I’m the worst when it comes to reading nonfiction, but I’m a little more motivated to read memoirs by Black women. If you’re looking for recommendations, read any of the five books below. I purposely chose books from authors who are still living, along with selecting books I’ve actually read.
Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood (1996) by bell hooks
Kinky Gazpacho (2008) by Lori Tharps
The Other Side of Paradise (2010) by Staceyann Chin
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (2015) by Issa Rae
Ordinary Light (2015) by Tracy K. Smith
Three memoirs that I would like to read are Negroland by Margo Jackson, Triangular Road by Paule Marshall, and Toni Morrison’s memoir – but she isn’t planning on writing one. Dang!