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Books for Black History Month

  • Watch this video on books for Black History Month on my Read Remark booktube channel.
  • Since February is Black History Month, I couldn’t let the month go by without taking the opportunity to recommend some black authors. I should clarify, though, these authors are not significant by virtue of their race. They’re just damn good authors.
  • Here are a handful of books for Black History Month reading recommendations.

  • Check out the different genres to can find the right book for you.


  • Historical fiction:

  • Homegoing
  • Yaa Gyasi
  • Sisters are separated at birth. We follow the generations of offspring who come after.


  • Children’s books:

  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham
  • Christopher Paul Curtis
  • A family travels to Birmingham in 1963 and deals with the church bombing.


  • Humor:

  • I Can’t Make This Up
  • Kevin Hart
  • Humor mixed with memoir, Kevin Hart talks through his rise to comedy fame.


  • Literary fiction:

  • So Much Blue
  • Percival Everett
  • A man’s present, past affair, and past journey through El Salvador. Beautiful art.


  • Another literary fiction:

  • On Beauty
  • Zadie Smith
  • A middle-aged professor stumbles through marriage and his failing career.


  • Classics:

  • Invisible Man
  • Ralph Ellison
  • A disillusioned man struggles to find his identity. A college reading must.


  • Memoir:

  • Hunger
  • Roxane Gay
  • Roxane recalls the brutal gang rape that led to a lifelong struggle with her body.


  • Young adult:

  • The Hate U Give
  • Angie Thomas
  • Teenager Starr finds herself in the middle of the Black Lives Matter movement.


  • Women’s lit:

  • The Wedding Date
  • Jasmine Guillory
  • A groomsman needs a date for a wedding. Enter his fake date, and enter sparks.


  • Horror:

  • The Changeling
  • Victor Lavalle
  • Book owner Apollo’s wife acts strange. Postpartum depression? Or something darker?


  • Steamy romance:

  • Haven
  • Rebekah Weatherspoon
  • An interracial couple gives each other some sexual healing. Bow-chicka-wow-wow.


  • Science fiction:

  • Bloodchild
  • Octavia E. Butler
  • On this planet, men carry the parasitic grub babies for their insect-like overlords.


  • Autobiography:

  • Growing Up in the Jackson Family
  • LaToya Jackson
  • LaToya details her dramatic life growing up with the Jacksons.


  • Poetry:

  • The Craft
  • Blackalicious
  • This isn’t actually a book. It’s an album. But it flows so lyrically like true poetry.


  • Graphic novel:

  • World of Wakanda
  • Roxane Gay
  • This offshoot of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther series follows female fighters.


  • Business:

  • The Tipping Point
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • You’ve put in the work, sweated the small stuff. Now, tips your work to critical mass?


  • Money/budgeting:

  • 7 Money Mantras for a Richer Life
  • Michelle Singletary
  • Michele teaches us the lessons her budget-minded grandmother taught her.


  • Nonfiction:

  • Between the World and Me
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Coates discusses his life and ownership of his body as a black man.

  • Happy reading!
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