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Noname Selections at LAPL

Keith Kesler, Social Media Librarian, Public Relations Department,
members at a book club, man with a blue mustache

We are excited to partner with Noname's Book Club to keep you up to date in finding all the selections free of charge.

Launched in summer 2019, Chicago rapper Noname's book club features two titles per month. The web site describes the series as "Reading material for the homies" and elaborates, "From cult classics to the words of emergent authors, Noname’s Book Club highlights books that speak on human conditions in critical and original ways."

Noname's Book Club currently has meetups in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York City. At the end of the month, participants can attend an end-of-month program where they unpack each book.

Every month we'll update this page with the book club's recommended titles.

This month's selections are: How We Get Free by Keeanga Yamhatta Taylor, and Three Mothers by Anna Malika Tubbs.

Noname Book Club Selections

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective

The Three Mothers
Tubbs, Anna Malaika

Here I Stand
Robeson, Paul

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
Hoose, Phillip M.

No Name in the Street
Baldwin, James

I Can't Date Jesus
Arceneaux, Michael

The Assassination of Fred Hampton
Haas, Jeffrey

Ewing, Eve L.

Our History is the Future
Estes, Nick

Prison by Any Other Name
Law, Vikki

Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories From the Twenty-First Century

Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
Morrison, Toni

The Vanishing Half
Bennett, Brit

Are Prisons Obsolete?
Davis, Angela Y.

Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex

Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop
P. Ramsey, Guthrie

Assata: An Autobiography
Shakur. Assata

Gurba, Myriam

War Against All Puerto Ricans
Denis, Nelson A.

As Black as Resistance
Samudzi, Zoé, Anderson, William C.

Love with Accountability
Simmons, Aishah Shahidah

Magical Negro: Poems
Parker, Morgan

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
Lorde, Audre

Die Nigger Die!: A Political Autobiography of Jamil Abdullah al-Amin
Brown (Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin), H. Rap

Sabrina & Corina: Stories
Fajardo-Anstine, Kali

The Wretched of the Earth: Frantz Fanon
Fanon, Frantz

Satrapi, Marjane

Parable of the Sower
Butler, Octavia E.

Memory of Fire
Galeano, Eduardo

Faces in the Crowd
Luiselli, Valeria

Don't Call Us Dead: Poems
Smith, Danez

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South
Twitty, Michael

Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Freire, Paulo

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life: Essays
Irby, Samantha