There’s nothing like a good book to motivate you, provoke different thoughts, and leave you wanting more.
As we continue making our way through Black History Month, I wanted to share 6 books by inspiring women of color.
While not all of these authors are black, they are women of color whose words inspire all of us! Take your time getting through these books, but make sure they’re on your reading lists!
6 Books by Inspiring Women of Color
An American Marriage
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones was an Oprah’s Book Club selection, and rightfully so! The story follows a young married couple who experience an unbelievable fate.
The story takes an intimate look into the depths of people’s feelings over time, reckoning with the past while trying to move into a hopeful future.
What’s Mine and Yours
Naima Coster’s What’s Mine and Yours tells the story of two students whose integration into new and different schools intertwines their families lives for years to come.
The story takes in the history of a segregated country and explores what can break families apart and bring them back together over the course of time.
Of Women and Salt
Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia takes place in present-day Miami and centers on a character whose family immigrated from Cuba.
The story touches on the new and old world life and the tragic reckoning of choices and experiences that mothers have made. Garcia dives deep into the tangled roots of American and Cuban history.
The Color Purple
There’s no doubt you’ve heard of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. There was even a movie made from the story!
The book depicts the lives of African American women in the early 20th century in rural Georgia.
Walker explores the lives of two sisters separated by time and distance as they write to each other over the span of 20 years.
We Should All Be Feminists
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an amazingly touching essay, adapted from her TEDx talk, that provides an interesting perspective to modern-day feminism.
The author shares her own experiences of being a woman of color and why we should all strive to be feminists.
The Bluest Eye
In honor of the late Toni Morrison, who wrote for decades, The Bluest Eye is a must-read.
The story follows a young black girl in America who wishes so much to be seen as beautiful, with only blond hair and blue eyes. This was Morrison’s first novel and truly speaks to the pain and desire of young black girls.
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I hope these books encourage you to explore what the authors have to share with the world. The stories, the writing style, the emotions are too strong to ignore.
You won’t be disappointed by any of the books above and you’ll be no short of feeling!
Have you read any of the books listed above? Do you have any books to recommend from inspiring women of color? Share by posting in the Comments section below!