100 Books By Black Women You Need to Read

5 years ago

With Black History Month underway, it's a great time to pick up a book that brings to life the experiences of Black women in America. Kimberly N. Foster at For Harriet has put together a comprehensive list of 100 books that everyone should read. They include classic literature such as Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, non-fiction works such as Shirley Chisholm's autobiography Unbought and Unbossed to newer works like Heidi Durrow's The Girl Who Fell From the Sky (I've been meaning to read this one!). Here's why Foster thinks its important to recognize the writing of African American women:

Far too often Black women are excluded from the classic literary canon. But Black women have consistently published evocative, thoughtful works. Our stories soar. They provoke. They inspire. The work of Black women across history is expansive. Though we've compiled 100 selections, this is still only the tip of the literary iceberg. We encourage you to leave a comment and share more brilliant works by Black women.

Check out the complete list at For Harriet.

Have you read any of the books she recommends? Or do you have other titles you think more people ought to know about?

News and Politics Editor Grace Hwang Lynch blogs at HapaMama and A Year (Almost) Without Shopping.

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