New African and African American Studies Titles from Penguin Random House

By Allan Spencer | February 12 2024 | Black HistoryAfrican American History

Browse these new and notable titles for use in your African and African American Studies courses. To request complimentary exam copies for course-use consideration, click here. 

White Rat
Short Stories
9780807012949

Gayl Jones has been described as one of the great literary writers of the 20th century and was recently a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. This collection of short fiction was her third book, originally edited and published by Toni Morrison in 1977, and is now reissued.

$17.95 US
Feb 06, 2024
Paperback
160 Pages
Beacon Press

An Autobiography of Skin
A Novel
9780593466933

A magisterial, intimate look at Black womanhood: the grief that is carried within the body and the bonds of love that grant strength.

$18.00 US
Feb 27, 2024
Paperback
256 Pages
Vintage

Time's Undoing
A Novel
9780593471845

A searing and tender novel about a young Black journalist’s search for answers in the unsolved murder of her great-grandfather in segregated Birmingham, Alabama, decades ago—inspired by the author’s own family history.

$18.00 US
Feb 27, 2024
Paperback
384 Pages
Dutton

The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison
9780593730065
A classic and “elegant” (The New York Times) collection of essays from the renowned author of Invisible Man, that captures the breadth and complexity of his insights into racial identity, jazz and folklore, and citizenship across six decades.
$30.00 US
Feb 27, 2024
Paperback
816 Pages
Modern Library

The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison
9780593730072
A radiant collection of letters from the renowned author of Invisible Man that trace the life and mind of a giant of American literature, with insights into the riddle of identity, the writer’s craft, and the story of a nation over six decades.
$30.00 US
Feb 27, 2024
Paperback
1072 Pages
Modern Library

After Black Lives Matter
Policing and Anti-Capitalist Struggle
9781804293003

After Black Lives Matter argues that the failure to make institutional changes in the wake of the George Floyd protests was not a simple result of the mercurial and reactive character of the protests. Rather, the core of the movement itself failed to locate the central racial injustice that underpins the crisis of policing: socioeconomic inequality.

$24.95 US
Feb 20, 2024
Paperback
416 Pages
Verso

How to Live Free in a Dangerous World
A Decolonial Memoir
9780593472583

Poet and journalist Shayla Lawson follows their National Book Critics’ Circle Finalist This Is Major with these daring and exquisitely crafted essays, where Lawson journeys across the globe, finds beauty in tumultuous times, and powerfully disrupts constraints of race, gender, and disability.

$29.00 US
Feb 06, 2024
Hardcover
320 Pages
Tiny Reparations Books

What Have We Here?
Portraits of a Life
9780593318607
A film legend recalls his remarkable life of nearly eight decades—a heralded actor who’s played the roles he wanted, from Gale Sayers in Brian’s Song to Lando in the Star Wars universe—unchecked by the racism and typecasting so rife in the mostly all-white industry in which he triumphed.
$32.00 US
Feb 13, 2024
Hardcover
288 Pages
Knopf