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15 Great Books For Your Shelf

We love books, especially good texts that break up the monotony of the classroom setting or our bookshelves. These texts are great additions to your syllabi or bedside table for (re-/un-)learning academic disciplines and for fun. Those on this list are anthologies, novels, how-to’s, and more, written across the spectrum from academic to super casual. We hope you'll love them as much as we do!

1. The Honest Art Dictionary: A Jovial Trip Through Art Jargon | The Art History Babes

2. The Guerrilla Girls’ Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art | the Guerrilla Girls

3. Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World | Mackenzi Lee

4. The Roundhouse | Louise Erdrich

5. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (Revisioning History #3) | Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

6. Young Water Protectors: A Story About Standing Rock | Kelly Tudor, Jason Eaglespeaker, and Aslan Tudor

7. Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition | Glen Coulthard

8. Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology | E. Patrick Johnson, ed.

9. Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters | Andrea Davis Pinkey and Stephen Alcorn

10. This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work | Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durand

11. Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race | Beverly Daniel Tatum

12. We Do This ‘Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice | Mariame Kaba

13. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race | Reni Eddo-Lodge

14. Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Ordinary Terrible Things) | Anastasia Higginbotham

15. Black Skin, White Masks | Franz Fanon

Sarah Hixson (she/her/hers) is an emerging curator and educator focusing on DEAI and indigenization work and incorporating activism into museum practices. If you have questions for Sarah, please comment below or send an email to

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