10 Black-authored Books To Add To Your Reading List

Beloved

Toni Morrison's 1987 book Beloved won the Nobel Prize. Morrison earned the Pulitzer Prize for this work. Sethe, the protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, yet he remains enslaved 18 years later.  

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Between The World And Me

How does it feel to live in a black body? How can we honestly face this troubled past and overcome it? Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates' letter to his teen son answering these topics.

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It’s Not All Downhill From Here

This novel by Terry McMillan, the popular author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale (both great movies to add to your list), presents an uplifting and amusing narrative that women of all ages can connect.

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Go Tell It On The Mountain

Black queer leader James Baldwin smashed many barriers. Baldwin recounts a fourteen-year-old boy's identity discovery in one of the greatest American masterpieces. Baldwin's depiction of his protagonist's spiritual, sexual,.

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Queenie

This book is my top recommendation. Twenty-five-year-old Jamaican British lady Queenie Jenkins lives in London, straddling two cultures and fitting neither. She works at a national newspaper and is regularly compared to white middle class people.

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Such A Fun Age

Such a Fun Age is a challenging read with open and uncomfortable social commentary about career-driven Alix Chamberlain, who is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching their toddler in their local high-end supermarket one night.

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The Prophets

From the start, Robert Jones, Jr.'s debut novel is heartbreaking. It follows the unlawful union of two slaves young men on a Deep South farm, their retreat, and a treachery that threatens their lives. Avoid putting this one down.

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Well-Read Black Girl – Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves

This remarkable and uplifting collection of essays by black women authors, selected by the creator of the renowned book club Well-Read Black Girl, reflects the saying, “we are our ancestors’ wildest dreams”.

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We Should All Be Feminists

I have given this feminist manifesto more times than I can count to honor equality in society. This personal essay, based from her legendary TEDx lecture of the same name and referenced in Beyonce's song “Flawless,” defines.

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Grand Union

Zadie Smith has been mandatory fictional reading for years, so it's a thrill that she released these 10 new and unpublished tales and some of her most beloved New Yorker pieces. Grand Union is a rich anthology about time and location, identity and rebirth.

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