Black women continue to push the envelope in every way, and rightfully so. Over the years, many Black women have proven that they are brilliant creators in every niche, and that also includes literary excellence. With more Black women authors telling their stories, it is important to lean in and listen. If you are looking for new books by Black women to get started on this year, here is a list to consider.

South To America” By Imani Perry

In “South To America,” Imani Perry employs a variety of writing genres that give an insightful look into the historical significance of Southern America. Perry also draws inspiration from Albert Murray’s 1971 memoir “South to a Very Old Place.” A fun fact about this book is that according to The New York Times, while reporting for this book, Perry reportedly traveled to over a dozen Southern cities to research for the book.

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Becoming” by Michelle Obama

Beyond being a symbol of inspiration, Michelle Obama is also a celebrated author whose deep memoir “Becoming” quickly garnered the attention of book lovers when it was released. The book gives readers a riveting behind-the-scenes view into the former first lady’s time in and out of the White House. In “Becoming,” Obama also highlighted other relevant themes like sexism and racism and how they plague broader society.

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Mama’s Sleeping Scarf” By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Nwa Grace-James

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has shown a lot of brilliance with her books over the course of her career, but with “Mama’s Sleeping Scarf,” the Nigerian author opted to write a children’s book about a little girl who adores her mother’s night scarf. It is a heartwarming story about love and family and can make a perfect gift for the little ones in your life.

The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison is a national treasure in many ways, and everyone deserves to read her work. In “The Bluest Eye,” the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize–winning icon writes about Pecola Breedlove. In the story, Breedlove is an 11-year-old Black girl who yearns for blue eyes. because she believes that it will make her feel beautiful.

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Restore: A Lost Girl’s Journey to Hope” By Tifanny Dionne

In this book, Tifanny Dionne gives readers insight into her powerful story. At the tender age of 10, Dionne is victim of a kidnapping and eventually of human trafficking. These events trigger a chain of reactions that she has to unlearn. “Restore” is as the name implies, because it is a celebration of restoration, healing and empowerment.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” By Maya Angelou

Another iconic writer to add to the list of authors to read this year is Maya Angelou. “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” is an intimate, coming-of-age story. In this book, Angelou gives readers the opportunity to learn more about her story. She also shares the trauma she endured before critical acclaim.

Finding Me: A MemoirBy Viola Davis

When Viola Davis released “Finding Me: A Memoir,” last year, a lot of people were intrigued and curious. Almost a year after the book release, the book continues to be a top-rated item. “Finding Me” is a story about Davis’ background and the blood, sweat and tears that made the icon.

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