2016 Summer Reading Lists

The following summer readings lists have been compiled by Kathleen E. Bethel, African American Studies Librarian at Northwestern University. The three lists are divided into categories African American Fiction, Books on Chicago’s Black Experience, and Black Feminist Futures. Project HBW gives a big thank you to Dr. Bethel for providing these lists. 
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Benson, Angela. The Summer of Me. New York: William Morrow, 2016.

Black, Daniel. Listen to the Lambs: A Novel. New York: St Martin’s Press, 2016.

Buckhanon, Kalisha. Solemn. New York: St Martin’s Press, 2016.

Campbell, Stacy. Mattie’s Call: A Novel. New York: Strebor Books, 2016.

Cooper, Desiree. Know the Mother: Stories. Detroit: Wayne State Univ. Press, 2016.

Cooper, Sharon C. Model Attraction. Toronto: Harlequin Kimani Romance, 2016.

Corthron, Kia. The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter: A Novel. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2016.

Diamond, De’nesha. Queen Divas. NY: Dafina Books, Kensington Pub. Corp, 2016.

Dickey, Eric Jerome. The Blackbirds. New York: Dutton, 2016.

Ervin, Keisha. Mina’s Joint: Triple Crown Collection. Wyandanch, NY: Urban Books, 2016.

Fielding, Joy. She’s Not There: A Novel. New York: Ballantine Books, 2016.

Greer, Sheree L. A Return to Arms. Valley Falls, NY: Bold Strokes Books, 2016.

Hall, Rachel H. Trail of Echoes. New York: Forge, 2016.

Hickman, Trice. Deadly Satisfaction. NY: Dafina Books, Kensington Pub. Corp, 2016.

Holman, John. Triangle Ray: Stories. Ann Arbor, MI: Dzanc Books, 2016.

Jackson, Brenda. Possessed by Passion. Toronto: Harlequin Kimani, 2016.

Jenkins, Beverly. Forbidden. New York: Avon Books, 2016.

Johnson, Sadeqa. Second House from the Corner. NY: Thomas Dunne Books, 2016.

Keyes, Christian. Dr. Feelgood. Wyandanch, NY: Urban Books, 2016.

LaValle, Victor D. The Ballad of Black Tom. NY: A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2016.

McFadden, Bernice L. The Book of Harlan. [Brooklyn, NY]: Akashic Books, 2016.

McKinney-Whetstone, Diane. Lazaretto: A Novel. New York: Harper, 2016.

McMillan, Terry. I Almost Forgot About You: A Novel. New York: Crown, 2016

Mason, J D. The Real Mrs. Price. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2016.

Mello, Deborah Fletcher. Tuscan Heat. Toronto: Harlequin Kimani, 2016.

Monroe, Mary. Every Woman’s Dream. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp, 2016.

Moore, Niyah. Thunderstorm: A Novel. New York: Strebor Books, 2016.

Mosley, Walter. Charcoal Joe: An Easy Rawlins Mystery. New York: Doubleday, 2016.

Nunez, Elizabeth. Even in Paradise. [Brooklyn, NY]: Akashic Books, 2016.

Pinckney, Darryl. Black Deutschland. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.

Rashaan, Shakir. Deception: A Novel. Largo, MD: Strebor Books, 2016.

Roby, Kimberla Lawson. Best Friends Forever. New York: Grand Central Pub., 2016.

Rochon, Farrah. Passion’s Song. Toronto: Harlequin Kimani Romance, 2016.

Swinson, Kiki. The Score. Dafina Books. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp, 2016.

Thompson, Bonita. Vulnerable: A Novel. New York: Strebor Books, 2016.

Turner, Nikki. The Banks Sisters 2. Wyandanch, NY: Urban Books, 2016.

Warren, Tiffany L. The Pastor’s Husband. NY: Dafina Bks, Kensington Pub. Corp, 2016.

Weber, Carl, and Armstrong S. Covington. No More Mr. Nice Guy: A Family Business Novel. Wyandanch, NY: Urban Books, 2016.

Wilkinson, Crystal. The Birds of Opulence. Lexington: Univ. Press of Kentucky, 2016.

Williams, Synithia. A New York Kind of Love. Toronto: Harlequin Kimani, 2016.

Wright, Elle. Her Kind of Man. New York: Forever, 2016.

Zane. Zane’s Vengeance: A Novel. New York: Atria Books, 2016.

“My Kind of Town…”

2015-2016 Books on Chicago’s Black Experience

Aviles de Bradley, Ann M. From Charity to Equity: Race, Homelessness, and Urban Schools. New York: Teachers College Press, 2015.

Beckwith, Naomi, and Dieter Roelstraete. The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Butters, Gerald R. From Sweetback to Super Fly: Race and Film Audiences in Chicago’s Loop. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2015.

Chatelain, Marcia. South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015.

Crawford, Maulachi D. Black Muslims and the Law: Civil Liberties from Elijah Muhammad to Muhammad Ali. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2015.

Drake, St. Clair and Horace R. Cayton. Black Metropolis: A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City. With a New Forward by Mary Pattillo. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Ernie: Special Photographic Tribute. Chicago: Triumph Books LLC, 2015.

Finley, Mary L., Bernard LaFayette, James R. Ralph, and Pam Smith. The Chicago Freedom Movement: Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights Activism in the North. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2015.

Gifford, Justin. Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim. New York: Doubleday, 2015.

Harper, Alan. Waiting for Buddy Guy: Chicago Blues at the Crossroads. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2016.

Jefferson, Margo. Negroland: A Memoir. New York: Pantheon Books, 2015.

Kimble, Lionel Jr. A New Deal for Bronzeville: Housing, Employment, & Civil Rights in Black Chicago, 1935-1955. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2015.

Maly, Michael T, and Heather M. Dalmage. Vanishing Eden: White Construction of Memory, Meaning, and Identity in a Racially Changing City. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2016

Marovich, Robert M. A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015.

Michaeli, Ethan. The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America: From the Age of the Pullman Porters to the Age of Obama. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.

Moore, Natalie Y. The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation. New York: St Martin’s Press, 2016.

Morris, James McGrath. Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press. New York: Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.

Mulder, Mark T. Shades of White Flight: Evangelical Congregations and Urban Departure. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2015.

Mullen, Bill. Popular Fronts: Chicago and African-American Cultural Politics, 1935-46. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015.

Neary, Timothy B. Crossing Parish Boundaries: Race, Sports, and Catholic Youth in Chicago, 1914-1954. Chicago: London, 2016.

Pinder, Kymberly N. Painting the Gospel: Black Public Art and Religion in Chicago. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2016.

Schneiderhan, Erik. The Size of Others’ Burdens: Barack Obama, Jane Addams, and the Politics of Helping Others. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2015.

Shabazz, Rashad. Spatializing Blackness: Architectures of Confinement and Black Masculinity in Chicago. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015.

Slevin, Peter. Michelle Obama: A Life. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.

Smith, Patricia, and Michael Abramson. Gotta Go Gotta Flow: Life, Love, and Lust on Chicago’s South Side from the Seventies. Chicago: CityFiles Press, 2015.

Taylor-Williams, Bonnie. With These Hands: A Country Girl Came to Town. [United States]: Bonnie Taylor-Williams, Inc., 2015.

Van Cleve, Nicole Gonzalez. Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court. Stanford, CA: Stanford Law Books, 2016.

Williams, Sonja D. Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015.

Wright, Richard, and Earle V. Bryant. Byline, Richard Wright: Articles from the Daily Worker and New Masses. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2015.

[“My Kind of Town (Chicago Is),” 1964 song by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn]


Bibliography of 2016 books compiled for the

May 20-21, 2016 symposium at Northwestern University

Adams, Betty L. Black Women’s Christian Activism: Seeking Social Justice in a Northern Suburb. NY: New York University Press, 2016.

Berger, Iris. Women in Twentieth-Century Africa. NY: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Black Women’s Portrayals on Reality Television: The New Sapphire, edited by Donnetrice Allison. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016.

Barcella, Laura and Pierre Summer. Fight Like a Girl: 50 Feminists Who Changed the World. San Francisco, CA: Zest Books, 2016.

Bell-Scott, Patricia. The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice. NY: Alfred A Knopf, 2016.

Courtney, Jarrett. Not Your Momma’s Feminism: Introduction to Women’s Gender Studies. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2016.

Davis, Angela Y. and Frank Barat. Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2016.

Day, Keri. Religious Resistance to Neoliberalism: Womanist and Black Feminist Perspectives. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Ennaji, Moha, Fatima Sadiqi, and Karen Vintges. Moroccan Feminisms: New Perspectives. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2016.

Gammage, Marquita M. Representations of Black Women in the Media: The Damnation of Black Womanhood. NY: Routledge, 2016.

Etienne, Jan. Learning in Womanist Ways: Narratives of First Generation African Caribbean Women. London: Trentham Books, 2016.

Falcón, Sylvanna M. Power Interrupted: Antiracist and Feminist Activism Inside the United Nations. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2016.

Gumbs, Alexis P, China Martens, and Mai’a Williams. Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines. Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2016.

Haley, Sarah. No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2016.

Harris, LaShawn. Sex Workers, Psychics, and Numbers Runners: Black Women in New York City’s Underground Economy. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2016.

Hinton, Laura. Jayne Cortez, Adrienne Rich, and the Feminist Superhero: Voice, Vision, Politics, and Performance in U.S. Contemporary Women’s Poetics. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016.

Hobson, Janell, editor. Are All the Women Still White?: Rethinking Race, Expanding Feminisms. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2016.

Hogan, Kristen. The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016.

Jackson, Tricia W. Women in Black History: Stories of Courage, Faith, and Resilience. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 2016.

Joseph, Gloria I. The Wind Is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde. [n.p.]: Villarosa Media, 2016.

Kovalova, Karla, Black Feminist Literary Criticism: Past and Present. NY: Peter Lang, 2016.

Mocombe, Paul C, Carol Tomlin, and Victoria Showunmi. Jesus and the Streets: The Loci of Causality for the Intra-Racial Gender Academic Achievement Gap in Black Urban America and the United Kingdom. Lanham: University Press of America, Inc., 2016.

Morris, Monique W. Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools. NY: The New Press, 2016.

Nnaemeka, Obioma, and Jennifer T. Springer. Unraveling Gender, Race & Diaspora. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2016.

Noble, Safiya U, and Brendesha M. Tynes. The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Class and Culture Online. NY: Peter Lang, 2016.

Scanlon, Jennifer. Until There Is Justice: The Life of Anna Arnold Hedgeman. NY: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Short, Ellen L, and Leo Wilton. Talking About Structural Inequalities in Everyday Life: New Politics of Race in Groups, Organizations, and Social Systems. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc., 2016.

Sinha, Manisha. The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016.

Thomlinson, Natalie. Race, Ethnicity and the Women’s Movement in England, 1968-1993. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Recently Released and Forthcoming:

Adeniji-Neill, Dolapo, and Anne M. N. Mungai. Written in Her Own Voice: Ethno-educational Autobiographies of Women in Education. NY: Peter Lang, (2016)

Albert B. Cleage Jr. and the Legacy of the Black Madonna and Child, edited by Jawanza Eric Clark. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, (Sept. 2016).

Bryant-Davis, Thema, and Lillian Comas-Díaz. Womanist and Mujerista Psychologies: Voices of Fire, Acts of Courage. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, (June 2016).

Carey, Tamika L. Rhetorical Healing: The Reeducation of Contemporary Black Womanhood. Albany: State University of New York Press, (Nov. 2016).

Cooper, Brittney, Morris, Susana M., and Boylorn, Robin M. The Crunk Feminist Collection. NY: Feminist Press at the City University of New York, (Jan. 2017).

Crowder, Stephanie R. Buckhanon. When Momma Speaks: The Bible and Motherhood from a Womanist Perspective. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, (Sept. 2016).

DuRocher, Kristina. Ida B. Wells: Social Reformer and Activist. NY: Routledge (Aug. 2016).

Edwin, Shirin. Privately Empowered: Expressing Feminism in Islam in Northern Nigerian Fiction. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, (Sept. 2016).

Cruz, Ariane. The Color of Kink: Black Women, BDSM, and Pornography. NY: New York University Press, (Oct. 2016).

David, Miriam E. Reclaiming Feminism. Bristol: Policy Press, (Aug. 2016).

Feminist Perspectives on Orange Is the New Black: Thirteen Critical Essays, edited by April Kalogeropoulos Householder and Adrienne Trier-Bieniek. Jefferson, NC: Mcfarland, (July 2016).

Garvey, Amy J, and Louis J. Parascandola. Amy Jacques Garvey: Selected Writings from the Negro World, 1923-1928. The University of Tennessee Press, (2016?).

Gentles-Peart, Kamille. Romance with Voluptuousness: Caribbean Women and Thick Bodies in the United States. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, (Oct. 2016).

Goett, Jennifer. Black Autonomy: Race, Gender, and Afro-Nicaraguan Activism. Stanford: Stanford University Press (Nov. 2016).

Gumbs, Alexis P. Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity. Durham: Duke University Press, (Oct. 2016).

Harwell, Osizwe R. This Woman’s Work: The Writing and Activism of Bebe Moore Campbell. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi (June 2016).

Hayes, Diana L. No Crystal Stair: Womanist Spirituality. Maryknoll: Orbis Bks, (Aug. 2016).

Hosein, Gabrielle, and Parpart, Jane. Negotiating Gender, Policy and Politics in the Caribbean: Feminist Strategies, Masculinist Resistance and Transformational Possibilities. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc., (Dec. 2016).

Hossein, Caroline Shenaz. Politicized Microfinance: Money, Power, and Violence in the Black Americas. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, (July 2016).

Juanita, Judy. De Facto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland. Oakland,CA: EquiDistance Press, (July 2016).

Macagnan, Clea B. Council Women and Corporate Performance in the Brazilian Capital Market. New York: Nova Science Publishers, (June 2016).

McKinnon, Sara L. Gendered Asylum: Race and Violence in U.S. Law and Politics. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, (Sept. 2016).

Threadcraft, Shatema. Intimate Justice: The Black Female Body and the Body Politic. New York: Oxford University Press, (Oct. 2016).

Trier-Bieniek, Adrienne. The Beyonce Effect: Essays on Sexuality, Race and Feminism. McFarland Publishing, (Oct. 2016).

Williamson, Terrion L. Scandalize My Name: Black Feminist Practice and the Making of Black Social Life. Bronx, NY: Fordham University Press, (Oct. 2016).

Walker-McWilliams, Marcia. Reverend Addie Wyatt: Faith and the Fight for Labor, Gender, and Racial Equality. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, (Oct. 2016).

Ward, Stephen M. In Love and Struggle: The Revolutionary Lives of James and Grace Lee Boggs. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press (Sept. 2016).

Wright, Nazera Sadiq. Black Girlhood in the Nineteenth Century. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, (Nov. 2016).

By Kathleen E. Bethel, African American Studies Librarian

Liaison for Gender & Sexuality Studies and Caribbean Studies

Northwestern University Libraries, Evanston, IL