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June 18, 2020


As you know from being in the store, we’re constantly putting up displays: Valentine’s Day! Memorial Day! Book Group Picks! Bestsellers! Books with a blue cover!

Our latest display contains the books we currently have in the store about racism.

Here’s what we know—when a reader suffers the death of a loved one, that reader may well come looking for a grief book. When a reader is about to get a pet, s/he may well come looking for a book about pets. When a new baby is born, reader family members will gift that baby with books. It’s what readers do—we read books about the things on our radar. This has never been more evident than in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. Readers immediately yearned for antiracism books. Of course—they’re readers. So dear readers, here are some books that we hope may offer you hope, education, or whatever you’re seeking in learning about, processing, and working against the systemic racism in our country.

We’re offering lists of books. One list contains the books on racism we currently have in the store. Other lists we’ve gathered from a variety of sources and we may or may not be familiar with the titles it contains. There may be overlap between the lists. You may place orders by calling the store at 218-237-2665, emailing, or going to our online store. Books on racism have been the most requested titles from bookstores and libraries in recent days. Be aware that many are backordered, and there may be a delay in securing them.

—Jen and Sally

Display of books about race in America

Each book is linked to our website, where you can read about the book.

Print books currently on our shelves

We Were Eight Years in Power
Sister Citizen
The Color of Law
Working Toward Whiteness
Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation
The War Before the War
A Good Time for the Truth
On the Come Up
Black is the Body
Somalis in Minnesota
Degrees of Freedom
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People
Just Mercy
Tyler Johnson was Here
Child of the Dream (a Memoir of 1963)
Black Brother, Black Brother
Dream Country
Are Your Stars Like My Stars?
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Chocolate Me!
DK Life Stories: Martin Luther King Jr.
Before She Was Harriet
Some People Do
Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime
The Sun Does Shine
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
The Underground Railroad
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
American Heart

Print books that our customers have ordered recently
(adult books unless otherwise indicated):

White Fragility
New Kid (kid's book)
Me and White Supremacy
Stamped from the Beginning (teen/young adult)
Racism and Intolderance (children’s picture book)
Woke Baby (children’s board book)
Let’s Talk About Race (children’s picture book)
The Fire This Time
This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work (kids non-fiction)
How to Be an Antiracist

Customer Picks

Dismantling Privilege by Mary Elizabeth Hobgood
White Privilege by Paula S. Rothenberg
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
We Can’t Breathe by Jabari Asim
Citizen by Claudia Rankine
To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith
Stamped by Jason Reynolds
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Heavy by Kiese Laymon
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin


A short list of kids books Jen has recommended

An ABC of Equality
Enough!: 20 Protestors Who Changed America
The Little Book of Little Activists
Woke Baby

Options for backordered books

Many print books are currently backordered because the demand is so high right now. Here are links to Libro audio books and Kobo audio and eBooks.

Here are lists shared from other sources

Wild Rumpus
Red Balloon (while Red Balloon is a children’s book store, there are also adult titles in the list)
BuzzFeed News

George Floyd memorial photograph

A memorial to George Floyd outside the Cup Foods store where he was murdered.

Photograph from the Star Tribune.

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