Top 12 'Must Read' Books By Black Authors For - Black EnterpriseBlack History Month gives us 28 days to honor African Americans and the ever-expanding contributions they make to culture. Literature in particular has been a space for black authors to tell their stories authentically, and bookworms seeking good reads can choose from an array of fiction, poetry, historical texts, essays, and memoirs. From literary icons to fresh, buzzworthy talent, we're highlighting 25 books by African-American authors you should add to your reading list today. Octavia Butler's Kindred is one of a string of novels she penned centering on black female protagonists, which was unprecedented in a white-male dominated science and speculative fiction space at the time. This story centers Dana, a young writer in s Los Angeles who is unexpectedly whisked away to the 19th century antebellum South, where she saves the life of Rufus Weylin, the son of a plantation owner. To paint an accurate picture of the slavery era, Butler told In Motion Magazine in , she studied slave narratives and books by the wives of plantation owners.
JANUARY TBR - BOOKS TO READ JANUARY 2019
25 Books by Contemporary Black Authors
The following books by black authors in alphabetical order by title were published last year and fall under a wide range of genres. In addition to making great gifts, these must-reads should be added to your list of books to dive into if you have not yet had the pleasure of reading them yet. Prepare to be moved at a soul level and have tissues nearby. Author Akwaeke Emezi is a talented millennial Nigerian fiction writer and artist with a graduate degree from New York University. In his hilarious yet soul-shaking truth-telling book, Hughley touches on politics, race, and life as a black American as only he can. Even when we had a black president!
The only problem is narrowing a list to under 30 books standouts when all the books are so good. In Iceland, during the evening of Dec. We may not get further than a chapter, but we will have books to read the rest of the months, and it will be a joy in the moment. Here are 28 of the best books published by black authors this year to get you started. An American Marriage , Tayari Jones. When two newlyweds are separated by a wrongful conviction, it permanently alters the nature of their marriage. A rewarding, powerful read.
It's always a good time to celebrate Black voices , and literature is one of the best ways to honor some of the community's most illuminating stories. And thanks to the work of African American authors, the world can better understand both the struggles and triumphs of people of color in America. From wise artists like Maya Angelou to new voices like Marlon James and leaders like the Obamas, we've gathered some of the best books by Black authors to add to your reading list ASAP. Originally published in and set in Southern Florida, this story follows main character Janie Crawford on her quest to find independence throughout three different marriages. This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is arguably Morrison's most well-known. As one of our country's great Black writers, Baldwin published a slew of books, short stories, and essays in his life time. Similarly, Baldwin was raised by a stepfather who served as a Baptist pastor.
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An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature. Buy now from your favorite retailer:. This electrifying, hallucinatory novel is at once a keen satire of surviving racism in America and a profoundly moving family story. We Cast a Shadow fearlessly shines a light on the violence we inherit, and on the desperate things we do for the ones we love. Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem.