Local author Ashley Bryant is on the reading list put together by Northeast Harbor Library staff of recommended books to educate readers about racism. Other recommended authors include Zorah Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Maya Angelou, Malcolm X. PHOTO COURTESY OF RICHARD KANE

Library offers ‘Black Lives Matter’ reading list 


“Black Lives Matter” is the heading on the first item in the Northeast Harbor Library’s current weekly online newsletter. 

“We are deeply saddened by the recent violence and racial inequities happening in our country,” the newsletter states. “To understand, we can educate ourselves by reading and listening.” 

The newsletter provides link to the library’s website with a sampling of recommended books, audios and DVDs. 

The four recommended works of fiction for adults are “Beloved” by Toni Morrison, “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston, and “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead. 

Eleven non-fiction books are recommended. They include “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” by Malcolm X and Alex Haley, “Becoming” by Michele Obama, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou, and “Infinite Hope” by Islesford resident Ashley Bryan. 

The library staff also recommends a number of books for children and young adults and movies including “Selma,” “Harriet” and “Fences.”  


Dick Broom

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Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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