African American Food Memoirs and Cookbooks

A selection of cookbooks and food memoirs by African American chefs and writers.

To celebrate Black History Month, this week's Advice for Reader's blog post highlights African American food memoirs and cookbooks. You'll find recipes for delicious vegan meals, meat dishes, and vegetarian cuisine from award winning authors and chefs.

To learn more about each book and/or to place books on hold, just click on the book cover or the title.

Happy reading (and eating)!

Food Memoirs and History

Notes from a Young Black Chef

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Black History Month: African American Poetry

This week, in celebration of Black History Month, we take a look at books by some of the great African American poets, from Phillis Wheatley to Rita Dove.

This week, in celebration of Black History Month, the Advice for Readers blog highlights books by some of America’s greatest poetsOur recommendations begin with a selection of poetry anthologies of African American poetscovering the vast, rich history of African American poetry, from Philllis Wheatley to Jamila Woods and more. Next, a very incomplete selection of poetry books and collections by some of the most important figures in African American poetry and American literature: James Weldon Johnson, Gwendolyn Brooks, Bob Kaufman, Rita Dove, and others. Though this list is far from exhaustive, OPL’s poetry collection contains works by and about many more of the great African-American poets of past and present. If you would like further reading

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Many Great Reasons to Read Black Fiction in February 2021

In celebration of Black History Month, a list of upcoming and recent fiction works that are a testament to the continuing beauty, breadth, delight and allure of Black literature.

We’re always excited to promote books by Black authors, but Black History Month is an irresistible opportunity for even more. This special edition of our monthly fiction preview highlights 10 new books by Black authors. Keep scrolling for a bonus list of novels and story collections by Black authors released over the past few months. 

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New Books for Black History Month and Beyond

Books for Black History Month published in the last year.

In honor of Black History Month, this week's blog post highlights some of the new books in Oakland Public Library's collection that were published within the past twelve months. From political history to sports, memoirs, biographies, and the arts, there's plenty to keep you reading, across a range of topics, throughout the year.

Social/Political History

A Black Women's History of the United States Twisted

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Dr. King's Philosophy of Nonviolence: Its Origins and Future

A selection of books exploring the people and ideas that inspired Dr. King's methods of nonviolent civil disobedience, as well as books that offer guidance for new generations who want to achieve peaceful social change.


In honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this weeks Advice For Readers blog post is a collection of books about the people and ideas that inspired Dr. Kings philosophy of nonviolent civil disobedience: Mahatma Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau, Howard Thurman, Bayard Rustin, Pauli Murray, and others.

Also included in our selection this week are some more (and less) recent books that apply Dr. K

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in January 2021

What better way to start the new year than with a list of new books coming in January? Here's our monthly list of great fiction titles arriving soon.


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What's New in Nonfiction: January Releases

New year, new books!

As we welcome the new year we also welcome new books. Here are some of the new nonfiction offerings for January.

Happy reading!

The Devil You Know White Feminism

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Reasons To Read Non-Fiction: Science!

A collection fo some of the best reviewed books on science from 2020.

When I made my 2020 New Year’s resolution to quit believing in science, I had no idea it would turn out like this. What a mistake! Personally, I blame my neighbor, a wizard by trade (see: Wizards & spells : a young adventurer's guide), who assured me that the stars were perfectly aligned (see: The sky atlas : the greatest maps, myths, and discoveries of the universe) for my alchemy business to take off. Now I’m stuck with crates of philosopher’s stones,

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Our Favorite Books of 2020

OPL staff look back on their favorite books of 2020 for children, teens and adults.

Some of us have found books to be a balm during these strange and difficult times. Some of us have struggled to read as much as we'd like to this year (I know I did!). I asked my colleagues to reflect on their favorite books from the last twelve months. Here are the books from 2020 they would love to share with you.

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DIY Projects

Crafts and projects for long winter nights.

Looking for more creative projects? Oakland Public Library has plenty of DIY books to help you channel your creative energy. From sewing to paper crafts to making your own snacks or drinks -- we have books for a range of interests!

Sewing Projects

Easy Masks   Visible Mending 

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