Reading for Understanding - Dock C. Bracy Center Book Club

Reading for Understanding is open to the public and hosted by the Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation. To learn more and register for the book club, please click here.

Upcoming 2024 Selections:

  • February 28: At the Dark End of the Street  by Danielle L. McGuire
  • March 27: Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James
  • April 24: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  • May 22: South to America: A Journey to the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation by Imani Perry
  • June 26: I'm Not Yelling by Elizabeth Leiba
  • July 24: A People's History of Sports in the United States by Dave Zirin
  • August 28: American Whitelash by Wesley Lowery
  • September 25: Getting Real About Race by S. McClure, C. Harris
  • October 23: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
  • November 27: Half American by Matthew F. Delmont
  • December 18: The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

 

Here is the courageous, groundbreaking story of Rosa Parks and Recy Taylor—a story that reinterprets the history of America's civil rights movement in terms of the sexual violence committed against Black women by white men.

"An important step to finally facing the terrible legacies of race and gender in this country.” —The Washington Post


Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) By Marlon James Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735220188
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2020

One of TIME’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time

Winner of the L.A. Times Ray Bradbury Prize 

Finalist for the 2019 National Book Award

The New York Times Bestseller

Named a Best Book of 2019 by The Wall Street Journal, TIME, NPR, GQ, Vogue, and The Washington Post


Parable of the Sower By Octavia E. Butler Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538732182
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 30th, 2019

This acclaimed post-apocalyptic novel of hope and terror from an award-winning author "pairs well with 1984 or The Handmaid's Tale" and includes a foreword by N. K. Jemisin (John Green, New York Times).


South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation By Imani Perry Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062977373
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - February 28th, 2023

WINNER OF THE 2022 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


I'm Not Yelling: A Black Woman's Guide to Navigating the Workplace (Successful Black Business Women) By Elizabeth Leiba Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781684810734
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Published: Mango - December 13th, 2022

I'm Not Yelling is part strategy for savvy black business women navigating a predominantly white corporate America and part vessel empowering black women to find their voices in toxic work environments and be successful business women.


A People's History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play (New Press People's History) By Dave Zirin Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781595584779
Availability: Available to order; typically arrives at Bookmarks in 5-10 days
Published: New Press - September 15th, 2009

From the author Robert Lipsyte calls "the best young sportswriter in America," a rollicking, rebellious, myth-busting history of sports in America that puts politics in the ring with pop culture


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American Whitelash: A Changing Nation and the Cost of Progress By Wesley Lowery Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063320918
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order
Published: Mariner Books - June 18th, 2024

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

An NPR Best Book of the Year • Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

Longlisted for the 2024 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence


Getting Real about Race By Stephanie M. McClure (Editor), Cherise a. Harris (Editor) Cover Image
By Stephanie M. McClure (Editor), Cherise a. Harris (Editor)
Unavailable in store; contact staff@bookmarksnc.org to check price and order availability
ISBN: 9781544354873
Published: Sage Publications, Inc - December 13th, 2021

Getting Real About Race is an edited collection of short essays that address the most common stereotypes and misconceptions about race held by students, and by many in the United States, in general.

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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI By David Grann Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307742483
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history, from the author of The Wager and The Lost City of Z, “one of the preeminent adventure and true-crime writers working today."—New York Magazine • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST NOW A MAR


Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad By Matthew F. Delmont Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781984880390
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - October 18th, 2022

• Winner of the 2023 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Nonfiction
• A New York Times Notable Book
• A Best Book of the Year from TIME, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Washington Independent Review of Books, and more!


The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: An Oprah's Book Club Pick By Honoree Fanonne Jeffers Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780062942951
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 10th, 2022

An instant New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today Bestseller • AN OPRAH BOOK CLUB SELECTION • ONE OF THE ATLANTIC'S "GREAT AMERICAN NOVELS" • BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2021 • WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTION