The Reading List, Week 5 2018
Our weekly rundown of the week's best books by black writers.
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This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

Summary: A collection of essays in which Morgan Jerkins interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today.
You’ll like this book if…you enjoyed Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists.
Get the book today on Amazon: UK |  US.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Summary: A feel-good romance in which two high-powered professionals who go on a fake wedding date. Despite the deception, real feelings emerge leading to a long distance relationship and a journey of self discovery .
You’ll like this book if…you like romcoms and love the the kind of ‘will they, won’t they’ drama that has you holding your breath while reading.
Get the book today on Amazon: UKUS.

Albert Murray- Collected Novels & Poems

Albert Murray: Collected Novels & Poems by Albert Murray

Summary: Albert Murray’s extraordinary quartet of semi-autobiographical novels, vivid impressionistic portraits of black life in the Deep South in the 1920s and ’30s and in prewar New York City as well as Murray’s remarkable poems, including 11 unpublished pieces from his notebooks, and two rare examples of his work as a short story writer.
You’ll like this book if…you like books about the lives of artists, especially musicians, and enjoy literature infused with the energy and musicality of jazz.
Get the book today on Amazon: UK |  US.

Black Ink- Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing by Stephanie Stokes Oliver

Black Ink: Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing by Stephanie Stokes Oliver

Summary: Spanning over 250 years of history, Black Ink traces black literature in America from Frederick Douglass to Ta-Nehisi Coates in this masterful collection of twenty-five illustrious and moving essays on the power of the written word.
You’ll like this book if…you want to get insights on writing from some of the most influential black writers in African American literature and the African Diaspora .
Get the book today on Amazon: UKUS.

Black Fortunes by Shomari Wills

Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires by Shomari Wills

Summary: The astonishing untold history of America’s first black millionaires—former slaves who endured incredible challenges to amass and maintain their wealth for a century, from the Jacksonian period to the Roaring Twenties.
You’ll like this book if…you like to read about hidden figures in American history as well as a great rags-to-riches story.
Get the book today on Amazon: UKUS.

Beneath the Darkest Sky by Jason Overstreet

Beneath the Darkest Sky by Jason Overstreet

Summary: International consultant Prescott Sweet’s mission is to bring justice to countries suffering from America’s imperialistic interventions. However, the decision to move to Moscow puts Prescott and his family in grave danger requiring Prescott to call on all his skills in a last-ditch effort to free his family from the grips of Stalin.
You’ll like this book if…you like jeopardy filled,  fast-paced spy dramas and writers that do such great research that you can almost touch the historical era they evoke.
Get the book today on Amazon: UKUS.

Marley Dias Gets It Done- And So Can You! by Marley Dias


Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! by Marley Dias

Summary: A ‘how-to’ guide for kids who want to make an impact and follow their passions. Marley shares her passion for reading as well as  how she’s turned her passion into a mega-hit movement that has grabbed the attention of the media, the White House, and kids throughout the world.
You’ll like this book if…you want to learn how to find books that you’ll love and how to follow your dreams in a way that empowers you and the people around you.
Get the book today on Amazon: UKUS.

The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips

The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips

Summary: A re-release of the award-winning novel which tells the story of Tang Mae Quinn, the darkest skinned, and brightest of her tyrannical mother’s ten children. When Tangy Mae is selected to be part of the first integrated class at a nearby white high school, she has a chance to change her life, but she has break from her mother’s grasp without ruinous–even fatal–consequences.
You’ll like this book if…you like beautifully written coming-of-age stories as well as books that unflinchingly tackle the provocative issues of racial tensions and dangerous family dynamics.
Get the book today on Amazon: UKUS.

Brit(ish)- On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch

Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch

Summary: An insightful book about the British identity crisis: how a nation of both slavery and abolition is struggling to reconcile these contrasting aspects of its history and forge a path free from racism and discrimination into the future .
You’ll like this book if…you like books that are a mix of memoir, reportage and social commentary as well as thoughtful explorations of issues of privilege, identity and race.
Get the book today on Amazon: UK | US.


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