Reading List & Book Clubs



30 Americans Exhibit with Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

From June 1 – August 25, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is hosting 30 Americans, an exhibit presenting American experiences as told from the distinct perspectives of 30 African American artists. Through more than 80 paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs, and videos, the influential artists in 30 Americans are significant contributors to the complex dialogues surrounding race, history, identity, and beauty that have shaped contemporary American art and life for the past four decades.

We've compiled a list of books to be a reading companion to this exhibit. View the list below and find these items at one of your local library branches. We also invite you to attend our African American book clubs that our library locations are offering that coincide with the exhibit. To find these items and more, click the links below or visit one of our library branches.

30 Americans

30 Americans Reading List

We’ve compiled a list of books to be a reading companion to this Nelson-Atkins exhibit. The list includes non-fiction, memoirs, fiction, poetry, and books for kids and teens. Click to view the full list now and come visit one of our library branches to checkout these items.

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Beckoming

The Blended and the Beautiful African American Book Club

Come join us and be a part of our African American fiction book club! Our book selection for the month is: "Becoming" by Michelle Obama.

About the book: In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private. A deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations.

All adults are welcome, hope to see you there!

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Breakfast

African American Book Club

Come join us at our African American Book Club, Infinite Shades of Brown! This month we will discuss the novel, Breakfast in Bed by Rochelle Alers on March 2, 2019 at 1:30pm. See ya there!

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Darkest Child

African American Book Club

Come join us at our African American Book Club, Infinite Shades of Brown! This month we will discuss the novel, The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips at 1:30p. See ya there!

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Wedding Date

African American Book Club

Come join us at our African American Book Club, Infinite Shades of Brown! This month we will discuss the novel, The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory at 1:30p. See ya there!

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Gilded Years

African American Book Club

Come join us in our African-American Book Club, Infinite Shades of Brown! This month we will discuss "The Gilded Years: a novel" by Karin Tanabe. It's an historical novel based on the true story of Anita Hemmings, the first black student to attend Vassar, who successfully passed as white—until she let herself grow too attached to the wrong person. Get in on the discussion June 22, 2019 at 1:30pm. We hope to see you there!

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NK Jemisin

The Blended and the Beautiful African American Book Club

Come join us and be a part of our African American fiction book club! Our book selection for the month is: How Long Til' Black Future Month by N. K. Jemisin.

About the book: N. K. Jemisin is one of the most powerful and acclaimed speculative fiction authors of our time. In the first collection of her evocative short fiction, Jemisin equally challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption. In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story "The City Born Great," a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis's soul.

All adults are welcome, hope to see you there!

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