What We’re Reading | Feb 2021 Staff Recommendations

Book Recommendations from the MahoganyBooks team

February 2021

Derrick’s Pick:

The Name ‘Negro’ it’s Origin and Evil use by Richard Moore

This study focuses on the exploitive nature of the word ”Negro.” Tracing its origins to the African slave trade, Moore shows how the label “Negro” was used to separate African descendants from their ancestral heritage and to confirm their supposed inferiority.

Ramunda’s Pick:

Just As I Am: A Memoir by Cicely Tyson

“I am an observer of human nature and the dreamer of audacious dreams. I am a woman who has hurt as immeasurably as I have loved, a child of God divinely guided by His hand. And here in my ninth decade, I am a woman who, at long last, has something meaningful to say.” –Cicely Tyson

John’s Pick:

The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.

A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence.

Christian’s Pick:

Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

In Can’t Hurt Me, he shares his astonishing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential.

Jasmine’s Pick:

Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour

For fans of Sorry to Bother You and The Wolf of Wall Street comes a blazing, satirical debut novel about a young man given a shot at stardom as the lone black salesman at a mysterious, cult-like, and wildly successful startup where nothing is as it seems.

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