slow down + read: 28 books by 28 divine black women

during the month of february, many of you journeyed with me on instagram as i celebrated and honored 28 black women authors during black history month. i have compiled a book list that includes every woman honored (or who i intended to honor when i fell off the wagon a little). i hope you enjoy the magic within these women’s words. i hope you enjoy the love. the delicacy. the tenderness. the open wounds. the healing. the heartbreak. the “rough around the edges.” the truth. i hope you enjoy each and every one of their truths.

the bluest eye, toni morrison

in search of our mother’s garden, alice walker

i love myself when i am laughing and then again when i am

looking mean and impressive, zora neale hurston

wild seed, octavia butler

i know why the caged bird sings, maya angelou

the collected poems of audre lorde

to be young, gifted, and black, lorraine hansberry

sassafrass, cypress and indigo, ntozake shange

difficult women, roxanne gay

men we reaped: a memoir, jesmyn ward

selected poems by gwendolyn brooks

the salt eaters, toni cade bambara

the selected poems of nikki giovanni

the love trilogy, bell hooks:

all about love: new visions

salvation: black people and love

communion: the female search for love

the autobiography of angela davis, angela davis

shake loose my skin: new and select poems, sonia sanchez

at the bottom of the river, jamaica kincaid

the new jim crow, michelle alexander

the collected poems of lucille clifton

spill, alexis pauline gumbs

swing time, zadie smith

directed by desire: the collected poems of june jordan

women of brewster place, gloria naylor

we should all be feminists, chimamanda ngozi adiche

neon soul, alex elle

becoming, ajolique

a psalm for us, reyna biddy

anonymous, anisah amat

have you read any of the books above? share with me below some of your favorites by the authors above or other black women authors below. i look forward to reading your responses!

slow down + live,

- anisah amat -

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