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A Reading List for Learning How to be Antiracist

No one becomes “not racist,” despite a tendency by Americans to identify themselves that way. We can only strive to be “antiracist” on a daily basis, to continually rededicate ourselves to the lifelong task of overcoming our country’s racist heritage.

Ibram X. Kendi, author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to be an Antiracist, created this Antiracist Reading List in the summer of 2019. It was useful then and feels especially necessary right now. Kendi describes the reasons why he recommends each book rather than just summarizing each title. He chooses books that may be difficult or challenging because they force us to encounter the world from a different perspective. Read through his Reading List and come back to this post to see what the library has available either in print or online. You can access print books from the library through our new curbside service (use the request it button in the catalog and you’ll be contacted to schedule a pick up time), and if you need help accessing the online versions, please ask a librarian.

The Condemnation of Blackness : Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, also available as an Ebook or Audiobook

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, also available as an Ebook or Audiobook

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

Dying of Whiteness : How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland by Jonathan M. Metzl, also available as an Ebook

Black Marxism : The Making of the Black Radical Tradition by Cedric J. Robinson available as an Ebook

How We Get Free : Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective edited and introduced by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor available as an Ebook

Well-read black girl : finding our stories, discovering ourselves : an anthology edited by Glory Edim available as an Ebook

Redefining Realness : My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock, also available as an Audiobook

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, also available as an Ebook or an Audiobook

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Frankenstein Friday!!!

Did you know that the last Friday in October is Frankenstein Friday, a day devoted to Mary Shelley’s iconic novel Frankenstein? Since Frankenstein’s original publication in 1818, Shelley’s Dr. Frankenstein and his monstrous creation have captured the popular imagination, inspiring countless adaptations and reinterpretations. 

In honor of Frankenstein Friday, we’ve pulled together some of the library’s Frankenstein-related resources:

The Original Text

You can access the original text as a book, an ebook, and an audiobook.

We also have the Dean Koontz graphic novel retelling of the classic story.

Film and TV

Find the 1931 classic Frankenstein with Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster, and the 1935 sequel The Bride of Frankenstein on DVD.

For a lighter take, check out Young Frankenstein, the Mel Brooks parody, also on DVD.

You can stream the Addams Family Halloween Special; the character Lurch is inspired by Boris Karloff’s interpretation of Frankenstein’s monster.

Adam, the villain of Season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is a part-human, part-robot, part-demon, all-Frankenstein monster. 

Other Interpretations

This summer, the library podcast I, Robot, Frankenstein & the 2019-2020 one book, one college program discussed some of the connections between I, Robot and Frankenstein.

The Monster Mash song features a Frankenstein’s monster-like narrator (You can also stream the animated Monster Mash movie!)

The eponymous It in Steven King’s novel is a Frankenstein-esque monster.

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