Our Staff’s Favorite Books By Black Authors

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With Black History Month upon us, we wanted to share our favorite recent reads by Black authors. Whether you are into thrillers, romance, non-fiction, literary fiction, character-driven, plot-heavy, comedy, horror, fantasy, or literally any genre out there….you can find amazing options by Black authors to stock your TBR.

That said, here are our recent favorites from the shelves of our staff. We’ve linked each of them to the Bookshop.org shop-able store to benefit local Black-owned Niche Book Bar.

The Vanishing Half

Everyone’s favorite 2021 book club book, The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett is worth the hype. This book is a complex look at race, gender, identity, motherhood and belonging all wrapped up in a page-turner of a package. -Karri

Homegoing

Homegoing from Yaa Gyasi is proof that we can learn so much even from fiction books. You’ll read stories of eight generations of a single Ghanian family, one branch that stays free and another that starts with slavery. This is a book you’ll want to spend some time with and it’s going to leave you thinking. -Brooke

Red At the Bone

Man alive, I think Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson is one of the best books I read last year. There are many storylines to this book, some that don’t wrap up with a beautiful bow. You’ll be captivated by all the characters as you see how one small decision affects others way down the line. – Maggie

Jubilee

One part history lesson plus two parts recipes makes Jubilee by Toni Tipton-Martin the kind of cookbook you sit down and read cover to cover. The more I read about the history of American food, the more I believe it all comes back to the great African-American cooks. Come to learn about infamous African-American butlers with more pull than a president. Stay for the cherry cocktail. – Maggie

Amari and the Night Brothers

If you enjoy the “kid finds out they’re magic and goes off to a secret school to learn how to use it” trope, don’t miss this middle grade gem. Amari and the Night Brothers is Artemis Fowl meets Nevermoor with a fantastic heroine, a propulsive mystery to solve, and a huge dose of Black Girl Magic. The sequel releases in 2022! – Sarah

Wow, No Thank You

Hear me well; this book made me laugh so hard I struggled to control my bladder. I wanted to read it out loud to anyone who would listen, which wasn’t always easy considering the amount of curse words and sexual references scattered across the pages. Wow, No Thank You is a series of essays by the hysterical Samantha Irby that is raw, real, and just the right amount of raunchy if you’re looking to shake your TBR up in 2022. – Sarah

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

I love a good fantasy novel packed with mythic curses, magic and sorcery, and epic quests. Plus, the cover of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is quite literally one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. Inspired by West African folklore, this action-packed debut follows the story of a princess and a peasant who are both manipulated by vengeful spirits and evil traitors to seek to kill one another while fighting the growing attraction between them. This book is an intricate, gorgeous tapestry of fantasy gold and I can’t wait for the next book! – Sarah


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