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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.

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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.