As they say, reading is fundamental and there’s nothing like relaxing with a book that you simply can’t put down. There are numerous incredibly talented Black female authors who have made remarkable contributions to the literary world. Here are a few books that you may want to consider adding to your collection. So turn off Netflix and Chill, grab a good book, and get cozy.
Mama- Terry McMillan (New York’s Time Best Selling Author)
A lot of people are familiar with other books by this author such as Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. However, this earlier novel is also one of her greatest. The main character Mildred is a mother of five. Juggling her life as a single mom, navigating the dating world, to the never-ending challenges of raising kids.
The Coldest Winter Ever- Sister Souljah (Author, Rapper, Activist, and Film Producer)
This story takes place in New York, and Winter is the spoiled daughter of a drug dealer. She ends up dating a man that is into drug dealing and illegal activity just as her father, that leads her down a dangerous path. It’s definitely a page turner and you will not want to put this book down.
Coffee Will Make You Black – April Sinclair (Award Winning Author)
A novel about a Black girl growing up in Chicago in the 1960’s. This book will make you think, laugh, and nod your head while reading about the growing ups and downs of adolescence.
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou (Awarding winning Poet, Author, Writer, Memoirist, and civil rights activist)
An autobiography about Mayo Angelou’s childhood and adolescent years in the South. She shares encounters with traumatic events during her childhood, including racism. Grab some tissues because this book will be sure to evoke emotions, and allow you to gain a deeper appreciation for this remarkable woman.
These books are readily available online through platforms such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Hopefully you will find these books to be enjoyable and valuable additions to your home library.