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Book Clubs and Recommendations

Book clubs and recommendations offered at Hartford Public Library

Noname's Book Club

"Reading material for the homies"

Hartford Public Library is a partner of Noname's Book Club, an online/irl community dedicated to uplifting POC voices. They do this by highlighting two books each month written by authors of color. 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. In addition to social media presence have free virtual meet ups to discuss the monthly picks in a safe and supportive environment. Click here for more information on Noname's Book Club.
*If you have incarcerated friends/family who would be interested in reading along with us email their information to and they will send them some books.
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Monthly Picks

Interested? It’s easy—we choose a new book (or two) every month. Pick one, and get your own copy (don’t buy from Amazon! Check out our Black-owned bookstores or local libraries resources to find one).

Then, find a local book club chapter, start an unofficial chapter, or join our monthly book club Zoom meetings.

Below you’ll find additional resources and questions for each book, so you can always read on your own.

Happy reading.


January 2024

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa
by Walter Rodney

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa is a core text in political economy, detailing the impact of slavery and colonialism on the history of international capitalism. Rodney makes the unflinching case that African maldevelopment is not a natural feature of geography, but a direct product of imperial extraction from the continent, a practice that continues up into the present.

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May 2023



All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes
by Maya Angelou

Black America

In 1962 the poet, musician, and performer Maya Angelou claimed another piece of her identity by moving to Ghana, joining a community of "Revolutionist Returnees" inspired by the promise of pan-Africanism. All God's Children Need Walking Shoes is her lyrical and acutely perceptive exploration of what it means to be an African American on the mother continent, where color no longer matters but where American-ness keeps asserting itself in ways both puzzling and heartbreaking. As it builds on the personal narrative of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Gather Together in My Name, this book confirms Maya Angelou’s stature as one of the most gifted autobiographers of our time.

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