black, Trans Journey Through TV and Film" by Tre'vell Anderson
Of note: There are also local lists of Black American history for children, Black American history for teens, Black American history for adults, African American narratives for children, African American narratives for teens and African American narratives for adults.
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