9 Books by Black Authors That We’re Reading This Fall
As we continue our commitment to supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, we here at Silver Jeans Co. have been making some more conscious choices when it comes to what we’re reading, watching and listening to these days. Books have been one of our favorite ways to escape reality during these challenging times at home, and lately we’ve been turning to Black authors to help us get through. So we rounded up some of our top picks that we thought you might enjoy too. From classics to contemporary novels, there’s something for everyone!
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Their Eyes Were Watching God tells the story of mixed-race Janie Crawford, the daughter of a slave, and her a quest to find love in the American South throughout the 1920’s. Along the way, her struggles with discrimination, courage and heartbreak lead her on a promising path towards self discovery.
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Such a Fun Age tells the story of a young millennial woman, Emira, who gets caught in a scandal when she is wrongly accused of kidnapping a child she is actually babysitting. It followers her, as well has her employer and boyfriend, diving deep into their relationships with each other and how race plays a role in it all.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Vanishing Half is about twin sisters Desiree and Stella and their journey to find each other after living separate lives for several decades. Following completely different paths when it comes to family, community and racial identity, their lives come back together when their own daughters coincidentally meet.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Between the World and Me is a letter by Ta-Nehisi Coates to his son, telling the story of what it was like for him to grow up Black in America. Sharing experiences from his childhood home to Civil War battlefields, Howard University and more, Coates spotlights the past and present issues society faces when it comes to race.
More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth
Former editor of Teen Vogue Eliane Welteroth shares her story of becoming a groundbreaking journalist in More Than Enough. Navigating relationships, race and success, Welteroth is proof that when life throws you challenges, you’ll learn to overcome them and come out the other side even better.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
A wrongful conviction and five years in prison can change everything, as proven in Tayari Jones’ novel An American Marriage. This story spotlights the issues with our justice system, when an innocent man Roy is charged and sent to prison, coming out with a completely different life than he lived before.
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
The Girl with the Louding Voice tells the story of a young Nigerian woman, Adunni, who is trapped in a life of servitude. When she runs away looking for a better life, she works to find her voice and gain the ability to decide her own future.
Wandering in Strange Lands by Morgan Jerkins
Great for history buffs, Wandering in Strange Lands is the story of the Great Migration. Morgan Jerkins explores her ancestors pasts and experiences traveling to the North and the legacies they left along the way.