• The cover of the book The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers

    The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers

    In the introduction to this collection, readers are reminded that being a Black woman has always been synonymous with being a storyteller and speaker of truth. The words of visionaries like Sojourner Truth, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, and Harriet Jacobs are reexamined, revealing their limitless power. Their words are a testament to the importance of perseverance, history, and hope.

     
  • The cover of the book Sula

    Sula

    Toni Morrison’s Sula is a complex and vibrant portrait of Black womanhood, friendship, desire, and freedom. Centered around the inarguably memorable Sula Peace and Nel Wright, the novel maps out the ebb and flow of their friendship as they navigate the complexities of autonomy, independence, and adulthood. This novel, like a hymn, is holy. Its pages sing.

     
  • The cover of the book What We Lose

    What We Lose

    In Zinzi Clemmons’s debut novel, a young woman named Thandi grapples with the loss of her mother and pain that comes with her absence. Coupled with a crumbling romance, Thandi’s grief becomes the epicenter of her world. Embodied by photos, graphs, and soul-searing vignettes, Clemmons artfully maps out what it means to mourn and love and heal.

     
  • The cover of the book Land of Love and Drowning

    Land of Love and Drowning

    Rooted in a world awash in secrets, magic, and myth, Tiphanie Yanique’s spellbinding debut, Land of Love and Drowning, focuses on the unbreakable bond between two sisters, Eeona and Anette. From beginning to end, each page reveals how history can shape a person’s fate and how love can redirect the trajectory of one’s path.

     
  • The cover of the book Sister Outsider

    Sister Outsider

    First published in 1984, Lorde’s quintessential collection of essays and speeches confronts the violence of patriarchal oppression while challenging the systemic impact of homophobia, classism, and racism. Written with wisdom, rage, and vulnerability, Lorde’s words are truth in the purest sense of the word. She will remind you of the power of your own voice.

     
  • The cover of the book Negroland

    Negroland

    Pulitzer Prize winner Margo Jefferson’s vibrant memoir gives readers an intimate glimpse into the world of Chicago’s Black bourgeois. A community defined by intellectualism, affluence, and an insatiable desire to be the best, Jefferson’s Negroland also casts an unwavering light on the insidious side effects of social mobility, exposing the complexities of privilege through the lens of gender and race.