Claire and Linda discuss the amazing work and engagement they are witnessing in their Philadelphia literary community by Black-owned bookstores like Harriett’s Bookshop and Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books. We also talk about poet Jenny Zhang’s brilliant dialogue on resisting the tendency to define a group or individual by their most painful trauma and reading books that engender empathy and prime you to take action.
May I Recommend? is a RADIOKISMET podcast.
Books recommended during the show and more are listed below. For more suggestions like these, peruse our online store here.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa by Andrea D’Aquino
Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford
Amora: Stories by Natalia Borges Polesso, translated by Julia Sanches
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia by Sabrina Strings
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
Or really, any James Baldwin
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman
We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib
Pew by Catherine Lacey
Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of a Movement by John Lewis and Michael D’Ors