10 Listens for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, we’ve collected ten fantastic audiobooks to listen to this month. From award-winning fiction and nonfiction to books from legendary authors, this list has something for everyone.

 

Between the World and Me

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory life experiences.
Listen to an excerpt BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME

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Brown Girl Dreaming

Raised in South Carolina and New York, author Jacqueline Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African-American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the civil rights movement.

Listen to an excerpt BROWN GIRL DREAMING

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Homegoing
Author: Yaa Gyasi
Read By: Dominic Hoffman

The unforgettable New York Times bestseller begins with the story of two half-sisters separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history.
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine.

Listen to an excerpt THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

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Juneteenth
Author: Ralph Ellison
Read By: Joe Morton

From Ralph Ellison—author of the classic novel of African-American experience, Invisible Man—the long-awaited second novel.

 

Listen to an excerpt JUNETEENTH

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The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

The Personal History of Rachel DuPree is an award-winning debut novel about the little-known history of African-American homesteaders. It gives voice to an extraordinary heroine who embodies the spirit that built America.

 

Listen to an excerpt THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF RACHEL DUPREE

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Queen Sugar

This mother-daughter story of reinvention is about Charley, an African-American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley must balance the overwhelming challenges of her farm with the demands of a homesick daughter, a bitter and troubled brother, and the startling desires of her own heart.
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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family, beginning with Hattie Shepherd.

 

Listen to an excerpt THE TWELVE TRIBES OF HATTIE

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The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club)

The National Book Award Winner and #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.

 

Listen to an excerpt THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

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