Happy Black History Month, Queens (and Kings)! I’m super excited about this weeks blog. I LOVE reading. I especially love reading books by black women. Let’s explore some of my favorite books by some really dope authors that happen to be black women!
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. This book is about two sisters set in 18th century Africa. One is imprisoned and sold into slavery. The other, was married off to an english man and lived in a Cape Coast Castle that slaves were put under awaiting to be shipped off to America. Yes, one sister was under the castle while another was living in it. The story follows the blood line in America and in Africa. The story is beautiful and its beautifully written. I cried at the ending. It’s an absolute must read!
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. This was a recent read for me. It starts with the death of Hatties twins and takes you through the lives of herself, her husband, and the nine children she birthed. It’s not only a testament to the pain black women went through (and still go through), its also an inside look at how children are affected by it as well. It’s beautiful and devastating at the same time.
Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler. I.LOVE.THIS.BOOK! I read this book a while ago. It’s one of the first mythical books I’ve read. I love fiction and history. This book has both! The main character, Anyanwu, is a shapeshifter and she’s 300 yrs old. She’s had 45 children that don’t have her powers. She can heal herself and others. She can also turn into several different animals. Her co-lead, Doro, met his match when he found her. He’s a spirit that changes bodies like clothing. He needs her bloodline to build a species of people with powers that surpass theirs. It’s one of my favorite reads.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. I liked this book, a lot. I loved the story line. I loved the characters. I wished the last couple of chapters were different. I felt like the story line was a bit rushed near the ending. BUT, this didn’t stop it from being a great book. It’s about a man falling in love with a woman who was secretly loved by her best friend. They marry. He caught a case and was wrongfully imprisoned. During this time, her and her best friend are together. READ IT! I won’t tell you to much lol.
Wench By Dolen Perkins-Valdez This book is touching. It will make you cry and make you angry and make you think deeply about a time where our women were birthing their “Masters” babies and having to let them go or watch someone else raise them. The book mainly follows the life of Lizzie. She has two children by her master, Drayle. In one part of the book, it shows how his wife called Lizzies children her own and forbid her to hit them. It tells the story of slaveowners taking their Wenchs’ to a private retreat in Ohio called Tawawa House during three summers. The story takes place a decade before the Civil War. It’s a great read about love, freedom, courage, and history. This is a must read!
Honestly, I could go on and on and on! What are some books you’re reading by black authors? Let’s connect!
Also, go to our shopping tab a pick you up a SisterBox. We have a small amount of our Fall/Winter Box left! We also have hoodies and t-shirts! Have an amazing Black History Month!
Peace and Blessings!