Celebrating Black History Month

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Across Blackpool libraries, we’re celebrating Black History Month, so we thought it was the perfect opportunity to share with you some of the books that we’ll be reading this month!

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

“Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.”
The Color Purple tells the tale of 20 years of Celie’s life through her letters to God. Gripping from the first line until the last, The Color Purple is a touching and memorable story of courage, undying love and forgiveness.


The Help – Kathryn Stockett

“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”
The Help is a complex, emotional and completely enthralling tale of three different women living in a racially conflicted Mississippi in the early 1960’s.  Get ready for a range of emotions; this book will make you laugh and cry as you reflect on the fear, hatred and ignorance that influenced people’s beliefs during this time.


Chains – Laurie Halse Anderson

“It was like looking at a knot, knowing it was a knot, but not knowing how to untie it.
I had no map for this life.”

A different perspective on the Revolutionary War, told from the perspective of the 13 year old protagonist, Isabel. In exchange for her freedom, Isabel is used as a pawn to spy for the rebels. A poignant tale of a country fighting for its freedom when it’s own people are in chains.


12 Years a Slave – Soloman Northup

“And what difference is there in the colour of the soul?”
Kidnapped and enslaved, Solomon Northup took this opportunity to pen his own autobiography. Intelligent and observant, this title is unforgettably detailed and encapsulates a devastating era in American history.


Special mention:

I know why the Caged Birds Sing – Maya Angelou

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Poet, dramatist, actress, film-maker, civil rights activist, the extraordinary Maya Angelou has made a tremendous impact on our world. This was the first of seven autobiographies and chronicles her fraught early years. Overcoming adversity, racism, and sexual violence to become the empowered, strong woman who inspired so many of us. Maya Angelou died on 28 May 2014 but her legacy lives on.

Reserve any of these titles with Blackpool libraries through the library catalogue.
Have we missed your favourite? Leave us a comment below and let us know!


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