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Behold Beacon’s Bundle of Best-Of Books of 2019!

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Now this is how you round off a year and a decade. Just look at all these books on all these Best-Of lists! Our authors absolutely killed it. And they’ll kill it again in 2020. Let’s give them a round of applause into the new year! And while we’re doing so, let’s take a look at some highlights of the lists their books appeared on. (Someone pop open a bottle of bubbly while we’re applauding here. This calls for celebration!)


Memes to Movements

Memes to Movements: How the World’s Most Viral Media Is Changing Social Protest and Power
An Xiao Mina

“Essential reading. . . . An’s work demonstrates why we should be taking [memes] seriously.”
—Jonny Sun, author and illustrator of everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too


Reclaiming Our Space

Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets
Feminista Jones

“If you want to understand the rising preeminence of black women in our modern day sociopolitical landscape, you would be smart to start with Feminista Jones.”
—Ijeoma Oluo, author of the New York Times bestseller So You Want To Talk About Race


As Long As Grass Grows

As Long As Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock
Dina Gilio-Whitaker

“A masterpiece and a vital road map for the ongoing fight for Indigenous sovereignty.”
—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States



Superior: The Return of Race Science
Angela Saini

“Angela Saini’s Superior: The Return of Race Science is nothing short of a remarkable, brilliant, and erudite exploration of what we believe about the racialized differences among our human bodies..”
—Jonathan Metzl, author of Dying of Whiteness


A Queer History of the United States for Young People

A Queer History of the United States for Young People
Michael Bronski, adapted by Richie Chevat

“A touchstone for LGBTQ readers seeking proof of the greatness that preceded them and confidence in the success that awaits in their future.”
Shelf Awareness


An Indigenous Peoples History of the US for Young People

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, adapted by Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza

“An important corrective to conventional narratives of our nation’s history.”
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review



Breathe: A Letter to My Sons
Imani Perry

“Combines rigor and heart, and the result is a magic mirror showing us who we are, how we got here, and who we may become.”
—Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage



Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim
Leah Vernon

“I laughed and cried and read this book in awe of Leah Vernon’s brave, bold, and beautiful voice.”
—Randa Abdel-Fattah, author of The Lines We Cross and Does My Head Look Big in This?


White Negroes

White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue . . . and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation
Lauren Michele Jackson

“Incisive and richly detailed. A vital text—one that offers new ways of seeing, hearing, and consuming.”
—Hanif Abdurraqib, author of They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us


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