10 Books Released by Black Women in 2013 You Should Read12/12/2013
We know Black Girls Love Books , and this was a great year for Black women in literature. We've...
We know Black Girls Love Books, and this was a great year for Black women in literature. We've picked a few books released by Black women in 2013 for you to curl up with. This list is by no means exhaustive. Leave your favorites of the year in a comment.
Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland and for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.
Fearless, gripping, at once darkly funny and tender, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story set in today’s globalized world: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s most powerful and astonishing novel yet.
Despite her seemingly charmed existence, Jaylah loathes her job, is lonely as hell, and is tired of living up to everyone else’s expectations. When she gets fired from her cushy position at the L.A. Weekly, she has two options: stay in L.A. and become a spectacular drunk or buy a ticket to London and finally live by her own rules.
Turn It Loose is a fast-paced, entertaining novella that takes readers along for an exciting ride.
#WhatWillJaylahDo? You’ll have to read to find out!
Purchase: Turn It Loose
Purchase: Mom & Me & Mom
Purchase: Men We Reaped: A Memoir
None of these women get what they want, but over the course of two years, they get exactly what they need. And that proves to be the best thing after all.
Purchase: The Awesome Girl's Guide to Dating Extraordinary Men
Purchase: Black Girls Are From the Future:: Essays on Race, Digital Creativity and Pop Culture
The title sets the tone for poems about backgrounds and outlines and shadows and sources of light. This extraordinary book -- "a wide lotus on the dark waters of song" -- is filled with surprises at every turn, as a Moorish mosque becomes a cathedral in Seville, a country girl dresses in Sunday clothes to visit a Jamaican bookmobile, and a bear appears suddenly, only to slip away silently into the trees on a road in British Columbia. The heartache of Billy Holliday singing the blues, the burden of Charlie Chaplin tramping the banana walks of Jamaica's Golden Cloud, and the paintings of El Greco, the quintessential stranger, come together on the poet's pilgrimage to Heartease, guided by a limping angel and inspired by the passage-making of Dante; the book ends with a superb version of the first of his cantos, translated into the poet's Jamaican language and landscape with the gift of love.
Purchase: Supplying Salt and Light
UPDATE: Yes, we did miss Edwidge Danticat's "Claire of the Sea Light." Now you've got 11 phenomenal books to read!
But on the night of Claire’s seventh birthday, when at last he makes the wrenching decision to do so, she disappears. As Nozias and others look for her, painful secrets, haunting memories, and startling truths are unearthed among the community of men and women whose individual stories connect to Claire, to her parents, and to the town itself. Told with piercing lyricism and the economy of a fable, Claire of the Sea Light is a tightly woven, breathtaking tapestry that explores what it means to be a parent, child, neighbor, lover, and friend, while revealing the mysterious bonds we share with the natural world and with one another. Embracing the magic and heartbreak of ordinary life, it is Edwidge Danticat’s most spellbinding, astonishing book yet.
Purchase: Claire of the Sea Light