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Dartricia Rollins (pronouns: she/her) is the Assistant Director of Fundraising and Administration for Charis Circle, and a bookseller at Charis Books and More. Dartricia is an art and book collector and a reproductive justice advocate. She reads across most genres, most enthusiastically Black Feminism, Poetry, Art Books, and Literary Fiction. 

Holiday Gift Guide: 

Black Art Books  

Short Stories

 

Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals Cover Image
$13.50
ISBN: 9781849353977
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Published: AK Press - November 17th, 2020

Undrowned is a book-length meditation for social movements and our whole species based on the subversive and transformative guidance of marine mammals. Our aquatic cousins are queer, fierce, protective of each other, complex, shaped by conflict, and struggling to survive the extractive and militarized conditions our species has imposed on the ocean.


$39.59
ISBN: 9780814344293
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Published: Wayne State University Press - September 8th, 2020

"Black People Are My Business": Toni Cade Bambara's Practices of Liberation studies the works of Bambara (1939-1995), an author, documentary filmmaker, social activist, and professor.


Black Futures Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399181139
Availability: Backordered
Published: One World - December 1st, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • An archive of collective memory and exuberant testimony
A luminous map to navigate an opaque and disorienting present
An infinite geography of possible futures

What does it mean to be Black and alive right now?


In Search of African American Space: Redressing Racism Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9783037786338
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Published: Lars Muller Publishers - September 29th, 2020

Drawing on architecture, performance art, history and visual theory, In Search of African American Space explores the creative relationship between the African diaspora and social space in America


Vintage Postcards from the African World: In the Dignity of Their Work and the Joy of Their Play Cover Image
$31.50
ISBN: 9781604735666
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Published: University Press of Mississippi - May 15th, 2020

For over forty years, professor and culinary historian Jessica B. Harris has collected postcards depicting Africans and their descendants in the American diaspora. They are presented for the first time in this exquisite volume.


Black Imagination: Black Voices on Black Futures Cover Image
By Natasha Marin (Editor), Steven Dunn (Foreword by)
$12.60
ISBN: 9781944211844
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Published: McSweeney's - February 4th, 2020

Recommended by Jason Reynolds on PBS News Hour


This Is What I Know About Art (Pocket Change Collective) Cover Image
By Kimberly Drew, Ashley Lukashevsky (Illustrator)
$8.09
ISBN: 9780593095188
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Published: Penguin Workshop - June 2nd, 2020

Pocket Change Collective was born out of a need for space. Space to think. Space to connect. Space to be yourself. And this is your invitation to join us.

"Drew's experience teaches us to embrace what we are afraid of and be true to ourselves. She uses her passion to change the art world and invites us to join her."--Janelle Monáe, award-winning singer, actress, and producer


A Handful of Earth, a Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia Butler Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781626400634
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Published: Angel City Press - October 20th, 2020

A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler offers a blueprint for a creative life from the perspective of award-winning science-fiction writer and "MacArthur Genius" Octavia E. Butler. It is a collection of ideas about how to look, listen, breathe--how to be in the world. This book is about the creative process, but not on the page; its canvas is much larger.


The Sovereignty of Quiet: Beyond Resistance in Black Culture Cover Image
$35.15
ISBN: 9780813553108
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Published: Rutgers University Press - July 24th, 2012

African American culture is often considered expressive, dramatic, and even defiant. In The Sovereignty of Quiet, Kevin Quashie explores quiet as a different kind of expressiveness, one which characterizes a person’s desires, ambitions, hungers, vulnerabilities, and fears.


Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780807009772
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Published: Beacon Press - June 15th, 2003

Kelley unearths freedom dreams in this exciting history of renegade intellectuals and artists of the African diaspora in the twentieth century. Focusing on the visions of activists from C. L. R.


Just Us: An American Conversation Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781644450215
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 8th, 2020

FINALIST FOR THE 2021 ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN NONFICTION

Claudia Rankine’s Citizen changed the conversation—Just Us urges all of us into it


How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: Essays Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9781982170820
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Published: Scribner - November 10th, 2020

A revised collection with thirteen essays, including six new to this edition and seven from the original edition, by the “star in the American literary firmament, with a voice that is courageous, honest, loving, and singularly beautiful” (NPR).

Brilliant and uncompromising, piercing and funny, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America is essen


Grieving: Dispatches from a Wounded Country Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9781936932931
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Published: Feminist Press - October 6th, 2020

By one of Mexico's greatest contemporary writers, this investigation into state violence and mourning weaves together personal essay and literary theory, giving voice to the political experience of collective pain.


Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World (Early American Studies) Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780812252385
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Published: University of Pennsylvania Press - August 28th, 2020

The story of freedom pivots on the choices black women made to retain control over their bodies and selves, their loved ones, and their futures.


Black Food Matters: Racial Justice in the Wake of Food Justice Cover Image
By Hanna Garth (Editor), Ashanté M. Reese (Editor)
$30.80
ISBN: 9781517908140
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - October 27th, 2020

An in-depth look at Black food and the challenges it faces today

For Black Americans, the food system is broken. When it comes to nutrition, Black consumers experience an unjust and inequitable distribution of resources.


Love Child's Hotbed of Occasional Poetry: Poems & Artifacts Cover Image
$26.96
ISBN: 9780810142015
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Published: Triquarterly - April 15th, 2020

Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry is a twenty-first-century paean to the sterling love songs humming throughout four hundred years of black American life.


Gather Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9798621791155
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Published: Independently Published - April 12th, 2020

Gather is a collection of soulful sayings, poetry, and flashes of insight sewn together into a sacred garment. Each thread was collected with reverence and care. The words here will weave their way into your heart and become a soft cover for you to land on.


Homie: Poems Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9781644450109
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 21st, 2020

Danez Smith is our president


The Secret Lives of Church Ladies Cover Image
$17.09
ISBN: 9781949199734
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Published: West Virginia University Press - September 1st, 2020

***2020 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction***
“Tender, fierce, proudly black and beautiful, these stories will sneak inside you and take root.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Triumphant.”
—Publishers Weekly
“Cheeky, insightful, and irresistible.” —​​​​​​


The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525541608
Availability: Backordered
Published: Riverhead Books - August 4th, 2020

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR’S CHOICE

"Electrifying." — O: The Oprah Magazine
 


Giovanni's Room (Vintage International) Cover Image
$12.60
ISBN: 9780345806567
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013

James Baldwin’s groundbreaking novel about love and the fear of love is set among the bohemian bars and nightclubs of 1950s Paris.


Sula (Vintage International) Cover Image
$13.50
ISBN: 9781400033430
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio.


Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking: A Cookbook Cover Image
$31.50
ISBN: 9781524761738
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Published: Clarkson Potter - November 5th, 2019

“A celebration of African American cuisine right now, in all of its abundance and variety.”—Tejal Rao, The New York Times