Recommendations

10 Memoirs for Black History Month

So I know that everyone is going to have differing opinions on whether or not someone should be American for this list, but I didn’t want to be that limiting. There are many great stories of African-Americans but there also great stories of people who are African or have African heritage but are not American and their stories should be shared too. Title links go to my reviews.

  1. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock
  2. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
  3. Unbowed by Wangari Maathai – add to Goodreads
  4. My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past by Jennifer Teege, translated by Nikola Sellmair and Carolin Sommer – add to Goodreads
  5. Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith – add to Goodreads
  6. This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – add to Goodreads
  7. Black White and Jewish by Rebecca Walker – add to Goodreads
  8. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson – add to Goodreads
  9. The Narrative of Sojourner Truth by Sojourner Truth – add to Goodreads 
  10. Mighty Be Our Powers:How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War by Leymah Gbowee with Carol Mithers – add to Goodreads

 

3 comments

  1. Wangari Maathai’s Unbowed is excellent, she was an amazing woman and this is a brilliant account of some of what she contributed, I wish she had been more well known.

    Maryse Condé’s Tales From the Heart is lighter, but a favourite, she’s an amazing and little known writer from Guadeloupe who writes in French, but much of her work is translated.

    Thanks for the list!

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