Six for Sunday: Favorite Books by Black Authors

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Welcome to Six for Sunday! Six for Sunday is hosted by A Little But A Lot and today’s topic is ‘favorite books by Black authors.’ I have a lot so this will be fairly hard to narrow down.

  1. The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson
The Murders of Molly Southbourne: Thompson, Tade: 9780765397133: Books
Brilliant speculative fiction that packs a lot of impact into a slim volume. The sequel is great too.

2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings: Maya Angelou: 9780349005997:  Books
This is a very tender, very heart-hitting autobiographical novel about a girl’s rough upbringing and struggle to come into her own as a woman and as an artist.

3. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines: 9780385342780 | Books
A brilliantly poignant and lush novel about a very old Black woman telling her life story across decades of history. Much better than the movie.

4. Home by Toni Morrison

Home by Toni Morrison
This book stomped on my heart and tore it into a million pieces in the best possible way. I recommend it to anyone who likes powerful, character-driven fiction.

5. Family by J. California Cooper Family: 9780385411721: Cooper, J. California: Books
A spare, haunting novel about a woman who dies a slave and whose spirit watches future generations struggle before (and after) emancipation.

10. Push by Sapphire Push: A Novel: 9780679766759: Sapphire: Books
I know this might be a controversial choice but the potent combination of tenderness and brutality has imprinted this book (and the movie) in my mind forever.

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