Find a Book House
We have book houses in various locations in the Grand Rapids Community. Find one closest to you today!
We love new / gently used books! Help us keep our options fresh by adding to our growing book collection for the community.
Help us fulfill our mission of bringing long-term literacy and reading initiatives to the local community and beyond.
How It Works
A book exchange process that is quick and easy.
Find a Book House, choose a book, and ENJOY
Bring the book back to any Black Book House
Choose another book!
Concrete Rose – Angie ThomasInternational phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood. When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can't just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He'll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.
The Son of Mr. Suleman – Eric Jerome DickeyEric Jerome Dickey takes readers on a powerful journey exploring racism, colorism, life as a mixed-race person, sexual assault, microaggressions, truth and lies, cultural differences, politics, family legacies, perceptions, the impact of enslavement and Jim Crow, code-switching, the power of death, and the weight of love. It is an extraordinary story, page-turning and intense, and a book only Dickey could write.
We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy – Natalie BaszileIn this impressive anthology, Natalie Baszile brings together essays, poems, photographs, quotes, conversations, and first-person stories to examine black people's connection to the American land from Emancipation to today.
Last Gate of the Emperor – Kwame MbaliaFrom Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel David Makonnen comes an Afrofuturist adventure about a mythical Ethiopian empire. Sci-fi and fantasy combine in this epic journey to the stars.
The TBBEB Impact
Sometimes, even as a white girl, I feel like my adopted Midwestern city is too white, too conservative, too entrenched and that if I truly want to chase my happiness I need to move to a large, diverse city - back to LA or out to NYC. Then, I stumble across something like The Black Book Exchange Box and it helps. It not only reminds me that my city is more diverse and more liberal than it frequently feels, but that I alone am responsible for my engagement. Because these people have been here offering up fiction and nonfiction alike by authors of color and I had failed to notice. I took “My Sister, The Serial Killer” last night, read it at work between calls, and returned it again this morning. Next time, I’m going to pick up something nonfiction. (I’m hoping a copy of Stamped from the Beginning turns up).” ~Isabella J.