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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!