• Shay

Must Read Books in 2021 Written by Black Women - Part I

Looking for a wonderful book to get lost in?


If you are anything like me, you spent a lot of time reading while in quarantine this past year! Shit, what else were you going to do with the world on time out? I set a goal to read fifteen books written by black authors, and I thought I would share five of my favorites, so far, with you!



This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith

Divorced therapist Tallie Clark is on her way home from work, when she spots a man standing at the edge of a bridge about to commit suicide. She quickly pulls over, and convinces the man (Emmett) to join her for a cup of coffee. Then the two are followed over the course of the weekend, leading readers down an emotional and suspenseful path.


Purchase on Amazon ($20.00)




Black Girl, Call Home (Poems) by Jasmine Mans

This Part diary and part love letter, Man's collection of moving prose is, as its title suggests, a call home — for herself, and for all Black women on a journey back to themselves. This poet has recreated memories and beloved moments in this timeless piece of work that should be re-read whenever your heart needs it.


Purchase on Amazon ($12.00)




Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas


Maverick is hands down one of my favorite characters. After reading The Hate U Give, I often wondered how he became the father and man we see. This book provides the answers to those questions through a gripping coming-of-age story


Purchase on Amazon ($14.00)





The Rib King by Ladee Hubbard

A black family servant to an upper-class white family accepts what could be the opportunity of a lifetime, only to be exploited for her gifts. When she tries to make a way for herself years later, her past comes back to haunt her, posing challenges along the way.


Purchase on Amazon ($18.00)





Cicely Tyson: Just As I Am by Cicely Tyson


Days before the late Cicely Tyson passed on January 28, 2021, she left us with her debut memoir. This is a stunning portrait of the pioneer's life, and — in the wake of her transition — a farewell letter to all she inspired.


Purchase on Amazon ($20.00)





Please share your thoughts on these books. As I work my way towards the big fifteen, I will post my favorites in a part II post!


Sincerely, Shay

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