15 Excellent Books by Black Authors To Add to Your Must-reads List

Redditor u/BoymanAndGirldog asked subreddit r/suggestmeabook for some new reading material. “Would love to read your favorite book by a Black author,” they wrote, “open to any suggestion.”

"I love non-fiction, and memoirs, but am open to novels as well. I also truly love poetry and short essay collections. Looking for your favorite books by black authors really of any genre though.” Here are the 15 best books by Black writers Reddit recommended.

u/Psychonautical123 answered, “If you'd like to dip into sci-fi/fantasy, I highly recommend NK Jemison! She has a book called How Long Til Black Future Month that is a collection of short stories."

How Long Til Black Future Month by NK Jemison

u/CuttynKitSark suggested, “Any poetry collection by Jackie Kay I highly recommend, especially Red Dust Road as an individual poem. The play is also spectacular if you can get hold of a copy of the playscript.”

Jackie Kay's Poetry Collections

Wild Seed is a fantasy novel that follows Doro and Anyanwu, two immortals whose love story spans from 17th-century Nigeria to 19th-century United States. Doro is all powerful, fearing no-one until Anyanwu, a healer and shape-shifter.

Wild Seed by Octavia Butler

u/MamaJody had a few suggestions, including Trevor Noah's memoir, Born a Crime.  They wrote that it was their, “absolute favourite memoir, with a caveat though that you should absolutely listen to him narrate it. It is just incredible.”

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

On Dana's 26th birthday, she leaves the sunshine and warmth of 1976 California and is sent back in time to Maryland at the height of the American slave trade. She must survive the physical and psychological horrors of slavery to protect one of her ancestors to make sure she's still born.

Kindred by Octavia Butler

For u/ISayISayISay The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton is, “a kind of fictional biography. Fab read.”

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton

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