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 the summer of 2019, Chicago rapper Noname's book club features two titles per month. The website 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 selection is: Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman. and CareFree Black Girls by Zeba Blay.

Noname Book Club Selections

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments
Hartman, Saidiya V.

Care Free Black Girls
Blay, Zeba

Intimate Direct Democracy
Kadalie, Modibo

Woodfox, Albert

God Help the Child
Morrison, Toni

Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty
Roberts, Dorothy E.

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism
Noble, Safiya Umoja

Friday Black
Adjei-Brenyah, Nana Kwame

The Death of Vivek Oji
Emezi, Akwaeke

God Help the Child
Morrison, Toni

Anarchism and the Black Revolution
Ervin, Lorenzo Kom̀boa

Home is Not a Country
Elhillo, Safia

The Sobbing School
Bennett, Joshua

Children of Blood and Bone
Adeyemi, Tomi

Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom
Purnell, Derecka

Live From Death Row
Abu-Jamal, Mumia

The Spook Who Sat by the Door: A Novel
Greenlee, Sam

As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice
Gilio-Whitaker, Dina

Bloodchild and Other Stories
Butler, Octavia E.

My Sister, the Serial Killer
Braithwaite, Oyinkan

The Skin I'm In
Flake, Sharon G.

Heavy: An American Memoir
Laymon, Kiese

Laymon explores his early life as an overprotected and overachieving son of an accomplished university professor mother: his own academic prowess, his addictions to food, anorexia, and gambling, his self-image as a Black man, and where he fits in with his extended Southern family. Most touchingly, Laymon tells how he endeavored to be as perfect as his single mother wanted, wanted so that he would be safe.

Heavy was a best book of 2018 by the National Public Radio, New York Times, Publishers WeeklyWashington Post, and Entertainment Weekly. The book was awarded The Los Angeles Times - Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose for 2018, and Andrew Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction for 2019

The Autobiography of Malcolm X
X, Malcolm

Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry
Perry, Imani

Gyasi, Yaa

The Hip Hop Wars
Rose, Tricia

A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance
Abdurraqib, Hanif

Myers, Walter Dean

This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed
Cobb, Charles E., Jr.

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

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